Pontefract

A1(M) Ferrybridge closure: Police confirm they have found man who ran into woods after being hit by a lorry

The motorway had to be closed between junction 41 for Pontefract and the Selby Fork interchange at junction 42 for several hours while officers looked for the pedestrian.

West Yorkshire Police said on Saturday afternoon: “We are appealing for witnesses after a collision involving a HGV and a pedestrian on the A1(M) yesterday.

"Officers were called at 16.40pm to the A1(M) at Ferrybridge northbound between junction 41 and 42 to reports a HGV had been in collision with a male.

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"On arrival the man was not located and it was believed he left the motorway and made his way to nearby woods. A search commenced and the male was located by officers and taken to hospital for treatment.

"The man suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

"Officers are keen to speak to anyone who was on that stretch of motorway yesterday and who saw the male on the hard shoulder. Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101 quoting log 1165 of 9 February.”

Lorry driver denies causing death by careless driving | The …

At Carlisle[1] Crown Court, Nathan Walker, 26, formally pleaded not guilty to the the allegation, which relates to a traffic collision at Kirkby Thore on December 22, 2021 which led to the death of Paul Stenner, who was driving a MAN goods vehicle.

The two vehicles involved were travelling in opposite directions.

The prosecution case is that the defendant, of Hall Close, Hemsworth, Pontefract, caused Mr Stenner's death by careless driving.

Judge Nicholas  Barker set out a timetable for the case, including dates by which the defence must serve certain documents. This will include medical evidence relating to the defence case. 

Judge Barker set out a provisional trial date of August 5, though there will be an interim hearing to review progress in the case on May 9. The defendant was granted unconditional bail until his next court appearance.

References

  1. ^ Carlisle (www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk)

Man in court accused of causing fellow lorry driver’s death on A66 …

A man has appeared in court accused of causing a wagon driver’s death following a head-on collision on the A66 between Penrith and Appleby.

Nathan Michael Walker, 26, was charged following a crash between two lorries travelling in opposite directions on December 22 2021 in the area of Kirkby Thore shortly after 5am.

Driving one vehicle was Paul Stenner, a 60-year-old man from the Lincolnshire area. Mr Stenner died following the collision.

At Carlisle Crown Court this afternoon, Walker pleaded not guilty to one charge. This alleges that he drove a MAN large goods vehicle without due care and attention, and therefore caused Mr Stenner’s death.

A trial in front of a jury was listed during today’s 10-minute hearing during which Walker — represented by lawyer John Dye — spoke to enter the plea and confirm his name and date of birth.

This trial is due to start on August 5 and, it is estimated, will last around four days with expert evidence potentially being called at the hearing.

In the meantime Walker, of Hall Close, Hemsworth, neat Pontefract, has been granted unconditional bail and reminded to co-operate with his legal team in the preparation of a statement formally outlining his defence to the allegation.

Walker is next due to attend a hearing at the crown court on May 9 when progress of the case will be reviewed.

Pontefract: Two teenagers arrested after man is hit by car during …

Font Street, Pontefract (Photo: UGC)

Font Street, Pontefract (Photo: UGC)

Police found him in the road on the A639 Font Street at 4.30am.

West Yorkshire Police said: “Enquiries at the scene suggest he had been involved in an altercation with another male and ended up in the road before being hit by a black Ford Fiesta which was travelling with a white Seat Ibiza away from Pontefract town centre.

"Two males, aged 17 and 18, have been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and are currently in custody.”

Detective Inspector Fiona Allan, of Wakefield District CID, said: “Our enquiries suggest that this injured male has been involved in a physical altercation outside the old Harratts car dealership prior to this collision.

“For this reason, we are appealing not just for any witnesses to the collision, but also to the events leading up to it.

“It is important that we identify any other persons involved in the incident and understand the circumstances that have led to a man sustaining life-threatening injuries.”

Any witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage is asked to contact Wakefield District CID via Live Chat online or by calling 101, quoting log 280 of 19 November.

The road currently remains closed between the junctions with Halfpenny Lane and Park Road.

Front Street Pontefract: Man seriously injured in assault and collision …

Police found the inured man on the street near Harrats car dealership. Picture by Google

Police found the inured man on the street near Harrats car dealership. Picture by Google

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously injured in an incident in Pontefract in the early hours of Sunday (November 19).

Officers found the injured male on the road on A639 Front Street at 4.30am.

Enquiries at the scene suggest he had been involved in a fight with another man and ended up on the road before being hit by a black Ford Fiesta travelling with a white Seat Ibiza away from the town centre.

Two males aged 17 and 18 have been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and are currently held in custody.

Detective Inspector Fiona Allan, of Wakefield District CID, said: “Our enquiries suggest that this injured male has been involved in a physical altercation outside the old Harratts car dealership prior to this collision.

“For this reason, we are appealing not just for any witnesses to the collision, but also to the events leading up to it.

“It is important that we identify any other persons involved in the incident and understand the circumstances that have led to a man sustaining life-threatening injuries.”

West Yorkshire Police are asking any witness or anyone with dashcam footage to contact Wakefield District CID via Live Chat [1]online or by calling 101, quoting log 280 of 19 November.

The road between the junctions with Halfpenny Lane and Park Road remain closed as of 1.30pm on Sunday.

References

  1. ^ Live Chat  (www.westyorkshire.police.uk)

Live as Leeds M1 crash causes two mile traffic delay misery

A huge crash on the M1 motorway near Leeds[1] is causing miles of queueing traffic.

West Yorkshire Police[2] have partially closed M1 Southbound near Leeds[3] following a crash on the motorway. The crash has happened at J45 A63 Pontefract Lane (Leeds Cross Green), with congestion to J46 (Leeds Colton/ Garforth).

Travel time is currently around 10 minutes with up to two miles of queueing traffic on approach to the crash.

Our travel partner, INRIX, said: "M1 Southbound partially blocked, queueing traffic for two miles due to accident before J45 A63 Pontefract Lane (Leeds Cross Green). Congestion to J46 (Leeds Colton/ Garforth). Travel time is around 10 minutes."

LeedsLive have asked West Yorkshire Police for more information.

References

  1. ^ M1 motorway near Leeds (www.leeds-live.co.uk)
  2. ^ West Yorkshire Police (www.leeds-live.co.uk)
  3. ^ Leeds (www.leeds-live.co.uk)
  4. ^ Live as Matthew Rycroft appears in court after death of son Callum on M62 (www.examinerlive.co.uk)

WAKEFIELD DISTRICT PLANNING APPLICATIONS: Former …

The following applications were validated on the weeks beginning June 19, June 26, and July 3.

Land to the rear of 36 and 38 Church Road, Normanton, WF6 2NN: Construction of detached dwelling and creation of driveway

Woodlands Navvy Lane Royston Barnsley S71 4EF: Proposed replacement dwelling

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21 Barker Street, Stanley, Wakefield, WF3 4BN: Conversion of part ground and first floor garage space to residential ancillary accommodation

14 Beamshaw Way, Wakefield, WF3 4FY: Single storey extension to side to form garage

16 Pinderhill Avenue, Wakefield, WF1 4FG: Single storey extension to rear and side

85 Thornleigh Avenue, Wakefield, WF2 7SH: Loft conversion with front and rear dormers. Single storey rear extension

Land adjacent to the former Ferrybridge power station, Knottingley, WF11 8TB: Screening opinion request

Highfield Farm, Batley Road, Wakefield, WF2 0LQ: Change of use from agricultural buildings to five dwellinghouses with associated building operations

7 Barnsdale Way, Ackworth, WF7 7RU: Two storey extension to rear

Broad Lane Business Centre, Westfield Lane, South Elmsall: Discharge of condition 8 (travel plan) from approved application

73 Rhyddings Drive, Ackworth, WF7 7DJ: Proposed single storey extension to rear

5 West Parade, Wakefield, WF1 1LT: Crown lift to 5.2m and crown reduction by a maximum of 2m of horse chestnut tree

9A The Balk, Walton, Wakefield WF2 6JZ: Crown lift/reduce to create a maximum 2m clearance

7 Pineapple Cottages, Warmfield, Wakefield, WF1 5TP: Two single storey extensions with internal alterations with demolition of existing attached conservatory and greenhouse together with demolition

of double garage and summer house

Last week’s planning applications [1]

Land at Pemberton Road, Castleford[2] WF10 3BN:Discharge of conditions 11 (landscaping) from approved application

Squirrel House, 9 Elm Close, Darrington WF8 3AF: Fell lime tree

The Old Vicarage, Whitwood Lane, Castleford, WF10 5QD: Conversion of former children's nursery into detached dwelling

14 Beechwood Avenue, Wakefield, WF2 9JZ: Two storey extension to side and rear

93 Pledwick Lane Wakefield WF2 6EB: Swimming pool outbuilding

62 Carlton Street, Castleford, WF10 1DB: Partial change of use of retail unit to first floor into two one-bedroom units, plus external alterations

7 Grove Road, Horbury, WF4 6AG: Changes to the existing rear extension, pitched roof converted to flat roof, removal of chimney, and replacement of rear windows with sliding doors

Common Side Lane, Featherstone, WF7 6RA: Battery energy storage unit with 2.40m mesh security fencing at back-up electricity generation facility

635 Denby Dale Road, Calder Grove, Wakefield, WF4 3DL: Single storey side extension to existing garage and conversion of garage into gym

Rose Cottage Farm, Heath, Wakefield, WF1 5SL: Pruning of sycamore, oak and horse chestnut trees

16 Hazel Way, Pontefract[3], WF8 2FF: Single storey outbuilding (retrospective)

34 Lowfield Road, Hemsworth, WF9 4JN: Two detached dwellings including creation of drop kerb access, single storey extension to side, demolition of existing outbuildings, conservatory and part demolition of existing side extension

Black Bull, Bar Lane, Midgley, WF4 4JJ: External alterations to include new bi-fold doors to car park elevation, new concrete paving to entrance area and redecoration of building, refurbishment of existing pergola with new balustrading between pergola posts, replacement of kitchen extract ducting, ew compound fencing and new post and rail detail around terrace

Pontefract Insulation, 10A Tanshelf Drive, Pontefract, WF8 4DH: Two semi-detached dwellings

Northdene, 6 Fearnley Avenue, Ossett, WF5 9ET: Single storey rear extension and installation of soil/vent pipe

24 Darrington Road, East Hardwick, WF8 3DS: Proposed new-build detached dwelling

10 Crest Drive, Pontefract, WF8 2RA: Single storey porch to front elevation

8 St James Road, Crigglestone, Wakefield, WF4 3FR: Pergola in rear garden (retrospective)

1 Bank Street, Hemsworth, WF9 4JX: Local council notice board

GME House, 29 High Street, Ossett, WF5 9QS: Proposed first floor extension over existing story, two storey extension to form office on first floor and store to ground floor, tender to front and sides of existing building

2 Acacia Walk, Castleford, WF10 3FA: Proposed roof light to rear

Icmeler Restaurant, 56 Northgate, Wakefield, WF1 3AN: To put table and chairs outside restaurant in summer months

Neil Fox Way Phase 5A, Wakefield, WF1 4FY: Non-material amendment to approved application including minor amendments to internal layout and widening of road, construction of three additional dwellings, substitution of house types and revised drainage strategy comprising house type substitutions on plots 53-63 to the building regulations part L equivalent house type together

Plot 2 ,Kelly Way, Wakefield, WF2 9FR: Electricity sub-station

162 Coxley View, Netherton, Wakefield, WF4 4NE: Single storey rear extension

14 Carr Beck Drive, Castleford, WF10 5TH: Proposed single storey rear extension with maximum projection of 3.8m, maximum height of 3.55m and maximum height of eaves 2.45m

16 Fairfield Walk, Ossett, WF5 0ED: Single storey rear extension

Princes Drive, Longwall Road, Pontefract: Reserved matters in respect of approved outline permission for 14 dwelling development

Outwood Academy, City Fields, Warmfield View, Wakefield, WF1 4SF: Discharge of condition 10 (access details), condition 11 (radon), condition 12 (verification) from approved application

24 St Thomas Road, Featherstone, WF7 5HD: Single storey rear extension

26 Coleridge Way, Pontefract, WF8 1NP: Single storey rear extension with maximum projection of 5.96m, maximum height of 3.66m and maximum height of eaves 2.67m

Meadowcroft School, 24 Bar Lane, Wakefield, WF1 4AD: Fell ash

Woodhouse Business Centre, Wakefield Road, Normanton, WF6 1BB: Refurbishment of commercial units including the introduction of additional mezzanine space in the roof area, rooflights to provide natural light and minor alterations to the elevations. Associated external works also proposed including improvements to car parking, cycle lockers, bin store and general landscaping works

5 William Court South Kirkby Pontefract WF9 3AH: Variation of condition 2 (approved plans), condition 3 (land contamination), condition 4 (boundary treatments), condition 10 (materials), condition 11 (finished floor levels) and condition 16 (PD rights new openings) pursuant to approved planning application that granted planning permission for residential development for four detached dwellings to permit changes to the red line boundary, layout of the development and the materials/design of the dwellings

References

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    Junior doctor from Derbyshire died after another motorist swerved …

    Maisie Ryan, 27, who grew up in Derbyshire, was killed instantly when the 'out of control' lorry ploughed into her Fiat 500 after Oliver Knott's 'unexplained' manoeuvre sent it hurtling down a slope.

    University student Oliver, 21, also died at the scene of the crash on the A65 in Ilkley[1], West Yorks., in February 2021. An inquest into their deaths heard Oliver was driving his Ford Fiesta from his family home in Ilkley to a dental appointment in Shipley at the time.

    It was heard that other drivers saw Oliver, who was studying geography at the University of Liverpool, overtaking traffic on the A65 Addingham bypass.He was seen by a witness to suddenly swerve into the path of a Scania cattle truck travelling in the other direction, causing a head-on crash.

    Heartfelt tributes have poured in for young NHS doctor Maisie Ryan who tragically died in a horror crash. Photo: SWNSHeartfelt tributes have poured in for young NHS doctor Maisie Ryan who tragically died in a horror crash. Photo: SWNS Heartfelt tributes have poured in for young NHS doctor Maisie Ryan who tragically died in a horror crash. Photo: SWNS

    Oliver was killed instantly and the impact disabled the lorry’s steering, causing it to career out of control, the inquest heard.It struck a glancing blow to another HGV in the opposite carriageway before hitting Maisie's Fiat as she was driving to a work at Airedale Hospital in nearby Keighley.

    Anna Robinson, who was driving the livestock transporter, was left dangling upside down in the cab suspended by her seatbelt and suffered serious injuries.

    Bradford Coroner’s Court heard Oliver had been ‘worried and preoccupied’ about the root canal treatment he was booked in for.But police investigators could find no obvious cause of the collision and there were no defects to the vehicles involved or the road.

    Maisie's father Paul told the inquest she grew up in Derby and attended Newcastle University before starting her medical career with hospital posts in Yorkshire.

    He described her as ‘caring, dedicated, selfless, driven, loving and sociable’. She had been in the process of buying her first house when she died, he said.Colleagues at Airedale Hospital have named a staff quiet room after her.

    Oliver's dad Craig said he'd turned down the chance to join a football academy because he preferred to play with his friends. He told the inquest: “He brought energy to the family dynamic. He was sociable and polite and the impact of losing him has been impossible to put into words.”

    Eyewitness Lauren Richardson said she saw Oliver's Fiesta pull out into the overtaking lane to pass a Volvo flatbed lorry driven by Roy Clifford.She said: “The Fiesta suddenly and abruptly veered into the opposite lane at about a 60-degree angle. It hit the large cattle transporter coming towards it.”

    She described a ‘scene of devastation’ as the livestock lorry, which was taking 16 cattle from a farm in Lancashire to a slaughterhouse in Pontefract, had overturned.

    All drivers involved were tested for drugs and alcohol and all readings came back negative, the court heard.There was also no evidence of mobile phone usage when handsets were analysed.Postmortems showed Oliver was unlikely to have suffered a medical episode.

    But evidence from his GP was read to the inquest that revealed he'd not been sleeping in the days before the crash.And from 2019, he'd sought treatment and counselling for low mood, and been prescribed antidepressants.

    However, by the time of the accident, his mental state was said to have ‘turned a corner’.His father said he thought the issues were connected to disciplinary proceedings against him by the university, which took 16 months to conclude.

    Mr Knott added: “We had no concerns about him. He was just a typical lad of his age. He was concerned about his dental work because he was queasy about needles and blood.”

    DC Martin Burns said police found paracetamol and ibuprofen in a glass underneath Mr Knott’s bed.Analysis of his laptop revealed online searches for suicide methods involving painkillers, but there were no searches related to vehicle-related methods.

    Forensic collision investigator Robert Crispin told the inquest: “Maisie had tried to take evasive action, but there was nowhere for her to go.There is no evidence Oliver’s driving was untoward before the impact, but also no physical evidence to suggest why he encroached into the Scania's lane.

    "The reason is unknown. It’s impossible to say if he was distracted by something like a stone through the windscreen, because the car was destroyed.”

    Returning a conclusion of death in a road traffic collision for both Maisie and Oliver, senior coroner Martin Fleming said: “Oliver made an attempt to overtake a lorry and collided with the Scania.

    "I emphasise that cocaine did not show up in his toxicology results, and he had not taken painkillers. Maisie was overtaken by events outside of her control. The causation rests with Oliver, but the reasons for that are unclear. He did struggle with depression, but this was limited to a period of time.

    "We heard some evidence that he had searched for articles about taking his own life, but he left no notes and there were no red flags picked up by his family.

    "He was actively making plans for the future. There is no evidence he deliberately conducted this manoeuvre. He may have been distracted or his mind elsewhere.

    "Why, we will never know, but this inadvertence has cost two young lives. It is a combined tragedy of gigantic proportions.

    "Two young, promising individuals with so much ahead of them have been lost and I am so very sorry.”

    References

    1. ^ Ilkley (www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk)

Junior doctor died after student ‘inadvertently’ swerved into path of …

An ‘exceptional’ junior doctor and a university student both died in a collision on the A65 in Yorkshire after the latter’s ‘unexplained’ overtaking maneouvre sent a livestock lorry hurtling out of control down a slope, an inquest heard today.

Oliver Louis Knott, 21, was driving his Ford Fiesta from his family home in Ilkley to a dental appointment in Shipley on the morning of February 18, 2021, when other drivers saw him overtaking traffic on the A65 Addingham bypass.

However, despite there being nothing untoward about his driving until that point, the University of Liverpool geography student was seen by a witness to suddenly swerve into the path of a Scania cattle truck travelling in the other direction.

Mr Knott was killed instantly, but the head-on impact disabled the lorry’s steering and it careered out of control, striking a glancing blow to another HGV in the opposite carriageway before hitting the Fiat 500 driven by Dr Maisie Jade Ryan, 27, who was commuting from her home in Headingley to a shift at Airedale Hospital. Dr Ryan also died at the scene, while the livestock transporter’s driver, Anna Robinson, was left dangling upside down in the cab suspended by her seatbelt and suffered serious injuries.

Oliver Knott, 21, and Dr Maisie Ryan, 27, both died in the collision on the A65 Addingham bypass in 2021Oliver Knott, 21, and Dr Maisie Ryan, 27, both died in the collision on the A65 Addingham bypass in 2021 Oliver Knott, 21, and Dr Maisie Ryan, 27, both died in the collision on the A65 Addingham bypass in 2021

The inquest at Bradford Coroner’s Court on Monday heard that Mr Knott, a talented footballer, had been ‘worried and preoccupied’ about the root canal treatment he was booked in for, and senior coroner Martin Fleming speculated that he may have been ‘distracted’ by the upcoming procedure, causing him to lose concentration.

However, police investigators could find no obvious cause of the collision and there were no defects to the vehicles involved or the road.

Both Dr Ryan’s parents, Paul and Lorraine, attended the hearing along with Mr Knott’s father Craig. Mr Ryan described his daughter, who grew up in Derby and attended Newcastle University before starting her medical career with hospital posts in Yorkshire, as ‘caring, dedicated, selfless, driven, loving and sociable’. She had been in the process of buying her first house when she died. Colleagues at Airedale have named a staff quiet room after her.

Craig Knott said Oliver attended Immanuel College in Bradford and played for Thackley Juniors as a youth, turning down the chance to join a football academy because he preferred to play with his friends. He added: “He brought energy to the family dynamic. He was sociable and polite and the impact of losing him has been impossible to put into words.”

He was still in the process of completing his university degree and was still spending time in Liverpool, where he had a part-time job in a Ted Baker store.

The West Yorkshire Police investigation was based around evidence from driver Lauren Richardson, who was between Mr Knott and Dr Ryan’s cars travelling towards Skipton and who was the only person who witnessed the collision in its entirety. The bypass has two lanes in this direction and one coming towards Ilkley, and Miss Richardson saw Mr Knott’s Fiesta pull out into the overtaking lane to pass a Volvo flatbed lorry driven by Roy Clifford. She said: “The Fiesta suddenly and abruptly veered into the opposite lane at about a 60-degree angle. It hit the large cattle transporter coming towards it.”

She added that after she stopped her car, there was a ‘scene of devastation’ as the livestock lorry, which was taking 16 cattle from a farm in Lancashire to a slaughterhouse in Pontefract, had overturned.

Mr Clifford, who said the Scania’s cab avoided colliding with his own by only 18 inches but struck the rear of his truck, initially told police he braked because he had seen ‘two black cars spinning’ on the road ahead of him, and though Mr Knott’s Fiesta was black, investigators found no evidence of another black vehicle involved or any cars that were not accounted for.

All drivers involved were tested for drugs and alcohol and all readings came back negative. There was also no evidence of mobile phone usage when handsets were analysed.

Postmortems showed that Mr Knott was unlikely to have suffered a medical episode, but evidence from his GP was read to the inquest. Mr Knott had not been sleeping in the days before the crash, and from 2019 had sought treatment and counselling for low mood, and been prescribed antidepressants. He had also admitted to regular cocaine use, and bags with traces of cocaine and ketamine were found in his wallet in the car.

However, by the time of the accident, his mental state was said to have ‘turned a corner’ and his father said he thought the issues were connected to disciplinary proceedings against him by the university, which took 16 months to conclude. Mr Knott was allowed to remain on his course, and was said to be ‘feeling and coping OK’.

Craig Knott added: “We had no concerns about him. He was just a typical lad of his age. He was concerned about his dental work because he was queasy about needles and blood.”

However, DC Martin Burns of West Yorkshire Police said that police found paracetamol and ibuprofen in a glass underneath Mr Knott’s bed, and analysis of his laptop revealed online searches for suicide methods involving painkillers. There were no searches related to vehicle-related methods.

Forensic collision investigator Robert Crispin added: “Maisie had tried to take evasive action, but there was nowhere for her to go. There is no evidence Oliver’s driving was untoward before the impact, but also no physical evidence to suggest why he encroached into the Scania's lane. The reason is unknown. It’s impossible to say if he was distracted by something like a stone through the windscreen, because the car was destroyed.”

Returning a conclusion of death in a road traffic collision for both Dr Ryan and Mr Knott, a visibly emotional Mr Fleming said: “Oliver made an attempt to overtake a lorry and collided with the Scania. I emphasise that cocaine did not show up in his toxicology results, and he had not taken painkillers. Maisie was overtaken by events outside of her control. The causation rests with Oliver, but the reasons for that are unclear. He did struggle with depression, but this was limited to a period of time.

"We heard some evidence that he had searched for articles about taking his own life, but he left no notes and there were no red flags picked up by his family. He was actively making plans for the future. There is no evidence he deliberately conducted this manoeuvre. He may have been distracted or his mind elsewhere. Why, we will never know, but this inadvertence has cost two young lives. It is a combined tragedy of gigantic proportions. Two young, promising individuals with so much ahead of them have been lost and I am so very sorry.”