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Campaigner Sean Doyle responds

Labour says the fight goes on

Statement from Thelma Walker MP

I am delighted that the judgement from Leeds Crown Court has taken into consideration all of the evidence, and has ruled in favour of the Hands Off HRI campaigners and the thousands of residents, medical professionals and local politicians. We have said time and time again that the business case which Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust put forward was flawed.

This is a victory for common sense. It shows that together as a community, we can achieve great results. This is a really positive step forward. My thanks go to the thousands of people who have campaigned, chipped in money and supported the campaign in any way they could.

We must however, be aware that Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust may appeal this decision, and that the Independent Reconfiguration Panel’s report is still to be released.

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, has given an inadequate answer to my Written Question on the date that he will release the Independent Reconfiguration Panel’s report. He has said only that it will be released in “due course”. He cannot just sit on the report and expect us all to go away quietly without a fight.

I will once again make the offer to Jeremy Hunt to come to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, where I can show him around our fantastic hospital and he can meet the dedicated professional staff who work there.

We need to be ready for the next steps in the fight to save our hospital.


More celebrations

Statement from campaign lawyer

Yogi Amin, a partner at Irwin Mitchell representing the campaign group, said:

“We are pleased that we will now be able to present our case in a full Judicial Review hearing.

“The campaign has focused on saving local NHS hospital services.

“Our clients believe that the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has produced a flawed business case, which does not present all the necessary evidence or follow the government guidelines. ”


Campaigners delighted

Mike Forster said campaigners are delighted. There will be a two-day hearing, probably in June, at the High Court before judge makes a decision.

He said this is absolutely massive for all the people of Huddersfield.

Vow that this is the start of the fight

Talking to campaigners now

We have one reporter at court and one talking to campaigners now

Praise from Dewsbury MP

Great work by everyone involved

Confirmed

The planned decision to close HRI and move services to Calderdale has bee referred to a judicial review

Celebrations start

HRI judicial review

Judicial review for HRI decision

We are hearing that today’s court hearing has decided the HRI closure decision should be go before a FULL judicial review - we are checking this out now

Mum's disgust at rubbish-strewn streets

A mum and her eight-year-old son have taken to picking up litter in their village which they claim is getting worse.

Anna, who asked not to be named in full, has noticed more rubbish and fewer bins while she does the school run from her home near to Commercial Street.

Her son Julian, eight, has been picking some of the litter up on his own street.

Mum Anna sent photos of the worst ‘grot spots’ to the Examiner.

She said: “I walk the children to school every day and notice all the rubbish along Commercial Street.

“The children have asked me ‘why does it look like this?’

“There used to be a council bin but it disappeared about two years ago. My children - aged 11, eight and four - have been asking me if they can pick the rubbish up because they like tidying up.”

Anna says the council should be fining people who drop litter in Slaithwaite.

“I think the problem of rubbish is getting worse every year. There should be more bins on the streets. I see all kinds of rubbish on Commercial Street - bottles, cans, crisp packets, old wheels and foil. It is very bad.”

Man jailed for killing mum at Aldi supermarket

A man who brutally murdered Jodie Willsher at a Skipton supermarket has been imprisoned for life.

Jodie Willsher
Jodie Willsher

Neville John Hord, 44, of Great Horton Road, Bradford, was sentenced today at Bradford Crown Court after he admitted his guilt.

He will serve a minimum term of 30 years before being considered for parole.

The incident occurred at Aldi on Keighley Road at 3.27pm on Thursday 21 December 2017.

Jodie, 30, who has a young daughter with her husband Malcolm, was working inside the store at the time.

Hord, the ex-partner of Mrs Willsher’s mother, carried out the attack in revenge after telling police: “Jodie made things very difficult in my and her mother’s relationship.”

Neville John Hord
Neville John Hord

A number of shoppers and members of staff bravely grappled with Hord as he repeatedly attacked Jodie with a knife.

They were able to detain him before he was arrested by the police officers who arrived within minutes of being alerted.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Mark Pearson, of the Cleveland and North Yorkshire Major Investigation team, said: “Neville Hord planned and carried out a horrific attack on Jodie Willsher while she was working in a busy supermarket in the run up to Christmas.

“His terrible actions have devastated a family, leaving a mother without a daughter, a husband without a wife and a young girl without her mother.

“No sentence could ever compensate for their loss. My thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time.”

Moorland car recovery planned

Greater Manchester Police say they don’t expect a car to be recovered today which crashed off a moorland road near Scammonden.

Car plunges hundreds of feet down moorland off New Hey Road.
Car plunges hundreds of feet down moorland off New Hey Road.

The woman driver was injured when the red Ford Fiesta left New Hey Road on Wednesday at around 2pm.

Police are organising for the car to be recovered but it may take some time.

Here’s the full story

Crash at Hillhouse lights

There’s been a minor crash at the Hillhouse traffic lights this morning. Traffic has been in a queue on Bradford Road back to Matalan.

Police have been at the scene. Avoid the area if you can.

Appeal after woman killed in West Yorkshire crash

Police investigating a fatal road traffic collision in Bradford have released details of a vehicle they would like to trace.

West Yorkshire Police logo/badge
West Yorkshire Police logo/badge

They would like to speak to the occupants of what is thought to be a Ford vehicle, which was travelling along the A641 Huddersfield Road at about 8.30pm on 24 February, when it was overtaken by the silver Vauxhall Astra which was involved in the collision a short time later.

Jane Floweth, 68, from Ilkley, was a passenger in a blue Honda Jazz which was in collision with the Astra on Common Lane, near the Guide Post Hotel.

She was taken to hospital where she later died from her injuries.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remains on bail pending further enquiries.

Anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team on 101, quoting crime reference 13180092933.

HRI legal fight 'costing £60,000'

I think we all know that lawyers don’t come cheap. This is the latest from the HRI protest outside Leeds Crown Court this morning.

Media coverage for HRI protest today

Some media coverage of the protest outside the Leeds court today.

Protest in full swing

There’s around 20 protesters outside Leeds Crown Court this morning for the Hands Off HRI protest.

Lawyers will be inside the court later to ask a judge to consider ordering a review of the decision to downgrade HRI services.

Sheerman calls for tight sanctions on Russia

For those following the row between the UK and Russia following the use of a Russian-made nerve agent on a former spy in the UK - here’s Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman’s take on it:

MP backs health protest at crown court

Colne Valley Labour MP Thelma Walker has sent her support to protesters who are gathering this morning outside Leeds Crown Court.

Here’s her tweet:

Hands Off HRI campaigners are gathering ahead of a hearing inside the court in which lawyers will argue that the decision to downgrade services at HRI and close the A&E should go to judicial review.

Follow our blog today for updates on the protest and the judge’s decision.

World food event starting today

Feeling peckish? Why not pop into town today and savour the delights of the International Market. Last year I enjoyed a kangaroo burger.

One of the food stalls at the international market in Huddersfield town centre
One of the food stalls at the international market in Huddersfield town centre

It starts today and runs until Sunday. There are 50 stalls selling various produce. Head to New Street and Market Place.

Opening times are 9am to 9pm, and on Sunday 10am to 5pm.

All the details can be found by clicking here

Appeal after woman badly hurt in collision

Police are renewing an appeal for witnesses to a road traffic collision in Batley on Tuesday.

Police incident on Brookroyd Lane, Batley
Police incident on Brookroyd Lane, Batley (Image: Jit Singh)

The incident happened at 12.42pm when a Skoda Fabia was reversing down Brookroyd Lane when it collided with a 56-year-old woman.

The injured woman was left in a serious condition.
Any witnesses to the incident are asked to call the Major Collision and Enquiry Team on 101 quoting log 799 of Tuesday 13 March.

Read more on this incident here

Trainee engineers wanted in Huddersfield

Openreach has launched its biggest recruitment drive to date, creating thousands of jobs across the country including in Huddersfield.

Openreach engineers laying fibre cable
Openreach engineers laying fibre cable

In total, 3500 new trainee engineers will help roll out the latest broadband and 5G technology in eight major cities.

More than 90 trainee engineers will be hired across West Yorkshire in the next 12 months, located in Huddersfield, Halifax, Leeds, Dewsbury, Bradford and Wakefield.

Around 220 trainees engineers will be hired across Yorkshire.

Openreach’s ‘Fibre First’ programme will deliver expanded ‘full fibre’ networks in up to 40 towns, cities and boroughs, setting it on a trajectory to reach ten million British premises by the mid-2020s.

It has committed to making ultrafast fibre available in three million British homes and business by the end of 2020 and, if the conditions are right, intends to go significantly further, bringing the benefits of the technology to the majority of homes and businesses in the UK.

The roll-out will commence in eight cities: Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London and Manchester.

A new state-of-the-art fibre engineering school has been established at Bradford, one of 12 training centres being built across the UK to support the fibre roll-out.

Further details at www.movementtowork.com

M62 congestion due to broken down car

A broken down car on the M621 eastbound is affecting the M62.

One lane of the M621 is blocked and there is queueing traffic.

It is causing queues back on to the M62 with traffic queueing to exit J27 Eastbound.

Crash involving lorry and car on M1

One to avoid if you are heading over to the M1 this morning:

* Three lanes closed and queueing traffic due to accident, lorry and a car involved on M1 Northbound at J41 A650 (Carrgate).
Lanes three, four and five (of five) are closed.

Here’s what Highways England are saying:

HRI protest is taking place later this morning

Health campaigners are taking part in a protest outside Leeds Crown Court this morning.

Save HRI protest outside Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Lindley. Protesters gather at the HRI entrance.
Save HRI protest outside Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Lindley. Protesters gather at the HRI entrance.

Members of the Hands Off HRI campaign group will be outside the court from 9.30am ahead of a court hearing on their bid for a judicial review of plans to downgrade HRI and close the A&E.

Read the full story here