A METAL monster made in Huddersfield is bidding for a place in TV's Robot Wars.
Meanstreak, built by a five-strong team from the town, today joined 300 other fighting machines competing in preliminary trials in Nottingham.
The team hopes that Meanstreak can become one of 100 battling 'bots to get through to the televised stages of the contest, which will be recorded next week.
The team is led by captain Derek Meades and fellow roboteers Robin and Ashley Moss, Jonathan Lee and Ashley Bridgeman.
Derek, who lives at Birkby, is a sound engineer, while Robin, of Armitage Bridge, and Ashley, of Leeds Road, are software engineering students at Huddersfield University.
Jonathan, of Meltham, works in the IT department at haulage firm Hoyer UK, while Martin, also of Meltham, is a motorcycle mechanic at Motor Works, Meltham.
Jonathan said: "We all watch Robot Wars and we decided to have a go at building one."
Meanstreak is powered by three 12-volt batteries and has two fly wheels with titanium teeth as its weapons. It also has wheels on the top and bottom to keep it mobile if tipped over.
The robot cost almost £2,000 to build - although sponsors have provided some of the parts free of charge.
Said Jonathan: "If we get through the preliminary rounds we will be staying in Nottingham to take part in the televised stages of the competition.
"We think we have a good robot, but we will won't know what it can do until it comes up against another competitor."
The programmes will be shown by the BBC next spring.