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Recap

That’s it from us here at Examiner towers. Today we’ve brought more news from the Save HRI campaign trail and this afternoon broken the story that Kirklees Council is set to slash hundreds more jobs over the next few years.

It’s been another busy day so have a look below to catch up with it all.

News

If my story about Kirklees’ £84m cash shortage has got you asking questions...well there’s a chance to ask them to the people who know the answers. There’s an event in Dewsbury on Wednesday where council bods will talk about their money woes.


HTAFC

Town have brushed off talk of Jamie Paterson leaving the club for Brentford. We have been told the winger is not for sale.


News

It’s supposed to rain heavily for much of tomorrow. An ‘amber’ warning has been issued by the Met Office. Let’s hope we don’t get any more floods!

Giants

A little over a week to go until the new season begins...have you got your new kit yet? Big G just picked his up.


News

Are you aware just how much cash the council has lost? It’s a lot...and it’s going to get worse. I’ve interviewed leader, Clr David Sheard, ahead of next week’s council meeting to discuss how to find £84m.


News

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That’s all from me. Nick will be with you for the next hour...

News

The first public debate about Kirklees’ budget struggles will be on February 2.


Huddersfield Town Hall.
Huddersfield Town Hall.


The council’s cabinet will meet to debate the stark reality of how to plug multi-million funding holes in most of its services.


A total of £84m must be found by 2020 and reserves have already been used up.


The council suffered 40% cuts from 2010 to last year and now faces a further 34% reduction in government funding by 2020.


http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/kirklees-council-budget-crisis-councillors-10786232

Travel

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This is really creative stuff.


Some of Huddersfield’s most iconic buildings and locations have become part of the fight to save Huddersfield Royal Infirmary’s A&E.


Stunning images of the #HandsOffHRI slogan projected onto landmarks including the Victoria Tower on Castle Hill, Huddersfield Railway Station, Emley Moor Mast and the University of Huddersfield have been released by campaigners Richard De Vere and Andrew Pygott.


The pair drove around Huddersfield with the projector to create the pictures.


http://ww.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/hands-hri-campaign-slogan-projected-10784548

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Good afternoon all! I will be bringing you the latest news and travel for the next hour or so...

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That’s a wrap from me this afternoon. Handing over to my colleague, Emma.

Travel

Changes to bus routes through the centre of town are to change next month.

Kirklees have tweeted more information about the changes.

What's on

Tomorrow marks the Holocaust Memorial Day.

Several events will be held across Huddersfield over the next week, while the daughter of one Auschwitz survivor will be giving a talk at the University on Thursday evening.

To read more about what’s on, click here.

Shoes taken from Auschwitz-Birkenau prisoners lie in a huge pile
Shoes taken from Auschwitz-Birkenau prisoners lie in a huge pile

Local news

Chris Cassidy will be battling temperatures of up to -50 degrees as he treks the Yukon Arctic desert next month.

The Marsh decorator has even been sleeping in freezers to practice for the stunt, which is in aid of the Forget Me Not Trust.

Read more on why Chris is doing the world’s toughest challenge here.

Chris Cassidy preparing to do the Yukon snow challenge for Forget me not childrens hospice.
Chris Cassidy preparing to do the Yukon snow challenge for Forget me not childrens hospice.

Road accident

A pedestrian who was killed in a collision with an HGV in Dewsbury this month has been named by police as 78-year-old Harry Baldwin.

Mr Baldwin, from Wakefield, was struck by the gold DAF vehicle on Friday, January 8th on Quarry Lane where it meets Leeds Road.

He was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the collision who has not already come forward is urged to contact West Yorkshire Police’s Major Collision Enquiry Team via 101.

Travel

A&E

Say it loud and proud: Hands off our HRI slogan has been broadcast from Huddersfield’s most iconic buildings.

Have you spotted any of these?

#HandsOffHRI projected on Huddersfield landmarks
#HandsOffHRI projected on Huddersfield landmarks

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Good afternoon.

That’s all from me. Susie Beever is up next.

News

One in seven care home beds in Kirklees were lost last year despite an increasing demand for places, health chiefs have revealed.

The district lost 258 out of some 1,750 beds in 2015, according to a report presented to Huddersfield NHS chiefs.

The number of beds fell last year following the closure of several care homes in the town, some due to financial concerns, others because they failed to meet Care Quality Commission standards.
More here...


Ashleigh Care Home, Stile Common Road, Newsome
Ashleigh Care Home, Stile Common Road, Newsome

The total repair bill for Calderdale which was devastated by the Boxing Day floods is expected to top £50m.

The council is in talks with the Government to try and get more cash help and has already started giving financial aid to both home and business owners.

Calderdale Council has paid out more than £½m to help people whose homes were left badly damaged and it has also helped stricken businesses to the tune of £1m.

More here...

Water damaged household items, are stacked outside properties in Elland, Calderdale
Water damaged household items, are stacked outside properties in Elland, Calderdale

Nostalgia

This week we go back to 1988.

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Slapstick humour provided Comic Relief at Royds Hall High School, Paddock yesterday. And pupils (from left) David Cuthbert, Gail Osbourne and Fiona Harrison are pictured preparing to launch a water and custard pie attack. Events included a custard pie quiz, a chance to Soak the Teacher, Splatto-grams and a concert staged by fifth-formers. Maths teacher Mr Steve Norton said the afternoon of fun raised at least £500, which will swell Comic Relief's funds for the Third World starving. 29th January 1988.
Slapstick humour provided Comic Relief at Royds Hall High School, Paddock yesterday. And pupils (from left) David Cuthbert, Gail Osbourne and Fiona Harrison are pictured preparing to launch a water and custard pie attack. Events included a custard pie quiz, a chance to Soak the Teacher, Splatto-grams and a concert staged by fifth-formers. Maths teacher Mr Steve Norton said the afternoon of fun raised at least £500, which will swell Comic Relief's funds for the Third World starving. 29th January 1988.

It could take up to an hour to ferry a 999 patient to casualty if Huddersfield’s A&E department closes, a local parademic has warned.

Ambulances are expected to reach top priority emergencies, such as heart attacks, within eight minutes, according to NHS guidelines.

But the anonymous paramedic says such eight-minute responses would become a ‘rarity’ if Huddersfield Royal Infirmary’s (HRI) A&E department closed under the Right Care Right Time Right Place (RCRTRP) plan.

More here...

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NEWS

Right, that’s all from me, Dave Himelfield is up next

CRIME

This is shocking, poor people.

CRIME

Images of unique industrial metal alloy products stolen from a commercial premises in Cleckheaton have been released as police appeal for witnesses to the burglary.


The incident happened between 6pm on Tuesday 19 January and 7.15am on Wednesday 20 January on Hightown Road.
A number of large and heavy items were stolen.

They include a metal bib nose valve and a metal rota blade. The sizes vary but most are approximately 6 inches high.
DC Oliver Coates of Kirklees CID, said:
“These items are heavy and it will have taken a number of people to move them and a vehicle will have been used to transport them. I am appealing directly to anyone who saw a vehicle acting suspiciously in the area to get in contact. I would also appeal directly to anyone who has seen the items or been offered them for sale to call police.”
Call police on 101 with reference 131600271378

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