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Generous public donate hundreds of walking aids to help burdened NHS

Kirklees say two false legs were among the oddest contributions to a recent crutches amnesty.

The council’s Healthwatch organisation recently turned to the public for donations of unwanted walking aids such as crutches and wheelchairs for current NHS patients.

Donations made in response to Healthwatch Kirklees' crutches amnesty
Donations made in response to Healthwatch Kirklees' crutches amnesty

They’ve since said the response was “overwhelming”, with 230 items donated to ease the burden on the NHS. Among the donations were a pair of false legs...

Healthwatch adviser Clare Costello said: “People love the NHS. They know the financial pressure that the council and NHS are under and wanted to make a contribution. Recycling old equipment seemed to be a good way to do it.”

Man jailed for child sex abuse

A woman who made abuse allegations against a man nearly three decades ago has finally seen him jailed today.

The complainant, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was sat in the public gallery as a judge earlier sentenced Calderdale man Michael McGarry to 13 years at Bradford Crown Court for offences of indecent assault and indecency with a child.

The 54-year-old, of Southfield, Heptonstall, was found guilty in January of two allegations of indecent assault and two of indecency with a child.

The court heard that the abuse included simulated sexual intercourse with the teenage complainant who initially made allegations against McGarry to the police back in September 1990.

Bradford Crown Court
Bradford Crown Court

Accident on M62 westbound near Huddersfield

Emergency services have been sent to the scene. One lane is currently blocked.

Weekend weather

Here’s what the weather has in store for us over the weekend, according to the Met Office.

Saturday looks set to be mild and cloudy, with temperatures of 5-8 degrees. A small chance of rain in the early hours of the morning.

Sunday is supposed to be the better day of the two. A very chilly morning but forecasts are for sunshine in the afternoon with temperatures of around 9-10 degrees.

Commuters arrive and leave Huddersfield railway station in full spring sunshine after blanket of snow which had covered the town in the morning.
Commuters arrive and leave Huddersfield railway station in full spring sunshine

Cyclist in Team Wiggins hits out after being snubbed from Tour de Yorkshire

A cyclist from Holmfirth who competes in Sir Bradley Wiggins’ team has expressed his anger after they were snubbed by the year’s biggest event on his own turf.

Gabriel Cullaigh, from New Mill, is part of Team Wiggins, who missed out on a place in this year’s Tour de Yorkshire. Gabriel, also known as ‘Gabz’, tweeted his fury at the decision after the teams for May’s race were announced earlier this week.

National news

Here’s what’s happening in the headlines today:

HOSTAGE FEARS AT SUPERMARKET AFTER POLICE OFFICER SHOT IN FRANCE
A police operation is taking place in a small town in southern France after a police officer was shot and wounded. A suspect has been surrounded at a supermarket in the town of Trebes, south of Toulouse, and might have taken hostages, national police said. The French interior ministry said on its Twitter account that police and rescue operations are the priority. Authorities in the Aude region are warning people to avoid the area around the supermarket.

VLADIMIR PUTIN FORMALLY DECLARED WINNER IN RUSSIAN PRESIDENTIAL VOTE
Russian electoral officials have officially declared incumbent President Vladimir Putin the winner of last Sunday’s election. The Central Election Commission on Friday issued final results, showing that Mr Putin won nearly 77% of the vote. Communist candidate Pavel Grudinin came second with nearly 12%. The vote was tainted by widespread reports of ballot-box stuffing and forced voting.

THERESA MAY WELCOMES EU EXEMPTION FROM US STEEL TARIFFS
Prime Minister Theresa May has welcomed the 11th-hour suspension of threatened US tariffs on British steel imports and said work must start now on making it permanent. Mrs May dropped plans to fly home from the European Council summit in Brussels overnight in order to stay on for discussions on the development with fellow EU leaders. The White House announced a temporary exemption for the EU and six other countries - Canada, Mexico, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, South Korea - from tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminium which came into effect on Friday.

Reports of vehicle fire on M62 near Huddersfield

Police presence in Mirfield street

A police operation is underway on a street in Mirfield this morning.

The Force attended an address on Camm Lane in the early hours of the morning and are still there now. Residents say they woke at around 3am.

Police hunting convicted child rapist

A search is underway for a man convicted of raping a 17-year-old girl.

Imran Khaliq, 38, was found guilty last month of the charge at Bradford Crown Court. Khaliq, from Bradford, failed to appear for the verdict and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He is described as Asian, of slim build and around 5ft 6ins tall.

He has links to the Greater Manchester area. Anyone who sees him is urged to contact police via 101.

Imran Khaliq
Imran Khaliq

Clocks go forward this weekend

Here’s your bi-annual reminder that the clocks are set to change this weekend.

Clocks go forward by one hour on Saturday as we finally edge into Spring. I know computers are fast dominating the planet and that humans will soon be altogether redundant, but not all clocks automatically change themselves yet so a heads up to double check so you don’t arrive a work an hour late on Monday (heaven forbid).

 Alarm clock February 2000 ©Mirrorpix

Delays on M621

Huddersfield weather

Dry and mild throughout today, with temperatures of up to 9°C.

Fans hit out at Sheerman after he refuses to back Stand Up For Town

Football fans have criticised Barry Sheerman when he came out last night saying he would not be supporting the Stand Up For Town safestanding campaign.

The initiative, a joint campaign between Huddersfield Town Supporter’s Association and the Cowshed Loyal, aims to implement safe zones where fans can stand and watch matches at the john Smith’s Stadium, rather than risk overcrowding by standing in seated areas.

Veteran Huddersfield Labour MP Sheerman wrote on Twitter last night saying he would not be supporting the campaign, despite it receiving the backing of his colleagues Thelma Walker and Paula Sherriff.

Sheerman said “we fought to get safe secure football stadiums”, a claim which the campaign has called “untrue” after showing the MP voted against the Football Spectators Bill three times in the wake of the Hillsborough tragedy.

Queues on M62 eastbound

Today's Examiner

Here is our front page this morning:

Examiner front page 23/3/18
Examiner front page 23/3/18

ICYMI: Police issue appeal for machete man who tried to rob pensioner

Detectives last night issued an appeal after a man armed with a machete tried to force his way into a pensioner’s home in Crosland Moor.

Huddersfield CID are investigating the attempted robbery which happened on Chapel Terrace. A police spokesman said the man tried to force his way in but left empty-handed when he was “turned away” by the victim, a man in his 70s.

Read more here.

Chapel Terrace, Crosland Moor
Chapel Terrace, Crosland Moor

Traffic update

Busy on the M62 this morning eastbound at Ainley Top junction, as well as further along at junction 29 for the M1.

Queues on Leeds and Halifax Road/Wakefield Road at Hipperholme, Whitehall Road at Wyke and the usual morning traffic on the Huddersfield ring road.

Junction 24 at Ainley Top.
Junction 24 at Ainley Top.

Good morning, Huddersfield

Welcome to the Huddersfield Examiner’s breaking news service.

Stay with us throughout the day to be the first to know everything that’s happening across Huddersfield and the rest of West Yorkshire.

We’ll also be bringing you updates on crime, health, sport, politics, education and more live from the Examiner team.

And remember to check back before you travel as during peak times we’ll provide you with all of the latest traffic updates on the M62 and roads around the region.

Emley Mast at sunrise
Emley Mast at sunrise (Image: Baldwin Jackson)

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