Video Loading

Welcome to the Examiner breaking news service.

We'll be making sure that you are the first to know what's happening across our region.

If there's something you've noticed and want us to check out then feel free to get in touch - call us on 01484 437712 or tweet @examiner

Bye bye

That’s all for today. Have a lovely weekend!

Traffic

Traffic

Crime

A Kirklees businessman who trafficked people into the country to work in his bed company has been jailed for two years and three months.

Mohammed Rafiq, 60, of Thorncliffe Road, Batley, is the first business owner in the UK to be convicted for the offence.

Leeds Crown Court heard how people were trafficked into the UK and put to work in Rafiq’s Kozee Slepp Factory in Ravensthorpe, or the Layzee Beds Factory in Batley.

Both companies come under the parent company Hick Lane Bedding which Rafiq is owner and managing director of.

Stay tuned on the Examiner’s website to hear a full report of this story.

Bed factory boss Mohammed Rafiq, jailed for people trafficking
Bed factory boss Mohammed Rafiq, jailed for people trafficking (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Good afternoon

Hello. I’ll be with you for the next hour.

Video

See the best videos of the Hands Off HRI campaign.

The best videos of the #HandsOffHRI campaign so far
The best videos of the #HandsOffHRI campaign so far

News

Musicians have banded together for a groove-tastic gig to help safeguard Huddersfield’s A&E.

The show, organised by the #HandsOffHRI campaign, takes place at Holmfirth Picturedrome, on March 27 (6pm).

Headlining will be groove heavy eight-piece Nu Popes with support from 4Gotten Funk, The Dana Ali Band, and The Sellouts.

More here...

The Dana Ali Band - Noah, John, Dana, Dave and Chungy
The Dana Ali Band - Noah, John, Dana, Dave and Chungy

Travel

One lane closed, queueing traffic and speed restriction of 40 mph on M62 Eastbound between J26 M606 / A58 (Chain Bar) and J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome).
The hard shoulder and lane one (of three) are closed, affecting traffic from Huddersfield towards the M1.

A doctor, who made an inappropriate remark to a five-year-old patient and offered £10,000 to ‘resolve’ another problem, could face sanctions.

A General Medical Council (GMC) tribunal found Dr Manohar Singh, who ran Birkby Health Centre, guilty of several counts of misconduct during 2012 and 2013, following a hearing.

The GMC panel found that during a consultation with a five-year-old boy Dr Singh had said: “You are a girl aren’t you? Show me you are a boy.” or “words to that effect”.

More here...

Dr Manohar Singh, left, and Birkby Health Centre
Dr Manohar Singh, left, and Birkby Health Centre

News

Mean-spirited thieves have been stealing toys and DVDs from a children’s A&E department.

The toys and discs, donated by the public and charities, were the latest to disappear in a spate of thefts at Dewsbury District Hospital.

The theft was discovered when a child in pain requested to see Disney favourite ‘Frozen’.

More here...

Kasey Noble (left) and Anjela Jones, of the children's A&E at Dewsbury District Hospital
Kasey Noble (left) and Anjela Jones, of the children's A&E at Dewsbury District Hospital

News

So have you voted to name the new Huddersfield Town racehorse yet?

I had great fun down at the stables the other day and we took some great video footage with our jockey cam.


The Huddersfield Town filly with stable jockey Lance Betts wearing the Examiner's jockey cam.
The Huddersfield Town filly with stable jockey Lance Betts wearing the Examiner's jockey cam.


The suggestions for names are pouring in and there’s a poignant campaign going on, which I’m writing about now.

Keep checking the Examiner’s website this weekend for more.


Good afternoon.

News

Imagine having your shopping paid for when you get to the supermarket check-out and realise you haven’t got your card.

That’s just what happened to mum-of-two Katie Nicholas at Morrison’s in Waterloo.


Katie Nicholas with shopping paid for by a mystery stranger at Morrisons, Waterloo, when she had forgotten her bank card.
Katie Nicholas with shopping paid for by a mystery stranger at Morrisons, Waterloo, when she had forgotten her bank card.


She was staggered when a woman behind her in the queue stepped forward and paid the £26 shopping bill with her contactless card.

Katie tried to get the woman’s name and phone number so she could repay the act of kindness but the woman said: “It’s OK” and walked off.


News

‘Slippery road’ warning signs have gone up on the blackspot B6118 Bellstring Lane/Liley Lane between Grange Moor and Kirkheaton this week.

The Examiner has reported a growing accident toll on that stretch of country road this winter.


Kirsty Senior had a lucky escape
Kirsty Senior had a lucky escape


Now Kirklees Council has promised to investigate and warning signs are an interim measure.

I spoke to a driver who lost control on a bend on Monday, spun round three times and ended up in a field.


Slippery road warning signs on Bellstring Lane, Kirkheaton.
Slippery road warning signs on Bellstring Lane, Kirkheaton.


Mum-of-one Kirsty Senior was left battered and bruised and her car will probably be written off. But she reckons she was lucky.


Kirsty Senior: 'Someone was watching over me'
Kirsty Senior: 'Someone was watching over me'


“Someone was obviously watching over me, she said.


Review

Mirror, mirror on the wall...It’s my turn for this week’s restaurant review and I think I was rumbled!

Examiner reviews are always genuine and ‘undercover’ but I was recognised.


Which pub? Here's a clue.
Which pub? Here's a clue.


I had three courses at a recently re-opened country pub and it gets a big thumbs up from me.

Which one was it? Find out here.


Mee-ow!

I stumbled across this road accident on my way to work this morning.

It’s in Bradley Road just down from the Examiner HQ. The driver told me he’d swerved to avoid a CAT.


A van smashed into a lamppost in Bradley Road, Bradley.
A van smashed into a lamppost in Bradley Road, Bradley.


His van demolished a lamppost and partially blocked the road just after 9.30am.

Fortunately the driver only suffered a minor hand injury but his van was badly crunched.


Hello

Hello everybody. Martin here. I’ll be with you for the next couple of hours.

Hand over

That’s all on the blog from me. My colleague Martin will be with you shortly.

News

NHS chiefs ordered urgent repairs on hundreds of Yorkshire ambulances in a safety scare triggered by the discovery of loose wheels on frontline 999 vehicles.


Yorkshire Ambulance Service vehicle
Yorkshire Ambulance Service vehicle


In the two most serious incidents, a wheel fell off ambulances as they were being driven. You can see more here.

Traffic

There are still some problems on the M1 near Ossett, caused by a broken down vehicle.




News

Here’s a heart warming story. A mystery Good Samaritan came to the rescue of a harassed mum.


A good Samaritan helped out Katie Nicholas at Morrison's at Waterloo - but who was she?
A good Samaritan helped out Katie Nicholas at Morrison's at Waterloo - but who was she?


And the amazing act of kindness at a Huddersfield store stunned not only Katie Nicholas but also others after she shared the story on Facebook. You can see more here.

News

More news on the Bradley Road accident.


Van demolished a lamp-post in Bradley Road, Bradley
Van demolished a lamp-post in Bradley Road, Bradley


It appears the van driver was heading slowly up the hill when he had to swerve to avoid a cat which was running across the road.

He ploughed into the lamppost, but only suffered a minor hand injury.

News

Reports coming in of an accident on Bradley Road in Huddersfield in which a Renault van has ploughed into a lamppost.

It happened going down the hill close to the junction with Alandale Road.

The lamppost was demolished and the van was left sideways across the road.

No-one was seriously hurt, but the road is partially blocked which is leading to some minor delays.

We’ll bring you more when we get it.

Traffic

You could face delays if you are heading over towards the M1.

One lane is closed and there is slow traffic northbound between junction 39 (Wakefield) and junction 40 (Ossett) because of a broken down vehicle.



News

Lots of support for Huddersfield Giants owner Ken Davy who has handed hospital chiefs a challenge over the plans for A&E care in Huddersfield.



Mr Davy insists that all options must be considered. You can see more here.

Weather

It’s a cold one, and there are some snow flurries out there.

And Examiner weatherman Paul Stevens is warning more is on the way this weekend.


Paul Stevens, Examiner weather man.
Paul Stevens, Examiner weather man.


He said Saturday will be cold and cloudy with sleet and snow in places, with some settling by the end of the afternoon.

And Sunday will be very cold with a strong and bitter NE wind and snow showers becoming frequent at times. You can see more here.

Football

David Wagner says skipper Mark Hudson can play a key role in helping Huddersfield Town snap their losing sequence.


Huddersfield Town Chief Coach, David Wagner at this afternoon's press conference.
David Wagner


The centre-back returns after a two-match ban as Town head into their Championship clash at Nottingham Forest aiming to avoid four straight league losses for the first time since 2000-01. There is more, plus video, here.

Traffic

More delays out there on the roads.

There is slow traffic on the A644 Wakefield Road eastbound in Cooper Bridge at Cooper Bridge Roundabout.



And traffic is still slow on the M62 eastbound between junctions 23 and 24 (Huddersfield).

News

Shopworker Claire Slimman was stabbed with a hypodermic needle - after challenging a thief over a chocolate bar.


Reilly stabbed a Poundland employee with a hypodermic needle when she confronted him about stealing a Toblerone
Reilly stabbed a Poundland employee with a hypodermic needle when she confronted him about stealing a Toblerone


And the Poundland supervisor, who was stabbed in the stomach, had to wait for several agonising weeks after the attack by David Paul Reilly. The full story is here.

Traffic

It’s still very busy out there on the roads this morning.

There is heavy traffic on the A641 Huddersfield Road outbound in Brighouse at the Bethel Street junction.

And there is congestion further east on the M62 now, over towards junction 29 (Lofthouse).