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'Hands Off Huddersfield Royal Infirmary' campaigners plan demo at Conservative party conference

Campaigners from the Hands Off HRI campaign are travelling to the Conservative Party Conference Credit: ITV News Calendar

Campaigners who are opposed to plans to close the accident and emergency department at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary are travelling to Manchester to stage a demonstration outside the Conservative Party Conference.

They are opposed to proposals which would see some services transferred to the Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax with Huddersfield's 400 bed unit downgraded to a 'planned care' facility with just 64 beds.

Protesters were planning to board trains this morning to cross the Pennines and stage a demonstration, urging the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and the Independent Reconfiguration Panel to carry out an in-depth investigation of the plans which they should not simply be 'rubber stamped'.

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary campaigners prepare to take case to High Court

Lawyers for thousands of campaigners who have spent a year and a half fighting plans to downgrade Huddersfield's hospital and shut its A E have prepared their case to go to the High Court.

Legal experts are poised to send a letter to the NHS Trust which runs the hospital spelling out that only a U turn would save the case from being put before a judge.

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Man, 64, taken to hospital after serious collision in Huddersfield

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious road traffic collision in Huddersfield at the weekend.

The collision took place yesterday evening Credit: Press Association

Officers were called by the ambulance service at 21:28 on Sunday evening to reports of a collision between a car and a pedestrian.

A blue Kia Picanto was travelling along Manchester Road, Huddersfield in the direction of Morley Lane.

The car collided with a 64-year-old man who was walking beside the road.

He suffered serious injuries and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary for urgent medical treatment. He remains in hospital at this time.

Police are appealing to anyone who has any information about the collision or saw the car or pedestrian prior to the collision.

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