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Bars given breathalysers in bid to tackle excessive drinking

Door staff at a number of late night venues in Huddersfield are being given breathalysers as part of a drive to reduce alcohol-related issues in the town centre.

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Trained staff will be able to use the hand-held breathalysers on those looking to come in to the venue where there are concerns about the level of alcohol the person has already consumed.

The pilot scheme is being launched next week to coincide with the start of Huddersfield University’s Freshers’ Week.

The bars and nightclubs taking part in the pilot scheme are Tokyo’s, Mavericks, Kewz, Camel Club and 5 Bar. The breathalysers will show a positive reading if the member of the public blows 70mg or over (the legal limit for driving is 35mg).

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Anti-social behaviour, especially when excessive amounts of alcohol are involved can have a very negative impact on the communities of West Yorkshire.

I very much welcome anything that can help reduce the number of alcohol-related incidents and help to ensure people enjoying the nightlife Huddersfield has to offer can have a great time.

– Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner

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Two men charged over rail network graffiti offences

Two men have been charged in connection with a spate of graffiti offences across the rail network in West Yorkshire.

Thomas Faulkner, 30, from Brudenell View in Hyde Park, Leeds, and Lucas Ross, 17, from New Street in Southowram, Halifax have both been charged with three counts of criminal damage relating to graffiti offences committed in Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield using the tag ‘KOBE’ and ‘Oi’.

Both men have been released on police bail to attend Leeds Magistrates Court on Friday, 2 October.


Huddersfield police hunt would-be sex attacker

Detectives in Huddersfield are appealing for witnesses after an attempted sexual assault in the Lockwood area in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Police appeal for witnesses to attempted sex attack

The incident occurred around 2.50am, as a 34-year-old woman was walking down Chapel Hill away from the town centre, and across a grassed area near to Victoria Road. The suspect is described as a male, wearing a hooded top that partially covered his face.

The woman was assisted by a male passer-by, and a man who had been sat at a nearby bus shelter, using a mobile phone and wearing headphones.

"Whilst in the early hours, there will still have been people who may have seen or heard something suspicious and I would appeal to them to come forward.

"I would particularly ask for the man who sat in the bus stop to come forward as it is possible he may have witnessed the incident.

"Equally, there will still have been a number of people using taxis who may have passed this route and I would appeal to them to think back if they saw something. Any information, no matter how small it may seem in isolation, could be vital. Enquiries are ongoing.

– Det. Insp. Stef Wiseman, Kirklees CID

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kirklees CID via 101, or alternatively via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Mother and son from Huddersfield back 'right to die' bill

A mother and son from Yorkshire today gave their backing to a right to die bill discussed by MPs at Westminster.

Josh Cook and his mother Lisa carry the gene which leads to Huntingdon's disease, a terminal hereditary disorder.They want the right to die at a time of their own choosing.

They were part of a lobby at the House of Commons where MPs debated a Private Members Bill which would allow terminally ill patients to end their lives subject to certain conditions.

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Terriers sign Aston Villa goalkeeper on emergency loan

Jed Steer Credit: Press Association

Huddersfield Town have signed goalkeeper Jed Steer on a 28-day Emergency Loan deal from Premier League club Aston Villa.

The deal runs until Thursday 8 October inclusive.

The Norwich-born ‘keeper came through the ranks at his hometown club having joined the Canaries as schoolboy. He signed a professional contract at Norwich in 2010. During his time there he had two loan spells making 16 appearances for Yeovil and Cambridge collectively.

In June 2013 he made a reported £450,000 move to his current club Aston Villa to join Brad Guzan and Shay Given, signed by Paul Lambert. He has had recent loan spells at Doncaster Rovers and a second spell at Yeovil Town, both in League 1. He made 13 appearances for Doncaster and 12 for Yeovil last season.

I am really happy to welcome Jed to the Club. He is a young talented goalkeeper who has had some experience out on loan. He has played for two different Premier League clubs and at youth level for his country and we hope that his month with us is successful in every way possible.

– Chris Powell

Former Premier League striker training with Terriers

Huddersfield Town boss Chris Powell has revealed that former Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi is training with the club.

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The Nigerian international, who is currently a free agent, has also "scored in a behind closed doors game."

Ameobi left Newcastle last summer after 14 years at the club during which he scored 79 goals in 397 appearances.

He joined Turkish club Gaziantep before leaving in December and spending the second half of last season at Crystal Palace.

We'll have a discussion and see where it leads.

– Chris Powell on Shola Ameobi


Family and friends to walk in memory of Huddersfield community worker

Friends of Kamal Aftab are walking to raise money in his memory Credit: Twitter

Family, friends and colleagues of a Huddersfield community worker who died of cancer are pulling on their walking boots to raise money in his memory.

Kamal Aftab raised thousands from his hospital bed after being diagnosed with Leukemia in June. They are aiming to raise £50,000 for charity Bloodwise.

Land Rovers destroyed in M62 blaze

Three Land Rovers were destroyed when a car transporter burst into flames on the M62 near Huddersfield last night.

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The driver of the transporter managed to escape unhurt before the fire took hold.

The M62 eastbound was shut for several hours.

Firefighters from Rastrick, Halifax and Rochdale fire stations managed to save four of the seven Land Rover Discovery vehicles the transporter was carrying.

Parents pay tribute to their son and RNLI

The parents of a 12-year-old boy who drowned a year ago whilst on holiday in Wales have returned to the resort to thank the RNLI crew who tried to find him in rough seas.

Isaac Nash was lost after getting into difficulties at Trearddur Bay in Anglesey, where a plaque has been unveiled in his memory.

Plaque in Isaac's memory

Isaac's parents, Adam and Zoe, from Huddersfield, returned to Treardurr Bay to present a cheque for £10,000 to the RNLI there, the money from a trust fund set up in Isaac's memory.

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