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Overheated laptop sparked Huddersfield house fire

Safety advice has been issued after an overheated laptop on a bed started a house fire in Huddersfield.

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The fire started in a conservatory attached to the rear of a mid-terrace property in the Paddock area of the town.

The conservatory was being used as a bedroom. The fire caused serious damage to the roof of the house and spread to the roof space of the two adjoining properties.

Rescue services say no-one was in any of the affected properties at the time of the blaze on Tuesday, May 24.

Following the blaze a Fire Investigation Officer attended to determine the cause.

“We have concluded that the most likely cause of the fire was that it started as a result of a laptop being left on a bed within the conservatory.

“The bedding material would have limited the ventilation which is required to ensure the laptop doesn’t overheat.

“If a laptop is placed on anything that prevents cool air circulation through it, the device can overheat and ignite surrounding combustible items. Our advice would be to use laptops on a solid flat surface which allows the cooling system to operate properly.”

– Ian Firth, Fire Investigation Officer

There was no indication of a fault on the laptop itself.

51-year-old woman's injured after handbag robbery in Huddersfield

West Yorkshire Police are appealing for information after a woman was robbed outside a sandwich shop in Huddersfield.

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The incident happened on Leeds Road when the victim was approached by two men on Friday 20th May at 2pm.

The 51-year-old woman was asked for her bag before one of the men cut the straps with a bladed instrument which caused a minor injury to the victims arm. The men made off with the handbag and was chased by the victim.

Both men are described as white and aged between 30-35. One of the men is described as 6ft 3ins tall, of skinny build, bald or shaven head with a pale complexion. The other man is described as 5ft 7ins, slim wearing a dark blue tracksuit.


Police concerned over welfare of missing Barnsley man

South Yorkshire police are concerned for the welfare of a man from Barnsley who has gone missing.

Christopher Frankish Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Christopher Frankish, who is 41-years-old, has not been seen since 1pm on Sunday May 22, when he left an address on Sheffield Road in Penistone.

He is described as being of thin build, around 5ft 8ins tall. He was last seen wearing a green coloured hoody, blue jeans and a black rain coat.

Officers believe he may have attempted to travel to West Yorkshire as he may have connections in Huddersfield and Wakefield.

Tickets for Huddersfield A&E meeting made available

People were locked out of the last meeting Credit: PA

Tickets for a consultation meeting about the proposed closure of accident and emergency services at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary will be made avaliable today.

Hundreds of people were locked out of the last meeting at the John Smith's stadium because it wasn't a big enough venue. It will be held in June.


Topping out ceremony at University of Huddersfield

Two huge 16 metre steel trusses will be lowered into position to top off Huddersfield University's new £27.5 million building today.

University of Huddersfield's new structure Credit: University of Huddersfield

Whilst the 'topping out' ceremony usually commemorates the installation of a final beam at the top of a structure, the two herringbone pattern trusses - 16.2 metres tall - will extend vertically from the ground floor to the roof of the new Oastler Building at the University, four levels higher.

The trusses will act as a frame for the main entrance to the building and support the roof.

The building is named after 19th century campaigner Richard Oastler, who had strong connections to the town.

Once ready at the start of 2017, the building will be a new base for the law school and for the study of humanities.

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