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Halifax RLFC coaches leave to 'pursue other opportunities'

Halifax Head Coach Karl Harrison and his assistant Lee Greenwood are to leave the club after agreeing with directors that their contracts would not be renewed.

A statement on the club's website said:

In the context of current difficulties within the Club, for which they have no responsibility, the Directors have agreed with Karl that his 3 year contract should not be renewed, and have also agreed that he should have the immediate opportunity to pursue other opportunities, within the game

– Halifax RLFC statement
Karl Harrison playing for Halifax in 1997 Credit: Press Association

Karl Harrison is an outstanding man, who has served this Club with distinction on the field, as a member of its Hall of Fame, and as Coach. His period in charge will particularly be remembered for the Northern Rail Cup win in 2012. His achievements with the limited resources at his disposal have been exceptional.

Lee Greenwood is also a distinguished former player, whose coaching skills are outstanding as his successes with Calderdale College, demonstrate. When the time is right, and the Club’s position improves, I can envisage his rejoining the Coaching Team.

In the short term the Club wishes both of them well

– Michael Steele, Halifax RLFC Chairman

Ed Sheeran beats music heavyweights to win best male video award

Ed Sheeran in the press room at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards held at The Forum Credit: Tammie Arroyo/AFF/EMPICS Entertainment

Ed Sheeran has beaten music heavyweights Pharrell, Eminem and John Legend to win best male video at MTV Video Music Awards 2014.

The Halifax born singer-songwriter took the accolade for Sing, saying he was glad he attended the annual star-studded event which was held in California. It is the second time he has been nominated for best male video, after narrowly missing out last year with "Lego House" from his debut album.

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Lanes closed on roundabout off M62 after serious collision

West Yorkshire Police say the A58 is now closed in both directions between Westfield Lane and Chain Bar roundabout due to the collision involving motorbike and van.

They say the male motorcyclist has serious injuries and has been taken to Leeds General Infirmary.

World War One exhibition opens in Halifax

An exhibition to commemorate the role Calderdale played during World War One has opened in Halifax today. Over fifty families from across the local area have contributed wartime stories and objects from their ancestors to make up the 'For King and Country' exhibition at Bankfield Museum.

Some of the items on display have been put forward by the family of Arthur Smith from Halifax, who fought in the war as a Gunner in the Royal Artillery. We spoke to his grandson, Richard.

Worrincy ban extended

Halifax rugby league winger Rob Worrincy has had a suspension for betting increased from six to nine months following a failed appeal.

The London-born Championship player was banned in March after being found guilty of placing a series of bets on the outcome of matches between May 2012 and September 2013.

Worrincy took his case to an independent operational rules appeals tribunal, who heard new evidence provided by the Gambling Commission's sports betting intelligence unit identifying more details of the betting activity, including the device from which the bets were placed.

The Rugby Football League says that activity included 15 bets placed on matches involving Halifax, 12 of which Worrincy played in. The player was also found to have placed a number of bets against Halifax.

Worrincy denied placing the majority of the bets involving Halifax, despite evidence to the contrary from the Gambling Commission.

Worrincy, who remains contracted to Halifax until the end of 2015, will now be suspended until December 24.

Halifax rugby league player Rob Worrincy has had a six month ban extended to 9 months for gambling after a failed appeal. Credit: Halifax RL

Honorary doctorate for paralympian Hannah

Hannah Cockroft Credit: Press Association

West Yorkshire's world and paralympic wheelchair sprint champion Hannah Cockroft will receive an honourary doctorate today from Bradford University.

Hannah, 21, who is from Halifax, has overcome severe physical disability after suffering two cardiac arrests at birth to get to the top of her sport.

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Pensioner dies in M11 crash

Police investigating a motorway crash in which a 79-year-old woman from West Yorkshire died have said two other pensioners were also injured.

Motorists were asked to avoid a section of the M11 linking London with Cambridge after the serious road crash, which happened at around 3.30pm on Thursday.

Essex Police confirmed that the woman who died was from Halifax and was a passenger in a silver Vauxhall Astra which was travelling south when it was involved in a "slight collision" with a lorry travelling in the same direction.

The car then left the road and hit some trees. A 72-year-old man who was driving the car and an 81-year-old woman, who was a front-seat passenger, were both seriously injured and remain in hospital.

Both are from the Retford area of Nottinghamshire.

Police release CCTV after street brawl

Police investigating an incident of violent disorder involving a number of men in Halifax town centre last month have released CCTV images of a man who they are trying to trace.

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Ten men, from Huddersfield, Brighouse and Bradford, have been arrested in connection with the incident in Waterhouse Street, Halifax, at 3.15am on Sunday, 29 June.

Police say one group of men kicked and punched another group of men, leaving three unconscious.

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Officers are trying to identify the man pictured who they would like to speak to in connection with this incident.

Hannah Cockroft to receive honorary doctorate

Hannah Cockroft Credit: Press Association

Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft from Halifax is among eight people who are to be given honorary degrees by the University of Bradford later this month. She will receive a doctorate for athletic achievements.

Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Brian Cantor, said;

“The University of Bradford’s eight honorary graduates represent some of the very best practice in their chosen fields. They are true inspirations, not only for their work, but for their contributions to society as a whole.

"I am honoured to welcome them to the University of Bradford and hope their accomplishments inspire our graduates to strive for greatness too.”

Police search for man believed to be in Halifax

Police are appealing for information about a 33-year-old man from Blackpool who has been missing for more than a week.

Jonathan Knight is thought to be in Halifax

Jonathan Knight was last seen by family members on Daggers Hall Lane around 6pm on Sunday 15 June, but they have not heard from him since.

It is believed that Jonathan may be in the Halifax area of West Yorkshire and police are appealing for anybody who knows where he is to come forward.

Sergeant Richard Frith said: “The longer Jonathan fails to make contact with his family the more concerned we are becoming.

“If anybody has had any contact with Jonathan recently or knows of his current whereabouts then please contact us.”

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