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Campaigners have called for the stands at the John Smith’s Stadium to be opened up for a crucial ‘Save A&E’ meeting.

Health bosses are hosting a public meeting at the stadium about their controversial hospital shake-up plan.

The event is scheduled for a conference room that can hold about 400 people.

More here...

Travel

Police incident over on M62 Eastbound between J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor) and J24 A629 (Ainley Top).

Travel

Police incident on M62 eastbound between J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor) and J24 A629 (Ainley Top).
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News

The most read story on our website at the moment is the sad news of the death of Special Constable Dr Sara Gilks aged just 32


The talented academic and voluntary police officer died at home on Saturday.


Dr Gilks, who worked in Huddersfield for the past six years. had received commendations for her outstanding police work.


http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/sad-sudden-death-special-constable-11104394


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Missing people

A missing teenager from Teesside may be in Huddersfield, police say.

Connie Baldwin-Stenton, 15, from Stainton in Middlesborough, was last seen yesterday afternoon at her home.

She is described as a white female, around 5 foot 5” tall with a fresh complexion and straight, brown shoulder length hair. She was last seen wearing a grey top, black jeans and white leather Converse trainers.

It is believed that Connie could have travelled to the Huddersfield area as she is believed to have contacts there.

Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts or anyone who may have seen her is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.

Connie Baldwin
Connie Baldwin (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

What's on

A huge orienteering event was held at Storthes Hall over the Easter weekend.

People young and old gathered for the Jan Kjellström International Festival of Orienteering.

See pictures and read more about the event here.

Jan Kjellstrom Orienteering event at Storthes Hall. Competitors cheered home by the crowd.
Jan Kjellstrom Orienteering event at Storthes Hall. Competitors cheered home by the crowd.

What's on

Hepworth’s The Carding Shed will be hosting a fundraising brass band and cream tea event to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.

Hade Edge Brass Band will be playing at the event on Sunday May 8th at 7pm.

Tickets only £10 available from High Society or call 01484 680400.

Kirklees

A councillor has said his comments that there was no real poverty in Kirklees were misunderstood.

Kirkburton Conservative, Clr Bill Armer, caused gasps of astonishment at a council meeting last week when he said there was no “absolute poverty” in Kirklees.

Read the full story here.

Councillor Bill Armer
Councillor Bill Armer

Local news

Huddersfield student Sarah Broadhead has been shortlisted for a place on a fashion internship with Levi Strauss jeans in California.

The fashion design student impressed the jeans designers with her sketches of denim outfits inspired by Yorkshire’s mining heritage.

Read the full story here.

Fashion student Sarah Broadhead
Fashion student Sarah Broadhead

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Local News:

Huddersfield Chess Club’s annual congress will be held from 27 - 29 May.


Chess board
Chess board


The venue is once again at the Huddersfield Ukrainian Club but the big change this year due to popular request is that it will be a six round Swiss tournament instead of the usual five rounds.


Hundreds of pounds of prize money will be on offer.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man had his wedding ring stolen on his 50th wedding anniversary.


They are advising residents to be wary after a 73-year-old man had his wedding ring pulled from his finger by two men who asked him to change money.


The incident took place at about 1.30pm at Junction of Pearl Street/Bradford Road in Batley on Tuesday March 22, after the victim, a Birstall man, was approached by two men while waiting for a bus.

West Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Police

One of the men, who were both white, asked if the victim could change some coins and produced change from his pocket.


The 73-year-old agreed and the two exchanged money. On returning home he realised the suspect had pulled his wedding ring from his finger.


The first suspect was described as 6ft tall, fat and balding with a lump under his right eye. He also had an eastern European accent. The second man was white, 5ft 6ins tall, slim, and also had an olive complexion.

Local News:

West Yorkshire Police have provided an update regarding the body found in the River Calder on Good Friday.


A spokesman said: “Police were called to the River Calder off Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, about 3pm on Friday March 25 to a report the body of a man had been seen in water there. Officers attended and recovered the body of a man.

West Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Police



“There are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances in the death and enquiries remain ongoing to identify the man.”

Local News:

Police are appealing for information after an 11-year-old girl was robbed while walking through fields behind Salendine Nook High School in Huddersfield.


The offence happened between 3.10pm and 3.30pm on Tuesday, 22 March, when the victim was walking with two friends through fields off Bull Green Road.

West Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Police

Three males, described as around 19-years-old, have chased after the group and robbed the victim of items of her school uniform.


The suspects are described as all wearing ‘Teeboy’ tops. Two are described as having blond hair and one as having brown hair. The male with brown hair’s top was described as maroon.


Det Con Simon Marshall, of Kirklees CID, said: “This is a concerning offence against a young schoolgirl which has happened in broad daylight as she has been walking home.


“I would urge anyone who saw this incident or knows the suspects to please come forward so that these males can be dealt with as soon as possible.


“Anyone with information is asked to call Kirklees District CID via 101, quoting reference 13160125362.”

Local News:

Mike Forster, who has become a high-profile figure in the battle to maintain Huddersfield’s A&E facility, has retired from Unison and Kirklees Council.

Huddersfield Examiner Battle Bus at St Georges Square. Mike Forster address the crowd.
Huddersfield Examiner Battle Bus at St Georges Square. Mike Forster address the crowd.

He has spent 15 years working as an education social worker and Unison representative and played a huge part in protecting public services for the people of Kirklees.



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News

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 73-year-old man had his wedding ring stolen on his 50th wedding anniversary.

Heckmondwike Police are advising residents to be wary after the man had the ring pulled from his finger by two men who asked him to change money.

The incident took place at about 1.30pm at Junction of Pearl Street/Bradford Road in Batley on Tuesday March 22 after the victim, a Birstall man, was approached by two men while waiting for a bus.

One of the men, who were both white, asked if the victim could change some coins and produced change from his pocket.

The 73-year-old agreed and the two exchanged money. On returning home he realised the suspect had pulled his wedding ring from his finger.

Travel

The trains are happily all back to normal now in Huddersfield.

Northern Rail says the disruption caused by the signalling problems is now at an end.



Many services were affected earlier this morning, with a number of trains cancelled or delayed.

News

An 11-year-old girl was robbed while walking through fields behind Salendine Nook High School in Huddersfield.

The victim was walking with two friends through fields off Bull Green Road, when three males, aged around 19, chased after the group and robbed the victim of items of her school uniform.

The suspects are described as all wearing ‘Teeboy’ tops. Two have blond hair and one brown hair. The male with brown hair’s top was described as maroon.

The offence happened between 3.10pm and 3.30pm on Tuesday, March 22.

Det Con Simon Marshall, of Kirklees CID, said: “This is a concerning offence against a young schoolgirl which has happened in broad daylight as she has been walking home. I would urge anyone who saw this incident or knows the suspects to please come forward so that these males can be dealt with as soon as possible.

“Anyone with information is asked to call Kirklees District CID via 101, quoting reference 13160125362.”

News

The winner of Kirklees’s biggest NHS contract has been rapped with an official ‘notice’ after falling to answer patients’ calls on time.


Robert Flack, chief executive of Locala
Robert Flack, chief executive of Locala


Locala, which provides a large proportion of the borough’s NHS services, was served with the notice after failing to answer calls to its ‘single point of contact’ within its target time. You can see more here.

Travel

Still some troubles with the trains following the signalling problems at Huddersfield this morning.



Earlier, many services were either cancelled or delayed.

All lines are now reopen, but National Rail says there will be delays of up to 15 minutes until 11am.

News

Some were mere children while others were in their mid-80s. But what bound the 2,000 or so people from across the world competing at Storthes Hall on Day 4 of the Jan Kjellström International Festival of Orienteering was an intense love of the sport.


Jan Kjellstrom Orienteering event at Storthes Hall. Competitors near the finish.
Jan Kjellstrom Orienteering event at Storthes Hall. Competitors near the finish.


All you needed to take part was a reasonable degree of athleticism combined with excellent map-reading skills and the ability to use a compass. You can see the full story, with pictures and video, here.