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That’s your lot for the week folks. It’s been a busy one for us here at the Examiner, covering a number of big stories. This week the Save HRI campaign has gathered pace and we’ve brought you dozens of new stories. Kirklees Council has also revealed the shocking state of its bank account. It’s got £84m to find by 2020 if things are to carry on functioning.

Have a good weekend everyone.

News

Ever more creative ways are being used to back the Hands Off HRI campaign. Check out this ‘Minecraft’ video.


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Like shopping? Like Oxfam? Here’s a winning combo...an exclusive clothes event at Huddersfield Oxfam featuring new items.


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If you like watching funny and bizarre videos to kill time at the end of your day I have a link for you.


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If you’re planning to visit Dewsbury tomorrow there may be some disruption due to a march by Britain First.

They’re heading from the train station to Savile Town, leaving at 1pm. Bus services will be diverted.


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If someone offers you some designer coats for sale down the pub tonight, watch out they might be stolen. Police are on the hunt for these high value clothes, nicked from a house in Netherton.


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That’s all from me. I will hand you over to Nick for the last hour..

Crime

A machete-wielding drug dealer who cut through his victim’s hand in a frenzied attack has failed to convince Appeal Court judges he did not get a fair trial.


Machete attacker Damien Francis jailed
Machete attacker Damien Francis jailed


Damien Francis, 32, hacked at Conrad Smith with such ferocity he nearly severed his left hand after chasing him down a Huddersfield street.


Mr Smith put his arm up in a desperate bid to defend himself, but the machete cut through to the bone, robbing him of the use of some of his fingers.


http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/machete-attacker-damien-francis-fails-10804286

Travel

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Police have urged a driver to come forward after a young boy was hurt on a main Huddersfield road.


Pedestrian crossing on Leeds Road, Huddersfield, close to Barr Street.
Pedestrian crossing on Leeds Road, Huddersfield, close to Barr Street.


The 11-year-old was on a pedestrian crossing when he was hit by a car on Leeds Road yesterday afternoon.


He was crossing Leeds Road near to the junction with Barr Street when he was injured at 5.25pm



http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/police-urge-driver-come-forward-10807765


Crime

Some useful advice from police here:


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Crime

A man was left with a broken nose after trying to stop teenagers throwing snowballs at a pub in Golcar.

The 42-year-old also suffered terrible bruising in the attack, which was sparked by his attempts to intervene.

Read the full story here.

Duck & Spoon, Town End, Golcar, Huddersfield.
Duck & Spoon, Town End, Golcar, Huddersfield.

Restaurants

The Spiced Mango used to be The White Swan pub - read our review of the Indian eaterie here.

Spiced Mango in Middlestown
Spiced Mango in Middlestown

Local news

HRI

The scrutiny panel have extended the debate:

HRI

If Huddersfield’s A&E closes, there will be 157 more deaths each YEAR.

These are the shocking claims made by local MPs Barry Sheerman and Jason McCartney.

Read more on this here.

Travel

HRI

The petition to save our A&E has currently got 42,467 signatures. Let’s get it even higher.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/118690

Crime

A man who attacked someone with a machete has lost his bid to cut his 15-year jail sentence.

Damien Francis attacked Conrad Smith with the weapon in a vicious attack in Huddersfield in March 2014.

Read the full story here.

Machete attacker Damien Francis jailed
Machete attacker Damien Francis jailed

Traffic

Trouble on M1. One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M1 Northbound between J40 A638 (Ossett / Wakefield) and J41 A650 (Carrgate).


Local news

A Birkby GP is facing a tribunal after allegedly harassing a patient into having her sons circumcised.

Dr Manohar Singh is facing the accusations along with allegations he struck two patients off without reason.

Read the full story here.

HRI

Have you seen the latest star to show support for the #handsoffHRI campaign? It’s insania... (sorry)

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Local News:

The number of police officers in West Yorkshire has fallen by a fifth since police cuts began.

West Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Police



In September 2015, the force had 4,588 officers, down 20.9% from 5,800 in September 2009, one of the biggest falls in England and Wales, a loss of 1,212 officers over the past six years.


However, the force has lost more than a tenth of its Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in a year, with numbers down 11% from 649 in September 2014 to 578 in September 2015.


In September 2015, forces across England and Wales had 125,185 officers, down 13.3% from 144,353 in September 2009, a loss of 19,169 officers over the past six years.


Between September 30 2014 and September 30 2015 there were reductions across all worker types in the combined 43 police forces in England and Wales. There was a decrease of 1.5% in the number of police officers since September 30 2014.


The number of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) has seen the biggest decrease in 10 years, down 7.5% from 12,770 in September 2014 to 11,809 in September 2015.


Across the 43 police forces in England and Wales, police officer numbers have fallen for each of the last six years, since 2009.


For the three years prior to September 2015 the size of the reduction in the number of police officers had been declining , however, for the first time since 2010, the size of the reduction in the number of officers is greater than the previous year.