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Missing Huddersfield man
Police are appealing for help to trace missing Issac Brailsford from Huddersfield.
Issac , 24, was last in contact with family members this morning and detectives have concerns for his welfare.
He is described as white, tall and slim with bright straight hair dyed orange. His hair is described as long over his cheeks and with a fringe.
He was last seen wearing camel coloured chino trousers, a black padded coat with a hood and a burgundy and white checked shirt.
Detective Inspector Mark Walker of Huddersfield CID, said: “We are very concerned for Issac’s welfare and would urge him or anyone who has information about his whereabouts to contact Huddersfield CID on 101 referencing log number 807 of today.”
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Dewsbury Boots to trial sanitary products scheme
Boots has announced it will be supporting ways to make sanitary products more accessible to women and girls on the breadline following a meeting with Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff this week.
Ms Sherriff has been a vociferous campaigner for abolishing VAT on sanitary products and lowering the cost for women struggling financially. The MP met with the drugstore giants on Wednesday to discuss a drive to end what is referred to as “period poverty”.
The scheme, which will see donation boxes where people can donate sanitary products in-store, will be trialled in the Dewsbury store.
Skelmanthorpe man is the big cheese
It’s a tough job, but someone’s gouda do it...meet the Skelmanthorpe man who gets paid to try nearly 2,000 cheeses a year.
Russell Haggata is the chief cheese taster for Morrisons. Sounds grate! Read the full story here.
Woman in hospital after crashing into road sign
A woman is in hospital this afternoon after a car crash at the Bradley Bar roundabout.
The Fiat driver crashed into a road sign before careering into the roundabout at the top of Bradford Road at 11.30am. Her car demolished a sign and careered onto the roundabout, knocking down another sign, before stopping in a fir tree at the centre of the roundabout.The accident was attended by police and an ambulance.
It is not yet known whether her injuries are serious.
Debris on Halifax Road
WATCH: Stunning drone footage captured from Emley Moor Mast
If you only watch one video today, let it be this...drone footgae taken from the spire of Emley Moor Mast!
The footage was captured for Arqiva by a company called Pix4D who create software for optimising drone footage.
Fire fighters hold festive feast for the elderly
Fire fighters at Halifax Fire Station have been holding a festive feast for elderly local residents this afternoon.
The fire service have said the party was put on in order to “show older generations they are cherished”. The service hold a campaign each winter to encourage people to make time for elderly neighbours or friends who may be living alone, as the elderly are more likely to be victims of fires.
Broken down vehicle on the M621
Reports coming in of a broken down vehicle on the M621 heading eastbound at junction 2 near Elland Road. Watch out for this if you’re heading into Leeds from the M62 this afternoon.
Police investigating theft of exotic birds
An update on the theft of birds from Upper Batley High School - police have confirmed they are investigating the incident.
The Force say two doves, seven parakeets, four rosella parakeets and three kakariki parakeets were stolen in the break-in on Wednesday afternoon.
Inspector Mohammed Rauf of the Batley and Spen Police Team, said: “I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident or saw any suspicious activity to get in contact. Likewise if any bird fanciers or pet shops are offered birds for sale in a deal that seems suspicious the please call.” Anyone with information should call 101.
Calderdale schools among ten worst performing in the UK
Calderdale has been named as one of the top ten authorities in the UK with the highest percentage of under-performing pupils in primary schools.
A survey showed 14.1% of the area’s state-funded primary schools were found to be performing below the threshold in SAT exams.
The authority is the only one in West Yorkshire, and one of two in Yorkshire (alongside Doncaster), named on the list.
Help from the public after charity shop burgled
Police and the public have given the bah humbug to burglars who stole from a charity shop after raising cash and making donations.
The Barnardo’s shop in Sandal, near Wakefield, was ransacked by heartless thieves on Children in Need day last month. But since then, officers, well-wishers and local businesses have come out in support donating hundreds to get the charity back on track for Christmas.
Businesses including, Boots, Sainsbury’s, Wickes, B&Q and Homebase have given nearly £300 of stock as well as security equipment to the Stanley Road store which was broken into overnight in mid-November.
Manager Amanda Scaife said: “All the money Barnardo’s shops raise is used to help the disadvantaged children and young people the charity works with, so I was really upset at the break-in - the damage caused and the mess they had left behind.”
Far-right extremists outlawed from today
A law is being brought in today which blacklists a far-right group as a terrorist organisation.
From tofay, it will be illgal to become a member or encourage support for the group National Action, following a new law brought in by Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
The group support Nazi ideologies, genocide or certain races and religions and political violence to spread their message. Their slogan, death to traitors, freedom for Britain, was taken from the words of Jo Cox’s murderer Thomas Mair when he first appeared in court.
NA join Al-Shabaab. ISIS and other outlawed organisations considered terrorist groups. It is the first far-right group to make the list since the 1940s. Calls are now being made by some politicians for the same move to be applied to anti-Islam group Britain First.
Local families only visit church at Christnas
There are three times as many church-goers in the area at Christmas as there are for the rest of the year, a poll has found.
The Trinity Mirror data bulletin reveals that churches in the West Yorkshire dioceses of Leeds welcome more than 103,800 visitors at Christmas. This is a soar in numbers from the 28,300 that attend throughout the year.
The increase is the 16th largest gap in numbers in the country.
Best SATs school teacher criticised exams
The headteacher of the school which got the best SATs in Kirklees spoke to the Examiner earlier this year about how he thought the exams were putting too much pressure on children.
Andy Blakely, of Hopton Primary in Mirfield, said the Government were “forgetting about children” by setting the exams, and questioned their value calling them “complicated”.
Unlicenced driver told police he was his older brother
Well this doesn’t seem like the wisest move...
Birds stolen after school broken into
Pupils have been reportedly left devastated after thieves broke into a self-funded farm at Upper Batley High School and stole exotic birds.
A menagerie of birds including parrots, doves and cock birds were taken after the school was broken into via a fence.
Children at the school are reportedly “heart broken” by the crime.
This picture was taken by Danielle Blondon, who has a son a the school.
Sheep on Sheffield Road, Holmfirth
Careful on the roads in the Holme Valley - there’s some sheep knocking a-baaaah-t.
It's Christmas Jumper Day!
Today is Christmas Jumper Day - the day when humans unite in their donning of knitwear adorned with reindeer and snowmen.
We want to see YOUR efforts! Send us in a snap of yourself in your best winter woollies and you could feature in our round-up of the best. Top tip: Any jumpers that flash/play music/feature festive puns will automatically be included.
Today to be busiest day on the roads before Christmas
Keep an eye out on the M62 this afternoon, as today is predicted to be the busiest on the roads in the run-up to Christmas.
Traffic surveyors Inrix say a combination of Christmas shoppers, holiday-goers, delivery drivers and people travelling home for the season, as well as the usual commuters, is likely to cause chaos on the roads.
Traffic analyst Greg Hallsworth said: “Drivers taking to the roads this Christmas would be well advised to take alternative routes or avoid driving during peak times altogether.”
Rolling Stones waive royalties for Jo Cox single
With the release of the charity single to commemorate Jo Cox today, the Rolling Stones have announced they will be waiving all royalties to the cover of their song.
It comes days after the chancellor announced VAT on the single will also be waived to allow full proceeds to go to charities such as the White Helmets in Syria.
Slow traffic at Longroyd Bridge
Looking slow on the old Manchester Road heading into town again this morning...
Fire at Wakefield Westgate Station
Fire services were called to Wakefield Westgate Station last night after a train set on fire.
The Leeds-bound nine-carriage train set alight following a problem with the brakes shortly before 11pm. Luckily, the train was stationary at the time and no passengers were injured.
The service used one hose reel to extinguish the fire and station staff helped by stopping other trains while crews dealt with the incident.
If you’re heading out for Christmas parties this evening, temperatures look to remain fairly mild. We’re looking at about 7 degrees with a chance of patchy rain. Rain is expected in the early hours, but you’ll all be tucked up safe in bed by then, right?!
Traffic on the M62 eastbound at Chain Bar is clearing: there are no other issues on the motorway in the area.
Elsewhere, Halifax Road heading up to Ainley Top is choc-a-block, and Skircoat Road in Halifax heading south is also busy.
Today's front page
Do you want to read a heartwarming story about kittens re-homed just in time for Christmas, as well as our leading story on the Kirklees children’s service crisis?
Of course you do...here is today’s front page.
Accident on the M62 eastbound
Reports coming in of a road accident on the M62 eastbound at junction 29 - take care if you’re heading in the Castleford/Pontefract direction this morning.
Jo Cox single released today
A charity single in aid of the Jo Cox foundation is being released today.
The cover of the Rolling Stones’ You Can’t Always Get What You Want, which is a collaboration between MPs and stars including Steve Harley and Ricky Wilson from the Kaiser Chiefs, is out on iTunes. Proceeds will go towards charities supported by the late Batley & Spen MP murdered earlier this year.
Are we looking at this year’s Christmas number one? Watch this space...
Good morning, all! The weekend is nearly upon us...but first: heavy traffic on the M62 eastbound at Chain Bar. Traffic is busy but moving.
Halifax Road in Hipperholme and Wakefield Road heading towards Cooper Bridge are also busy with the usual morning traffic. Keep up to date with travel updates here.