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Breaking

A Kirkheaton man has been cleared by a jury of historic sex offences against a teenage girl.

Peter Buckley, 47 of St John’s Avenue, was unanimously found not guilty at Leeds Crown Court today on seven charges alleging sexual activity with a child between 2006 and 2009 when she was aged 13-15.

He accepted having a sexual relationship with the girl but insisted that began only after her 16th birthday. The allegations were made against him years later.

He told police he thought she had a crush on him when she was younger but maintained he had done nothing to encourage her and only had sex with her when she was older.

A MAN who was convicted of assaulting his disabled, vulnerable mother and a police officer narrowly escaped jail.

Gavin Miller, 34, of Spencer Terrace, Sheepridge, was convicted of beating 60-year-old Catherine Miller at her home in Deighton Road, Deighton, following a trial earlier this month.

Prosecutor, Alex Bozman, told Kirklees Magistrates Court the offence occurred on October 9. In addition he was charged with assaulting PC Chris King when he arrived at her home to investigate the incident and was also convicted.

More here...

Breaking

A 35-year-old man from Dewsbury has today been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, after being found guilty of possessing a record of information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

The jury at Leeds Crown Court found Adeel Amjad guilty of the offence under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act.

Amjad was charged by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit in April 2015 after material of a terrorist nature was discovered at his home address.

Detective Chief Superintendent Clive Wain, Head of the North East Counter Terrorism Unit, said: “Adeel Amjad was found to be possession of literature that is designed to influence the reader to support terrorism.”

“This is a serious offence and we hope that today’s verdict/sentence sends out a clear message that anyone caught having this type of material in their possession can expect to be brought before the courts.”

Good afternoon.

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That’s all from me. My colleague Dave is next. Have a good weekend.

News

Are you lucky enough to be going abroad for Christmas?

A survey just out from Travelbag.co.uk has listed the top six things that people miss most.

They are: Family; Christmas TV; The Weather; Boxing Day Sales; The Queen’s Speech; and Pets.


Sandie Nicholson caught sheep in a snowy field at Lane, near Holme
Sandie Nicholson caught sheep in a snowy field at Lane, near Holme


The weather? That’s baaa-my? One simple solution then. Stay at home and freeze with the rest of us...


News

Is there going to be another bus strike in Huddersfield?

There’s a meeting between the union Unite and bosses at First group in Huddersfield in a bid to head off a planned three-day stoppage next week.

Were you affected by the one-day strike the other week? A three-day walk-out is bound to be disruptive.


Unite union members on the picket line for the one day bus strike at the First Bus depot on Old Fieldhouse Lane.
Unite union members on the picket line for the one day bus strike at the First Bus depot on Old Fieldhouse Lane.


It’s about contract changes for new drivers.


Football

Have you tasted ‘gengenpressing’ yet?

Well you can see what all the fuss is about tomorrow for a tenner.

Yes, Championship football at Huddersfield Town for £10 adults and £5 juniors.


David Wagner
David Wagner


See first hand what new head coach David Wagner’s passion play is all about.

North Stand Loyal are inviting you to join them in the South Stand for Bristol City’s visit tomorrow.




News

Miners at the UK’s last remaining deep coal pit have spoken of their emotion at being told they will make their final journey to the coal face one week before Christmas.

Sadness, frustration and anger were the overriding feelings among miners at Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire today as it was confirmed that the mine will close on December 18.

But, after weeks of uncertainty about when the colliery would shut, there was also a sense of relief that the workers can now get on with their lives and plan for the future.


News

A Dutchman who set up a bogus ambulance firm to smuggle “truly colossal” amounts of heroin and cocaine into the UK, including Yorkshire, has been jailed for 24 years.

Olof Schoon pleaded guilty in November to conspiring to sneak an estimated £1.2 billion worth of Class A drugs into Britain through Harwich and Hull using “a fleet” of specially-adapted ambulances.
The married father-of-three showed no emotion in the dock as a judge also jailed two other men involved in the 14-month conspiracy to deliver drugs to dealers in Yorkshire, Merseyside, London and the West Midlands.
Leonardus Bijlsma, who acted as Schoon’s right-hand man and used a rivet gun to conceal drugs inside ambulances, was jailed for 28 years after being convicted by a jury.
Meanwhile, Richard Engelsbel was given an 18-year jail term after admitting that he acted as a driver or driver’s mate on 25 smuggling trips purporting to be journeys to pick up injured patients.
Bijlsma’s trial was told that Schoon’s apparently legitimate firm - International Ambulance Team - owed a fleet of emergency vehicles costing 220,000 euro and was based at an office equipped with a staff canteen.

HTAFC

Our preview of tomorrow’s game against Bristol City is now online. And our reporter has predicted Scannell could be the man to notch a goal after his strong performance against the blues of Birmingham last weekend.


Weather

The temperature’s dropping and the threat of snow is looming for higher parts. But don’t worry Kirklees gritters are primed and ready to move.


News

Today students have defended their increasing presence in town centre planning at the same time another student flats proposal has been revealed. What do you think about the domination of all things studenty in town.


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That’s all on the blog from me. My colleague Nick will be with you shortly.

News

Lots of interest in the stories on the Examiner website today.

The three most read news stories so far today are:

1) A man punched a landlord after being asked to leave his pub – and lost half of his clothes in the struggle.


Kirklees Magistrates' Court, Huddersfield
Kirklees Magistrates' Court, Huddersfield


Half-naked David Broadhead then headed to a pal’s house, leaving his clothing and mobile phone behind. The full story is here.

2) A graduate of the University of Huddersfield has hit back at negative responses to more student housing in the town. The story is here.

3) Opponents of a huge country park plan have dubbed it a “Trojan horse” for housing in the green belt. The story is here.

News

A reminder from West Yorkshire police that the festive season can often lead to increased stress at home, but help is available.



Traffic

Still very busy on the roads in Dewsbury.



And the A58 Bolton Brow in Sowerby Bridge is busy but moving around the A6026 Wakefield Road traffic lights junction.

News

Crucial talks to try avert a three-day bus strike in Huddersfield are to take place.


Unite union members on the picket line for the one day bus strike at the First Bus depot on Old Fieldhouse Lane.
Unite union members on the picket line for the one day bus strike at the First Bus depot on Old Fieldhouse Lane.


The Unite union and First Bus Huddersfield confirmed that senior representatives will once again meet around the table on Monday morning, two days before a major three-day strike by union drivers is due to take place. You can see more here.

Traffic

More problems for drivers on the M62 with another broken down vehicle, this time near junction 25.



Weather

Looks like there could be some snow around this weekend.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow in northern England.

News

Kirklees Council’s human trafficking team played a part in smashing a Huddersfield ‘slavery’ gang, it has emerged.


Nisa Ul Haq, left, found guilty of found of conspiracy to traffic persons into the UK for the purpose of exploitation
Nisa Ul Haq, left, found guilty of found of conspiracy to traffic persons into the UK for the purpose of exploitation


Officials from the council’s safeguarding division uncovered intelligence that allowed police to snare Lockwood woman Nisa Ul Haq and her accomplices. The full story is here.

Traffic

You could run into problems if you’re heading east on the M62.

Delays are building because of a broken down vehicle at the junction 29 eastbound exit, with one lane closed.


Traffic

It’s busy on the roads in Cleckheaton.



And there is heavy traffic on the A638 Westgate in Heckmondwike between the B6117 Market Street junction and the Frost Hill junction.

Football

David Wagner wants more of the same when Huddersfield Town face Bristol City in their latest Championship clash.


Town's head coach David Wagner says hard work will pay off
Town's head coach David Wagner says hard work will pay off


The head coach is targeting a first home win in his fourth game at the helm, and says it will be achieved through sheer hard work. You can see more here.

Traffic

Some traffic problems in Dewsbury, where it’s looking very busy.

There is traffic congestion on the A644 Webster Hill into town.



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Off to court. My colleague Phil will take over shortly

Local News:

Mark Robertson, owner of The Plumbers Arms, near Huddersfield Bus Station, says it will be February before the pub reopens as refurbishment work is taking a lot longer than predicted. He had hoped to open before Christmas.

The Plumbers Arms on Macauley Street
The Plumbers Arms on Macauley Street

The idea is to turn it into a proper real ale bar with six to eight real ales. The interior of the three-storey building has been completely gutted and the exterior given a much needed clean up.

Local News:

Opponents of a huge country park plan have dubbed it a “Trojan horse” for housing in the green belt.


The plan to create more outdoor facilities on land around Farnley Tyas was revealed by Farnley Estates last June.


The land owning Sykes family said they would create the park if they could finance it through land sales to developers.

Travel:

A62 Leeds road busy but moving from A644 Huddersfield road (Three Nuns Junction) to A644 Wakefield Road (Cooper Bridge Roundabout).

Local News:

A man punched a landlord after being asked to leave his pub – and lost half of his clothes in the struggle.


Half-naked David Broadhead then headed to a pal’s house, leaving his clothing and mobile phone behind.