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Grisly 'story' dismissed as hoax

Bizarre internet post about Huddersfield ‘murder’

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Huddersfield Town season card sales tally revealed

The 15,000 barrier has been broken

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A reminder if your are in the Gomersal area

A651 Oxford Road in both directions closed due to burst water main at A643 Church Lane.
A major water main burst on the 25th July, damaging the carriageway. It is affecting all approaches to the junction. Bus services have been altered, including the 220, 222, 223, 224 and 255. Expected to reopen August 8th.

Prep work for Food and Drink Festival (starts Thursday!)

Preparations for Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival in St George's Square
Preparations for Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival in St George's Square

Problems on the M62 towards Manchester

Reports of queueing traffic due to broken down vehicle on M62 Eastbound between J19 A6046 (Heywood) and J20 A627(M) Rochdale, congestion on M60 to J11 A57 (Barton).
Was previously reported as between J18 -19. Affecting traffic leaving Manchester towards Leeds.

M62

More updates on everybody’s favourite motorway: One lane closed due to a broken down lorry on the M62 westbound carriage between J26 M606 and Brighouse.

The traffic’s coping well but busy and slow. Take it easy.

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

Warning over abandoned hospital

Police have issued a warning after more break ins at the derelict hospital at Storthes Hall.

Posting on the Kirklees Rural Facebook page, the team said: “There is absolutely nothing inside of any value, and the inside structure is dangerous and unstable.

“The building is due to be redeveloped within the next couple of years as part of a large scale building development and is currently boarded up and fenced off.

“Please keep away.....not only is the old building dangerous, it’s proper creepy as well!”

Whoever these people are, they’re braver than me!

Police officers at Storthes Hall hospital
Police officers at Storthes Hall hospital (Image: Facebook)

Fire update

Another update on the fire at Lower Fitzwilliam Street earlier. The blaze started after a burning mattress and rubbish were left outside the back of the terraced houses and set three cars alight in the dealership backing onto the properties.

The cars damaged included a Mitsubishi Warrior, Alfa Romeo and a Nissan note.

Fire crews are currently investigating whether the blaze was deliberate or an accident.

Fire at Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Huddersfield.
Fire at Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Huddersfield. (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

Hogg in the limelight

HTAFC midfielder Jonathan Hogg has signed a deal to stay in the club until 2019.

Hogg, 27 has appeared 88 times with the Terriers since joining from Watford in 2013.

Wagner has written in a 12-month club option, meaning Hogg could be in blue and white until 2020.

Read the full report here.

Huddersfield Town's Jonathan Hogg in pre-season action
Huddersfield Town's Jonathan Hogg in pre-season action

Local business

Calling all local entrepreneurs:

M62

Heavy traffic on the M62 right now. Busy but moving on the westbound carriage approaching the Ainley Top junction. Take care.

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

House prices

Another national story here but this one is affects us right here in West Yorkshire.

Our region is one of the top areas across the UK where home ownership has seen a dramatic decline since 2000.

Manchester has also been hugely affected, and both have seen a double-figure drop in the percentage of people owning their home.

  • The average price of a semi-detached property in Huddersfield is currently £148,416
  • Detached homes here sell at an average of £268,533
  • The overall average house price here is £154,946
Houses, homes stock
Houses, homes stock

New housing for beauty spot

A sad week for Edgerton residents, as a plan for 41 new homes being built on a beauty spot has been given the go-ahead.

The 18 year battle from local residents to save the area off Halifax Road has failed after development bosses took the case to the High Court.

Read the full story and reactions here.

The former tram shelter on Edgerton Road, which now stands alone in front of the Clayton Fields site, which is being cleared of trees for building work to start.
The former tram shelter on Edgerton Road, which now stands alone in front of the Clayton Fields site, which is being cleared of trees for building work to start.

Fire damage

Another update on the fire in town: The principal for the car dealership backing onto the blaze says it has caused up to £30,000 worth of damage.

Matthew Palmer owns the Pentagon Dealership which backs onto the back of Lower Fitzwilliam St.

Cars damaged in fire at Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Huddersfield.
Cars damaged in fire at Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Huddersfield. (Image: Julian Hughes)

He has estimated £25-30,000 of damage has been caused after the fire spread to several cars from the rear of the building.

He said: “I saw the smoke from the office. As soon as I saw it I shot down there.

“By the time I got to the cars they were well alight.”

Huddersfield goes to Rio

Good luck to all athletes flying the Huddersfield flag in Rio! Let’s hope Yorkshire can score even higher on the medals table this year...

Pictures from the scene

Here are some more images from the scene. Crews attended from Huddersfield Fire Station. Luckily no-one has been injured.

Fire at Lower Fitzwilliam Street
Fire at Lower Fitzwilliam Street
Cars damaged in fire at Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Huddersfield.
Cars damaged in fire at Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Huddersfield. (Image: Julian Hughes)

Fire

Our photographer has shot some video from the scene:

First pictures of the fire

These pictures have been sent us by Konrad Lopata on Twitter who saw the fire near the Great Northern Retail Park.

Fire on Lower Fitzwilliam Street
Fire on Lower Fitzwilliam Street (Image: Konrad Lopata)
Fire on Lower Fitzwilliam Street
Fire on Lower Fitzwilliam Street (Image: Konrad Lopata)
Fire on Lower Fitzwilliam Street
Fire on Lower Fitzwilliam Street (Image: Konrad Lopata)

Fire

Two neighbouring houses have been damaged by the fire. One is extensively damaged and the fire has also spread to three cars in a neighbouring compound belonging to the Nissan Dealership.

Fire updates

It’s thought a sofa on fire was pulled out into the street from a house and propped against a fence which spread to nearby cars. Confirmed updates as we get them.

Fire on Lower Fitzwilliam Street

We’re receiving reports of a fire on Lower Fitzwilliam Street. Stay with us as our reporter Robert heads down to find out more.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

FOOD

Free food? Thought that would get your attention...!

Gluten-free range Genius are touring the country getting the public to sample their delights, and they’ll be in Huddersfield later this week.

The company will be at Shorehead Sainsburys on Thursday and Friday handing out sandwiches, bagels, crumpets and pancakes.

My stomach is rumbling already.

Milnsbridge stabbing

Following a stabbing incident in Milnsbridge on Saturday, a 21-year-old man has been arrested and bailed, pending further police enquiries.

National breaking news

Some breaking news nationally: NHS England will be able to fund HIV-preventing drugs following a High Court order made this morning.

Campaigners have called the pre-exposure prophylaxis (Prep) drug, which would normally cost a patient £400 a month, a “game changer”.

The drug works by disabling the virus to stop it working.

Pills being poured from a medicine stock
Pills being poured from a medicine stock

Mobile joke shop

Who says fake dog poo and whoopee cushions are going out of fashion?

Ben Simpson reckons he owns the world’s first mobile joke shop, and you can visit it in Holmfirth.

Read more about it here!

Crime

A Brighouse drug dealer has swerved a jail sentence after officers found a ketamine stash in his home.

Scott Jones, 28, was handed a 10-month jail sentence, suspended for 12 months, at Bradford Crown Court after drugs were found at his Albion Street home.

The dealer was being arrested at his home address for another offence when officers from British Transport Police found the horse tranquiliser drugs.

Cocaine and cannabis was also among the stash, which had a street value of £300.

Drugs stash found in Brighouse by BTP
Drugs stash found in Brighouse by BTP (Image: British Transport Police)

Jones was arrested and charged with three counts of being concerned in the supply of Class B drugs and two counts of possession of Class B drugs and one count of Class A.

Jones appeared before the court on Thursday, July 28, where he was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months and 100 hours community service.

He was also ordered to wear an electronic tag for a 3 month period between the hours of 9pm and 6am and a forfeiture order of £350.
Inspector Mick Dawes from BTP said: “Jones had been selling to his friends and following our discovery at his home address, he pleaded guilty to the supply and possession of drugs.”

M62

A heads up if you’re travelling on the M62 today: disruption between junctions 38 and 36 is expected throughout the day until 3.30pm. This is due to ongoing road works resulting in one lane being closed.

Also later this evening: Two lanes will be closed westbound due to roadworks between junctions 28 and 27. The closures will be from 8pm to 6am tomorrow morning.

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

Weather

So the weather today looks, er, grey...

Met office weather 02/08/16
Met office weather 02/08/16 (Image: Met Office)

Travel

A couple of extra travel updates for you regarding buses: