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Reporter leaves daily after online attack on his bosses

Robert SutcliffeA reporter who was suspended after making personal remarks about his bosses online has left a regional daily.

Robert Sutcliffe has confirmed his departure from the Huddersfield Daily Examiner following his suspension last month.

Neither Examiner publisher Reach plc nor Robert have revealed the reason for his suspension, although it came after he made openly critical remarks about editor Wayne Ankers and head of news Faye Preston on Twitter, claiming they had “tried to stop” him publishing a story about an inquest.

Robert, pictured, revealed his departure in a post on Twitter – now known as X – earlier this week.

He wrote: “So, after nearly 11 deliriously happy years with the good ship, ExaminerLive under the magnificent editorship of Wayne Ankers, this is my final tweet as I step into pastures new.”

The post appeared to have been sent from Bratislava where Robert has been holidaying with a friend.

The dispute between Robert and Reach is believed to have started when he had reported on an inquest into the death of 23-year-old Jake Rainton, which was opened and adjourned to allow criminal proceedings to take their course.

The story was subsequently published after a short delay, understood to have been related to the need for legal checks to be carried out.

However, Robert claimed on X that his bosses had tried to stop him posting “a perfectly legitimate story regarding the death of a young man in Huddersfield town story over bogus legal issues”.

He also published posts making personal remarks about both Wayne and Faye, which he refused to delete after being asked to do so.

A subsequent petition by Conservative Kirklees Council member Bernard McGuin, which called for Robert’s reinstatement following his suspension, was signed by 42 people.

HTFP has attempted to contact Robert following confirmation of his departure, while Reach plc has declined to comment.

Robert began his career editing a weekly newspaper in Doncaster in 1989 before moving to work at the Barnsley Chronicle, the Bradford Telegraph & Argus and then serving as the Calderdale reporter for the Yorkshire Post for 11 years.

He joined the Examiner in 2012.