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Traffic

Traffic in Brighouse: A641 Huddersfield Road outbound busy but moving at Bethel Street / Bradford Road by Sainsbury’s.

Local news

A Dalton resident with arthritis has criticised Kirklees Council after binmen have ignored her bins for weeks.

Retired Marlene McFadden applied for the assisted bin collection scheme due to her condition, but claims both the binmen and complaints department have ignored her requests for help.

Read more on the story here.

Long Lane, Dalton, resident Marlene McFadden, angry about her missed assisted bin collections.
Long Lane, Dalton, resident Marlene McFadden, angry about her missed assisted bin collections.

Traffic

Traffic updates: Busy but moving traffic in both directions at Cooper Bridge in Mirfield. Wakefield Road is also busy at the Shorehead Roundabout and Oxford Street outbound busy but moving at Castlegate. There is also queueing traffic on A644 Brighouse Road in Hipperholme in both directions at A58 Halifax Road.

Missing person

A teenage girl from Huddersfield has been reported missing.

Police say they are concerned for the welfare of 16-year-old Kerry Townend after she was last seen at 7pm on Sunday, 10 April, in Lidget Street, Lindley.

She is described as white, 5ft 2ins tall, of slim build with shoulder-length blonde hair, which she sometimes wears up. She was last seen wearing light blue jeans and a zipped hooded top.

Anyone who has seen Kerry or with information about her whereabouts is asked to call Kirklees Safeguarding Unit via 101. Similarly, Kerry herself is urged to make contact to confirm she is safe and well.

Kerry Townend from Lidget Street, Lindley, has been reported missing by police
Kerry Townend from Lidget Street, Lindley, has been reported missing by police (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

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That’s all from me for now. My colleague Suzy will be with you shortly.

Traffic update

All lanes re-opened and traffic returned to normal after a broken down vehicle was removed on M62 Westbound between J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome) and J26 M606 / A58 (Chain Bar).


M62 motorway over the Peninnes
M62 motorway over the Peninnes

Traffic update

A metal chair has been removed from the road on the M62 Eastbound between J22 Rishworth Moor and J24 Ainley Top.

Traffic news

There are reports of two lanes blocked and slow traffic due to a broken down vehicle on the M62 westbound between J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome) and J26 M606 / A58 (Chain Bar). Lanes one and two (of four) are blocked on the smart motorway section affecting traffic from Leeds towards Huddersfield.

M62 motorway junction 25 near Brighouse.
M62 motorway junction 25 near Brighouse.


Traffic news

Police are investigating reports of a metal chair on the road on the M62 Eastbound between J22 Rishworth Moor and J24 Ainley Top.

Police are appealing for information after a suspect broke into a property in Holmfirth brandishing a screwdriver.

The male victim was at home in Netherthong at about 7pm yesterday with his three young children when a male suspect forced his way into their home carrying a screwdriver and demanding items to be handed over.

The suspect is described as a white male, in his late teens to early 20s, 6ft, with a local accent and wearing black clothing with his hood up and blue bike mask over his face.

Police, police car, stock, policeman
Police, police car, stock, policeman


DC Oliver Coates of Kirklees CID, said: “This was an extremely frightening experience for the victim and his young family and we are appealing to members of the public to come forward with any information about this suspect.

“Anyone with any information is asked to contact me via 101 quoting reference 13160158217 or alternatively call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”


Food fact

As it’s lunchtime, here’s food for thought. It’s finally time to settle the score between Yorkshire and Lancashire… with Yorkshire puddings coming miles ahead of the Lancashire hotpot in a nationwide search to find the UK’s best regional dish.
A study by UK diners’ club Gourmet Society, part of Huddersfield-based Taste Marketing Ltd, has found that Yorkshire puddings, beat Eccles Cakes, Lancashire hotpot, Cheddar cheese and many others to win the title of Britain’s best regional dish, voted for by food lovers across the country.

Traffic update

Traffic returned to normal following an accident and fuel spill on the M1 Northbound between J42 M62 (Lofthouse) and J43 M621 (Belle Isle).

Traffic update

Traffic is moving slowly on the A644 Huddersfield Road Westbound at Crawshaw Street. Dewsbury, In the area of roadworks.
Temporary traffic lights are operating while roadworks continue.

Queensgate Market video


Here’s the scene during the evacuation of Queensgate Market in Huddersfield following reports of an electrical fire at lunchtime today


Queensgate Market fire alarm

Shoppers and staff evacuated from Queensgate Market in Huddersfield. Firefighters were called out at 11,43am to reports of an electric light fitting giving off smoke.

Queensgate Market was evacuated at Thursday lunchtime
Queensgate Market was evacuated at Thursday lunchtime

Shoppers making their way out of the market hall


In a further update, Highways England says two lanes are still closed and traffic is queuing following the multi-vehicle accident and fuel spillage on M1 Northbound between J42 M62 (Lofthouse) and J43 M621 (Belle Isle). Matrix sign set to 40 mph.

Lanes one and two (of five) are currently closed.Lane three was also closed, but has now reopened

Highways officials say several vehicles are involved in the accident which has closed three of four lanes on the M1 Northbound between J42 M62 (Lofthouse) and J43 M621 (Belle Isle). Emergency services are at the scene.

Traffic news

Three lanes closed and queueing traffic due to accident on M1 Northbound between J42 M62 (Lofthouse) and J44 A639 / B6481 (Leeds South / Rothwell).
Lanes one, two and three (of four) are currently closed.

Right, that’s all from me. My colleague Henryk will be taking over the reins soon.


Have a great day!

NEWS

Incredibly sad news about the motorcyclist who crashed in Elland yesterday.

Police have confirmed that the 46-year-old man driving the bike has died.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

SPORT

All opening day Drakes Huddersfield Cricket League matches have been called off for this Saturday.

cricket, stock picture
cricket, stock picture

They will be re-arranged on a day yet to be set.

Meanwhile, the preliminary round of the Sykes Cup will be played a week on Sunday.


NEWS

Do you think that parents should be fined for taking children out of school to go on vacation due to high costs during school holidays?

Should the Government do more to force companies to curtail prices?

TRAVEL

A school bus has broken down on Bradley Bar roundabout, affecting traffic.

Blossom on trees at Bradley Bar roundabout
Blossom on trees at Bradley Bar roundabout

Pictures to come soon.

NEWS

It was set up to encourage more people into exercise.

So do you think runners should have to pay to take part in Parkruns?

M62

A Highways England spokeswoman has just told me that all lanes have re-opened on the M62 at Chain bar eastbound, following an earlier incident.

Stock Pics: M62 motorway junction 25 near Brighouse.
Stock Pics: M62 motorway junction 25 near Brighouse.

She said that a couple of vehicles had broken down on the stretch but that no one had been injured.

There is, however, still congestion.

TRAVEL

M62

Stock Pics: M62 motorway junction 25 near Brighouse.
Stock Pics: M62 motorway junction 25 near Brighouse.

It is affecting traffic heading from Huddersfield towards Leeds. Awaiting further details.