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Educating Yorkshire's Jonny Mitchell hopes cricket match raises awareness of cystic fibrosis

The headteacher of Thornhill Community Academy in Dewsbury says he hopes the cricket match he has played in today will help to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis. Jonny Mitchell, who became famous on the documentary Educating Yorkshire, pulled together a team for the charity game in Ackworth:

Educating Yorkshire's Mr. Mitchell takes to the crease for charity

Staff from Thornhill Community Academy in Dewsbury who starred in the documentary Educating Yorkshire have spent the day playing a charity cricket match in Ackworth to raise money for research into cystic fibrosis.

Educating Yorkshire's headteacher Jonny Mitchell at the crease Credit: ITV News Calendar

Headteacher Jonny Mitchell's team have played against a team of family and friends of Rebecca Marley who died from cystic fibrosis in 2009 at the age of 27. Her relatives are raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust which is this year celebrating its 50th birthday.


Man taken to hospital after Dewsbury robbery

A man has been taken to hospital after a robbery in Dewsbury.

Police are appealing for information after a robbery in Dewsbury

Police are appealing for information following a robbery in Dewsbury.

On Sunday May 4, a 34-year-old man was approached by a group of people in Daisy Hill.

One of the men asked the victim for a cigarette and then searched him, taking his medication and bank card.

A second member of the group then asked for the victim's PIN number.

The man gave a false number and tried to escape, but he was quickly caught and assaulted.

He was taken to hospital with facial injuries and treated for concussion.

One of the men in the group is described as white and believed to be in his early 20s.

Detective Constable Andy Clayton, of Huddersfield CID, said:

"This was a vicious and totally unprovoked assault on an innocent member of the public.

Two arrested after chemicals discovery in Dewsbury

Two men have been arrested after police found chemicals, suspected fire arms and other items described as suspicious at a house in Dewsbury.

West Yorkshire Police

Police searched an address on Halifax Road in Dewsbury in connection with suspected drugs offences and found chemicals. More suspicious items including chemicals and suspected fire arms were found at another property on Penn Drive in Liversedge.

A 43 year old man from Liversedge has been arrested on suspicion of Conspiracy to Produce Class A Drugs, offences under the Explosives Act and Firearms offences.

A 42 year old man from Dewsbury has been arrested on suspicion of Conspiracy to Produce Class A Drugs and offences under the Explosives Act.

Both men remain in custody.

The North East Counter Terrorism Unit are leading this investigation supported by West Yorkshire Police.


NHS bosses: A&E downgrade will improve care

Dewsbury A&E Credit: ITV Calendar

Health bosses say the controversial decision to downgrade the A&E department at Dewsbury Hospital is a good thing for patients.

In a statement, the The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said:

"We very much welcome the Secretary of State’s decision. This means we can now take forward our plans to reorganise hospital services to significantly improve health outcomes for the people of North Kirklees and Wakefield.

"We will continue to involve local people and their representatives in developing the new service models. We will also continue to be open and transparent about our plans so that people know when changes will happen and how services will be better for local people.

"The reorganisation of hospital services will take place over the next three years and are part of a significant programme of transformation for the local health system, which will lead to more care being available close to people’s homes reducing the need for treatment in hospitals."

Dewsbury A&E to be downgraded

Controversial plans to downgrade the accident and emergency department at Dewsbury Hospital are to go ahead in the face of fierce opposition from tens of thousands of local residents.

The Health Secretary has rejected a bid to stop the reduction of services at the hospital. It means emergency cases and some maternity and children's services will move to Wakefield.

One local MP has claimed it could mean the whole hospital at Dewsbury closing in just two years. But the trust which runs hospitals in the area says the changes will improve patient care.

Two arrested over investigation into Syria charity fraud bailed

Two men from West Yorkshire among eight people arrested as part of an investigation into charity fraud involving thousands of pounds intended to help people in Syria have been released on bail.

The suspects were arrested at addresses across the UK yesterday morning by Kent Police after more than £45,000 was seized at the Port of Dover on December 23 2012.

The money - £31,816, plus 8,310 euros (£6,857) and 10,700 US dollars (£6,413) - which had come from four UK-based charities, was taken by police who believed it could be used for criminal or terrorist activities.

A 35-year-old man from Dewsbury, and a 43-year-old from Huddersfield, both in West Yorkshire, have been bailed until September 1.

Pupils wear red to support children's heart unit

Children at almost 100 schools across the region turned up to school wearing red today, to raise funds for the children's heart surgery unit in Leeds.

The unit is still being threatened with closure, but a campaign to keep it open has won support from thousands of people. Pupils at Thornhilll Academy in Dewsbury - which featured in the award-winning documentary Educating Yorkshire, got in the spirit of things today.

Their head teacher put aside his strict uniform policy to support the event, as Helen Steel reports.

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