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Three chased by gang of six masked men

A group of men fled into a convenience store to escape six masked men.

The incident happened on Healey Road, Batley, yesterday between 6.30pm and 7pm.

A group of masked men approached three other men stood in a car park and attempted to attack them.

The men fled into a nearby convenience store on Healey Road and blocked the door. The suspects attempted to get in and caused damage to the door before leaving the scene.

No-one was injured in the disorder incident.

Det Con Nicole Rubio-Senior said: “It is believed the attack on the men was a targeted offence and it must be stressed that such behaviour will absolutely not be tolerated in our communities.”

Anyone who has information is asked to contact Kirklees CID on 101 referencing crime number 13170315482.

Another beer festival? Well, it is summer.

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Father-of-four Umar Farooq, 30, and his sister-in-law Shonia Kauser, 25, were both attacked in Larch Road in the early hours of this morning.

Mr Farooq, who lives on Larch Road, was approached by four masked men armed with machetes.

It is thought he had gone outside, possibly to get something from his van, when the men viciously attacked him.

Umar Farooq (right), 30, was stabbed in the stomach and head in a machete attack in Paddock and Shonia Kauser, 23, was slashed in the face
Umar Farooq (right), 30, was stabbed in the stomach and head in a machete attack in Paddock and Shonia Kauser, 23, was slashed in the face

Appeal for relatives of deceased

Coroners in Leeds are appealing for information to help trace the relatives of John Donaghy from Gledhow.

Mr Donaghy, aged 68, of Lincombe Drive, died at his home address on the 7 July. He died of natural causes.

Mr Donaghy is thought to have links to Ireland.

Anyone with information on the relatives of Mr Donaghy is asked to contact Coroner’s Officer Debbie Howarth on 01924 292 301.

Silly moo: Daisy the cow freed after getting udderly stuck

It was a case of bovine-nine-nine when Daisy the cow got wedged in some rocks in Holmfirth.

The four-month Belgian Blue quite literally got stuck between a rock and a hard place in a disused quarry after wandering off from Brow Lane on Cartworth Moor earlier this morning.

The fire service were called at 6.45am when Daisy was spotted by pure cow-incidence by a dog walker in the area, and the farmer rushed to scene but was unable to mooo-ve her.

I think I’ve exhausted all cow puns - but you’ll be pleased to know Daisy was eventually freed and unhurt. Or should I say, unherd?

Really milking it, aren’t it?

Daisy the cow is freed after getting stuck between a rock and a hard place
Daisy the cow is freed after getting stuck between a rock and a hard place (Image: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue)
Daisy the cow is freed after getting stuck between a rock and a hard place
Daisy the cow is freed after getting stuck between a rock and a hard place (Image: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue)

Water supplies being shut off on Manchester Road

Water is about to be shut off on Manchester Road...

Apologies for the short notice - don’t shoot the messenger!

Jeremy Hunt responds to fears over downgrading of hospital

The Secretary of State and Minister for Health Jeremy Hunt has written to MP Paula Sherriff over concerns about the downgrading of hospitals in Kirklees.

Responding to a previous letter sent by the Dewsbury MP, Mr Hunt wrote: “I appreciate your constituents’ concerns about the changes at Dewsbury District Hospital. I understand that the A&E department at the hospital will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and that around 70 per cent attending would see no change in the service.”

Mr Hunt did not address concerns about services at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt (Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

WATCH: Motorist dumps oil can at the side of the motorway

Footage has emerged of a lorry driver dumping a can of oil at the side of the M62.

Highways England have released the footage, saying “collecting litter risks our workers’ lives”.

LISTEN: Interview with key eyewitness of machete attack

Listen to our interview with Sharaz Kauser, who fought off machete knife men who attacked her family in Paddock last night.

Our top stories this afternoon

Here’s what you lot have been reading the most...

  • A woman has told how she fought off a masked machete gang who stabbed two of her relatives in a frenzied attack. You can read the latest on the attack here.
  • David Wagner has credited Dr John Iga for playing a massive role in putting Huddersfield Town ahead of schedule in pre-season training. Read more about Dr Iga and this story here.
  • A guide on going to prison for the first time...well, you never know. Take a look on what first time inmates can expect here.
Sharaz Kauser
Sharaz Kauser, who has told of how she fought of attackers with a machete

Armed police in Birkby

We’ve been receiving messages of armed police in Birkby this lunchtime.

Police have confirmed this operation was part of arrest enquiries and that a man has been arrested, although are unable to disclose any more information at the moment.

We will let you know if we get any updates on this incident.

Percy Street, Birkby
Percy Street, Birkby

National news

Here’s a round up of the main headlines this lunchtime...

TRUMP CLAIMS OF WITCH HUNT FOLLOWING SON’S MEETING WITH RUSSIAN LAWYER

Donald Trump Jr has said he never told his father about a meeting he had with a Russian lawyer who promised him compromising information on rival Hillary Clinton. The president’s oldest son told Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity that, “It was just a nothing. There was nothing to tell.” President Trump tweeted this morning claiming the scandal was a “witch hunt”.

GRENFELL TOWER SURVIVORS MARKING FOUR WEEKS SINCE DEVASTATING FIRE
Survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy are marking four weeks since the devastating fire by paying respects to those killed.
A vigil will be held this evening in the shadow of the block’s blackened shell, the first of several commemorations expected as the one-month anniversary approaches. The local council have been heavily criticised for their response by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

ARIANA GRANDE MADE HONORARY CITIZEN OF MANCHESTER

Councillors in Manchester have granted US singer Ariana Grande honorary citizenship following a petition in the wake of her response to the terror attack at her concert in May. Grande, 23, is thought to have raised around £2m for the victims and families of victims of the attack through hosting a benefit concert at Trafford Cricket Ground and a hike in music sales.

NO SALES. Free for editorial use. Handout photo issued by One Love Manchester of Ariana Grande performing during the One Love Manchester benefit concert for the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack at Emirates Old Trafford, Greater Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 4, 2017. Donate at www.redcross.org.uk/love See PA story POLICE Explosion. Photo credit should read: Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester/PA Wire
Ariana Grande has been given honorary citizenship in Manchester (Image: Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester/PA Wire)

Burberry will not be creating jobs in West Yorkshire

Plans to create hundreds of jobs in West Yorkshire have been thrown into doubt after it’s been revealed Burberry will not be moving to Leeds.

The fashion house were planning to move into a Grade-I listed building in the city as a factory for trench coats, which would have created 200 jobs in the region. The proposals have been sent into disarray as the £50m cost of renovation has been judge too expensive.

Spokeswoman Julie Brown said: “We have decided not to push ahead with the Temple Works building. We have let the option lapse.”

Proposed site for Burberry factory at Temple Works, Leeds
Proposed site for Burberry factory at Temple Works, Leeds

Detective says "we need to find suspects asap"

Detective Inspector Mark Atkinson, of Kirklees CID, said of the attack: “This is a very serious incident in which both victims have suffered significant, life changing injuries.

“We have extra patrols in the area this morning and detectives are pursuing a number of active lines of enquiry.

“We need to locate those responsible as quickly as possible, and I would like to speak to anyone who witnessed this incident, or witnessed any suspicious activity in the area at the around the time of the incident.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who saw a white vehicle driving in the area at around the time of the incident to please get in touch with officers.”

Huddersfield Police Station
Huddersfield Police Station

Police say victims have suffered 'life changing injuries'

West Yorkshire Police have given us a statement on the machete attack in Paddock last night, and a detective has claimed the victims suffered life changing injuries.

A spokesperson said: “Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault in Paddock last night. Officers were called to Larch Road just before midnight on Tuesday (11 July).

“A 30-year-old male and a 23-year-old female were assaulted and sustained stab wounds in the incident. They were taken to hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries.

“Police would like to speak to anyone who saw a group of men leaving the area in a white vehicle.”

Anyone with information should contact Huddersfield CID via 101 quoting reference 13170317685.

Relative tells how victim said "I'm going to die"

A family member who tried to help the victims after witnessing the attack told the Examiner that the man said “I’m going to die - help me”.

The relative bundled the male and female victims into a car to take them to the hospital after the attack last night, describing how there was “blood everywhere”.

According to the family, the masked knife men were waiting in the garden at the house on Larch Road when they sprung on the man, who is thought to have gone outside to get something from his vehicle.

Police cordon on Larch Road, Paddock after a double stabbing.
Police cordon on Larch Road, Paddock after a double stabbing.

Victims are father-of-four and woman in twenties

A man in his 30s and a 23-year-old female care worker have been taken to hospital after the attack at around midnight last night.

The man, a father of four, was set upon after going outside and has been taken to Leeds General Infirmary with injuries to his face and stomach, as well as a broken arm, according to the family.

Relatives added that the woman, who was attacked after seeing the attack and stepped in to help, has injuries to her face and ear. She was taken to HRI before being transferred to Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Paramedic Andrew Rowley, who made obscene and abusive comments to colleagues, has agreed to be struck off

Machete attack story so far

The story is now live on our website - we have more updates to come including a statement from police.

You can read it here.

Police cordon on Larch Road, Paddock after a double stabbing.
Police cordon on Larch Road, Paddock after a double stabbing.

Some more video from the scene in Paddock

Video from the scene

Reporter Louise Cooper is at the scene:

Masked men attack man and Samaritan with a machete

We have an update on what’s happened in Paddock. A 30-year-old man was attacked with a machete by four masked men.

And a female family member who went to help was also injured in the horrifying attack in Paddock in the early hours of this morning.

The man was thought to be going be getting something from his van on Larch Road when the men struck in the garden of a terraced house.

A family member told an Examiner reporter that there were four men, all wearing balaclavas, involved.

More on this on our website shortly. We are still waiting to hear from police.

Larch Road, Paddock
Larch Road, Paddock

Teenage boy has sadly died after being injured in rugby game

Tributes have been paid for a teenage rugby player who has sadly died following a match against Batley Boys on Sunday.

Evan Hawksworth, 14, was playing with the Stanley Rangers U-14s on Sunday after he sustained a head injury. He was taken to Pinderfields Hospital before being transferred to Leeds General Infirmary, where he sadly died.

Chief Executive Officer, Nigel Wood, said: “This is truly awful news and we are all so sad to hear of Evan’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone at Stanley Rangers at this time.

“We will endeavour to ensure that his family and teammates are supported by the Rugby Football League Benevolent Fund and through Sporting Chance.”

Evan’s father Gary said “Evan passed away playing the game he loved. He was never without a rugby ball in his hands. This is a tragic freak accident and no-one is to blame”.

Stanley Rangers have set up a JustGiving page here to support Evan’s family.

Evan Hawksworth, 14, (second from right), with his family
Evan Hawksworth, 14, (second from right), with his family (Image: Stanley Rangers)

Three cows on the loose in Dewsbury

You herd it here first...

Sinkhole in Meltham

Reports of a sinkhole on Wessenden Head Road - avoid the road if you possibly can.

Buses are being rediverted.

Street cordoned off in Paddock

We’re hearing reports from residents that the top of Larch Road in Paddock has been cordoned off by police.

We’re currently waiting to hear from them for an update so stay with us.

Violent crime reported to police in Kirklees has risen by 33% in just 12 months.

Still slow at Rishworth Moor

Traffic remains slow on the M62 westbound at Rishworth Moor due to an earlier broken down vehicle at Milnrow.

The M62 between Huddersfield and Manchester
The M62 between Huddersfield and Manchester

Man cut free from car after it crashes into wall

Emergency services attended a nasty collision in Armitage Bridge last night where a car had flipped onto its side after crashing into a wall.

The driver, a man in his thirties, collided head on into the wall on Meltham Road heading towards Netherton, near to the Big Valley Garage.

Fire services attended after the callout at 8.20pm and cut the roof off the Toyota Yaris to pull the man free, before he was put on a stretcher and taken to hospital. Police also attended the scene.

Meltham Road, Armitage Bridge
Meltham Road, Armitage Bridge

Burglar found hiding in the cellar

A not-so-smooth criminal right there...

Rush hour round-up

Crawling traffic on the M62 eastbound between the junctions for Brighouse and Chain Bar this morning. Traffic is also very slow westbound between 19 and 20 due to one lane being blocked by a broken down van. Here’s what’s happening on the local roads...

  • Slow traffic on Halifax Road heading into Huddersfield town centre from Ainley Top
  • Busy but moving on the Huddersfield ring road by the old Tech college
  • Heavy traffic on Wakefield Road through Mirfield
  • Also very busy heading towards Cooper Bridge on Wakefield Road from Brighouse/the M62
  • Slow on Ovenden Road in Halifax
  • Busy on Whitehall Road, Wyke, heading towards the M62
New proposals would aim to reduce rush hour traffic on Halifax Road, Huddersfield
Rush hour traffic on Halifax Road, Huddersfield

Morning, Huddersfield

Welcome to the Huddersfield Examiner’s breaking news service.

Stay with us throughout the day to be the first to know everything that’s happening across Huddersfield and the rest of West Yorkshire.

We’ll be bringing you updates on crime, health, sport, politics, education and more live from the Examiner team.

And remember to check back before you travel as during peak times we’ll provide you with all of the latest traffic updates on the M62 and roads around the region.

Picture of the Week: Storm brewing over Huddersfield by Gary K Sykes
Storm brewing over Huddersfield by Gary K Sykes

You can also download our app to get news on the go and push notification for the latest breaking stories here .

If there’s something you’ve noticed and want us to check out then please feel free to get in touch - you can call us on 01484 437712, email editorial@examiner.co.uk or tweet @Examiner. You can also find us on social media here .