Live: Huddersfield breaking news, latest sport, travel and traffic news plus weather on Aug 11

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Linda Whitwam

Good morning everyone on this blustery Monday morning at the start of what looks to be a mixed weather week for Huddersfield.

Fire stations around the district are reporting a quiet night, with most of them having been on strike from 11pm until midnight.

They are due to strike again today from noon until 2pm in their long-running dispute over pensions. Looks like it's not just the weather that might be stormy this week.

Linda Whitwam

TRAVEL: Surprisingly, there are no major traffic jams reported on local roads - yet - for this Monday morning rush hour.

OIf you are heading towards Huddersfield from Elland, a reminder of the following closure: A629 Calderdale Way southbound entry slip road closed due to roadworks at the Lowfields Business Park Roundabout.

The entry slip road from the Elland Riorges Link onto Calderdale Way heading towards Huddersfield is closed from 6am yoday until  August 15.

Linda Whitwam

HTAFC: Well, we didn't see that one coming! Mark Robins gone after the first game of the season.

Apparently, Robins approached the town board hours after the Terriers' 4-0 thrashing at home by Bournemouth.

He then left by mutual consent. Read the full story.



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A young boy was airlifted to hospital after plunging from a roof at Almondbury High School on Saturday.

The boy suffered serious injuries when he fell more than 20 feet. It is thought he had clambered on to the roof of the sports hall in front of the main school building off Fernside Avenue.

The boy, thought to be 12, is detained in Leeds General Infirmary with multiple injuries and is in a “serious” condition.

A woman who lives near the school said: “It happened about teatime on Saturday when I saw an ambulance and a police car race up to the school, which is closed for the holidays. Read the full story.


Nathan/Twitter The air ambulance at Almondbury High School

Linda Whitwam

WEATHER: It looks like the fantastic period of high pressure and sunny weather has finally broken.

The Met Office is forecasting a week of sunshine and showers with gusty winds for Huddersfield this week.

This afternoon will be sunny, followed by light showers this evening. The rest of the week is mixed, tempoeratures maxing out at 18 degrees, with Wednesday looking like the pick of the week.

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Boxing boss Frank Maloney has shocked the world be announcing that he is part way through a sex change.

He speaks bravely of the tormented life he has led in the midst of the most macho of sports and the anguish as he finally told his family.

I applaud Kellie, as she is now known, for her courage. Nobody would choose to go through the physical main and mental torment of a sex change unless they felt they absolutely had to. Indeed, many trans genders have committed suicide rather than live a life true to themselves.  Read the full interview with Kellie.

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Big appetites, unquenchable thirsts and a mostly sun-drenched square made this year’s Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival a resounding success.

More than 100,000 people gobbled up over 80,000 pints of beer, 10,000 curries and even 2,000 crocodile stir fries at the four-day event, which transformed St George’s Square into a foodies’ heaven.

Even Sunday’s inclement weather could not keep away the crowds, who quickly filled the square as soon as the heavens closed and kept warm by the dozens of flaming hot grills. Read more.


Botham's of Whitby
The Caribbean Jerk Pork Pie

Linda Whitwam

HTAFC: So Mark Robins has gone. According to Mel Booth, Examiner Head of Sport, those who have worked with him will confirm Robins is an honourable and honest man and this latest turn of events will have hurt him.

The 44-year-old, who was appointed successor to Simin Grayson at the John Smith's Stadium in February 2013, enabled the club to stay up via a last-day draw against Barnsley in his first few months at the helm and then started last season well.But a combination of injuries -  most notably to leading scorer James Vaughan - and a drastic drop in form meant Town posted only six league wins from the turn of the year in 23 Championship attempts.

Read Mel's full report and see the gallery of town's 0-4 home defeat against Bournemouth.



Linda Whitwam

TRAFFIC: M621 eastbound exit slip road to M62 eastbound closed, slow traffic due to accident, multiple vehicles involved at M62 J27 (Gildersome). Affecting traffic heading onto the M62 towards Tingley.

Traffic has now returned to normal on the A644 Wakefield Road at Cooper Bridge Roundabout following an earlier hold up.

Today until Wednesday: temporary traffic lights and telecoms work on A643 Clifton Road between A644 Wakefield Road/Wood Street and Alegar Street. Also affecting A644 Wakefield Road at A643 Clifton Road/Wood Street

Linda Whitwam

A family-run meat products supplier has opened a new product development kitchen at its Oakes premises

Newsholme Food Group, based at New Hey Road, has invested £50,000 in creating a product development kitchen to help the company devise new ranges and recipes. The new facility was officially opened by Malcolm Copland, commercial director for bakery chain Greggs, one of Newsholme’s latest customers.

The Oakes firm supplies 98% of Greggs’ 1,700 shops across the country with the meat for its BBQ pulled pork lattice and is hoping to develop other products for the Newcastle-based chain. Newsholme employs 216 people. Read more.


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This week's restaurant review was at Cardamon Green, opposite Soccer City at Waterloo.

It's big and contemporary with prices slightly above average, so what did we think of it?

Is it worth that little bit extra? Read the review here to find out.



Linda Whitwam

GIANTS: Jake Connor's try scoring display at Wakefield could play a massive role in his Super League development.

That’s the view of Huddersfield head coach Paul Anderson after hailing another highly-encouraging top-flight display by the multi-talented 19-year-old.

England Youth utility back Connor has featured in three of his side’s last four Super League games, scoring tries in his last two in the wins over Catalan Dragons and the Wildcats. Connor featured at full-back against the Dragons and on the wing at Wakefield. Read more.

And congratulations to Castleford Tigers who thumped Widnes yesterday to set up an all-Yorkshire Challenge Cup final.


John Rushworth

Linda Whitwam

Prolific offender Lexus Wakefield burgled a disabled woman's home - then threatened to kill her when she challenged him. Wakefield, of Paddock, had stolen from the visually impaired woman days before the raid on her Lockwood home

The brave woman, who is visually impaired, tried to stop Lexus Wakefield after he targeted her and he responded by threatening to kill the woman, who is aged in her 50s.

Wakefield, of Market Street, admitted two charges of burglary and theft. He faces sentencing by a crown court judge after Kirklees magistrates decided that he had deliberately targeted the vulnerable woman. Read the full story


James Lexus Wakefield - banned from rail station

Linda Whitwam

What a blooming marvel! Kirklees Council gardener, Michael McGrath's job has been  apleasure of a toil.

He is the man who has brought a splash of colour to the streets of Huddersfield, Holmfirth and Dewsbury thousands of times. Now he has been recognised for 50 years of public service.

His latest triumph was to grow hundreds of vivid yellow sunflowers which were “planted” in St George’s Square as it was transformed into a French farmyard on the eve of the Tour de France.

Michael – Mick to his colleagues – works at the council's nursery on Leeds Road and has been presented with a long service certificate by Kirklees Council Director of Place Jacqui Gedman and received gifts from his colleagues.



Linda Whitwam

Did you get caught in yesterday's monsoon?

A tropical deluge brought half a month’s rain to Huddersfield in just 24 hours.

Like many parts of the UK, we were hit by the tail end of Hurricane Bertha, which had wreaked havoc in the Caribbean last week. It meant almost 30mm of rain fell in Huddersfield throughout Saturday night and Sunday - compared to the normal August average of 53mm.

High winds were also a problem with the Highways Agency bringing in an alert to drivers on  the M62 between Outlane and Brighouse and the M1 near Woolley, as well as the Woodhead Pass. Drivers of high-sided vehicles were warned to take extra care. 



Linda Whitwam

Do you like a tipple? Do you think beer and wine bottles should carry health warnings?

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse said labels should warn about the harmful effects of drinking.

It wants political parties to commit to 10 recommendations to minimise alcohol-related problems in the UK - including cutting the drink-drive limit. The government said it was working to reduce excessive alcohol consumption and tackle sales of cheap alcohol.


Jason Roberts Wine
Bottled beers from Magic Rock brewery

Linda Whitwam

Vine star Tish Simmonds delighted millions of fans this morning when she appeared on BBC Radio 1's breakfast show.

And after an early night last night the Skelmanthorpe student and her mum she and mum Dawn were up at 3.30am to catch the train to London.

She and her mum Dawn were invited on the show by presenter Nick Grimshaw after he spotted her six second video clips on the internet. Tish shot to fame overnight after a clip of her in her mum's car was seen and shared on internet video site Vine by millions across the world.

(For the uninitiated, Vine is an app which takes 6-second videos on your mobile phone.)


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@lyndseylouwhooo/Twitter @lyndseylouwhooo/Twitter

Linda Whitwam

A row has broken out over the missing victim of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

The brother of Moors murder victim Keith Bennett says police have ignored a taped interview which could help find the boy’s burial site. Alan Bennett spoke to David Smith, who was a chief witness for the prosecution at the trial of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

Before his death in 2012 at the age of 64, Mr Smith – Hindley’s brother-in-law – gave new evidence to Alan, who then passed a dossier, including the taped interview, to police. But Alan says the information has never been acted upon and claimed: “They have never shown any interest in the tape. It beggars belief.”

He now wants access to police case notes so he can conduct his own review of the evidence. Read more.


Keith Bennett
‘I know where Keith’s body is buried’ says Keith Bennett’s brother

Linda Whitwam

HFTAFC: Who will be Huddersfield Town's next manager?

Bookmakers have been quick to post markets on who will be the next Town manager. Steve Thompson, who was assistant to Mark Robins and has previous promotion experience from the Championship with Blackpool, is 4/1 favourite with BetVictor to take the reins permanently at the John Smith's Stadium.

The company has former Leeds boss Brian McDermott at 8/1, Karl Robinson at 10s and Malky Mackay at 16/1, the same price as former Leeds Road hero Neil Warnock. Check out the other runners and riders.

Neil Warnock
Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire Brian McDermott at Leeds United's Training Ground


Linda Whitwam

Fire crews from around Kirklees and the country stopped working 15 minutes ago, the latest action in their long-running dispute on pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will be on strike every day until Saturday between noon and 2pm and then again from 11pm to midnight.

Firefighters face having to work until they are aged 60 if planned changes to pension plans come into force next April, one month before the General Election. What do you think - is 60 a reasonable age for a fireman to retire, or is it too old?

The new Rastrick Fire Station taking shape on Clough Road, Rastrick.

Linda Whitwam

HTAFC: Town have confirmed that Mark Lillis will take temporary charge after Mark Robins' departure as manager.

The popular academy chief and former player will join forces with Steve Thompson and Steve Eyre to guide the club until Robins is replaced.

Assistant manager Thompson and first-team coach Eyre started the build-up to the Capital One Cup first-round tie at Chesterfield on Tuesday when they took training on Sunday.

Town are out to bounce back from the 4-0 opening-day Championship humbling at home to Bournemouth which led to Robins, who termed the performance a “disgrace”, leaving the club my mutual consent. Read more.


Steve Thompson, Mark Lillis and Steve Eyre

Linda Whitwam

Have you signed the petition to save Baby, the Scissett squirrel  who has fallen foul of Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing?

Kind-hearted grandmother Sue Booth found the squirrel lying next to its dead mother a year ago as she drove along Busker Lane, Scissett. She took the barely-alive creature home and nursed it back to rude health.

She named it Baby and placed it in a pen at the back of her Clayton West home. But now KNH which provides housing in the area, has warned her that Baby is living on borrowed time.

Watch the video and sign the petition to save Baby, they only need another 250 signatures.


Baby has a pen and garden run at Sue's home in Clayton West
Pet Squirrel 'Baby' campaign to keep her. Baby the Squirrel at play with Sue Booth, who reared her from an orphan in Clayton West.

Linda Whitwam

Have you signed the petition to save Baby, the Scissett squirrel  who has fallen foul of Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing?

Kind-hearted grandmother Sue Booth found the squirrel lying next to its dead mother a year ago as she drove along Busker Lane, Scissett. She took the barely-alive creature home and nursed it back to rude health.

She named it Baby and placed it in a pen at the back of her Clayton West home. But now KNH which provides housing in the area, has warned her that Baby is living on borrowed time.

Watch the video and sign the petition to save Baby, they only need another 250 signatures.


Baby has a pen and garden run at Sue's home in Clayton West
Pet Squirrel 'Baby' campaign to keep her. Baby the Squirrel at play with Sue Booth, who reared her from an orphan in Clayton West.

Linda Whitwam

That's my stint on the blog over, I'm leaving you in the capable hands of my office next-door-neighbour Dave Himelfield.

Have a good day.

Dave Himelfield


Dave Himelfield

NEWS: A Huddersfield man has confessed to unlawfully killing a 38-year-old man who suffered fatal stab wounds at a flat in Elland last month.

Robert Lyn, 45, is currently remanded in custody on a charge of murdering of Daniel Campbell, but this morning he made his admission through his barrister at a preliminary hearing before a judge at Bradford Crown Court.

A trial date for the murder allegation is already fixed for January 13 next year, but Richard Wright QC told the Recorder of Bradford Judge Roger Thomas QC that his client admitted the killing.

More here...

Daniel Shane Campbell. His body was found in Elizabeth Street, Elland. He died from multiple stab wounds.

Dave Himelfield

Mirfield councillor and cycling advocate Martyn Bolt makes you a cycling offer you can't refuse. Maybe.

Dave Himelfield

NEWS: Thousands of injured and ill people are forced to wait in the back of ambulances because emergency departments are too busy, figures reveal.

One patient was stuck waiting in a vehicle for one-and-three-quarter hours atHuddersfield Royal Infirmary last March.

Calderdale and Huddersfield hospitals are tasked with taking all patients that arrive in ambulances at A&E within 15 minutes and delays of more than 30 minutes can trigger fines.

But paramedics are only allowed to hand patients over to hospitals when staff there can take charge of them.

More here...

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary

Dave Himelfield

In case you like cats and missed our World Cat Day 2014 gallery.

Stephanie Bryant "TJ and Teaz."

Dave Himelfield

Have you been photographed by our Snapper About Town, Dave Cowan?

Check out our gallery of nights out in Huddersfield.


Dave Himelfield

NATIONAL: The lead singer of rock band Iron Maiden is to announce the winner of a coveted award for brewing beer after becoming a real ale enthusiast.

Bruce Dickinson will unveil the champion beer at the Campaign for Real Ale's (Camra) Great British Beer Festival in London.

The star has brewed his own beer with Robinsons Brewery, called Trooper, which will be on sale among hundreds of others at the annual event.

Camra chairman Colin Valentine said: "We are hugely proud to have Bruce Dickinson announcing the winner of the Champion Beer of Britain competition. He is a true real ale lover."

Dave Himelfield

That's all from me. Chloe Glover will be with you shortly.

Chloe Glover

NEWS: Hello everyone, hope you're having a great day so far. I'll be with you for the next few hours

Chloe Glover

CRIME: First up, a Huddersfield nurse Nedyalka Kostadinova cleared of abuse at care home

Kirklees Magistrates Court, Huddersfield.

She was also cleared of failing to help another woman who died a short time later at the home.

Find out more here.

Chloe Glover

TRAVEL: There are slight delays on  A644 Wakefield Road in Mirfield where it is busy but moving at the Cooper Bridge Roundabout.

No delays have been reported re public transport

Chloe Glover

NEWS: Dortech boss James Sutherland tackles Yorkshire Three Peaks

James Sutherland (left) and Wayne Allert at Pen-y-Ghent during their gruelling Yorkshire three Peaks challenge

The managing director of a Huddersfield company was joined by two friends on a daunting Three Peaks charity challenge

Find out more,  here.

Chloe Glover

WEATHER: Rain could be set to return to the area tomorrow evening, after a dry spell tonight and tomorrow morning.

It will clear up on Wednesday though, with light showers returning on Thursday.

Chloe Glover

NEWS: Do you know your Vikings from your Victorians? Take our British citizenship test to see if you would be allowed to live and work in England if you were born abroad.

Chloe Glover

SPORT: Ginetta chairman Lawrence Tomlinson has been named director of British Racing Drivers Club.

Batley-born businessman Lawrence Tomlinson has been appointed to the BRDC board - with support from Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill

Read more here.

Chloe Glover

Right, that's all from me, Robert Sutcliffe will be manning the blogging fort until 6pm.

Robert Sutcliffe

TRAVEL: Slow traffic on A644 Wakefield Road at A62 Cooper Bridge Road (Cooper Bridge Roundabout).

Robert Sutcliffe

Huddersfield Town say they won’t be rushed into replacing Mark Robins – and history backs that up.

Forty days elapsed between the departure of Stan Ternent in November 2008 and the arrival of Lee Clark, the first managerial appointment of the Dean Hoyle era.

And it was 21 days before Town unveiled Robins as successor to Simon Grayson in February 2013.

Robert Sutcliffe

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Robert Sutcliffe

NEWS: Police are appealing for information following a burglary at a property on Sunnybank Road, Mirfield in which a large quantity of jewellery was stolen.

The incident occurred during the afternoon period of Monday, 28 July, after the suspect/s broke a kitchen window at the rear of the house in order to gain access.

West Yorkshire Police

Police Constable Chris Eglen, said: ‘‘A large number of jewellery items were taken in the burglary which had a significant value both in monetary and sentimental terms.

‘‘Electrical goods, including a Canon camera and iPad Mini were also taken, and I would like to hear from anyone who may have been offered these items for sale in the last week.

‘‘I would also encourage anyone who may have witnessed something at the time but not realised the significance of what they saw. This incident took place in broad daylight and I would like to hear from anyone witnessing any suspicious behaviour in the area around the burglary.’’

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Eglen at Huddersfield Police Station via: 101. 

Robert Sutcliffe

NEWS: A woman was left scarred for life after a dog savaged her arm as she walked through a churchyard.

Helen Lodge, 54, says she still suffers from nightmares after the Japanese Akita attacked her.

The dog was bought just two hours before the incident by owner Ako Saleh for just £20.

Robert Sutcliffe

NEWS: A Fire Brigades Union (FBU) strike took place today between noon and 2pm today.

Fire engine


West Yorkshire Fire Service said: "During this period we received 11 calls and attended five incidents. Some calls were duplicates or minor in nature and did not require an attendance.  No emergencies went unattended.

"We also received two hoax calls during the two hours (included in total no of calls)."

Robert Sutcliffe

NEWS: Oh, baby!

Robert Sutcliffe

TRAVEL: A629 Calderdale Way in both directions busy but moving at A6025 Halifax Road.

Robert Sutcliffe

TOWN: Lillis is the man!

Robert Sutcliffe

BYE! Well, that's all from me for today. Back at 7.30am tomorrow.

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