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Recap: Huddersfield breaking news, latest sport, traffic and travel news plus weather on Aug 15

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Martin Shaw

Good morning everyone, and welcome to the Examiner's live blog. It's Martin here.

Didn't like the condensation on the outside of my car this morning. A sign that the summer is on the wane! Nice bright start but heavy showers predicted for later.


Martin Shaw

NEWS: A big mill blaze overnight in Bradford has taken fire crews from across West Yorkshire including Huddersfield, Brighouse, Dewsbury, Batley and Cleckheaton.

Firefighters were called to the derelict building in Chapel Street just before midnight. At its height there were eight fire engines and multiple seats of fire were reported.


Martin Shaw

TWITTER: Why the long face? This is a picture to make you smile first thing in a morning from West Yorkshire's mounted police.


Martin Shaw

BREAKING NEWS: The big story for Kirklees this morning is about more huge cuts at Kirklees Council. The authority must save another £30 million next year and at least 1,000 more jobs will be axed. Read more here.

The sting in the tale is that the council tax may have to rise, too, by up to 5%.

Council leader David Sheard says that everyone will notice a reduction in services as nothing will be untouched. We know libraries and public toilets are going but museums are also at risk now along with funding for police community support officers, lollipop patrols, the free town buses in Huddersfield and Dewsbury and council-run events such as Festival of Light and Spirit.

Kirklees Council Leader-Elect David Sheard.


Batley and Birstall markets, both losing money, will also be closed.

By 2018 Kirklees Council will be a pale shadow of what it was at the start of the decade.



Martin Shaw

SPORT: Huddersfield Town will again be without striker James Vaughan for tomorrow's game at Cardiff. Vaughan, who has not played since last season, is said to be making "good progress." Read more here.

Caretaker boss Mark Liillis and new signing from Liverpool, Conor Coady, will face the media at Town's regular press conference at Canalside at 9.15am.




Our man Doug Thomson will be there and we'll bring you the latest online.



Martin Shaw

TRAVEL: Reports of slow traffic and a lane blocked on the entry slip road of the M62 eastbound at junction 25 at Brighouse. A lorry and a car have been in collision and there is debris on the road.


Martin Shaw

TWITTER: Crunch! Drivers caught without insurance will have their cars seized - and crushed. Here's a graphic illustration of what happens from West Yorkshire Roads Policing Unit.

Looks like that was a decent motor. Well, it used to be!


Martin Shaw

NEWS: The Bradford mill blaze mentioned earlier started during the West Yorkshire firefighters' strike.

I'm just working on a story now and it will be online shortly.

Martin Shaw

SPORT: Have you voted yet? Who is your choice for the next manager of Huddersfield Town? Vote here.

Town chairman Dean Hoyle says he wants an experienced "leader of men" who can motivate and organise, so who is in the frame? The candidates.


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


Brian McDermott (above) fits the bill and is available - if Town fans can stomach another ex-Leeds United manager at the helm! Or perhaps you want Simon Grayson back...


Martin Shaw

SPORT: I know you really want to follow me on the live blog but I don't mind if you nip away briefly to join my colleague Tom Marshall-Bailey who's live blogging Huddersfield Town's press conference right now. This is the link you need.

Don't forget to come back afterwards though! Missing you already.

Martin Shaw

TRAVEL: Reports of slow traffic and one lane closed due to an accident on the M62 westbound between junction 27 at Birstall and junction 26 Chain Bar. The speed limit is reduced to 40 mph.


Martin Shaw

NEWS: The top baby names for Yorkshire have just been published so which names are top of the tots?

For us it's Oliver for boys and Amelia for girls. The new Prince George is thought to have put parents off naming their son George, not because he's not a cutie but because they don't want to be seen to be copying!



Amelia is the top name throughout the country and the stats say that by 2016 there could be as many as SEVEN Amelias in every school class! How confusing will that be?

You can see the teacher calling 'Amelia' - and half the class will stick their hand up.

Martin Shaw

NEWS: Examiner reader Richard Jones liked a letter in today's paper so much he posted it on Twitter.

Letter writer Edward Brook reckons Huddersfield Town need Paul Daniels as their next manager. Will Town fans like that? Not a lot!


Martin Shaw

NEWS: The Tour de France brought an unexpected (if perhaps obvious) benefit to Kirklees - cleaner air and less pollution.

With all the road closures for the Grand Depart, there was an immediate and drastic drop in pollution levels.


Andy Catchpool


So that's sorted then. Everyone on their bikes from now on. Erm. But don't forget your pants.


Martin Shaw

SPORT: Former Huddersfield Town boss Mark Robins has broken his silence on his sudden departure from the club.

Robins walked out shortly after the 4-0 home defeat against Bournemouth on Saturday, telling chairman Dean Hoyle he had lost the confidence of the fans and players.

Robins says his biggest achievement was winning the "monumental" battle against relegation in 2013 and he added: "I am proud of my achievements with Huddersfield Town."




The statement, released by the League Managers' Association, didn't go into the circumstances or reasons behind his exit, however.

LMA chief executive Richard Bevan said: "Mark is an excellent young manager with a proven track record. I am sure it will not be long before he is back in football."


Martin Shaw

REVIEW: I've been out on the restaurant review trail for the Examiner again and Al-Nawab, a popular Indian in Mirfield, was the destination.

What was my verdict? You can read more here.




I also ramble on (amusingly I think but you'll be the judge of that) about my delight in finding a one euro bottle of wine on holiday in Fuerteventura this summer. Like a bargain me! Cheers.


Martin Shaw

Right that's all from me, folks. My colleague Robert will be here shortly. Have a good weekend.

Robert Sutcliffe

NEWS: At St John's, Kirkheaton, this Sunday evening, at 6pm there will be a special service of prayer for Christians in Iraq - a 'Communion of Solidarity'. 

“Christians, wherever they are in the world, are our brothers and sisters,” says Rector, Richard Steel.


“We want to remember them in a special service of communion, which is all about drawing close to God and each other.

"In church we often talk about 'the Body of Christ’, and this a a great picture of the way we are deeply connected, one worldwide family.

"We want to remember them in their suffering.

“We will also be remembering the Yazidi, and all others, of whatever faith, affected by the current violence in Iraq. We have heard such awful stories, and Iraqi Christians are asking us to pray for them."

Robert Sutcliffe

TRAVEL: Heavy traffic on A638 High Street between B6123 Batley Road (Junction inn traffic lights) and B6117 Market Street, Heckmondwike.

Robert Sutcliffe

NEWS: Catfight!



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