A regional daily newspaper was forced to take the near-unprecedented step of cancelling its edition today after heavy snow stopped the printing presses.
The Halifax Courier announced via a statement on its website that there would be no newspaper published today.
It read: “The Courier has been hit by heavy snow in the area of our printing press. It means there will be no paper on Wednesday.
“Everything possible is being done to print the newspaper on Thursday and we will update the situation as soon as possible.
“We apologise to readers and advertisers for the disappointment and inconvenience.
“The snow is causing serious problems around West and South Yorkshire. We will keep our readers updated with news on our website.”
Although the weather has occasionally delayed the publication of weeklies by 24 hours, the non-appearance of an edition of a daily newspaper due to snow is so rare an occurence as to be almost unprecedented in the UK.
Despite the print edition’s non-appearance the newspaper was continuing to upload breaking news stories to its website.