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That’s us done for the day on the blog. Today we’ve brought you the latest on the doctors striking at our hospitals, updates from the roads and rails and news that a road rage driver who killed a popular cyclist will be jailed for more than four years. Have a scroll down and “read all about it” as they used to shout.

Travel & HTAFC

The M62 incident has cleared thankfully...meanwhile be aware that Town are playing Charlton at home tonight so that means the whole area around the stadium will get snarled up.

The Addicks are second bottom of the league so Town should be hoping for all three points if they want to get out of the relegation danger zone.

News

A nice story (by me) from one of our rural villages. The community in Upper Denby has made good use of an iconic old BT phone box. No, it’s not a library or a flower display, it’s got a life saving defibrillator in it.


Travel

If you’re off to Leeds or further east on the M62 any time soon you’ll want to read this...

Reports of slow traffic and partially blocked due to multi-vehicle accident on M62 Eastbound between J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome) and J28 A650 / A653 (Tingley).

News

Do you support the striking doctors? These north Kirklees councillors and MP do.


News

Huddersfield’s children’s hospice suffered a fire this morning. Thankfully no-one was injured.

Chief executive, Peter Branson, says this: “The team in the building at the time dealt with the incident quickly and appropriately and as a result of their action they prevented anyone being harmed.

Ambassadors of the Forget Me Not Children's Hospice,Nina Hossain and Graham Leslie (right) receive their certificates of appointment from Chief Executive of the hospice, Peter Branson..
Ambassadors of the Forget Me Not Children's Hospice,Nina Hossain and Graham Leslie (right) receive their certificates of appointment from Chief Executive of the hospice, Peter Branson..

“There was one child being cared for in the hospice at the time who was quickly taken to safety.

“The fire appears to have started in a main electricity panel.

“As a result we are likely to be without power for some time and the hospice will therefore have to remain closed until further notice.

“The fire also caused some small damage to one of the offices in the hospice. We would like to thank the West Yorkshire Fire Service who responded immediately and helped to minimise the effects of the fire.”

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Police

A student fought to save her handbag when she was mugged in Huddersfield.


The 3M Buckley Innovation Centre at Firth Street in Huddersfield
The 3M Buckley Innovation Centre at Firth Street in Huddersfield


The 22-year-old woman managed to cling on to her bag as one man attacked her last night, but lost her grip when a second thug joined in.

She was left with a grazed hand as the pair fled with the bag.


Police said the University of Huddersfeld student was walking along Firth Street near the 3M Buckley Centre shortly after 8pm when a man ran up and grabbed her bag.


http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/student-fought-save-handbag-robbers-10720644

News

A man who died after falling 60ft off scaffolding at a local hospital has been named.


Calderdale Royal Hospital, the scene of a fatal accident after a workman fell from the building. The back of the hospital building at the Accident and Emergency entrance.
Calderdale Royal Hospital, the scene of a fatal accident after a workman fell from the building. The back of the hospital building at the Accident and Emergency entrance.

He was construction worker Marko Petrovic from Ossett, who was working on the rear of Calderdale Royal Hospital when the incident happened.


He fell 60 feet on Monday morning and suffered fatal multiple injuries.


http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/man-who-died-after-falling-10722827

Police

News

The anguish of a Huddersfield family was revealed as a former soldier was jailed for causing the death by dangerous driving of cyclist John Radford.

John Radford
John Radford


He was badly injured and died many months later following a road rage incident in New Mill.


Michael Gledhill was jailed for four years and eight months and Leeds Crown Court heard the harrowing details of the suffering of Mr Radford’s family.


http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/family-john-radford-lives-turned-10721735

News

Patients and passers-by showed solidarity with junior doctors picketing outside Huddersfield and Calderdale hospitals during the first doctors’ strike in 40 years.

Junior Doctor's 24 hour strike - BMA Rep Pooja Bijoor and colleagues picketing outside Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Junior Doctor's 24 hour strike - BMA Rep Pooja Bijoor and colleagues picketing outside Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.


Motorists beeped their horns in support of junior doctors protesting outside Huddersfield Royal Infirmary,Calderdale Royal Hospital and Dewsbury and District Hospital.


Meanwhile, patients and passers-by gave the thumbs up and words of encouragement to BMA members protesting about new contracts which will dramatically change their ‘normal’ working hours.


The strike, which will last until 8am tomorrow, is the first of three including a strike next month where junior doctors will walk out of accident and emergency departments for nine hours.


http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/junior-doctors-strike-passers-show-10722269

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News

A student fought to save her handbag when she was mugged in Huddersfield.


Huddersfield Civic Society Design Awards for 2013. The 3M Buckley Innovation Centre at Firth Street in Huddersfield
The 3M Buckley Innovation Centre


The 22-year-old woman managed to cling on to her bag as one man attacked her last night, but lost her grip when a second thug joined in.

She was left with a grazed hand as the pair fled with the bag.

Police said the University of Huddersfield student was walking along Firth Street near the 3M Buckley Centre shortly after 8pm when a man ran up and grabbed her bag. The full story is here.

Football

David Wagner says transfer talk over Huddersfield Town’s top scorer Nahki Wells isn’t a worry for him.


FA Cup 3rd Round - Huddersfield Town(2) v Reading (2) - Nahki Wells equalises with a stoppage time penalty for Town.
Nahki Wells


Wolves, who have just sold former Town loan frontman Benik Afobe to AFC Bournemouth for £10m, are the latest club to be linked with the Bermuda international. You can see more here.

Weather

Following on from the cold weather alert, Kirklees Council will be gritting overnight.



Weather

Good afternoon. It’s getting very chilly out there, and it’s set to get even colder, with the Met Office today issuing a Level 2 cold weather alert across Yorkshire.


Black storm clouds sweep across Holme Moss and Digley reservoir
Black storm clouds sweep across Holme Moss and Digley reservoir


A Level 2 alert means that within the next 48 hours, there is a 60% chance of severe weather, with average temperatures of 2C or below. There is also the possibility of wintry showers, overnight frost and a chance of icy patches. You can see more here.

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News

Have you been following the saga of Elland’s floataway hot tub?

I’ve been ‘hot’ on the trail of this sailaway Jacuzzi which was lost, then found, in the chaos of the Boxing Day floods in Park Road.


Cindy Baker's recovered Jacuzzi after being pulled out of the Elland floodwaters and after its jetwash
Cindy Baker's recovered Jacuzzi after being pulled out of the Elland floodwaters and after its jetwash


The mucky tub has now had a jet wash and is awaiting repair.


Cindy Baker's hot tub floating down the Calder Hebble Navigation
Cindy Baker's hot tub floating down the Calder Hebble Navigation


Owner Cindy Baker has a rare condition which affects her joints and the hot tub is good therapy. Here’s the latest.


News

Here’s the full story on former soldier Michael Gledhill who has been jailed over the death of cyclist John Radford.

A judge at Leeds Crown Court sentenced Gledhill to four years and eight months.

Gledhill, of Holmfirth, had earlier admitted causing death by dangerous driving.


Cycle ride in memory of cyclist John Radford from St George's Square, Huddersfield. John Radford's daughters, Helen Gorman (left) and Emily Boyes (centre right) along with his grand daughters, Elsey (COR) and Mabel Boyes (centre front) are joined by Clr Martyn Bolt (2nd left) former Tour de France stage winner, Brian Robinson (centre) and Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney (right) with the riders who joined them on their run out to New Mill.
Cycle ride in memory of cyclist John Radford from St George's Square, Huddersfield


Mr Radford’s family and friends were in court to see the sentencing.

Gledhill had stood trial and was convicted in October last year of causing serious injury to Mr Radford on July 31 the previous year, when he was alleged to have knocked him off his bike in New Mill, in a road rage incident.

Mr Radford had campaigned for cycle safety and better police investigation of collisions involving cyclists. He was chairman of Huddersfield CTC, a cycling charity.


Carry On Blogging

It’s a bit random this but I’ve just spotted a Twitter account that made me snigger. It’s the aptly-named Carry On Blogging!

We all love the Carry On films and there’s some great pictures on there of some of the favourite characters.



I also spotted my namesake Martin Shaw, of The Professionals fame, in a couple of pictures too.

And no, before you ask, I don’t look anything like him.



If you want to see what I look like here’s a rather embarrassing video of me tacking a Microsoft phone scammer.


Breaking news

A former soldier convicted over the death of cycling champion John Radford has been sentenced to four years eight months in jail.


John Radford
John Radford


Michael Gledhill, 23, of Bramble Walk, Holmfirth, admitted causing the death of the dad-of-two by dangerous driving. He was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court today.

We will have more online shortly.



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Hello, everybody. Martin here. This is a despicable crime. If you know anything about this conman please tell the police. Read more here.

Right, that’s all from me. Martin Shaw will be with you next.

Bye bye for now

NEWS

Want something to watch this lunchtime?

JUNIOR DOCTORS' STRIKE

Another update by Dave Himelfield.

And here’s another!

JUNIOR DOCTORS STRIKE

More from Dave Himelfield, who is talking to striking junior doctors today.

A quick change of focus.

Syngenta were in court yesterday over a health and safety incident.