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Don't let thieves fob you off - and ruin Christmas

Police are urging people not to hide Christmas presents in their cars.

While it might be tempting to leave them in the boot – and away from prying eyes in the house – thieves are using a special device which could leave cars vulnerable.

Thieves are using jammers to block the signal from key remotes and then strike when the driver has gone indoors.

Thieves are using jammers to stop remote car keys working, and then stealing cars
Thieves are using jammers to stop remote car keys working, and then stealing cars

A spokesman for Kirklees Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “With Christmas just around the corner, some people are using their cars to store Christmas presents.

“Thieves are well aware of this and we see an increase in thefts from cars at this time of year.

“More recently we have seen a new threat with lock jammers. One simple answer to this is to check the car is locked after using the fob.”

Beware town centre thieves

Police are warning shoppers to beware of pickpockets on the streets of Huddersfield in the run-up to Christmas.

Thefts of purses and wallets often rise in the weeks before Christmas and Kirklees police say people should take extra care.

Shoppers in Huddersfield warned to beware of pickpockets
Shoppers in Huddersfield warned to beware of pickpockets

Det Insp Stef Wiseman, of Kirklees CID, said: “We are asking people to be extra vigilant.

“Ladies should make sure their purses are zipped up inside a bag and men should make sure their wallet is in an inside pocket.”

Extra police patrols will be on the streets this Christmas.

Search dog found missing woman

A search dog found a woman missing from hospital.

Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) was called in at 8.50pm last night after a woman described as “vulnerable” had been reported as missing from Calderdale Royal Hospital.

The West Yorkshire Police helicopter swooped low over the area during the search involving 24 CVSRT members and their specialist dog Pepper.

The team searched a large area of dense undergrowth in the Manor Heath Park area of Halifax and Pepper found the missing woman shortly after 10pm.

Tim Ingram, from CVSRT, said: “The missing female was alive but in need of medical assistance. Team doctors were quickly in attendance and the casualty was then transferred to hospital for further care.”

Nahki Wells: Staying?

Huddersfield Town striker Nahki Wells says he is not looking for a move in January.

There has been much speculation that Wells will leave the John Smith’s Stadium when the transfer window re-opens.

Nahki Wells (left) celebrates his goal against Bristol City with Kasey Palmer
Nahki Wells (left) celebrates his goal against Bristol City with Kasey Palmer

However, he said at the weekend that he was happy to stay.

Will he stay or will he go? I guess we have to wait and see.

'I'm not the baddest person' says Karen Matthews

Karen Matthews has found God.

Matthews, who was involved in a plot to kidnap her own nine-year-old daughter Shannon, revealed to a friend: “When I left prison I picked up a Bible and saw a passage about ‘God loves you’.

Karen Matthews
Karen Matthews

“I knew I was hated by everyone, cut off from my family… but here they were, saying I was loved.

“I know I did something wrong but I’m not the baddest person people are making out. I am sorry for hurting people.”

'Ronan was much loved and will always be remembered.'

A coroner has decided that Huddersfield Giants starlet Ronan Costello died as a result of an accident.

After the inquest was concluded, Ronan’s parents Martin and Nichola released a statement through the Rugby League Benevolent Fund.

They said: “The family are absolutely devastated by the loss of Ronan.

Ronan Costello
Ronan Costello


“He loved playing Rugby League. He was proud to play for Huddersfield Giants.
“The family acknowledge that Ronan died as the result of a tragic, unintentional tackle.
“They do not wish to apportion any blame.
“They wish to thank all those family and friends who have supported them during this most difficult of circumstances.
“Ronan was much loved and will always be remembered.”

Dean Windass made bankrupt

Former football star Dean Windass has been made bankrupt after a court heard that he owed the taxman more than £150,000.

A judge made a bankruptcy order against 47-year-old Windass at a Bankruptcy and Companies Court hearing in London.

Dean Windass, who is embroiled in bankruptcy proceedings
Dean Windass, who is embroiled in bankruptcy proceedings (Image: PA)

Registrar Stephen Baister granted an application by a lawyer representing HM Revenue and Customs. Windass, who comes from Hull, was not at the hearing.

Striker Windass made more than 600 appearances and scored more than 200 goals in an 18-year career.

He played for more than half a dozen clubs, including Hull, Bradford, Middlesbrough, Sheffield United and Aberdeen.

His 22-year-old son Josh, also a striker, was a young player at Huddersfield Town. He now plays for Rangers.

Council licensing hearing for Le Choix bar

Councillors ruled a man who stamped on another man’s head cannot become a licensee of a Batley bar.

Mohammed Shabir was put forward to be the designated premises supervisor (DPS) for the Le Choix bar, as all licensed venues need a named DPS.

But at a Kirklees Licensing hearing this morning Richard Woodhead, licensing officer for West Yorkshire Police, told councillors Shabir was found guilty of assault in February.

Le Choix bar, Batley
Le Choix bar, Batley (Image: Google)

Mr Woodhead outlined a series of recent criminal incidents that had taken place inside the Bradford Road bar and said: “This club has clearly been a drain on the resources of the night time economy, both for the police and the ambulance service.

“We feel Mohammed Shabir is not the right person to take charge of this bar due to his conviction for violence.”

Due to the nature of the Licensing Act, Le Choix can continue to operate under another DPS.

Ronan's death a 'tragic accident'

Here’s the latest on the inquest into the death of Huddersfield Giants player Ronan Costello.

The hearing at Bradford has heard that the 17-year-old died as the result of a tragic accident.

Ronan Costello signing for the Giants
Ronan Costello signing for the Giants


Assistant coroner Philip Holden heard from a variety of sources, including professionals who attended the match between the Academy and Salford Red Devils, played on June 11.
All agreed that it was an accident and there had been no maliciousness involved in the tackle by two Salford players.
The court heard that Ronan had stumbled in the moment before the tackle was made and as a result a Salford player’s shoulder had made contact with Ronan’s chin before he hit the ground hard.
The teenager died 72 hours later.

Some lovely tributes to Jordan Jubb

There have been lots of tributes paid to Jordan Jubb on Facebook. He sounds like he was really well loved and respected by his many friends.

Our thoughts go out to his family and all those who knew him at this terrible time.

Rachelle Newell wrote: “Can’t believe you have been taken so young. Known you since you was 13 and you have always been such a kind, loving, caring lad, not to mention a great father to 2 beautiful kids.

“You had a heart of gold, doesn’t seem real that I won’t see you on my street again, or that we won’t have a cheeky drink at Beckys after bumping into eachother on a night out.

“God only takes the best and he keeps proving that. Rest in peace Jordan Jubb you will be truly missed, my thoughts are with your family at this sad time.”

Liam Valentine said: “RIP Jordan Jubb. Gone far too early. Very nice lad and always up for a laugh. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Really going to miss you lad.”

Kyra Barker wrote: “Heard some sad news today and can’t believe it. Thoughts are with your family on this sad day. It’s heartbreaking that you’ve gone so soon.”

Shaun Hunter added: “You was an amazing guy and friend and you will be dearly missed brother, god bless you. RIP Jordan Jubb.”

Police name drugs death victim

Police have named the 22-year-old man who died after a suspected drugs overdose in Batley.

He was Jordan Jubb, of Batley, who is believed to be a dad of two.

Det Insp Stef Wiseman, of Kirklees CID, said the details of what happened were still unclear and subject to further investigation.

The TBC nightclub, Batley
The TBC nightclub, Batley

Mr Jubb was found with a 24-year-old man who had also collapsed and a third man, aged 19, went to hospital a couple of hours later.

Det Insp Wiseman said police would be speaking to both men to find out what they may have taken, if anything.

A post-mortem will be carried out but police said Mr Jubb had died of a possible drugs overdose.

Mr Jubb had earlier been to the TBC nightclub in Bradford Road, Batley.

Ronan Costello inquest today

Sadly, it’s a day of reporting on some tragic events.

My colleague Robert Sutcliffe is at an inquest in Bradford into the death of teenage Huddersfield Giants star Ronan Costello.

Ronan Costello
Ronan Costello

The 17-year-old Academy player died in hospital 72 hours after being injured in a game for the club. We’ll have updates right here and a full report on the hearing later.

Taxi driver raised the alarm

Police say a taxi driver raised the alarm after two men collapsed with a suspected drugs overdose in Batley.

It is unclear whether the two men, aged 22 and 24, were found in the street or whether they had been picked up by the taxi.

Det Insp Stef Wiseman, of Kirklees CID, told us the initial call was made to police by a taxi driver.

The 22-year-old man who died has been named on social media and there have been lots of tributes. We’ll have more soon.

A 22-year-old man who died after a suspected drugs overdose had been to a new Batley nightclub earlier in the evening, the Examiner understands.

The man, who has not been named, is thought to have been in TBC in Bradford Road.

TBC, Batley.
TBC, Batley.

TBC was opened in August by the company behind the former Frontier nightclub.

Club spokesman Nick Westwell said: “We are aware that a young man has lost his life and we are assisting police with their enquiries.

“It’s a tragedy and all we are thinking about is the family and our thoughts are with them.

“Something has happened after a customer has left the premises. At this moment we don’t know what has happened. It’s just tragic.”

'No safe way to take drugs'

We’ve now had the latest statement from Kirklees CID on the death of a 22-year-old man in Batley.

Det Insp Stef Wiseman said: “At this stage we are unable to establish what these males have taken. However, we can say that all three presented with overdose symptoms and tragically one young man has lost his life.

Det Insp Stef Wiseman: 'No safe way to take drugs'
Det Insp Stef Wiseman: 'No safe way to take drugs'

“Our thoughts are with his family at this devastating time.

“I would like to take this opportunity to remind people that there is no safe way to take drugs.”

Batley drugs death

Police say a third man had also been treated in hospital, believed for the effects of taking drugs.

The man, aged 19, took himself to hospital at about 6.15am yesterday. He was treated and was later released.

A man has died after taking an apparent drugs overdose.

Police have issued a drugs warning after the death of a 22-year-old man in Batley.

Police said the man and another, aged 24, were found unresponsive in Bradford Road, Batley, at about 4.30am on Sunday.

The 22-year-old died later and the 24-year-old is stable in hospital.

More as we get it.

Karen Matthews finds God

Karen Matthews, dubbed Britain’s worst mum, is back in the headlines today.

The Daily Mirror is reporting that Matthews, formerly of Dewsbury Moor, is now living a new life down south.

Karen Matthews claims she's a changed woman
Karen Matthews claims she's a changed woman

Mum-of-seven Matthews was jailed for eight years in 2008 after being found guilty of abducting daughter Shannon, who was just nine at the time.

It was said to be part of a plot to secure reward money.

Matthews is now said to be teetotal and has turned to God. Her weight has ballooned due to a diet of chocolate bars.

She is now asking for forgiveness. Could you forgive her what’s she’s done?

Police appeal

Police have issued an appeal for witnesses after a man in his 40s suffered serious injuries after being hit by a car.

The man, who has not been named, was a pedestrian and was hit by a Toyota Yaris in Trinity Street, Huddersfield, at 6.40pm on Saturday.

A male pedestrian was taken to hospital after being knocked down by a vehicle on Trinity Street, Huddersfield, on Saturday evening
A male pedestrian was taken to hospital after being knocked down by a vehicle on Trinity Street, Huddersfield, on Saturday evening

He was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with serious injuries where he is in a stable condition.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact PC 6222 Judge at SRANS West via 101.

Deal or No Deal?

A Huddersfield policeman is to appear on TV’s Deal or No Deal tonight.

It promises to be an unusual show as it was filmed on board The Flying Scotsman.

Huddersfield policeman Jason Southwell (right) playing Deal Or No Deal with host Noel Edmonds on The Flying Scotsman
Huddersfield policeman Jason Southwell (right) playing Deal Or No Deal with host Noel Edmonds on The Flying Scotsman

Remember when the iconic steam train came through Marsden in June?

I waited with a handful of other people - and it steamed right through the station and stopped out of sight!

Today's front page

Here’s the front page of today’s paper. Not a good weekend on the roads.

Front Page December 12 2016
Front Page December 12 2016

M62 update

We’ve got reports of slow traffic Eastbound on the M62 between junctions 23 at Huddersfield and 26 at Chain Bar but looks like just sheer volume of traffic.

Good morning!

Hello everybody. Martin here. It’s a chilly start and I had to scrape my car so make sure you allow a little extra time for your journey this morning.

I’ll be checking on the traffic and travel first, and with the emergency services.

Welcome to Monday's live coverage

Good morning and welcome to the Huddersfield Examiner’s breaking news live blog for today. Between now and 6pm we’ll bring you the latest news from our town as well as regular traffic and travel updates. Our reporters will also take a look what’s happening with Huddersfield Town and the Giants. Plus we’ll keep our eye on social media and bring you anything we think is important or interesting so you’re always the first to know.