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Anti-drink spiking event held in memory of Jane Khalaf

The parents of a 19-year-old student from Huddersfield who died after claiming her drink had been spiked abroad have spent the last four months trying to find out more about what happened to their daughter.

Jane died following a night out with friends in Germany

Jane Khalaf was on an exchange trip to Germany in November when she collapsed after a night out. Jane died eight days later in hospital - and drugs were discovered in her system although her parents say she was always totally anti-drugs.

On what would have been Jane's birthday, an event was held in her hometown to raise awareness of drink spiking where her family will also be celebrating her life:

Huddersfield student to be commemorated at event in home town

An event will be held in Huddersfield tomorrow evening to celebrate the life of a student who died in Germany.

Jane Khalaf will be remembered at an event in her home town

Jane Khalaf died after collapsing in hospital in Cologne after claiming her drink had been spiked on a night out. Drugs were found in her system but her family say Jane, a politics student, was fervently against drugs.

They hope to raise awareness about drink spiking at the event.


Sir Patrick Stewart to step down as Chancellor of Huddersfield University

Sir Patrick Stewart has announced he will step down as Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield.

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The actor, born in Mirfield, has held the position at the institution for 12 years.

He regularly presided over events such as graduation ceremonies, often leading processions through the streets, wearing his Chancellor’s robes. He also met large numbers of students and staff and acted as an overseas ambassador for the University of Huddersfield during his travels and on official visits to destinations, such as Hong Kong and China.

It is expected that Sir Patrick will step down as Chancellor after this summer’s graduation ceremonies, but as yet there is no news of a successor.

I am extremely proud of the University of Huddersfield and all it has achieved. Although I am standing down from my role as Chancellor you can be sure I will still be taking every opportunity to talk about the University and I look forward to continuing to meet Huddersfield graduates around the world.

– Sir Patrick Stewart

Woman may have 'vital information' over Honley fatal crash

Police are appealing for a woman to come forward who may have vital information over a fatal crash in Honley.

Officers believe the woman, who was driving a pale green Renault, may have seen the white Renault Laguna moments before it collided with a wall in Northgate at about 3.25pm on February 14.

A 28-year-old Andrew Bessell, from Huddersfield, was taken to hospital but later died.

"We would like to speak to the driver of this car as we believe she may have vital information about the circumstances of this collision. It is possible she may have also had a child in the rear of the vehicle.

"A man has lost his life as a result of what happened, so we are keen for her to come forward and tell us what she saw."

– Sergeant Carole Greaves, Major Collision Enquiry Team

Man arrested after four-hour police siege

Police in Huddersfield have arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of firearms offences following an armed seige lasting almost four hours.

Man arrested after four-hour police siege Credit: Tim Hoggarth

Officers were called shortly after 1pm today and armed police were called in for support.

According to the police, he claimed to be in possession of a firearm and explosive devices and threatened to harm himself.

At 5.08pm the man left the property and was arrested by police.

The safety of the public is our top priority and it was necessary to close some roads in the area while the incident was ongoing. We are now pleased to have resolved this incident without any harm coming to anyone and I would like to thank local residents for their patience and support while we worked to bring this situation to a peaceful and safe resolution.

– Chief Inspector Jonathan Blackwell


Armed police called 'due to threats'

Huddersfield police in armed siege

Police say they are concerned for the safety of a man in Huddersfield.

Police at the scene in Lowerhouses Credit: Tim Hoggarth

Officers were called to a house on Hall Cross Grove in Lowerhouses.

They say that due to the nature of the incident, armed police were called in as support.

The road will be closed for the foreseeable future.

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