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Crime

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in a robbery at a pub in Dewsbury.


The incident at the Time Piece pub in Northgate happened on December 18 between 6.15pm and 6.45pm.


The victim, a 22-year-old Dewsbury man, was approached from behind while he was at the bar and assaulted.


He fell to the ground and was then dragged out of the pub by the male attacker and another man.


Once outside he was punched by the two men and another male.


They then stole cash and an Iphone 4S from the victim before making off.


One of the suspects was described as white, 5ft 10 ins tall, and of a slim build with black hair.


DC Andy Clayton of Huddersfield CID, said: “Enquiries are continuing into this incident and we would like to speak to anyone who saw the assault in the pub, the assault outside or anyone who has information about the suspects.


“Information can be given to myself at Kirklees CID on 101 or the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”

Crime

Disgraced lawyer Nisa Ul Haq has vanished - hours before she was to be sentenced for people trafficking crimes.


Now a judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of the Huddersfield legal executive who failed to turn up for sentencing at Leeds Crown Court.


And the judge has remanded in custody two other people who were due in the dock with Ul Haq.


http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/huddersfield-lawyer-nisa-ul-haq-10646278

Travel

Travel

Traffic has now returned to normal on A644 Wakefield Road from A62 Cooper Bridge Road (Cooper Bridge Roundabout) to M62 J25 Roundabout

Is this Huddersfield’s saddest Christmas tree?

The Examiner has located what may be the area’s most forlorn Christmas tree.

The conifer in Emley has been described by residents as “miserable” and “cheerless”, and it’s not hard to see why.

More here...

A paramedic, who invited a female colleague to take part in a ‘foursome’ with him, has been banned from working alone because he poses a ‘risk to the public’.

Richard Senior, who worked for Yorkshire Ambulance Service and was based in Kirklees, has been banned from working as a lone responder for 18 months after he was found guilty of misconduct at a health regulator tribunal.

A panel heard that Senior made coarse sexual remarks to two female colleagues and invited a female co-worker to take part in a ‘foursome’.

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I just lost my appetite.

Council officers have vowed to crack down on unhygienic food businesses across Kirklees.

The warning follows a prosecution which ended at Leeds Crown Court with a £35,000 confiscation order against a man running a food supplies business.

Checks on premises in both Huddersfield and Cleckheaton found dirty conditions and large stocks of food were condemned and destroyed.

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Good afternoon.

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News

Flood-hit locals in Cumbria are clearing up after the second deluge in three weeks as they await further heavy rain in the run-up to Christmas Day.

Weather warnings are in place from the Met Office, prompting fears of further flooding in the North as the latest storm rolls in on Christmas Eve.

Towns and villages in Cumbria, still dealing with the aftermath of Storm Desmond earlier this month, were flooded for the third time in a month on Tuesday, with Glenridding, Keswick and Kendal all hit again.


Fire officers rescuing residents of flooded Victoria Road area of Carlisle
Fire officers rescuing residents of flooded Victoria Road area of Carlisle


In Appleby, the River Eden burst its banks once more, causing localised flooding in the low lying Sands area of the town.

A flood warning siren prompted dozens of local people to rush to help - before the stone bridge over the river was closed as a precaution.


Tweet

Naaay, lad! Here’s my favourite tweet from the award-winning West Yorkshire Police mounted section.



Twitter

Talk about getting your information straight from the horse’s mouth.

West Yorkshire Police’s mounted section has won an award for its Twitter account.

The four-legged heroes won Best Tweeting Police Horse Account at the #PoliceEndOfYearTwitterAwards.



The online awards were led by Supt Kerry Blakeman (@kerrybalkeman) of West Midlands Police, and included awards for the Best Tweeting Officer, Best Tweeting Corporate Police Account and Best Police Informative Account.

West Yorkshire’s mounted section was voted for by members of the public.

@WYPHorses have been on Twitter since July 2012 and have over 13,000 followers.

The team post regular updates and photos of the horses and their duties and humour is never far away.


News

What’s the most miserable Christmas tree you’ve spotted this year?

The saddest we’ve seen is the one in Emley. It’s a Mediterranean conifer that was donated by a mystery benefactor but it’s struggled to grow in our un-Mediterranean climate.


Local resident surveys Emley Village's sad looking Christmas tree
Local resident surveys Emley Village's sad looking Christmas tree


Hopefully the local parish council are going to do something about it for next year.


News

Our photographer Simon has been to Pike Law Lane at Scapegoat Hill and it’s all clear.

The lorry - a Warburton’s bread van - must have manoeuvred its way through. That’s good news.

Below is a picture from the last time a lorry got stuck. And it got proper stuck!


Articulated lorry stuck on Pike Law Lane, Scapegoat Hill, Huddersfield.
Articulated lorry stuck on Pike Law Lane, Scapegoat Hill, Huddersfield.


Remember this from before?


News

Hello everybody. Martin here. We’re just getting reports that a lorry has got stuck down narrow Pike Law Lane at Scapegoat Hill.

It’s only a couple of months since we reported on the last one.

This is a picture we’ve been sent just now.


A lorry stuck in Pike Law Lane, Scapegoat Hill
A lorry stuck in Pike Law Lane, Scapegoat Hill (Image: Lyndsay Maguire/Facebook)


Last time it was a foreign driver and his sat nav was blamed for getting him wedged tight.

We’ll get more soon and have a photographer on his way.


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Bye! Well, that’s all from me for now.


Handing over to my colleague, Martin.

Local News:

A gambling addict who had lost everything was so desperate for a bed for the night he tried to rob a bookmakers.


Leeds Crown Court heard Thomas O’Brien was homeless and, after placing two losing bets at Ladbrokes in Dewsbury town centre with his remaining £1.50, he turned to crime.

Local News:

A GROWING roster of research projects with go-ahead companies has propelled the University of Huddersfield into the UK Top Ten for operating Government-backed Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.


KTPs are administered by the official body Innovate UK and they link companies with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project.


The graduate is known as the “associate” and – supervised by an academic expert at the university – he or she brings new skills and knowledge to the business in the course of a project that can last up to three years. Small-to-medium-sized companies (SMEs) contribute just a third of the cost, with the balance of funding coming via Innovate UK.


Well over half of KTP associates are offered a permanent job in the company when the project ends.


The University of Huddersfield has been building its number of KTPs so that there are 16 currently in operation – a five-fold increase in the course of just two years – across fifteen companies.


As a result, the University now shares ninth place in the whole of the UK, it was revealed at a recent conference.

The companies are (in alphabetical order):

  • · AC/DC LED Ltd
  • · Andel Ltd
  • · Blackhall Engineering Ltd
  • · Citizen Connect Ltd
  • · HR Blowers UK Ltd
  • · Halifax Fan Ltd
  • · Kromek Group plc
  • · Machine Tool Technologies Ltd
  • · Paxman Coolers Ltd
  • · Reliance Precision Ltd
  • · Stelram Engineering Ltd
  • · Weir Valves and Controls UK Ltd


Local News:

Designs for a new supermarket on the edge of Huddersfield town centre have been unveiled.


The Examiner revealed last month that the mothballed Kirklees College site at Castlegate had been earmarked for a new Lidl store.


The German firm has now lodged its official application to demolish some of the buildings and build a 1424 sq m (4272 sq ft) supermarket with 162 parking spaces.

Travel:

Heavy traffic on A644 Wakefield Road out of town at M62 J25 Roundabout (Brighouse area).

Local News:

The Sportsman pub, just off Huddersfield town centre has been voted Huddersfield Camra’s Pub of the Season.


The pub has won a string of accolades since opening in April 2009.

Local News:

A Government inspector has allowed an appeal by a businessman who wants to demolish the loos next to the Croppers Arms, Westbourne Road, Marash and to redevelop it as a retail unit with apartment over it.

The proposed new design for the former municipal loos next to the Croppers Arms
The proposed new design for the former municipal loos next to the Croppers Arms

Deepak Govindram lost a previous appeal but this one has now been upheld.

Local News:

It’s the centrepiece of the Christmas Day feast — the turkey.


And you can guarantee everyone has different ideas as to how to roast the bird to perfection.

Local News:

One of Huddersfield’s best-known pubs, The Rat & Ratchet has a new landlord.

The Rat and Ratchet and The Rat Brewery, Chapel Hill, Huddersfield.
The Rat and Ratchet and The Rat Brewery, Chapel Hill, Huddersfield.

He is Stephen White who used to be at the Brewers Pride, Ossett.

Local News:

A popular pub in Holmfirth which has been transformed over the last four years is up for sale.


Specialist property adviser Christie & Co has been appointed to sell the Toad and Tatie in Woodhead Road.

Travel:

Traffic returned to normal on A644 Wakefield Road from A62 Cooper Bridge Road (Cooper Bridge Roundabout) to M62 J25 Roundabout

Local News:

Police are appealing for information following an attempted armed robbery at an off-licence in Rastrick.


West Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Police



At around 8.30pm on Monday, 21 December, three men wearing masks entered a shop in Church Street, one holding a knife and another holding a wooden stick.


The men demanded cash from the till but a staff member managed to grab the wooden stick and the three men left empty-handed.


DC Marcus Southwell, of Calderdale District CID, said: “Thankfully this incident came to a safe conclusion but nonetheless these men have entered this shop armed with weapons and it is vital that we identify them.


“Anyone who was in the area and witnessed any part of this offence or with information about the men responsible are asked to call Calderdale CID via 101.”


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