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Search for convicted armed robber

Police are hunting a robber who has absconded from prison.

Convicted armed robber James Beeston absconded from HMP Kirklevington Grange, Yarm, on Tuesday, February 13. He is currently serving a ten year sentence for a string of armed robberies across West Yorkshire, and is believed to be in the county.

The 28-year-old is originally from East End Park and has connections and associates in east Leeds. He is white, 5ft 8ins tall, with fair/brown hair. He is not thought to present any immediate risk to the public but anyone who sees him is advised not to approach him and to contact the police on 999 immediately.

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers via 101 quoting log number 975 of February 16 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

James Beeston
James Beeston (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Crash on Wakefield Road

A car has crashed on Wakefield Road at Aspley.

Police say a silver Subaru Impreza collided with the traffic lights near Lidl at 1.28pm. The crash has caused some disruption but nobody has been injured.

Wakefield Road in Aspley near to where woman was sexually assaulted.
Wakefield Road in Aspley (Image: Pic from Google Street View)

Lane shut on M1

One lane is closed on the M1 northbound due to a broke down vehicle at junction 41 for Carrgate.

The M1
The M1

Stabbing at Huddersfield hotel

Police say a teenager has been stabbed at a hotel in Edgerton.

Officers were called just after midnight overnight to the Ashfield Hotel on New North Road. A 17-year-old male was found with stab wounds and was immediately taken to Leeds General Infirmary, where he currently remains in a stable condition.

A police spokesperson confirmed: “Three males aged 19, 20 and 25 have been arrested in connection with this incident and remain in police custody. Enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police via 101 quoting log number *0033 of 1 March.”

Man pleads guilty to rape

Reporter Stephanie Finnegan is in court.

National news

Here’s a round up of today’s main stories...

HOSPITAL STAFF CAMP OUT ON WARDS TO DEFY SNOWY WEATHER
NHS staff who slept in wards to ensure patient services could continue despite the weather have been praised by the public. Medical staff stayed overnight at Sunderland Royal Hospital, while others who were brought in by 4x4 volunteer drivers will do so on Thursday night into Friday. When the City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust posted a message about its staff and asked for the public to thank them, more than 20,000 people “liked” it.
And the page was flooded with messages of gratitude.

PUTIN BOASTS OF NEW RUSSIAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS ‘INVULNERABLE TO INTERCEPTION’
President Vladimir Putin said Russia has tested an array of new strategic nuclear weapons that cannot be intercepted. This marks a technological breakthrough that would dramatically increase Russia’s military capability and boost the Kremlin’s global position. In a state-of-the-nation speech in Moscow, the Russian president said the weapons include a nuclear-powered cruise missile, a nuclear-powered underwater drone and a new hypersonic missile.

GOVERNMENT ‘SHOULD COMPENSATE SURVIVORS OF CHILD MIGRANT PROGRAMME ABUSE’
Former child migrants who were exposed to sexual violence and other threats during a “fundamentally flawed” overseas settlement policy should be offered financial compensation by the Government, a report has concluded. Britain’s child migration programmes saw thousands, many in care or from poor backgrounds, sent to countries including Australia and New Zealand, partly to save money on care costs. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse found that successive UK governments, which played a “central role” in the policy, “failed to ensure that there were in place sufficient measures to protect children from sexual abuse”.

Take that back...

Looks like a lot of cases won’t be going ahead today:

Court still going ahead despite the weather

It may be snowing but court is still running! Our court reporter Stephanie Finnegan is there ready to report on cases that are up today.

Let’s just hope the jurors turn up, too.

Funeral to be held for Oakley Brocklehurst

A service will be held today for a four-year-old from Huddersfield who died last month.

Oakley Brocklehurst, from Deighton, passed away at home at the beginning of February. His parents Barrie and Lorraine have described him as an inspirational little boy who “put adults to shame”.

The family are today holding a celebration of Oakley’s life at Huddersfield Crematorium.

Oakley Brocklehurst as his school nativity play, where he sang Little Donkey - which he insisted was not just a Christmas song
Oakley Brocklehurst as his school nativity play, where he sang Little Donkey - which he insisted was not just a Christmas song

Weather warnings to stay in place

A yellow warning is in place until Saturday morning. Temperatures are unlikely to rise above freezing in that time, according to the Met Office.

More snow is predicted for throughout today although should ease off a little into the afternoon. Tomorrow looks snow-free but the possibility of more overnight into Saturday.

Council meetings postponed

Discussions over the Local Plan are off today due to the weather:

Woman attacked neighbour after complaints over littering

A woman used a piece of wood covered with nails to repeatedly hit her neighbour after she complained to the council about her family’s littering.

The victim suffered from flashbacks and said her confidence was shattered following the frightening attack on July 12 last year. Read the full story here.

Farhat Fayyaz
Farhat Fayyaz

Today's Examiner

Here is our front page today with all our coverage of the freak weather conditions.

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.

Harold Wilson statue in St George's Square covered in snow. Photo: Christopher Furlong
Harold Wilson statue in St George's Square covered in snow. Photo: Christopher Furlong

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