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The M62 motorway (stock picture)
The M62 motorway (stock picture)

More problems to watch out for:

Reports of broken down vehicle on M62 Westbound between J26 M606 / A58 (Chain Bar) and J25 A644 (Brighouse).
Traffic appears to be coping well away from Leeds.

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Due to the accident between the lorry and a van eastbound between J21 A640 (Milnrow) and J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor), normal traffic conditions are not expected to return until in between 19:30 and 19:45

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Traffic on the M62 near Huddersfield (stock image)
Traffic on the M62 near Huddersfield (stock image)

One lane closed due to accident, a lorry and a van involved on M62 Eastbound between J21 A640 (Milnrow) and J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor).
Lane one (of four) remains closed heading from Manchester towards Huddersfield but traffic is coping well.

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This is shocking driving. I hope the driver’s details have been shared with the police.

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Monks in Mirfield are counting down to their fourth fundraising auction.

The Community of the Resurrection has raised £150,000 by selling its own unwanted artefacts and furniture and rare items donated by supporters.


Father John Gribben with a bronze figure of Narcissus which will go under the hammer.
Father John Gribben with a bronze figure of Narcissus which will go under the hammer.


Previous auctions have turned up Mouseman furniture, Royal jewellery and medieval artefacts.

Organised by Fr John Gribben this year’s auction takes place on Saturday, April 9. The community has been overwhelmed by the generosity of friends and supporters and Fr John said: “We are very grateful to everyone who has supported the community by donating items.

“We have an eclectic mix with several items of local interest but we still need more to make the day a real success.

“So if you’re emptying your cellar, clearing your attic, downsizing or moving, please keep us in mind.


Father John Gribben with an art deco cabinet which is one of the lots.
Father John Gribben with an art deco cabinet which is one of the lots.


“Those with a keen eye will be pleased to know there are several items of artistic merit for auction including a 19th century oil on canvas by Maurice Levis, a fine ivory crucifix, a bronze Mercury after Pigalle and a bronze Narcissus from the Naples foundry c1900.

“We also have a signed photograph of Margot Fonteyn and a complete set of diatonic hand bells.”


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This is on my commute into work and I came across this car straddled across a wall this morning.

The car was empty with the hazard warning lights flashing. It was in Bog Green Lane, near the junction with Paul Lane, in Colnebridge.

A Suzuki Swift was left straddled over a dry stone wall in Bog Green Lane, Colnebridge.
A Suzuki Swift was left straddled over a dry stone wall in Bog Green Lane, Colnebridge.


There was slushy ice in the gutter of the road and water was bubbling out of a crack in the road surface near Paul Lane. Water was gushing down the road and the temperature was close to freezing.

I’ve reported it to Kirklees.


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Police have been out checking speed in Shepley this morning and like Arnie have said: “We’ll be back!”

Kirklees Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team have received complaints of driving flouting the new reduced 30mph limit near the Sovereign. The speed limit has been cut from 40mph.


Kirklees Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team monitoring speeding in Shepley village.
Kirklees Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team monitoring speeding in Shepley village.


On Facebook Kirklees Rural posted: “Two of our Rural Special Constables have been in Shepley this morning with the ProLaser “Speed Gun” and this has helped to slow lots of motorists down...!

“They will be back, so please stick to 30mph when driving through Shepley.”

You have been warned!


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It’s tough not to have sympathy with Tom Bohan, of Mirfield, whose privacy has been destroyed by a new housing estate built at the bottom of his garden.

Residents accepted that the lovely meadow would have to be built on but they pleaded for bungalows not houses.


Tom Bohan (left) and neighbour David Musgrave and houses built overlooking his home in Lady Heton Close, Mirfield.
Tom Bohan (left) and neighbour David Musgrave and houses built overlooking his home in Lady Heton Close, Mirfield.


Now Tom, 69, has 21 windows overlooking his own bungalow which is built at a lower level than the new homes behind.

He says: “It’s like Blackpool illuminations on a night.” He’s not really seeing the funny side, though, as you’ll hear if you watch the video as he explains in his own words.


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Huddersfield chess team won a well-earned point against arch rivals Calderdale in Saturday’s Woodhouse Cup clash, the premiership of Yorkshire chess, at Lindley Liberal club.


The result was a 4-4 draw. Among Huddersfield’s winners were Leo Keely, Peter Hepworth and Matthew Parsons.

Chess board
Chess board

Huddersfield sit fifth in the league with two matches to play, away to Hull on April 9 and then a final match on April 23 at home to Alwoodley.


Captain Richard Boylan should be delighted with how his team has performed this season in what is a very tough league indeed.

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Tesco sign (Image: Julian Hughes)

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One in 24 road accidents involved a drunk driver in Calderdale.

West Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Police

The area has one of the highest rates of alcohol-related in England in 2012-2014 at 41 accidents per 1,000 incidents, or one in every 24 accidents involved at least one driver who failed a breath test. The rate has risen 4% from 40 per 1,000 accidents in 2010-2012.


Kirklees had a rate of 28 alcohol-related accidents per 1,000 incidents, down 4% from 30 per 1,000 in 2010-2012.
Across England, 26.4 accidents per 1,000 involved at least one driver who failed a breath test.


The figures from Public Health England cover reported road accidents, of all severities, in which at least one driver failed a breath test and are taken from the Stats19 forms, which are filled out by police officers when they attend accidents.


Public Health England said alcohol consumption is responsible for around one in every seven deaths in reported road traffic accidents in Great Britain.


Final estimates for 2013 show that between 220 and 260 people were killed in accidents where at least one driver was over the drink drive limit, around 1,100 were seriously injured and the total number of casualties of all severities was 8,270.


The legal limit in the UK is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

Travel:

Shed load cleared on M1 Southbound between J45 A63 Pontefract Lane (Leeds Cross Green) and J44 A639 / B6481 (Leeds South / Rothwell).

Local News:

Friday, March 11, is a special day in Huddersfield as it is the centenary of the birth of former Prime Minister, Harold Wilson who was born and spent his early life in Huddersfield.


A feature of the occasion will be a visit by Robin Wilson, Harold Wilson’s son.

He will be having lunch at Royds Hall Community School meeting the maths dept and witnessing an exciting performance of ‘Wilson 100’ a suite of original songs and sketches.


In the evening he will be attending the annual ‘Wilson’ lecture being given by former Government minister Alan Johnson at Huddersfield University.

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Jamie Paterson says he remains open to a permanent move from Nottingham Forest to Huddersfield Town – thanks to head coach David Wagner.


Sky Bet Championship - Derby County v Huddersfield Town - Jamie Paterson.
Sky Bet Championship - Derby County v Huddersfield Town - Jamie Paterson.


Speaking after the defeat at Derby County, in which he made his 26th Town appearance and 18th start, the on-loan Forest forward, also believed to be a target of Brentford, said: “I have been crying out for a manager like this.” You can see more here.

Traffic

Happily, traffic has now returned to normal and the lane has been re-opened on the entry slip road on the M62 eastbound at junction 26 (Chain Bar).

Lane two (of two) was closed on the slip coming up from the roundabout, but the broken down vehicle has now been removed.

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Some delays are likely on the M62 eastbound.

One lane is closed and there is slow traffic due to a broken down vehicle at junction 26 (Chain Bar).
It means lane two (of two) is closed.

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A church is on track to ring out its bells.


Re-cast bells return to St. Mary's Church, Mirfield.
Re-cast bells return to St. Mary's Church, Mirfield.


Drivers and passers by stopped to take photos outside St Mary’s on Church Lane inMirfield, when its 10 bells were returned following an extensive four month renovation. You can see more, along with video, here.

Traffic

Problems have eased on the M62 after the rush hour.

Traffic has returned to normal eastbound towards Leeds between junction 23 (Huddersfield) and junction 27 (Gildersome).

And things are now much quieter westbound towards Manchester between junction 22 (Rishworth Moor) and junction 21 (Milnrow).

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Detectives in Kirklees are appealing for information after an attempted burglary when a man approached a home owner and said he worked for the water board.

The incident happened at a residential complex for elderly people, in Scott Close, in Heckmondwike.

One suspect approached the house of a female pensioner saying he was from the water board and needed to check the water supply due to an explosion around the corner.

The homeowner asked to check his ID but he made no attempt to produce anything. One of the suspects entered the property and went into the kitchen with the victim and asked her to run a tap. Whilst the pensioner was distracted, two other suspects searched the property and then all three left. No items were stolen.

Det Con Tony Marshall, of Kirklees CID, said: “I would like to speak to members of the public who may have seen any of these suspects in the area or have been approached by them to contact us.”

Anyone with information about the incident, which happened at around 3:20pm on March 1, should contact Det Con Marshall via 101 quoting reference 13160092007.

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Health chiefs behind a hospital shake-up plan have admitted they do not have figures on ambulance journey times from outlying areas of Huddersfield to A&E.


Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service


And those behind the Right Care Right Time Right Place proposal say they have no immediate plans to obtain emergency ambulance travel times by area or postcode. You can see the full story here.

Traffic

Delays getting worse on the M62 westbound towards Manchester, with congestion now stretching back to junction 20.



But happily all lanes have now re-opened and traffic is easing after the broken down car was removed from the M1 southbound between junction 36 (Sheffield North) and junction 35 (Rotherham).

Traffic

Still very busy on the M62 with slow traffic eastbound between junction 23 (Huddersfield) and junction 27 (Gildersome).

And there is still very heavy traffic westbound towards Manchester near junction 19.



One lane is blocked due to a broken down car on the M1 southbound between junction 36 (Sheffield North) and junction 35 (Rotherham), with congestion to junction 37 (Barnsley).