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Recap

What a busy day! It’s been all about the shock news that Huddersfield could lose its A&E AND be demolished. We also had news of “bionic” girl Olivia Farnsworth, which has now gone national. She’s in the Mirror, the Sun, the Express and more!

And let’s not forget the threat of snow is still looming. Scroll down to find out all we’ve reported on.

News

If you’re still reeling from the news that Huddersfield could lose its A&E AND that HRI could be demolished, here’s a handy timeline to get your head around more than two years of developments.


Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Acre Street, Lindley, Huddersfield
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Acre Street, Lindley, Huddersfield (Image: hri stock)

Travel

Oh dear...there’s been a bit of a bump on the M62 westbound on the approach to Chain Bar. It will affect you if you’re heading home to Huddersfield from Leeds. From the below Highways Agency picture it looks like three cars are involved in the outside lane. Approach with care!

Crash on the M62
Crash on the M62

Space

British astronaut Tim Peake has had his long awaited chance to float in open space cancelled at the last minute. Click here to follow the latest form our pals at the Mirror who are running a live blog

Weather

Ice warning effective eight minutes ago!


Travel

Some bus problems to be aware of

News

Kirklees Council leader Clr David Sheard has said a total of £165m in cuts will have been made by 2019 if the council is to avoid going bankrupt.

You can read his blog here.


Clr David Sheard.
Clr David Sheard.

Travel

If you’re planning on a bus from Huddersfield to Leeds...there’s a problem


Giants

The Claret and Golds have their first “friendly” of the pre-season after last week’s game against Halifax was called off. And Huddersfield Giants are ready to start Sunday’s pre-season clash at Hull KR with their strongest-possible back line.

Head coach Paul Anderson has confirmed it’ll be squad numbers one to seven for the opening exchanges of former Giants winger David Hodgson’s testimonial match at the KC Lightstream Stadium (3pm).

And with Robins boss Chris Chester also planning to start with his ‘big guns’, it promises to be an explosive trial encounter.

Giants players before their official 2016 season team picture at the John Smith Stadium.
Giants players before their official 2016 season team picture at the John Smith Stadium.

HTAFC

The Norwegian branch of the club’s support is heading to town this weekend. If you hear a Scandinavian accent be friendly, they may be fellow fans!


Weather

The snow gods have been teasing us for a few days now. It’s currently snowing higher up in the hills but ice is the main worry for overnight, says our weatherman.


Hand over

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

News

More anger over the proposal to close the A&E in Huddersfield, with Kirklees councillor Gemma Wilson branding the suggestion “outrageous”.



Keep up to date with our live blog here.

News

A golden age of construction in Kirklees beckons with a variety of rail and building projects worth hundreds of millions of pounds set to take off.


Clr Peter McBride
Clr Peter McBride


The boon will mean hundreds of jobs being guaranteed for as long as 15 years – an almost unheard of level of job security these days.

But regeneration chief Clr Peter McBride says despite the prosperity, business, civic and education leaders need to be ready to ensure the district takes full advantage. You can see more here.

News

There is lots of anger over the proposal to close A&E in Huddersfield.

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman says over 400 people have already signed his petition to prevent the closure.



You can keep up to date with all the developments by reading our live blog here.

News

Police say there were no suspicious circumstances involved in the massive Batley mill fire which broke out yesterday.


The mill fire in Batley
The mill fire in Batley (Image: Simon Boyle (@simonjboyle))


Around 70 firefighters from across West Yorkshire took nearly four hours to bring the warehouse inferno under control at Greenhill Mills in Grange Road. You can see the latest here.

Weather

It’s very cold out there, and temperatures will be plunging even lower tonight.

Kirklees Council says it will be keeping a close eye on things, and is urging people to stay safe.



Football

Fans are hoping for further capital gains when Huddersfield Town host Fulham in the second of two home clashes with London opposition in five days.


Huddersfield Town's head coach David Wagner
Huddersfield Town's head coach David Wagner


That 5-0 destruction of Charlton Athletic on Tuesday has certainly added to the feelgood facfor around the club.

It’s now five without defeat for David Wagner’s side in all competitions and three wins in four in the Championship. You can see more here.

News

Good afternoon. Following on from Martin’s post about the anger over plans to close the A&E at Huddersfield, Barry Sheerman is saying patient safety must come before financial concerns.



You can keep up to date by following our live blog here.

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That’s all from me. My colleague Phil will be here soon.

Breaking news

There’s been much outrage over plans to close the A&E at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary this morning.

If you’ve got any views send us a message on our Facebook page, tweet us @examiner or email letters@examiner.co.uk.


Huddersfield Royal Infirmary's Accident & Emergency Dept and Barry Sheerman
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary's Accident & Emergency Dept and Barry Sheerman


We’re running a live blog all day so we’ll feed in your views. Rest assured they will be heard by the powers that be because they’re all watching our live blog I can tell you!

We’ll keep you bang up to date. Click here.


News

Police have appealed for information over the death of a cyclist in a road tragedy yesterday.

The cyclist has not yet been formally identified but is believed to be a 55-year-old man.


A6025 Elland Road, Brighouse near the Cromwell Bottom area, the scene of a fatal accident.
A6025 Elland Road, Brighouse near the Cromwell Bottom area, the scene of a fatal accident.


The collision between the cyclist and a black Citroen C5 happened in Elland Road, Brighouse, near Cromwell Bottom, at 1.20pm.

A driver arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information should call the Major Collision Enquiry Team via 101.


News

Did you watch Jericho last night? What did you think of it?


HANS MATHESON as Johnny and TOMMY MCDONNELL as Dagger Wilkins.
HANS MATHESON as Johnny and TOMMY MCDONNELL as Dagger Wilkins.


So what did we learn? Here’s our look back here.

If you’ve not watched it yet, don’t read!


News

Hello everybody. Martin here. It’s a busy morning at Examiner Towers. We’re running a separate live blog on the shock news that the A&E at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary is set to close, after a U-turn by health chiefs.

Follow the latest here but don’t forget to come back to me. I’ll get lonely talking to myself!


Hand over:

Well, that’s all from me on this glorious morning. Have a great day. My colleague Martin is taking over shortly.

Local News:

A 21-year-old woman suffered minor injuries this morning after being hit by a gold-coloured Volvo Estate near Greenhead Park.

The incident happened in Greenhead Road at 7.51am.

Police say she was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary for treatment.

Town:

FANS are hoping for further capital gains when Huddersfield Town host Fulham in the second of two home clashes with London opposition in five days.

That 5-0 destruction of Charlton Athletic on Tuesday has certainly added to the feelgood facfor around the club.

It’s now five without defeat for David Wagner’s side in all competitions and three wins in four in the Championship.

Local News:

It seems that the mill in Batley which was gutted by fire has been demolished during the night.

Flames rip through Greenhill Mills in Grange Road, Batley. Pic by: Frances Stoner.
Flames rip through Greenhill Mills in Grange Road, Batley. Pic by: Frances Stoner.

More soon.

Local News:

Doctors dubbed her “bionic” while her mother says she is “made of steel.”

For seven-year-old Olivia Farnsworth has real life super powers.

The Huddersfield youngster feels no pain, doesn’t get tired and is never hungry.

Olivia has a rare chromosome disorder that has left doctors and her family amazed.

Local News:

Police are appealing for information after a teenage girl was subjected to a sexual assault in Wilton Park, Batley.


West Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Police


The 16-year-old victim was walking through the park between 6pm and 6.30pm on Monday, 4 January, when she was approached by a group of four men.


One of the men indecently touched the victim before she has managed to dig her nails in to his wrist and run from the scene to a place of safety where she reported the incident to the police.





The man who assaulted her is described as white, aged between 18 to 19-years-old, with brown hair. He was wearing a dark-coloured baseball cap, navy blue Adidas jumper and jogging bottoms.


The other males he was with are described as all being white and of a similar age.


Police Sergeant Andy Maloney, of Batley and Spen Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area of Wilton Park and believes they saw this group or anyone who has information about who these individuals are. It is possible that the man who assaulted the victim may have marks to his left wrist where she has dug her nails in.


“Anyone with information is please asked to call Batley and Spen Neighbourhood Policing Team via 101 quoting reference number 13160004542.”