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TRAVEL

Heavy traffic on M62 Westbound between J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome) and J26 M606 / A58 (Chain Bar).

Heavy traffic on M621 Westbound between J1 A6110 (Beeston/Farnley) and M62 J27 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome).

Heavy traffic on A58 Wharf Street in both directions at A6139 Tuel Lane.

SPORT

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That’s all from me this afternoon. Chloe Glover will be taking over.

#handsoffHRI

The community is furious after yesterday’s debate in Parliament over our A&E’s future resulted in the decision that it was a local issue.

This means the Government are refusing to step in and intervene with whatever decision the CCG reach.

Read more on the story and public reactions here.

Hands Off HRI rally
Hands Off HRI rally (Image: Twitter/@Chezzieburns)

Huddersfield Giants

Social media

Your comments on our piece on the £1 beggar at Huddersfield’s supermarkets have been most interesting.

To read experiences of this man’s antics and how he has approached people, read the best responses here.

The man has been approaching shoppers and members of the public asking for a £1 for bus and train fares for years.

Have you been approached by the 'Pound Man' beggar?
Have you been approached by the 'Pound Man' beggar?

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Afternoon everyone.

That’s all from me. Susie Beever is up next.

News

Patients will be able to record their opinions on video – and on a graffiti wall – as part of a consultation for a plan which will radically change NHS services in Huddersfield.

A public consultation on the Right Care Right Time Right Place proposal is also expected to include two publicity events at major venues and a series of road shows and information fairs.

The plan could lead to the closure of full A&E services at Huddersfield Royal Infirmaryand the demolition of the existing buildings.

More here...

Hands Off HRI rally
Hands Off HRI rally (Image: Twitter/@Chezzieburns)

News

A man wanted over a shop theft in Huddersfield has been charged with murder.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Adam Acton, 24, when he failed to show up atKirklees Magistrates’ Court on November 17.

He is accused of stealing a Gucci perfume gift set valued at £43.

The alleged theft happened at the King Street branch of Boots.

Magistrates heard that Acton has since been arrested by Greater Manchester Police and charged with the murder of a man found dead in a burning tent in Salford.

More here...

Video

What do you think of the new ‘bus gates’ in Huddersfield town centre? Tweet @Examiner or Facebook your views.

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A teenager faces more hospital treatment after an alleged attack at a Huddersfield school.

Ashley Mansfield, 15, suffered serious eye injuries and faces specialist treatment at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

He has already been treated by doctors at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital after the incident, which happened last Friday at Royds Hall Community School.

More here...

Royds Hall School and Ashley Mansfield
Royds Hall School and Ashley Mansfield

News

There’s been a furious reaction from Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman after the Government announced it would not intervene in a plan which could close Huddersfield’s A&E.

Mr Sheerman said the Government’s refusal to get involved in the hospital shake-up plan was a ‘declaration of war’.

He said: “If they don’t think again we will take the war to their doorstep. We will take it to No.10, George Osborne and the Department of Health.

“We will make the Government’s life a misery if they think they can brush this away.”

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A mental health trust, which had been blasted for its long waiting lists, says it has slashed waiting times for children needing treatment.

South West Yorkshire Foundation Trust, which manages NHS mental health services in Kirklees and Calderdale, was criticised after it was revealed that children and teenagers were waiting over a year – sometimes years – to receive assessments and treatment.

Trust bosses had recognised that children and adolescent mental health services (Camhs) had been underfunded during the last six months.

More here...

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That’s all from me for now. My colleague Dave will be here shortly. See you next time.


News

Firefighters freed a calf after the animal trapped itself in a cattle cage.

The bullock was rescued from the cage at a farm off Chadwick Lane, Lower Hopton, Mirfield, at around 3pm yesterday.

One fire crew from Cleckheaton sawed through sections of the cage to free the calf which had been sedated by a vet. The animal was released unharmed.


A&E reaction

We’re getting some reaction to the Government’s response to the online A&E petition.

Colne Valley Liberal Democrat councillor and a former Mayor of Kirklees David Ridgway has called it “mealy mouthed” and said: “I am appalled. The Government is refusing to take any responsibility.


Former Mayor Clr David Ridgway
Former Mayor Clr David Ridgway


“With the CCGs there is no public accountability and if we can’t complain to Parliament where can we go?

“What does it take? Civil disobedience? Of course I wouldn’t advocate that but we will happily take to the streets for a march.

“They say that this is about the best clinical care but what if the best care is available in the Orkneys? An A&E in Halifax is no use if you’re critically ill in the depths of the Holme or Colne valleys.”


Weather

The Examiner’s weatherman Paul Stevens has just tweeted his latest forecast and it’s more of the same for February.

This month looks like being similar to January. No prolonged cold weather, some mild bits and rain and wind. Nice.


News

Police are appealing for information to trace a man reported missing from Heckmondwike.

Kirklees Police would like to speak to anyone who has seen or has information about Ronald ‘Taff’ Hughes, of Back Lane, Heckmondwide.

He was reported missing on Wednesday, January 27 by relatives and has not been seen since January 24.


Police have appealed for information over Ronald 'Taff' Hughes who has been reported missing from Heckmondwike.
Police have appealed for information over Ronald 'Taff' Hughes who has been reported missing from Heckmondwike.


Ronald is described as white, 5ft 9in tall, of medium build, with short light brown greying hair, unshaven, and was wearing glasses. He usually wears a navy blue waterproof coat with fleece inner and carries a black/grey rucksack.

Anyone who has seen him or has information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Kirklees Police on 101 referencing log 681 of January 27.


News

I reckon there’ll have been a few thousand people who have received this email overnight.

No, it’s not junk mail though it doesn’t tell us what we didn’t know.

It’s the Government’s response to the petition to save Huddersfield Royal Infirmary’s A&E.

The petition has now been signed by 49,000 people, so almost half way to the magic 100,000 which triggers a Parliamentary debate.



Speedo Shy outside HRI backing the campaign to save HRI A&E
Speedo Shy outside HRI backing the campaign to save HRI A&E


In the response, the Department for Health says the ball’s in the court of the local Clinical Commissioning Group.

It says: “The Government appreciates that there is local concern about the future of A&E services in Huddersfield. However, this is a matter for local determination.”

This hot potato is firmly in the hands of the CCG.


News

Have you been approached by an aggressive beggar asking for £1 for his bus fare to Leeds?

He’s been dubbed Pound Man and he’s notorious around the area. He’s more than a nuisance, he’s quite intimidating.


Pounds soon add up
Pounds soon add up


He often targets lone women as they get into their cars in car parks.

He’s been spotted at supermarket car parks and at Dewsbury District Hospital.

The advice is, if you are intimidated by him report the incident to police. It seems he’s a conman and not in genuine need.


M62 tweet

If ever you need a reminder of just how dangerous our motorways are look at this tweet from West Yorkshire’s Roads Policing Unit from last weekend.

Like they say ‘tiredness kills’ - except sometimes you get lucky. Stay safe and be careful out there.



M62 accident clear

Vehicles involved in the M62 smash near Saddleworth have now been cleared and the motorway is fully open again. Congestion is starting to ease, I’m assured.

M62 tweets

I really feel for drivers who have to hit the M62 every morning.

I’m only 10 minutes from the office which is plenty for my commute.

Chris, I feel your pain.



M62 'stalled' vehicle

Just spotted another M62 ‘incident’ courtesy of the AA from earlier this morning. A “stalled vehicle” eastbound at Junction 11 Birchwood Way. Good grief. Just turn the key!

M62 tweets

Drivers are turning to Twitter to express their frustrations with the M62. We had all those problems yesterday in rush hour too, of course.

Got to keep your sense of humour though, folks!



M62 open again

All lanes are said to be open again on the M62 around Saddleworth. All traffic was stopped from just before 8am for the vehicles to be removed.

It’ll take time to clear, however.