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MP raises future of Dewsbury A&E unit in parliament

A and E department could go Credit: PA

The Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin has challenged the Government over the future of Dewsbury hospital's emergency provision.

The hospital could lose its A and E department next year. The new Labour MP claimed a Freedom of Information Act request revealed that Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield had diverted ambulances 61 times to Dewsbury - 10 miles away - in the last 12 months.


Family of Jo Cox present school prize in her memory

The family of the late MP Jo Cox have presented a prize in her memory at a primary school in Dewsbury.

Mrs Cox was a regular visitor to Carlton Junior and Infant School and since her death, pupils have been learning about her legacy and values.

Today her family presented the first ever Jo Cox Good Character award to 10-year-old Sumair Shahid in recognition of his kindness and bravery after the death of his mother. Sally Simpson reports.

Luke Burgess signs for Catalans

Luke Burgess has signed a two-year-deal with Catalans Dragons.

Luke Burgess in action for South Sydney Rabbitohs Credit: Press Association

The Dewsbury born prop signs from Salford, having previously played at Leeds Rhinos and in the NRL for South Sydney Rabbitohs alongside brothers Sam, George and Tom.

I am delighted to have signed for the Catalans Dragons and to be returning to play in Super League.

"The club has a very talented playing squad and for much of last season looked to be on course for at least a top four place in the Super League, at the same time playing a very attractive brand of rugby league.

I am very excited at the prospect of doing what I can over the next two seasons to bring success to the club and their supporters.

– Luke Burgess


Police appeal over 'terrifying' Dewsbury knife-point robbery

Detectives are appealing for information after a 'terrifying' robbery in which a driver was threatened at knife point to hand over his car keys.

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The man had pulled up near some playing fields on Oxford Road tin Dewsbury to send a text message. Three masked men approached the car, smashed the front window with a hammer and demanded he hand over his car keys, cash and phone.

He was then dragged by his shirt from the car and pushed over, whilst the men stole his car.

It happened at 12.30am on Wednesday September 14.

The first suspect was a white man, stocky, and around 5ft 6ins tall. The second man was white and skinny and the third white and medium build.

This was a terrifying incident for the victim and we are continuing our investigation to trace those responsible.

If anyone has any information and either witnessed the incident or saw these three suspects before or after, please contact myself via 101 quoting reference 13160396635 or contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

– Detective Constable Carla Senior, West Yorkshire Police

Hemel Stags move training base to West Yorkshire

Hemel Stags are to move their training base 165 miles to Dewsbury as part of a new partnership.

Credit: Hemel Stags

The Stags will move their training base to the Rams’ Tetley’s Stadium home and both sets of players will train together, three evenings a week.

They will continue to play their home games in Hemel Hempstead but say training in the north will give them access to a more professional environment and a bigger pool of players in the game's heartland.

Man calls for speed cameras on Leeds road after dash cam crash

A man whose wife and daughter were in a car that was hit by a stolen vehicle is calling for speed cameras to be installed on the road he lives on.

The dash camera footage was released by West Yorkshire Police

Steve Scadden has started a petition calling for cameras to be installed on Leeds road, Dewsbury and the speed limit to be reduce the speed limit to 30mph in the residential area.

The petition has already been signed by more than 2,600 people.

The crash was recorded on the dash camera of a lorry and released by West Yorkshire Police.

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