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Breaking: mill fire in Huddersfield

Several fire crews are fighting a blaze at a derelict mill building in Huddersfield. They were called out just after 7.30am this morning to the building on Dowker Street in Milnsbridge.

Officers say the whole of the three storey building is involved and that they are using three large jets with appliances from Huddersfield, Rastrick, Brighouse and elsewhere in West Yorkshire.

Dowker Street is closed. Diversions are in place and there is some traffic disruption.

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£21,000 of lifesaving equipment stolen from West Yorkshire fire station

A piece of the stolen equipment Credit: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is calling on the public to help track down £21,000 of lifesaving equipment that was stolen from a fire station.

The theft happened at Meltham fire station some time between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday evening.

The thieves stole a hydraulic pump, as well as a cutter and spreader used to free casualties from vehicles in road traffic collisions.

A thermal imaging camera was also taken.

The station was left short of equipment for about 48 hours before it could be restocked.

Station Commander Dale Gardiner said: “We are really disappointed and downhearted that this life-saving equipment has been stolen from station.

“This is valuable equipment which is used to help people in desperate need and it is a bitter blow to the Fire Service, and ultimately the people we serve, to have it taken.

“We are working alongside Police to investigate the theft and we hope that the public will also provide any information to them which may be helpful in finding those responsible.”

– Station Commander Dale Gardiner

Leeds Rhinos draw Huddersfield Giants in Challenge Cup sixth round

Leeds Rhinos' Tom Briscoe, head coach Brian McDermott and Kevin Sinfield after last year's final win Credit: PA

Holders Leeds Rhinos will meet Huddersfield Giants in the sixth round of the Challenge Cup.

Wakefield Wildcats will host French side Toulouse, the lowest-ranked team left in the draw, while Championship club Dewsbury welcome 19-time winners Wigan.

Batley Bulldogs will play Catalans Dragons at the Fox's Biscuits Stadium.

All ties will be played from May 6 to 8.

The draw in full:

Castleford v Salford

Oldham v Warrington

Dewsbury v Wigan

Batley v Catalans

Halifax v Widnes

St Helens v Hull FC

Huddersfield v Leeds

Wakefield v Toulouse

Anger as hundreds locked out of A & E meeting

Hundreds of people were locked out of a public meeting tonight called to discuss controversial changes to hospital services in Huddersfield.

Angry crowds chanted "Let us in" as they gathered outside the John Smith Stadium. They fear the town's hospital could lose its accident and emergency department if proposed changes go ahead. Chris Kiddey reports.

Hundreds pack A and E closure meeting

Packed public meeting

More than five hundred people packed into public meeting to discuss the possible loss of accident and emergency facilities at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary - with several hundred more forced to wait outside as there wasn't enough room for them all.

Experts are recommending that Accident and Emergency provision be transferred from the town's Royal infirmary to Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax. Opponents say the extra travel time will cost lives. But clinicians say the changes will lead to a better service overall.

And hundreds more couldn't fit in

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Final public meeting over closure of Huddersfield A&E set to take place

The second and final public meeting over the possible closure of Huddersfield A and E will be held this evening.

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More than a thousand people are expected at Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium to listen to and challenge controversial proposals which would see services centralised at Calderdale Royal Infirmary in Halifax.

The first meeting took place in Halifax last week.

Thousands have already signed a petition opposing the closure. The public consultation period ends on June 21.

Hundreds expected at Sikh parade in Huddersfield

Hundreds of followers of Sikhism are expected to take part in the annual Vaisakhi parade through Huddersfield today.

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The procession celebrates Nagar Kirtan, a Sikh custom involving the processional singing of holy hymns throughout a community. It is being held to mark the religious festival Vaisakhi.

The procession will leave the Guru Nanak Gurdwara temple in Springwood at 12.30pm and will make its way down to St George's Square.

The parade will then leave the town centre and head towards the Sikh temple in Hillhouse, with the event expected to finish at 3pm.

Those taking part will cover their heads and wear bright orange robes.

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