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Chloe Glover

Right, that's all everyone. Hope you have a great night and I'll be with you again tomorrow.

Chloe Glover

NEWS: And now for a bit of national news.


Two men have been found guilty of murdering an elderly woman whose body was found under the floorboards of a shop's cellar. The corpse of Harjit Chaggar, 69, was found dumped at the Sani Globe food store in Chatham, Kent, 12 days after she went missing. She had suffered fatal injuries to her head, neck and back, and it was estimated that she died within 24 hours of her last sighting.


A Twitter troll who delighted in the fatal stabbing of teacher Ann Maguire has been jailed for eight weeks.

Prince Chaponda/PA Wire Ann Maguire

In the wake of Mrs Maguire's death, Robert Riley bragged to his followers he would not just have killed Mrs Maguire but "all the bastard teachers" at Corpus Christi School in Leeds.

The jobless 42-year-old from Cwmavon, Port Talbot, also posted a series of racist tweets claiming Nazi death camp Auschwitz was a "health spa" and suggesting that Muslim babies should be drowned.


Commenting on the halal meat revelations, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said that while he had no "tremendous concerns" about halal meat himself, consumers were entitled to know what they were buying.

"I do think that consumers have a right to know what they are eating. If meat is slaughtered in a particular way, that should be made clear," he said at a lunch for political journalists.

Chloe Glover

TRAVEL: Some more travel news for you, to help you avoid the queues on your way home from work.

In Brighouse the A641 Huddersfield Road outbound is busy but moving at Bethel Street / Bradford Road.

In Huddersfield there is slow traffic on A629 Wakefield Road between Southgate (Shorehead Roundabout) and B6432 Firth Street (New Wharf Traffic lights) and heavy traffic on A62 Manchester Road at A616 Chapel Hill.

In Mirfield the A62 Cooper Bridge Road in both directions is busy but moving at Wakefield Road.

And in Sowerby Bridge there's slow traffic on A58 Wharf Street in both directions at A6139 Tuel Lane.


Chloe Glover

NEWS: A Kirklees woman was held at gunpoint in a horrifying attack in Thornhill Lees. The unnamed resident, who is in her 40s, was tied up, burned with an iron and threatened with a silver-coloured handgun during the terrifying 20 minute incident which occurred on Wednesday at 10.40pm.

And we reveal what internet users are asking Google about Huddersfield. Find out what people want to know about our fantastic town here.


Chloe Glover

NEWS: Let's have a round up of the major stories affecting our region today.

First up, The Duke of York celebrated the entrepeneurial spirit of our area's young people today when he visited Kirklees College. He also went to the University of Huddersfield and to St Thomas CE Primary School  in Bradley as part of his tour.


Meanwhile, a Conservative councillor has criticised incoming Kirklees' mayor's plans to make the taxpayer fund the Mayor's Civic Dinner this June.

Ken Smith took the decision, which is in contrast to that taken by outgoing mayor Martyn Bolt, who made councillors pay £25 for the occasion last year.



Chloe Glover

NEWS: Residents have been offered the chance to start their own club or activity group at a local community hub.

Longwood Mechanics Hall has several spaces on offer to allow groups to run their sessions throughout the week.

Managers of the hall will also give a hand to those who want to set one up but need help to do so.

Available timeslots include Mondays from 12.30 to 5.30pm, Tuesdays from 12.30 to 6.45pm, Wednesdays from 8am to 4pm, Fridays from 8am to 1pm and

4.30pm to 6.45pm and Sundays from 8am to 12 noon and 4pm to 10pm.

Anyone who is interested or would like more information should call Derek Fairbank on 01484 311303.

Chloe Glover

NEWS: A Spring Fair to celebrate the warmer weather will be held at the National Trust’s Marsden Moor estate on May 18.

Investigation into Mesolithic artefacts, Marsden Moor - Alyssa Young, National Trust community engagement ranger, pictured at Buckstones with March Haigh Reservoir and March Hill in the background.

The major event in the centre’s program will include a plant sale, children’s activities, local produce and a falcon display, whilst pupils from Colne Valley High School will get tastebuds tingling with their showcase of home-grown edible plants.

It is just one of the all-ages events planned at the site, which will be held throughout the summer months.

Amongst the highlights include Nordic walking sessions, run challenges and recycled craft workshops.

For more information on the events go to: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/marsden-moor/things-to-see-and-do/events/.

Chloe Glover

WEATHER: It looks like Huddersfield is in for more rain tomorrow, as clouds move in later tonight. Temperatures are likely to only reach 11c by Friday lunchtime but will increase to 14c on Saturday. According to the Met Office the wet weather could be set to continue throughout the weekend.

Chloe Glover

TRAVEL: traffic lights not working on A58 Burdock Way at A647 Haley Hill / North Bridge in Halifax. Approach with care.

In Huddersfield there is slow traffic on A629 Wakefield Road between Southgate (Shorehead Roundabout) and B6432 Firth Street (New Wharf Traffic lights).

But traffic is moving well on A62 Castlegate / Queensgate around A616 Chapel Hill.

Chloe Glover

CRIME: Police have appealed for information regarding the whereabouts of a Kirklees man who is wanted on recall to prison.

 Jabber Ali, 33, has breached the conditions of his prison licence and is wanted in connection to a burglary and an assault.

Read more about the police appeal here.

Chloe Glover

NEWS: A care home in Huddersfield will be holding a Dementia workshop to help members of the public can find out more about the condition.

Dementia, old age, care

Staff from Tolson Grange Care Home in Coach House Drive will hold two sessions at 11am and 1pm on Thursday 15th May to talk about the different types of dementia and the support that is available.

Dementia Consultant Victoria Metcalfe said: “The number of people living with dementia is growing and Anchor is leading the way with training its staff so we can help older people live well with the condition.

“We want to provide information to the local community because many people are

understandably worried about dementia.

“Anchor has contributed to the Government’s national dementia strategy and we

think it’s important to share our knowledge and experience with people living in


Anyone interested in attending must book a place by telephoning Tolson Grange’s

Manager Paula Brownhill on 01484 432626.

Chloe Glover

NEWS: Not sure who to vote for in the upcoming local elections on May 22? Then why not head down to the Red and Green Club in Milnsbridge on May 15 at 7.30pm, when a  hustings event for the Colne Valley and Golcar wards will take place.

Election ballot box

Candidates from Labour, Green Party, UKIP and the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition have so far signed up to talk about their policies to the audience and take part in a panel discussion.

A member from the Huddersfield Anarchist League will also put forward an argument as to why people should abstain from voting.

Club chair, Paul Salveson, said: "It’s probably a unique hustings event where one of the speakers advocates a policy of abstention.

"I think most people will be intending to vote and I hope that everyone attending will come with an open mind.

"Whilst most speakers are from the left of the spectrum, we welcome different views and everyone will be made welcome and treated with courtesy.”

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Chloe Glover

Hi everyone, I'll be with you on the blog for the next couple of hours to bring you the latest news and travel.

Andrew Jackson

BREAKING: A woman in her 40s was held at gunpoint in her own home by three masked men who subjected her to a terrifying attack.

The shocking robbery happened at 10.40pm on Wednesday when the men forced their way into the house in Lees Hall Road, Thornhill Lees.

Read more here


HTAFC: Steve Eyre is being tipped to take a higher-profile role in a new-look Huddersfield Town management team.

First-team coach Steve Taylor and head of performance Darren Robinson have left the club.

Steve Eyre and Mark Robins

Boss Mark Robins, who says he needed to “freshen things up” on the coaching front, is now assessing his options.

Click here to find out more


Andrew Jackson

We all use it, but what exactly do we look for? We've pulled together some of the most common searches for Huddersfield related things ... and there are a few surprising answers!

Take a look through the gallery to see more.


Andrew Jackson

NEWS: This sounds like it's made up but Yorkshire Water assure us it's true.

Scammonden is one of the Yorkshire Water sites beset with the problem of dog fouling

They have to pay £25,000 a year to clear up dog mess on their sites such as Scammonden, above.

Click here to read more

12:29 pm

NEWS: Want to see Prince Andrew's warm welcome at St Thomas CE School in Bradley/

Just click below

See more in our liveblog of his visit here


TRAVEL: A little lunchtime look at what's happening on the roads... it's lovely and quiet out there - even the M62! If you know different, get in touch


I've just got some breaking news from police about an incident in Dewsbury last night so I'm handing over the blog to my colleague Andrew.

Bye for now.



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