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Full story on Jonny Binns murder trial verdicts

Two Dewsbury men will be sentenced on Friday for the manslaughter of 32-year-old Jonathan Binns after a jury this afternoon (Tues) found them guilty at the end of a trial lasting over a month.

The father-of-one died from his injuries after being hit by a Ford Fiesta in the car park of the Scarborough pub in Thornhill a year ago.

Fiesta driver Jaelan Herlt, 20, who was alleged by the prosecution to have deliberately run over Mr Binns, and his front seat passenger Khaleem Harris, also 20, were both cleared of a murder charge by a jury at Bradford Crown Court.

Memorial bench for Jonny Binns at The Scarborough, The Town, Dewsbury.
Memorial bench for Jonny Binns at The Scarborough, The Town, Dewsbury.

At the start of the trial, which involved eight other defendants aged between 17 and 21, it was said that Mr Binns had come out of the pub as a fight involving a group of men came to an end, but he posed no meaningful threat.

Herlt, of Derwent Road, was also found guilty of violent disorder and Harris, of North Road, pleaded guilty to that charge part-way through the trial.

Harris was also convicted of possessing an offensive weapon.

His younger brother Kamrren, now 18, of The Town, was found guilty by the jury of charges of grievous bodily harm in relation to an attack on another man, violent disorder and possessing an offensive weapon.

Jonny Binns who died following incident outside Scarborough pub, The Town
Jonny Binns who died following incident outside Scarborough pub, The Town

Of the remaining seven defendants Ashley Longstaff, 20, of Lees Hall Road, and Thomas Chapman, 19, of Edge View, were both found not guilty of violent disorder by the jury.

Kallum Harris, 20, of Ashfield, Reece Hinchliffe, 19, of Doubting Road, Jonathan Newby, 21, of Lees Hall Road, 19-year-old Ryan Scaife, of Partridge Crescent, and a 17-year-old youth who cannot be identified were all found guilty of the violent disorder charge.

Newby was also found guilty of possessing an offensive weapon.

The eight defendants, who are all now in custody, will be brought back to the crown court on Friday when the Honourable Mr Justice Goss will pass sentence on them.

Pair cleared of Jonny Binns murder - but guilty of his manslaughter

Two men have been cleared of murdering a man outside a pub in Dewsbury.

But Jaelan Herlt and Khaleem Harris were both found guilty of the manslaughter of Jonathan Binns, outside The Scarborough, Thornhill, in February 2017.

Dad-of-one Mr Binns, 32, died after he was mowed down by a Ford Fiesta driven by Herlt.

Six other defendants were found guilty of violent disorder in connection with the attack while a further two were acquitted.

The guilty men will be sentenced on Friday.

Jonny Binns who died following incident outside Scarborough pub, The Town
Jonny Binns who died following incident outside Scarborough pub, The Town

More than fifth of Yorkshire employees admitted pulling sickie in 2017

According to a survey by Adzuna.co.uk:

  • 21% of employees in Yorkshire and the Humber admitted to taking a ‘sickie’ in 2017, with the majority doing so because they wanted a rest/duvet day
  • Scotland had the highest number of employees (38%) ‘pulling a sickie’ last year, with most of them doing so to avoid a stressful situation at work
  • Collectively, Yorkshire and the Humber loses more than 2.5m days each year to employees feigning sickness
  • Overall, out of all the employees in the UK who pretended to be sick, 18% confessed to being caught by their employer.
Female patient in hospital bed
(Image: Tom Merton)

One for the kids

You and your children have no doubt read the books and seen the TV show.

And now they can ride their favourite engine when Thomas The Tank Engine comes to Kirklees Light Railway.

My First Day Out With Thomas takes place at the scale railway at Clayton West on 10 days between March 17 and November 11.

Thomas The Tank Engine
Thomas The Tank Engine

Man in hospital following crash in Mirfield

A pedestrian has been taken to hospital after he was struck by a car in Mirfield.

The collision happened at around 12.24pm this afternoon at the junction of King Street just off the high street. Police and ambulance were called and the man, thought to be a pensioner, was treated for leg and arm injuries.He was taken to hospital. Police confirmed his injuries are believed to be minor.

Stock picture of ambulance

Body found at beauty spot identified

A man’s body found at Dovestones Reservoir has been formally identified.

Police were called out to the reservoir on Saddleworth Moor, near Greenfield, at 10.50am on Sunday morning following the discovery.

The man has been formally identified as 51-year-old Bernard Gaunt and there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Greater Manchester Police have said a file will be passed to the coroner.

Dovestone car park, Bank Lane, Saddleworth, Oldham
Dovestones Reservoir (Image: Manchester Evening News)

Carriageway now cleared after four vehicles involved in crash

Police have been at the seen and say two cars and two vans have been invovled. Luckily there haven’t been any serious injuries.

They were called at 12.11pm to reports of the collision just after junction 24 on the eastbound side. An Audi A6, Ford van, Citroen DS and a Volkswagon van were all involved. An ambulance attended but no one was badly hurt.

The last we have on it is that the carriageway has now been cleared with the last 10 minutes and traffic is starting to move again.

Queues are several miles long

Traffic is back as far as Scammonden on the eastbound carriage.

Temperatures to plummet over the next few days

It’s not quite Spring yet, according to the Met Office.

Reports of a three-vehicle accident

Highways England are saying it looks like three vehicles have been involved.

A spokesperson said: “The call came in to us just after 1pm. Three lanes are closed and traffic is being directed onto the hard shoulder so there will be considerable delays.

“It appears three vehicles have been involved in the collision. Officers are at the scene.”

Three lanes closed on M62

Three lanes are now closed on the M62 eastbound.

Traffic is stop-start and there are reports of delays up to 30 minutes. Here’s how it’s looking:

Reports of a crash on the M62

This is near the junction for Ainley Top:

Here’s what it looks like between junctions 24 and 25 right now:

Ambulance gets stuck in mud after teenager breaks leg

A teenager was left lying in a field for two hours after breaking his leg - because an ambulance got stuck in mud.

Andrew Porter sent us these pictures of his 19-year-old son Jordan who was injured on a playing field on Manchester Road, Linthwaite, on Saturday afternoon.

Boy laid in football field for two hours after ambulance gets stuck in the mud
Boy laid in football field for two hours after ambulance gets stuck in the mud

Andrew said: “We had to wait for a 4x4 first responder car to help but when they arrived they said they had no chance of pulling the ambulance out. My son was laid in the middle of the football field for nearly two hours before they put him in the ambulance to keep warm whilst waiting for another ambulance to come - so it took over three hours to get him to hospital.”

More on this story to follow.

Boy laid in football field for two hours after ambulance gets stuck in the mud
Boy laid in football field for two hours after ambulance gets stuck in the mud

Holmfirth thief spared jail

A woman who stole £15k from her parents has avoided a jail sentence at Leeds Crown Court this morning.

Reporter Stephanie Finnegan is in court. More on this story son.

University strikes

Staff at the University of Leeds will walk out for a planned strike on Thursday.

It’s part of a wave of 14 days of strikes at universities across the country in a row over pensions, although Huddersfield is not included.

The full strike dates are:

Week one – Thursday 22 and Friday 23 February (two days)

Week two – Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 February (three days)

Week three – Monday 5, Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 March (four days)

Week four – Monday 12, Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14, Thursday 15 and Friday 16 March (five days)

Leeds stock pic: University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane.
University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane.

Protests held over demolition of clock tower

There are protests in Lockwood this morning over plans to demolish its historic clock tower.

The tower by Mount Pleasant Primary School is to be knocked down by the end of next month. The demolition would be to make more space for the school, Kirklees Council say. Read more on it here.

KFC branches remain closed

All KFC stores in Huddersfield remain closed today due to a shortage of chicken.

The four stores in the town centre, Aspley, Marsh and Leeds Road are among dozens in the North of England closed. Read more here.

KFC on New Street Huddersfield town centre closed due to having no chicken.
KFC on New Street Huddersfield town centre closed due to having no chicken.

Missing man found safe and well

Town councillor resigns

Meltham town councillor Pam Murgatroyd has stood down from her post, it’s been announced this morning.

Kirklees Council issued a statement today advertising a casual vacancy on the board. Anyone wishing to fill the vacancy can find out how to apply here.

St Bartholomews Church, Meltham
St Bartholomews Church, Meltham (Image: Dave Howarth)

Huddersfield weather

Another mild and cloudy day on the cards...

Stabbing victim speaks out

A woman who was stabbed multiple times by her best friend has spoken out.

Sarah Holden was stabbed at least 17 times in the brutal attack from childhood friend Shaunna Littlewood at a flat in Dewsbury last July. Littlewood was jailed yesterday for a minimum of seven years.

Shaunna Littlewood
Shaunna Littlewood

Speaking out following the sentencing, Miss Holden commented: “The only thing I did wrong was to trust Shaunna. She was my best friend and I loved her like a sister what she did mental health or not was not acceptable and the fact she has given no reason for doing it is beyond me. But hey ho she’s in jail I have my life and an appropriate sentence was handed to her.”

Victim Sarah Holden is in recovery.
Victim Sarah Holden is in recovery.

Road closure in Ravensthorpe

Van destroyed in blaze

A van was found fully alight and burned through in Thornton Lodge last night.

Fire fighters were called to Nile Street at around 10.30pm where the van was found completely torched. A manager at the nearby casino had seen the blaze and called 999.

The van, which had a 2016 registration plate, was completely destroyed and 100% engulfed in flames. Police are now investigating the fire.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Today's Examiner

Here is today’s front page, leading on the story of mum Donna Walker who was brutally attacked in Holmfirth on her 50th birthday.

Examiner front page 20/02/18

Traffic update

The M62 eastbound is heavier than usual this morning due to a technical fault with the smart motorway system between junctions 26 and 27. Congestion is back to junction 25 for Brighouse.

Eastbound is also busy around Ainley Top, and the westbound carriage has heavy traffic between junctions 19 and 18.

M62 Motorway stock pic: Between Junction 26 and 27
M62 Motorway stock pic: Between Junction 26 and 27

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.

You can also download our app to get news on the go and push notifications for the latest breaking stories here .

If there’s something you’ve noticed and want us to check out then please feel free to get in touch - you can call us on 01484 437712, email editorial@examiner.co.uk or tweet @Examiner. You can also find us on social media here .