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It’s snowing, everybody!

Hospital parking figures revealed in shock data

NHS hospitals made a record £174 million in the last year from charging patients, visitors and staff for car parking, an investigation has found.

Hospitals across England took £174,526,970 in parking charges in 2016/17, up 6% on the year before, according to data collected by the Press Association.

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust made £2.2m between last year and this year, including a staggering £16,908 in fines. Meanwhile the total for Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, who run Dewsbury District Hospital and Pinderfields, made £2.67m from 2016 to 2017, including £3,000 worth of fines. Both trusts were two of more than 50 nationwide charging for disabled parking, too.

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Acre Street, Lindley, Huddersfield.
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Acre Street, Lindley, Huddersfield.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust who run LGI and St James’ Hospital was the sixth highest earner in the country benefiting from the charges, raking in more than £3.7m between 2016 and 2017.

Leeds General Infirmary
Leeds General Infirmary

More snow pictures

Lovely picture from Andrew Swales of the view from Farnley Tyas.

And some brilliant shots here of the dramatic snow scenes up on Saddleworth Moor between Holmfirth and Greenfield.

Heavy traffic around Calderdale Royal

Very busy this afternoon around the hospital in Halifax.

Salterhebble Hill is slow due to the ongoing roadworks.

Gritters at the ready...

...windscreen scrapers steady.

National news

Here are some of the main headlines this lunchtime...

DOZENS KILLED IN ATTACK ON CULTURAL CENTRE IN AFGHAN CAPITAL
At least 35 people have been killed and dozens wounded after attackers stormed a Shiite Muslim cultural centre in the Afghan capital. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said a number of suicide attackers set off an explosion outside the centre before storming it. They then set off explosive devices in the basement of the building where scores of people had gathered to mark the December 1979 invasion of Afghanistan by the former Soviet Union.

MAN APPEARS IN COURT ACCUSED OF MURDERING ALDI WORKER
A man has appeared in court accused of murdering a woman who was stabbed to death at the supermarket where she worked. Customers pinned down a suspect after 30-year-old Jodie Willsher was attacked at an Aldi in Skipton a week ago. Neville Hord, 44, was brought from custody to Leeds Crown Court earlier today. The case was adjourned until January 26 when Hord, of no fixed abode, will attend Bradford Crown Court for a plea and trial preparation hearing.

BRITISH MEDICAL STAFF TO HELP ROHINGYA REFUGEES FLEEING ‘HARROWING’ PERSECUTION
British medical staff are flying to Bangladesh to help Rohingya refugees who have been forced to flee Burma in the face of “harrowing” persecution, marking “another proud moment for the NHS”, the Government announced. More than 40 doctors, nurses and firefighters from the UK’s emergency medical team are making their way to the fishing port Cox’s Bazar, where many Rohingya are living in camps after fleeing “horror” in their home country. They will help tackle a diptheria outbreak, with 1,470 suspected cases and 20 reported deaths, following a request from the World Health Organisation and Bangladesh’s government.

A distraught man is carried following a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday
A distraught man is carried following a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday (Image: AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Missing Ryan found

An update on Ryan Garthwaite who we reported on as missing earlier.

Ryan’s family have said he has since been found safe and well.

Easter eggs on sale...already

Broken Britain, right here...

Amused shoppers in Honley have pointed out that Easter treats are already for sale in a local Co-op branch. Former Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney tweeted this picture earlier showing Malteaser bunnies and chocolate eggs on sale before the selection boxes have even been packed away.

Ready for more chocolate? Easter eggs spotted on sale in Honley Co-op
Ready for more chocolate? Easter eggs spotted on sale in Honley Co-op (Image: Jason McCartney)

Here is Louis Kinder showing off the Easter chocolate he bought just three days after Christmas.

Snow warning upgraded to amber

The Met Office have stepped up weather warnings for snow and ice tomorrow, with fears some rural areas could be hit by power cuts.

The yellow warning has been upgraded to amber for West Yorkshire. A spokesperson said: “A spell of heavy snow is likely over parts of northern England on Friday morning. Travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengers. Some delays and cancellations to rail and air travel are likely. “There is a possibility that some rural communities could become temporarily cut off. Power cuts may also occur.”

Amber warning for snow in West Yorkshire
Amber warning for snow in West Yorkshire

Search continues for pensioner missing for nearly four months

Police say an elderly woman last seen in September is still missing - and are ramping up the search for her.

Cathryn Holdsworth, 72, from Halifax, was last seen on Friday, September 8, at Calderdale Royal Hospital where she had been for an appointment. She was reported missing by a neighbour eight days later.

Missing Cathryn Holdsworth
Missing Cathryn Holdsworth (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Police say Cathryn, from Illingworth, had booked flights for a holiday last week but never arrived at the airport.

Det Supt Toby Facey said: “We have been conducting extensive enquiries to locate Cathryn since she was reported missing in September. I am certain she will have used public transport, or arranged for other transport such as taxi to travel any distance.”

Missing Cathryn Holdsworth
Missing Cathryn Holdsworth

Uninsured car seized by police

Officers seized this car near to the retail park on Bradford Road in Birkby earlier this morning...

Fears mount for missing Ryan Garthwaite

The family of a missing Kirkburton man are appealing for help after he disappeared on Christmas Eve.

Ryan Garthwaite, 28, was last seen leaving his home in Kirkburton on Sunday after a row with his partner Simone Richards. He left on his motorbike. The father-of-three hasn’t been seen since and was not there for Christmas Day.

Missing Ryan Garthwaite, 28
Missing Ryan Garthwaite, 28

Sister Shian Garthwaite said: “My head is all over the place. We’re all very worried and his kids were asking where Dad was on Christmas Day.

“He has a tattoo of Simone’s name on the right side of his neck and his motorbike is quite distinct. If anyone sees him please contact police.”

Motorbike similar to that ridden by missing Ryan Garthwaite
Motorbike similar to that ridden by missing Ryan Garthwaite

Your snow pictures

Some lovely shots here of the post-Christmas snow around Huddersfield.

Tony Butterworth sent us this of birch trees at Dunford Bridge.

Birch trees in the snow at Dunford Bridge
Birch trees in the snow at Dunford Bridge (Image: Tony Butterworth)

And check out this gorgeous picture from Holmfirth photographer Wil Valovin taken up on the moors above the Holme Valley.

Dogs playing in the snow on the moors above Holmfirth
Dogs playing in the snow on the moors above Holmfirth (Image: Wil Valovin)

Officers seize uninsured car on M62

Police also stopped this car after it was seen hogging the outside lane and forcing other drivers to undertake...

Tragedy as boy dies following medical episode

A little boy has tragically died after suffering a medical episode.

Emergency services were called to a house on Woodfield Avenue in Batley yesterday afternoon and the child was taken to hospital where he sadly later died.

Police say they are not treating the death as suspicious.

(Image: Manchester Evening News)

Huddersfield weather

More freezing temperatures on the cards today ahead of yellow weather warnings for more snow and ice tomorrow.

We’re looking at a dry day with temperatures of around 2 to 3 degrees.

Today's Examiner

Here is our front page this morning - leading on the news of a damning report ordering ‘immediate action’ over children’s services in Kirklees.

Examiner front page 28/12/17

Traffic update

No incidents to report on the roads this morning - the M62 is looking all quiet which is a blissful change.

Good 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 also 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.

Christmas Tree in St George's Square
Christmas Tree in St George's Square

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