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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.

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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

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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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MP criticises Cologne police over 'murder' of Northumbria student

Jane Khalaf died after her drink was allegedly spiked with ecstasy during a carnival in Germany. Credit: Mercury Press

A British woman was murdered after having her drink spiked, a Labour MP has claimed as he criticised German police for not investigating the death.

Nineteen-year-old Jane Khalaf reportedly died on November 20, eight days after she was put on a life-support machine after collapsing at Cologne's St Marien Hospital.

Read More: Northumbria student dies after 'drink spiked' on a German exchange trip

Speaking in the Commons, Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman hit out at the handling of the case by police in Cologne as he called for help from the Foreign Office.

Raising a point of order following Foreign Office question time, Mr Sheerman told Speaker John Bercow:

I wonder if you could give me some guidance. A young girl in my constituency has been tragically murdered in Cologne.

There is no police investigation although there is every evidence that her drink was spiked - she was poisoned.

There has been no police investigation and no help for the family. There's not another Foreign Office questions for another month. How do you advise me that I can raise this issue in the House?

– Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman

Mr Bercow replied that Mr Sheerman could write to a Foreign Office minister, adding: "You have effectively raised your point through ruse of the use, and some would say the rather gentle abuse, of the point of order procedure. Foreign Office ministers will have heard your utterance."

Yorkshire student dies after drink spiked at German carnival

A student from Yorkshire collapsed and died after her drink was allegedly spiked with ecstasy during a carnival in Germany.

Jane Khalaf, 19, collapsed at St Marien Hospital in Cologne after telling friends she believed somebody had laced her drink with deadly drugs.

Student Jane Khalaf who died after her drink was spiked Credit: Mercury Press

Jane Khalaf, 19, collapsed at St Marien Hospital in Cologne after telling friends she believed somebody had laced her drink with deadly drugs.

Her condition deteriorated and she was put on a life support machine after being transferred to the Kliniken der Stadt Koln on November 12.

Her parents, restaurant owners Rojin and Khalil, travelled from their home in Shelley, Huddersfield, West Yorks, to be by their daughter's bedside.

They had only discovered she was ill after finding out on Facebook and are angry no authorities tried to contact them.

Student Jane Khalaf who died after her drink was spiked Credit: Mercury Press

Jane died eight days later and tests found amphetamine and ecstasy in her blood.

Her body has been flown back to the UK where Home Office pathologists will carry out a post mortem examination.

Jane, a first year politics student at Northumbria University, was in Cologne on an exchange trip after being selected for her aptitude.

She began her studies in September and had only been away from home for two months before she died.

Her distraught parents, who own the Med One restaurant in Huddersfield, are furious at the way they were treated by German authorities.

"The way we were treated and the way her case has been dealt with in Germany was appalling.

"No one rang to tell us that she had been taken ill in hospital despite the fact she had her driving licence on her as ID.

"We found out through Facebook.

"She was a very sensible girl and very anti drugs so we are confident that her drink was spiked.

"A horrendous experience has been made so much worse by the frustration they've caused us and we just want answers.

"It's terrible and we can't believe what has happened.

"When we found out how serious the situation was we just hoped for a miracle. But it didn't happen.

"She was such an intelligent, ambitious, funny and happy person who was so full of life and hoped to become involved in politics and was good at everything.

"But really there are no words that can properly describe her."

– Rojin Khalaf, mother of Jane

"We can confirm that one of our students has tragically passed away while studying at a partner university in Germany.

"Representatives from Northumbria University have met with the family and we continue to offer support at this difficult time.

"We are in contact with the authorities in Germany and the UK, and stand ready to assist further where we can."

– Northumbria University spokesperson
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