Huddersfield man Martin Ackroyd hospitalised after beating by killer's brother a year before he was murdered

The scene of police investigations on Ashenhurst Rise and (inset) Martin Ackroyd
Dad-of-three suffered broken ribs and collapsed lung in beating at murderer Nicola Bedford's flat

Most basic funeral now costs £3,500 in Kirklees and Calderdale

Bereaved families hit as the most basic funeral now costs £3,500

Bradley firm Joseph Furniture Ltd could face fine of up to £20,000 after illegal worker found during Home Office immigration enforcement team raid

Firm could face fine of up to £20,000

WATCH: Tish the season to be jolly! Vine star's Christmas message for Huddersfield Examiner readers

Tish at Christmas
Tish's videos have been seen an incredible 168 million times around the world since her first upload in July

Huddersfield Examiner reader picture competition: Vote for your winner!

Have a look through the gallery of pictures then vote for the one you like best

Katy Stiff £4,000 benefit fraud after landing Yorkshire Ambulance Service job

Kirklees Magistrates Court, Huddersfield.
Stiff, from Scissett, pleaded guilty to benefit fraud at Kirklees Magistrates' Court

Huddersfield weatherman Paul Stevens not tipping a white Christmas

Holme Moss covered in first snows of winter 2014
Cold front set to hit town after Boxing Day

Take a look around this week's featured Property of the Week - Keith Dixon's house in Longley

Built at the turn of the century in 1901, this late Victorian terrace house is full of original features and has been the home of Keith Dixon for nine years

Huddersfield Town players spread Christmas cheer at Huddersfield and Calderdale hospitals

Kids get cheerful visits from soccer stars

Stephen Freeman prosecuted after his illegal Pit Bull Terrier attacked another dog in Crow Nest Park

Crow Nest Park in Dewsbury
A border terrier named Oscar was badly wounded as his owner walked him in the Dewsbury park

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Take That and Luis Suarez were the butt of jokes this year

Take That and Luis Suarez the butt of this year's top 10 Christmas crackers

When snow was snow! Take a look back at Huddersfield in the snow in the 1940s, 50s and 60s

Caught on Camera 12/12/14

Caught on Camera: can you put names to faces on CCTV pictures released by West Yorkshire Police

Huddersfield Nativity special 2014: Hundreds of faces of kids in Christmas plays here

Teacher Aid 2014

WATCH: Huddersfield schools create own version of Band Aid hit for charity

Holme Moss covered in first snows of winter 2014

Huddersfield weatherman Paul Stevens not tipping a white Christmas

Cold front set to hit town after Boxing Day

Huddersfield Town players spread Christmas cheer at Huddersfield and Calderdale hospitals

Kids get cheerful visits from soccer stars

Devolution: Kirklees politicians want it, but some don't like the plans so far

Huddersfield Town Hall
Opposition councillors are yet to agree ahead of crucial meeting

Big Christmas windfall expected for Forget Me Not Children's Hospice as X Factor winner Ben Haenow on course for Christmas number one

One hundred per cent of his record label, Syco's, profits will be donated Together for Short Lives, which is partnered with the hospice

James Vaughan could be Huddersfield Town starter against Birmingham City

The injury-plagued striker is seeking his first goal in more than a year

Huddersfield Town old boy Jordan Rhodes linked with Real Sociedad

Jordan Rhodes celebrates after scoring for Blackburn
The John Smith's Stadium club have a 20% sell-on clause on the striker

Huddersfield Town players spread Christmas cheer at Huddersfield and Calderdale hospitals

Kids get cheerful visits from soccer stars

Recap: Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell's pre-match press conference ahead of Birmingham City visit

Follow the Huddersfield Town v Birmingham City pre-match press conference live here null
Tom Marshall-Bailey brought you all the latest updates from PPG Canalside as the boss and Alex Smithies faced the media

Huddersfield Giants star Michael Lawrence can't wait to play with no pain

Competition form places is going to be so fierce for the next Super League season

Michael Lawrence on course to start Super League season for Huddersfield Giants

Wrist surgery proves a success for utility forward

Huddersfield Giants join forces with Oldham for 2015 after ending Batley deal

Huddersfield Giants crest
New dual-registration partnership is announced between the Super League and Championship I clubs

James Vaughan could be Huddersfield Town starter against Birmingham City

The injury-plagued striker is seeking his first goal in more than a year

Roy Sutton wins Sixteen competition at Huddersfield winter venue Griffin Bowling Club to reach Champion of Champions

Martin Griffiths beaten in final at Colne Valley club

Huddersfield Town old boy Jordan Rhodes linked with Real Sociedad

Jordan Rhodes celebrates after scoring for Blackburn
The John Smith's Stadium club have a 20% sell-on clause on the striker

Christmas 2014: 10 activities to keep kids amused during the holidays

On Friday youngsters across Kirklees will pack away their schoolbooks and get ready for some Christmas fun as the holidays begin.

Review: Huddersfield Choral Society up to the challenge of rapid-tempo Messiah

Dramatic performance in Huddersfield Town Hall

Don't go cold turkey with your leftovers with these great Boxing Day recipes

Make the most of your turkey leftovers
An estimated 7.9 million slices of turkey are leftover by Christmas Day evening

600 UK Ltd hosts EEF growth forum launch

Manufacturers in Kirklees are set to benefit from the EEF's new Yorkshire & Humber Growth Forum

Wellhouse Leisure takes Ford Terrier to Turkey

David Elliott and Layne Stuart travelled 4,500 miles to show off the Ford Terrier campervan to workers at a Ford plant in Turkey

Clough & Company partner in tax warning

Nigel Westman, partner at Clough & Company in Cleckheaton
Nigel Westman, of Clough and Company, says figures show tax evasion to be a bigger problem than tax avoidance

Videos & Photos

Holme Moss covered in first snows of winter 2014

Huddersfield weatherman Paul Stevens not tipping a white Christmas

Take a look around this week's featured Property of the Week - Keith Dixon's house in Longley

Huddersfield Town players spread Christmas cheer at Huddersfield and Calderdale hospitals

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People come to lay flowers to pay respect to the shooting victims at a temporary memorial site close to the Lindt cafe in the central business district of Sydney

Morning news headlines: Sydney gunman latest; first woman Bishop to be announced; Nurses coming from overseas

The latest news from around the globe

Pakistan school attack by Taliban gunmen leaves 84 dead

The overwhelming majority of the victims were students at the army public school, which teaches children and teenagers in grades one to 10

Morning headlines: Aussie gunman not on watchlist; England-only votes plan; UKIP in EU cash move

Staff members from the Lindt Chocolat Cafe with their arms linked pay tribute to their colleague who lost his live during a siege in Sydney
The latest news from around the world

Sydney cafe siege latest as five hostages released but 15 more believed to be inside with gunman

A hostage runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.
Australian officials have not confirmed how many people are still inside the Lindt Chocolat Cafe, which was seized by an armed man at the height of the morning rush-hour, and have warned it could stretch into a second day

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