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Woman sexually assaulted

Police are appealing for any witnesses to a serious sexual assault in Heckmondwike to come forward.


The incident happened between 830 and 930pm on Wednesday 6 September along a ginnel adjacent to the Health Centre near to Union Street.
The victim, a woman in her 20s, had been to a nearby shop when she entered the ginnel and was followed by a male who then sexually assaulted her.
Officers want to speak to a man in connection with the incident. He is described as aged in his mid 20s to early 30s, 5ft 6 tall and with brown hair. He was wearing light blue jeans and a blue jumper.
Detective Sergeant Dennise Bell of Kirklees Adult Safeguarding, said: “I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this or has any information about it to contact police on 101 quoting crime reference 13170412369.”

Pair wanted for 'handgun hold-up'

Two men tried to hold up a Mirfield shop armed with what looked like a handgun.

A CCTV image released by police investigating an attempted robbery in Mirfield
A CCTV image released by police investigating an attempted robbery in Mirfield

Detectives have today released a CCTV image of two men they want to trace following an the attempted robbery.

Two masked men, armed with what appeared to be a handgun, entered a store in The Knowl and confronted a male member of staff.

The suspects are believed to have fled along Nab Lane onto Foxroyd Lane following the incident on Wednesday, July 26, at about 8.30pm. Police have just released details of the CCTV appeal.

Both suspects are white and wore dark clothing, including black hooded tops. There are of average build and about 5ft 6ins tall.

Det Con Jane Baragwanath said: “This was clearly a distressing experience for the shopkeeper and we are very keen to trace those responsible.

“Our enquiries remain active and we urge anyone with any information about those involved to contact police.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Kirklees District CID via 101, quoting crime number 13170343527.

Appeal after death of Brighouse man

Coroners are appealing for information to trace relatives of Christopher Peel who died recently.

Mr Peel, 71, died on August 31 at his home address of Atlas Mills Caravan Park, Brighouse.

Any with any information about his relatives is asked to contact Coroner’s Officer Malcom Dyson on 01274 373719.

Mercedes car in flames

The driver of this white Mercedes was given oxygen by fire crews after their car burst into flames.

Mercedes car on fire in Brighouse
Mercedes car on fire in Brighouse (Image: Chad Holdsworth)

Passerby Chad Holdsworth captured the dramatic photo this afternoon on Woodhouse Lane, Brighouse.

A fire service spokesman said they were called at 2.45pm. A fire engine from Rastrick station attended.

The driver was given oxygen therapy after breathing in smoke.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Verdict in murder trial of Mark Minott

A man who killed his partner in Huddersfield, stabbing her more than 20 times, has today been convicted of her murder.

Mark Minott, 41, is accused of murdering Beverley Robinson
Mark Minott

Mark Minott, 41, had admitted the manslaughter of Beverley Robinson Hudson but denied her murder claiming mental illness caused or contributed to his loss of self-control.

A jury at Leeds Crown Court returned a guilty verdict on the murder charge.

Beverley Robinson
Beverley Robinson (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

The seven man and five woman jury heard the attack happened in the early hours of February 23 at their home in Greenlea Court, Dalton, after Minott had been drinking and taking drugs.

Today's most read stories

Here’s what people have been reading the most on our website today:

  • The mum of a teenager stabbed following a fight outside a school has said she feared her son would die as she rushed to hospital to see him. See the full story here.
  • A ladette lout from Kirklees who served just two years in jail for killing a man in a drink driving smash got drunk again and attacked a pop fan as he berated her boyfriend for urinating over a woman during a Drake concert. Read the full report from court here.
  • A takeaway boss who was snared employing an illegal immigrant has come up with a bizarre excuse. See what he said in the full story here.
Star Pizza, Birstall
Star Pizza, Birstall

Investigation continues into cause of fatal house fire

Fire services say they are continuing with their investigations into a fatal house fire in Moldgreen.

Barnaby Aylward, 49, sadly died in the fire on Old Bank Fold in the early hours of Monday. There are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances in the fire.

Clr Judith Hughes, chair of the Fire Authority, said: “Investigations are ongoing into the cause of the fire and we are unable to speculate at this time as the full circumstances will be further investigated by the coroner.”

Scene of the house fire in Old Bank Fold, Moldgreen
Scene of the house fire in Old Bank Fold, Moldgreen

Pictured: Car recovered after collision on Penistone Road

Some images from the crash in Fenay Bridge this morning.

A photographer sent us these images after witnessing the accident on Penistone Road at around 10am earlier today. Police have said just one vehicle was involved and there are no reports of any injuries.

It’s thought the VW Scirocco had hit a road sign before veering off the main road into shrubbery.

Picture Shows Police look at scene Car crash on Penistone Road, Fenay Bridge opposite Harveys Bar and Fenay Bridge Stores. VW Scirocco hits road sign and narrowly misses gas substation on Penistone Road.
Police look at scene Car crash on Penistone Road, Fenay Bridge
Car crash on Penistone Road, Fenay Bridge opposite Harveys Bar and Fenay Bridge Stores. VW Scirocco hits road sign and narrowly misses gas substation on Penistone Road.
Car crash on Penistone Road, Fenay Bridge opposite Harveys Bar and Fenay Bridge Stores. VW Scirocco hits road sign and narrowly misses gas substation on Penistone Road.

Police update on yesterday's stabbing

Police say a 15-year-old boy is still in custody after a stabbing in Hazel Grove, Linthwaite yesterday.

Det Insp Mark Catney, of Kirklees CID, said: “The injured boy is recovering in hospital from his injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening.

“Both males are known to each other and we are treating an incident in Gillroyd Lane where alleged threats were made with a knife as linked.

“We are working with partners to address any safeguarding measures.

Cowersley stabbing incident on Cowlersley Lane.
Cowersley stabbing incident

“Patrols have been increased locally to offer reassurance to residents and anyone with concerns is asked to speak to the local neighbourhood policing team.

“We are also continuing to appeal for information to either incident and would ask anyone who can assist our investigation to contact Kirklees District CID on 101, quoting log 1077 of 6 September.

“Information can also be reported anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

Mum of stabbing victim speaks out

The mum of a teenager injured in an attack near Colne Valley High School yesterday has spoken out.

Danny Brook, 16, is still in hospital today after he was stabbed on Hazel Grove in Linthwaite yesterday afternoon. Danny’s mum Linda has spoken to the Examiner revealing how she thought he was going to die. Read what she had to say here.

Stabbing victim Danny Brook, left, and pictures from the scene of the incident in Linthwaite
Stabbing victim Danny Brook, left, and pictures from the scene of the incident in Linthwaite

WYP launch school contest to create anti-cyber crime message

Police have launched a competition in schools as part of a larger campaign to tackle cyber bullying.

The first ever cyber contest has been set up to encourage students from years seven, eight and nine to create a product that delivers key safety messages to help people stay safe online. Teenagers can create an engaging website, impactive leaflet, phone app or even a rap or spoken message to get across their message on staying safe online as a young person.

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster of West Yorkshire Police, said: “Cyber Crime is a growing threat and it is important we all take steps to make the criminals’ lives harder. Young people have a part to play in helping to educate people about the positives of the cyber world in which we now live but also the risks that come with it. This competition aims to use their knowledge and understanding to help others.”

(Image: PA)

Hellawell to stay as Sports Direct chairman following narrow vote

Huddersfield’s Keith Hellawell has been re-elected by a board as the chairman of Sports Direct.

The director and former Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police narrowly survived the vote yesterday with a backing of 53% of shareholders opting for him to stay chairman, reports claim.

Sports Direct chairman Keith Hellawell (left) and chief executive Dave Forsey at the company's annual general meeting in Shirebrook, Nottinghamshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 7, 2016. See PA story CITY SportsDirect. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Sports Direct chairman Keith Hellawell (left)

National news

Here’s a midday round up of today’s main headlines...

JUNCKER EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS UNDER DAVID DAVIS

European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker has voiced concern about the “stability and accountability” of David Davis conducting Brexit talks, new documents have revealed. In talks with chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier, Mr Juncker said the Brexit Secretary’s “apparent lack of involvement” in talks “risked jeopardising the success of the negotiations”, according to official minutes released in Brussels. The revelation comes as MPs prepare for a bruising House of Commons showdown over the Government’s key Brexit legislation, with Labour threatening to vote down the Bill repealing Britain’s EU membership and other parties tabling amendments to block it.

GIRL WHO KILLED SEVEN-YEAR-OLD KATIE TO BE ASSESSED IN SPECIALIST HOSPITAL

A teenager who killed a seven-year-old girl in a Yorkshire park has been ordered to be detained for assessment in a specialist hospital for 12 weeks by a judge who told her she poses “a high risk of serious harm to others and to yourself”. The 16-year-old girl broke down and sobbed at Leeds Crown Court where she appeared via video-link this morning to be sentenced for the manslaughter of Katie Rough. Mr Justice Soole told the defendant she would be detained in hospital for 12 weeks before she is returned to court for further sentencing to take place on November 24.

WILLIAM TAKES GEORGE FOR FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL AS TOO-SICK KATE STAYS AT HOME

Prince George looked smart in his uniform as he walked nervously into school on his first day - without his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, by his side.
Kate had hoped to join the Duke of Cambridge on the school run but is suffering from severe morning sickness and was too ill to attend, Kensington Palace said. The four-year-old was helped out of the car by William after being driven through the gates of Thomas’s Battersea, a fee-paying independent school in south London.

Undated handout file photo issued by North Yorkshire Police of Katie Rough, as a 16-year-old girl has pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court to the manslaughter of the seven-year-old. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday July 3, 2017. See PA story COURTS York. Photo credit should read: North Yorkshire Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Katie Rough, who was killed by a 16-year-old girl in York. The teenager has today been ordered assessment in a specialist hospital.

Drink driver who killed cyclist avoids jail after being in court again

A killer driver from Dewsbury has been in court again for getting drunk and attacking a fan at a concert.

Emma Egan was jailed for four years in 2014 when she hit and killed dad-of-two Eric Codling while drunkenly chasing a boyfriend in her car in Sheffield.

Egan, 29, appeared at Manchester Magistrates yesterday alongside current boyfriend Fauod Elhabba after the two got drunk at a Drake concert at Manchester Arena. Elhabba, 27, urinated over another fan before Egan attacked dental nurse Gary Tann who confronted them.

Egan was on licence from jail after serving two years of the sentence when the attack happened last February. Egan was ordered to complete a 12 month community and 160 hours unpaid work and was ordered to pay £200 compensation plays £455 in costs and surcharges.

Fauod Elhabbal and Emma Egan leaving Manchester Magistrates' Court, where they escaped jail after he urinated on attendees at a Drake concert, while she assaulted a fan.
Fauod Elhabbal and Emma Egan leaving Manchester Magistrates' Court (Image: Cavendish Press)

One-car collision after VW veers off road in Fenay Bridge

We’ve been told there has been a road collision on Penistone Road at Fenay Bridge this morning.

Police were called shortly before 10am to a one-car collision near to the petrol station on Penistone Road, following reports a car had left the road. The car involved was a white VW Scirocco.

No information yet as to any injuries - hopefully nobody has been badly hurt.

Man who died in M62 fall is named

Coroners have named the man who tragically died in a fall from Scammonden Bridge last week.

Mwitumwa Ngenda died after the fall on the M62 on Monday morning last week. The 30-year-old was from the Idle area of Bradford.

West Yorkshire coroners say an inquest was opened on Thursday last week and adjourned.

Signs for the Samaritans aimed at people in distress at Scammonden Bridge
Signs for the Samaritans aimed at people in distress at Scammonden Bridge

Road closed in Meltham

Buses are being rerouted so if you live on Mean Lane make sure you check the updated route before catching one.

Police searching for suspects after cannabis found at house

Officers have discovered a small cannabis farm on a raid in a home in Calderdale.

Police attended the address in Ovenden yesterday and found the plant growing inside. A spokesperson from Halifax police has said “enquiries are still ongoing to locate the suspect”.

Cannabis found growing at house in Ovenden
Cannabis found growing at house in Ovenden (Image: Halifax Police)

Today's weather

A fairly grey and overcast day in store for Huddersfield today.

Temperatures are to peak at 16 degrees with the chance of a few showers later in the afternoon. Hopes for an Indian summer have sadly been dampened by our weatherman Paul Stevens, who says the odd bit of thunder is on the cards. Read more on this here.

School brand stabbing as "abhorrent"

Colne Valley High School have provided a statement about the stabbing near the school yesterday.
Principal James Christian said:

“We are aware that there was an abhorrent incident within the community yesterday. The police are investigating this and I would encourage anyone with further information to contact them on 101 quoting log 1077 or 1010.”

Obstruction on the M62...

Watch out for this over the tops!

At the scene of yesterday's knife incidents

Reporter Robert Sutcliffe is at Colne Valley High School this morning following reports of two incidents involving a knife yesterday.

One boy was allegedly threatened with a knife on Gillroyd Lane before reports of a stabbing nearby on Hazel Grove. A 15-year-old boy was arrested.

We are hoping for an update later today on this story.

Broken down HGV near busy motorway junction

This could cause some bother this morning if you’re a Leeds commuter:

What's happening on the roads?

Very slow traffic on the M62 eastbound this morning approaching junction 27.

We’ve also got the usual morning traffic so far...

  • Slow traffic on Halifax Road heading into Huddersfield town centre from Ainley Top
  • Busy but moving on the Huddersfield ring road by the old Tech college
  • Heavy traffic on Wakefield Road through Mirfield
  • Also very busy heading towards Cooper Bridge on Wakefield Road from Brighouse/the M62
  • Slow on Ovenden Road in Halifax
  • Busy on Whitehall Road, Wyke, heading towards the M62
Commuting times have been creeping up in West Yorkshire

Good morning, welcome to Thursday's Live Blog

Welcome to the Huddersfield Examiner’s breaking news service.

Stay with us throughout the day to be the first to know everything that’s happening across Huddersfield and the rest of West Yorkshire.

We’ll also be bringing you updates on crime, health, sport, politics, education and more live from the Examiner team.

And remember to check back before you travel as during peak times we’ll provide you with all of the latest traffic updates on the M62 and roads around the region.

You can also download our app to get news on the go and push notifications for the latest breaking stories here .

If there’s something you’ve noticed and want us to check out then please feel free to get in touch - you can call us on 01484 437712, email editorial@examiner.co.uk or tweet @Examiner. You can also find us on social media here .