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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.


Police hunt armed robbers

Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted armed robbery yesterday evening in West Yorkshire.

It took place after three men broke into a house on Walnut Lane, in the Chickenley area of Dewsbury demanding money and to speak to a man.

But they left empty handed, leaving a 61-year-old woman inside the house shaken but unharmed.

The first suspect is described as white, in his mid 20s, 5'5 to 5'6 tall, of stocky build, wearing dark clothing and carrying a black handled kitchen knife with a silver blade.

The second was white, 5ft 2in to 5ft 3 ins tall, in his early 20s and slim. He was carrying a silver coloured hand tool with a hole in the end. The 3rd suspect was white, wearing dark clothing, with short black or brown hair.

Body confirmed as Robert Hind's

A body found in Huddersfield has been confirmed as that of convicted sex attacker Robert Hind.

He was reported missing on Wednesday after he left his house in Dewsbury, and broke the terms of his prison license by failing to report to police.

David Mitchell, who has been charged with Hind's murder, appeared at Huddersfield Magistrates Court this morning and has been remanded in custody to appear at Leeds Crown Court on Thursday.

"We can now confirm that the suspected human remains recently recovered from the Colne Vale area of Huddersfield are that of missing man Robert Edward Hind.

"A forensic post mortem examination was carried out today which showed the 46-year-old died as a result of strangulation and head injuries.

"The scene guards in Colne Vale Road and an address in Manchester Road at Cowlersley in Huddersfield have now been lifted.

– Senior Investigating Officer Supt Scott Wood, West Yorkshire Police
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