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M62

Traffic is back to normal on the M62 now so we’ll bid you goodbye! Hope you avoided the jams.

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I’ve just looked at the traffic cameras on the M62 and it appears the jams are easing. It’s probably a bit start/stop following two collisions near Chain Bar earlier. One lane was closed for about an hour and the motorway was closed for a short time causing queues on the westbound side.


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The crash was cleared about half-an-hour ago but there are reports of queues 7 miles long between Chain Bar and Tingley. The earlier smashes are affecting motorists trying to get back to Huddersfield.

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This is the latest state of play on the M62 heading towards Huddersfield from Leeds. Yellow = moving while black means it’s at a standstill.

There were two crashes earlier during rush hour near J26 but all lanes have been re-opened now.

It will take some time for the jams to clear. The Highways Agency’s latest estimate is it should clear by 7pm

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Better news for you...now the damaged cars have been moved by the police they have re-opened the motorway. There were two accidents shortly before 5pm. Five vehicles were involved but no-one has been injured. Traffic is currently tailed back from near J26 Chain Bar past the J27 turn-off.

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If you’re stuck on the M62 it’s because there was two crashes just west of Leeds. All lanes were closed for a time.

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If you’re about to leave Leeds to come back to Huddersfield I’m afraid I have bad news. There’s big queues after two collisions in the “fast lane” between J27 and J26. Only one lane is closed so traffic is able to get past.


M62 crash - five cars involved
M62 crash - five cars involved (Image: Traffic Jam Network/Twitter)

That’s all from the blog today. Have a nice evening.

News

A woman has appeared in court charged with VAT fraud.

Danielle Fisher, of Green Lane, in Meltham, was before Kirklees Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

She denies a charge of knowingly being concerned in the fraudulent evasion of Value Added Tax between August 17 and November 21 2014.

More here...

Danielle Fisher
Danielle Fisher

Travel

Slow traffic and one lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M62 Eastbound between J21 A640 (Milnrow) and J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor).
Lane one (of three) is closed heading towards Leeds from Manchester.

News

Locala chief Robert Flack: “I get sworn at more often... It’s absolutely great!”

In June 2015 the largest NHS contract in Kirklees was awarded to independent social enterprise Locala.

It has not been without its problems.

The £238m Care Closer to Home contract, which covers everything from district nurses to podiatry, had also been contested by the NHS trust which runs Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

Full interview here...

Robert Flack, chief executive of Locala
Robert Flack, chief executive of Locala

News

A lawyer leading a legal challenge to save Huddersfield’s A&E unit will discuss his case’s progress at a public meeting organised by campaigners.

Yogi Amin, a partner at law firm Irwin Mitchell, will update campaigners at the meeting at Lord Street Methodist Mission, on June 20 (7.30pm).

The meeting will also hear from a representative of a campaign to save a Shropshire A&E from a similar fate.

More here...

Yogi Amin, a specialist in public law, will represent the #HandsOffHRI campaign
Yogi Amin, a specialist in public law, will represent the #HandsOffHRI campaign

Good afternoon.

Hand over:

Well, that’s all from me. Dave with the blog reins!

National News:

NFU livestock board chairman Charles Sercombe is to tell farmers and members of the public that we must do more to prevent cases of livestock worrying, and calls upon police forces to investigate incidents and prosecute those that act irresponsibly.


Speaking at the Sheepwatch UK event in Loughborough this week, Charles Sercombe will give some key recommendations to the farming community how they can ensure reductions in incidences of livestock worrying.

One of the sheep mauled by dogs
One of the sheep mauled by dogs

Mr Sercombe said: “Livestock worrying has a devastating impact on animal welfare and the farm businesses. We need to continually reiterate to the public as part of our Love Your Countryside campaign there is the ever increasing need for vigilance and take responsibility for their dogs to prevent straying and to keep them under control when walking near livestock.


“What I will be saying to farmers is that we need to be very mindful of how difficult it is to pursue a criminal case when these incidents occur as gathering evidence is notoriously difficult. However, I would by no means say in some cases this isn’t necessary.


“All too often we hear about repeat cases of worrying where dog owners allow their pet to roam free around livestock – let’s be clear this is wholly unacceptable and these cases must be addressed by the authorities.”

Travel:

Slow traffic on A644 Huddersfield Road in both directions between Thornhill Road (Dewsbury) and Queen Street/Calder Road (Ravensthorpe).

Local News:

O2, the mobile phone network, has recently introduced its 4G service to Meltham. The successful implementation of the new and improved 4G network will allow its customers to experience a new level of high speed mobile internet.


Derek McManus, Chief Operating Officer, Telefónica UK said: “O2 customers in Meltham can now experience faster mobile internet on their devices such as streaming high definition TV, shopping on the go, and video calling. For our business customers, 4G is all about working more effectively.


“For instance, they can work remotely, access cloud services and collaborate using apps. O2 4G can make everything easier for our customers.”

Local News:

Nearly 800 people visited Kirkheaton’s 10th Arts Festival over the May Bank Holiday weekend, 28-30 May, held in Kirkheaton Parish church.


‘We had a fantastic selection of work on show, from more than 50 artists’ says the Rector, the Revd Richard Steel, ‘including a young girl from the village who was exhibiting photographs for the first time and some material from an artist who has been invited to America to show her unusual string sculptures.’

Richard Steel, rector of Kirkheaton Parish Church.
Richard Steel, rector of Kirkheaton Parish Church.

‘And we had so many children in over the weekend that the volunteer doing craft with them had to bring in extra stocks - and so many people overall that we almost ran out of cake!’


‘It was lovely to see the church packed yet again, with people enjoying themselves and encouraging the artists through admiring and purchasing their work,’ he adds. ‘I even sold two drawings myself!’


Travel:

Accident cleared on M62 Westbound between J24 A629 (Ainley Top) and J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor).

Travel:

Police say three vans collided in Lane 3 of the M62 just before 2pm. No injuries.

Travel:

Reports of accident on M62 Westbound between J24 A629 (Ainley Top) and J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor).

Hand over

That’s all from me. Robert Sutcliffe will be up next.

Crime

Police in Dewsbury are appealing for witnesses after a robbery at a shop run by a 90-year-old woman.

The incident happened yesterday (1 June) between 12:40 and 12:48 on Leeds Road, Dewsbury.

Two suspects entered the shop and demanded money from the 90-year-old victim.

They went behind the counter and pushed her over; she fell back on a chair and they took some money and fled the shop.

The first suspect is described as a white male, 19 - 21 years-old, slim to medium build, 5ft 7”, blonde hair. He was wearing a dark jacket and beanie hat with his face covered.

The second suspect is also a white male, 19 - 21 years-old, slim to medium build, blonde hair and his face covered. He was wearing a navy or dark jacket and a hat.

Sergeant Steven Hinchcliffe, from Dewsbury Partnership Working Area, said: “This was an incredibly distressing incident for this elderly lady who has run this shop for many years - thankfully she was uninjured.

“I would like to appeal to anyone who was in the area around the time of the incident who saw these suspects or noticed anything suspicious to contact the police to help with our investigation.

“Anyone with any information is asked to contact myself at Dewsbury Police Station via 01924 431190 quoting reference 13160233610, or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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Sport

He’s only 30, but Woodsome Hall Golfer Chris Hanson has been officially ranked above Tiger Woods in the official world rankings.

Chris is in his rookie season on the main Tour after qualifying last year and has risen to 508 in the World Rankings as he competes in the Nordea Masters, at the Bro Hof Slott Golf Club in Stockholm Sweden.

Read more about his career here.

European Tour professional Chris Hanson has a good luck message for fellow Woodsome Hall golfer Rochelle Morris
European Tour professional Chris Hanson has a good luck message for fellow Woodsome Hall golfer Rochelle Morris

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Good morning (just!).

Right, that’s all from me, Susie Beever will take over

NEWS

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Let’s have a look at the top news stories around the north today.

Manchester Airport . Aircraft on approach and landing in windy conditions . 26 January . 2016 . Picture by Matt Ratcliffe
Manchester Airport . Aircraft on approach and landing in windy conditions . 26 January . 2016 . Picture by Matt Ratcliffe

Manchester Airport has warned of flight delays to and from France due to industrial action being taken by air traffic controllers.

The announcement comes just eight days before the opening match of the UEFA European Championships in France - with Ryanair announcing 75 flight cancellations on Thursday alone.

The Mancunian Way will finally fully reopen on June 15 following major works to repair a sinkhole which appeared last year.

Manchester City Council are warning drivers the whole of the Mancunian Way will need to be closed from Monday, June 13 to Tuesday, June 14 for an annual maintenance inspection.


Several thousands of litres of oil are ablaze at Rotherham’s Tata Steel plant.

Fifty firefighters tackled the fire that started at 1am this morning.

Those living in the area were advised to keep their doors and windows closed due to the amount of smoke in the area.