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Tug of war championships come to Huddersfield

The 2016 British and Irish indoor tug of war championships is taking place at Huddersfield Leisure Centre today.

Representative teams from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland will be taking part.

Each team will consist of eight pullers. There will be two weight categories contested in the mens division, and there will also be a mixed weight class, with teams consisting of four men and four women.

The event started at 9:30am this morning and finishes at 5pm.


Appeal for missing Huddersfield man

Missing: James Briggs

Police are appealing for anyone who sees a missing Huddersfield man to get in contact.

James Briggs, who is 34, and from Golcar was last seen at 10.48pm on February 1st. He is about 5'7", slim , with dark brown / black hair which is short at the sides and longer on the top with a bit of quiff.

He has a scar on his forehead and lots of tattoos including one of a rose with 'Eloise' in it and a heart with 'Leo' on his arms. He is thought to be wearing a black 'biker' style leather jacket and army style walking boots and could be in the London area.


Westminster debate over A and E closure plans

Campaigners against closure

There will be a debate in Parliament today about the future of Accident and Emergency services at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

It was announced last month that the A and E department in the town would close in favour of keeping emergency care at Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax.

The debate was secured by the Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney who says the proposal to close the Huddersfield department is completely the wrong decision and needs overturning.

The actor Sir Patrick Stewart has also voiced his support for the campaign to save the unit. The Mirfield born star says the closure would be a "grave mistake."

Sir Patrick Stewart backs campaign to save Huddersfield A&E

The actor Sir Patrick Stewart has tweeted his support for a campaign to save Huddersfield's A&E department. The Mirfield born star says the closure would be a "grave mistake."

The department's future is in doubt with plans being considered by the trust which runs hospitals in Huddersfield and Halifax.

It wants just one A&E department, which would be at Halifax not Huddersfield.

11-year-old boy injured in Huddersfield 'hit-and-run'

Police are appealing for witnesses after a child was injured in a 'hit-and-run' in Huddersfield.

Credit: Press Association

Police say the collision happened shortly after 5pm today on a pedestrian crossing near the junction with Barr Street.

The incident involved a car described as a family-sized hatchback or a similar size to a Ford focus. The child sustained minor injuries but was able to get home from the incident.

Detectives say the driver of the car stopped briefly at the crossing before driving away.

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