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Muslims for Humanity spread winter cheer

Volunteers from the Huddersfield Chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) visited Children’s ward at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary Hospital delivering gifts to spread seasonal joy.

The initiative is part of the AMYA’s national ‘Muslims for Humanity’ campaign. Its volunteers are aiming to bring a smile to the vulnerable and sick over the winter.

As a youth charity we try to educate young people that each of us has a social responsibility to help our local communities, especially those challenged by sickness. We are trying to do this by getting out into the community and offering smiles and some simple gifts. I was extremely touched by the warm response of the local staff who are truly inspirational people.

– Tariq Mahmood, local youth leader for Huddersfield Chapter


Huddersfield collision leaves man with serious head injuries

Police are asking for witnesses to come forward after a 50-year-old man suffered serious head injuries after he was hit by a private hire car in Huddersfield in this morning.

‘‘The incident occurred around 1.15am when the pedestrian was struck by a silver coloured Toyota Avensis private hire vehicle as he crossed Queen Street, close to the Tokyo nightclub.

‘‘The pedestrian suffered a head injury in the incident and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where he receiving treatment for injuries that are not considered to be life threatening.

"At the time of the collision there will have been a number of people in the local area and I would ask anyone who witnessed the incident to contact police.’’

– PC David Long, West Yorkshire Police

Merkel asked to intervene in Yorkshire student's death inquiry

The German Chancellor has been asked to intervene over the death of a Yorkshire student in Cologne

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman has written to Angela Merkel demanding answers about how Jane Khalaf died - and how her family were treated.

Jane died after collapsing in hospital in Cologne - but not before she claimed her drink had been spiked.

Although drugs were found in her system, her family say she was fervently anti-drugs. Chris Kiddey reports.

Pressure mounts for German investigation into Yorkshire student's death

Pressure is growing for a thorough investigation into the death in Germany of a student from Huddersfield.

20,000 people have now signed an online petition calling on the German authorities to do more to find out exactly what happened to 19 year old Jane Khalaf.

Local Labour MP Barry Sheerman has also raised the matter with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Chris Kiddey reports.


Cops put freeze on festive crime with musical message

Three police community support officers in Huddersfield have come up with a rather unusual crime prevention message for the festive period.

The officers decided to capitalise on the success of Disney's hit film Frozen and recorded a version of their own - hoping to inform people about keeping their homes and belongings safe over the next few weeks.

Two of the enterprising officers and some youngsters involved in the video came into Calendar's studio, but first let's take a look at their festive musical message.

Huddersfield Railway Station praised as one of the nation's finest

Huddersfield Railway Station, which was once described by former Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman as “the most splendid in England”, has been named in the top five of great stations by English Heritage.

Huddersfield Railway Station Credit: Engish Heritage

Huddersfield, which faces out across the revamped St George’s Square, is a Grade I listed building, and English Heritage deserves its place because it is “fronted by a magnificent classical portico” .

It was designed by the architect James Pigott Pritchett and built by the firm of Joseph Kaye between 1846 and 1850.

The station is well known in architectural circles for its classical-style facade, with a portico of the Corinthian order, consisting of six columns in width and two in depth, which dominate the Square.

There are currently six platforms in use, with TransPennine and Northern services using the station. Figures released last week show it was used for more than 4.6m journeys last year.

Musical cops hope to put festive freeze on criminals

Musical PSCOs in West Yorkshire are aiming to put a festive freeze on criminals after covering a hit song from the Disney film Frozen for a crime prevention video.

Officers from the Kirklees Central NPT hit the high notes for their rendition of hit song ‘Let It Go’ from Disney’s Frozen which they’ve refashioned into advice on how to stay safe and a warning about drink driving.

The song was written, sung and recorded by PCSO Jon Arey, PCSO Paul Simpkins and PCSO Morgan Cockcroft in their own time and using their own video equipment.

Sergeant Zaheer Abbas assisted the officers in pulling the project together with partners and others to get it ready for its festive debut.

"I am really proud of the lads efforts in using their talents to create a video that will hopefully entertain, amuse and also inform in equal measures.

"The choice of the Frozen song was unanimous with the team due to its catchy lyrics, immense popularity and appeal to all ages.

"Reworking the lyrics has resulted in a crime prevention take on the smash hit song which puts the message across in a fun yet informative manner. "Officers and staff have been working alongside a number of schools and community youth groups in order to make this video.

"We want to thank everyone involved for helping us pull the project together including Huddersfield University who provided assistance by allowing the team to use their recording studio to capture the singing and also provided technical advice.

"We are also particularly grateful to the Children of Spring Grove Junior School Huddersfield and their sign language choir."

– Insp Jon Dunkerley, Kirklees NPT

The video can be viewed on YouTube

Scannell shines as Terriers end Brentford's winning run

Winger Sean Scannell was involved in both Huddersfield goals as Brentford's five-match winning streak came to an end in a 2-1 defeat at the John Smith's Stadium.

Sean Scannell was the star of the show for the Terriers Credit: Press Association

Scannell, who signed a two-year contract extension last month, lashed the ball in from a tight angle on 18 minutes from a pull-back by Nahki Wells.

The move saw Jack Robinson beat fellow full-back Moses Odubajo down the left and crossed for Wells.

His pull-back from the near post ran too far for Grant Holt in the middle but Scannell raced in at the back to drill home.

Holt put Robinson away down the left on 48 minutes and it was his byline cross that led to a second goal for the Terriers.

Scannell threw himself at the ball having steamed in from deep but he was beaten to it by Brentford's Jake Bidwell - who headed into his own net.

It helped end a five-match winning run for Brentford which had seen boss Mark Warburton named November's manager of the month.

Derby, Nottingham Forest and Fulham were among the teams Brentford toppled in a surge to third in the table.

They showed how they did it with a slick attacking display that saw them unlucky to be behind at the break.

Alan Judge, who fired wide early on, was denied a goal on 14 minutes when his deflected shot was acrobatically tipped over by Town keeper Alex Smithies.

He also parried a stinging drive which Bidwell struck with the outside of his right boot on 22 minutes.

Brentford created further chances for Alex Pritchard and Championship player of the month Andre Gray but they then fell behind against the run of play.

The home side had claims for a penalty waved away on 32 minutes when Conor Coady was felled by Odubajo.

Bees keeper David Button spilled a 25-yard drive from Jacob Butterfield and Coady went down as he tried for the rebound.

Gray, Brentford's eight-goal top scorer, fluffed a great chance to equalise in first half stoppage time.

Bidwell put Pritchard in down the left and his defence-splitting pass left Gray in the clear but he scuffed his attempted close-range shot into the turf.

Huddersfield started the second-half like a freight train but though they doubled their lead they never properly killed Brentford off.

Wells, eventually replaced by fit-again striker James Vaughan, missed several good chances, including on 63 minutes when he fired wide from Coady's pass.

The visitors got a lifeline eight minutes later when Jonathan Douglas tapped in the rebound after substitute Tommy Smith was denied.

Desperate defending ensued as Huddersfield sought to hang on to their first win in five matches.

Smithies tipped over a Judge free-kick on 83 minutes while Town somehow survived a goalmouth scramble soon after.

In stoppage time Brentford substitute Nick Proschwitz missed a good chance with a header from a Bidwell cross.

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