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Local news

Watch as Taylor Aitcheson packs a punch playing racquetball - the youngster is just seven but has already been spotted for his talent.

The racquet is almost as big as he is!

Read more on the story here.

M62

There are reports of strong winds up on the M62 between Ainley Top and J21 for Milnrow. Traffic has been slowed down to 50mph so be wary of any impending traffic over the forthcoming rush hour.

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a man suffered a broken bone in the hand after being assaulted at a concert in Holmfirth.

West Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Police

The assault happened between 10.45pm and 11pm on Friday, 12 February, at The Picturedrome in Victoria Street. The 24-year-old victim was smoking an e-cigarette prior to the assault which another man took exception to.


The suspect is described as a white man, aged in his 40s, around 5ft 11ins tall, of medium/muscly build with brown curly hair and a gap in his teeth. He was wearing a yellow and blue polo shirt and blue jeans.


Det Con Oliver Coates said: “We are appealing for anyone who has been in the venue or in the vicinity following the concert who has seen a man matching the suspect’s description or an altercation involving two men.


“There was a Meatloaf tribute act playing that night which might help jog people’s memory. Anyone with information is asked to please call Kirklees District CID via 101.”

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Huddersfield’s gardeners will be gathering to welcome the onset of Spring at a popular annual event for local food growers.


Huddersfield Potato Day, organised by Growing Newsome, offers 30 different varieties of seed potato, ideal for home gardeners and allotment holders.

Potato Day: get a slice of the action!
Potato Day: get a slice of the action!

The fifth annual Huddersfield Potato Day is on Saturday, 5 March, from 10am to 1pm at Newsome Scout Hall, Newsome Road South, Newsome, HD4 6JJ.


Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

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Young bakers inspired by the Great British Bake Off are invited to take part in a competition at Kirklees College.


The college is hosting its third annual Young Chef Competition, open to anyone in years 9-11 from schools in Kirklees and surrounding areas.

Junior chef of the Year final at Kirklees College. Iman Dar works under the watchful eye of Gary Schofield from the college catering department and Barrington Douglas who were two of the judges.
Junior chef of the Year final at Kirklees College. Iman Dar works under the watchful eye of Gary Schofield from the college catering department and Barrington Douglas who were two of the judges.

Entrants will be tasked with creating a spectacular dessert to wow the judges.


Last year Salendine Nook High School pupil Iman Dar’s lemon pudding cake with summer fruits sauce was selected as the winner.


Up to 16 students will be selected to compete in the heats in April and the top four in each heat will go through to the final on June 21.


To take part, you must be aged between 14 and 16 on 31 August 2016.


To get an entry form for the competition visit www.kirkleescollege.ac.uk or email schoolsliaison@kirkleescollege.ac.uk. The deadline for entries is Monday March 14 at 12 noon.

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Repair works to make Calderdale Industrial Museum safe and watertight will be considered by Calderdale Council’s Cabinet on Monday, 7 March.


The estimated cost of the repairs is £320,000. Clr Tim Swift, Calderdale Council’s Leader, said: “Calderdale Industrial Museum is home to a collection that is full of historical importance for our area and much loved by local people and visitors.

Calderdale council leader, Clr Tim Swift in Halifax Town Hall
Calderdale council leader, Clr Tim Swift in Halifax Town Hall

“The proposed further repair works would keep the museum open to the public, providing an important part of the area’s cultural offer alongside the Piece Hall, new Central Library and Archive and the Square Chapel.”



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Police are appealing for information after a quantity of jewellery was stolen from a house in Skelmanthorpe.


On Wednesday, 17 February, between 6.30pm and 9.10pm, suspects gained entry to a property on Bedale Drive by breaking a rear window.

West Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Police

The suspect climbed through the window into a bedroom where a jewellery box and jewellery was taken before the house alarm went off.


One of the items stolen was a men’s gold coloured 1940’s Bulova wrist watch with metal strap.


PC Chris Eglen, from Kirklees CID, said: “The home owners were away at the time of the burglary and the suspects saw an opportunity to break in through a window.


“A number of items of jewellery were stolen, however the Bulovo wrist watch is very distinctive and of huge sentimental value.


Contact PC Eglen at Kirklees CID via 101 or to pass information anonymously to independent charity Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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Magic Rock Brewery in Birkby doing its bit re trying to save the town’s A&E facility. See below:


“Our Save Huddersfield A&E fundraiser is HERE! Sunday 6th March. DJs / food by Fat Hippo / drink by Magic Rock Brewing - raffle and bucket donations on the day.


“Plus we will be donating profits from one of our beers to the fund!


So come and join us for a relaxed Sunday session.”

Travel:

Strong winds on M62 between J24 A629 (Ainley Top) and J21 A640 (Milnrow). Matrix sign set to 50 mph.
Traffic coping well. On the route between Manchester and Leeds.

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News

Detectives in Kirklees are trying to trace three suspects after a robbery in Mirfield.

The victim and a friend got out of a taxi in the early hours of Saturday and walked home in opposite directions. The victim noticed three men outside a shop next to an ATM on Old Bank Road and decided to walk the other way home.

The three suspects begin to shout at the victim and ran after him. He reached Sunny Bank Avenue and was approached by the suspects who asked for his wallet.

He gave them his wallet and house keys and they ran off back down the road.

The three men are described as white aged between 18 and 25-years-old and wearing tracksuits.

Anyone with information or who was in the area and saw the suspects should contact DC Andy Clayton at Kirklees CID via 101 quoting reference 1316087562.

Football

Harry Bunn says Huddersfield Town must head to Derby County on Saturday ready to prove their home defeat by Ipswich Town was just a blip.


Harry Bunn races away from former colleague Conor Coady of Wolves
Harry Bunn


David Wagner’s side were unbeaten in three Championship clashes before the 1-0 loss. There is more here.

Weather

The gritters will be out tonight with possible bad weather on the way overnight and into tomorrow.



Still some uncertainty, but it looks likely there will be snow tomorrow morning.

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Here’s a heartwarming story about a couple who were young and in love and determined on a life together.


Stuart and Christine Parker of Kaye Lane, Almondbury, celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary.
Stuart and Christine Parker of Kaye Lane, Almondbury, celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary.


Christine Kaye, 18, and Stuart Parker, 20, ignored their families’ wishes, packed their suitcases and fled Huddersfield to live in hiding in Scotland for three weeks until they were able to wed.

Now, half a century later, they have celebrated their golden wedding in style on board the luxury liner Britannia. The full story is here.

Weather

Some snow could be on the way tomorrow morning, with Highways England warning of possible problems on the roads especially between 6am and 1pm.



And strong winds are causing some problems on the M62 this afternoon between junction 24 (Ainley Top) and junction 21 (Milnrow). Matrix signs have been set to 50mph.

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It’s another busy day on the Examiner website.

These are the three most read stories so far today.

1) Demolition workers have moved in to flatten Huddersfield’s former Sports Centre.


Demolition contractors start work on the former Huddersfield Sports Centre. The empty small pool in the old building.
Demolition contractors start work on the former Huddersfield Sports Centre. The empty small pool in the old building.


But it will be some time before people notice much difference on the sprawling site, as it’s a “softly, softly” approach. There is more here.

2) Land that was supposed to be preserved as open space was bought for just £1 by a developer who is planning to build an office block. Property boss Bal Khela has got the green light to build two-storey offices on grass that residents say should be part of a protected ‘buffer zone’ around an upmarket housing estate in Bradley, Huddersfield. The full story is here.

3) A sports car worth tens of thousands of pounds burst into flames in Dewsbury. The Maserati Gran Coupe caught fire in Old Westgate, behind the town’s police station. You can see more here.

That’s all from me. Phil Booth is up next.

News

Seeing as it’s lunchtime.

Here’s what our reporter Robert Sutcliffe thought of luxury burger joint Pax Burger, Lindley.

Examiner reporter, Robert Sutcliffe dining at Pax, the upmarket burger restaurant in Lindley.
Examiner reporter, Robert Sutcliffe dining at Pax, the upmarket burger restaurant in Lindley.

Travel

Traffic easing and returning to normal on M62 westbound between J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor) and J21 A640 (Milnrow) after broken down vehicle blocking lane is moved.

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A care home nurse has been struck off more than three years after she failed to attempt resuscitation on a dying patient.

Winifred Jozi decided not to administer CPR or call 999 – instead contacting the NHS Direct helpline – after a colleague at Holme House Nursing and Residential Home, in Gomersal, found 59-year-old resident Susan Burgess ‘cold and unresponsive’.

She also failed to complete any paperwork to record Mrs Burgess’ death before leaving at the end of her night shift in December 2012.

More here...

Susan Burgess who died at Holme House care home Cleckheaton, pictured with granddaughter Mia
Susan Burgess who died at Holme House care home Cleckheaton, pictured with granddaughter Mia

Travel

Very slow traffic and traffic heavier than normal on M62 Westbound between J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor) and J21 A640 (Milnrow).
Reports of a broken down vehicle blocking a lane.


Slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M62, near Milnrow
Slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M62, near Milnrow (Image: Google)

News

A campaign to save a local A&E department took on Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt — and won.

Save Lewisham Hospital was formed after the health minister opted to downgrade and close full emergency care services at the South East London hospital.

Following the collapse of South London Healthcare NHS Trust in 2012, a government report suggested that the trusts’s three hospitals should be absorbed by neighbouring trusts.

More here...

More than 1,000 people attended a #HandsOffHRI rally in St George's Square in January
More than 1,000 people attended a #HandsOffHRI rally in St George's Square in January (Image: Neil Terry Photography)

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