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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
So that's sorted then. Everyone on their bikes from now on. Erm. But don't forget your pants.
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."
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.
Right that's all from me, folks. My colleague Robert will be here shortly. Have a good weekend.
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."
TRAVEL: Heavy traffic on A638 High Street between B6123 Batley Road (Junction inn traffic lights) and B6117 Market Street, Heckmondwike.
BREAKING NEWS: Shrien Dewani accused of the honeymoon murder of his wife has been found fit to stand trial in South Africa.
And it's a move his wife's sister hailed as "a huge step in the right direction".
A mental health panel in South Africa unanimously decided that the 34-year-old businessman is not mentally ill and should be tried in October for Anni Dewani's murder in Cape Town.
TOWN: League Managers’ Association chief executive Richard Bevan tipped Mark Robbins to make a quick return to football as the former Huddersfield Town manager broke his silence on his departure.
The 44-year-old left in the wake of last Saturday’s 4-0 home defeat by Bournemouthon the opening day of the Championship campaign.
TRAVEL: One lane closed and queueing traffic due to vehicle fire on M62 Eastbound between J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor) and J23 A640 / A643 (Huddersfield).
Lane one (of three) is closed heading towards Leeds. Affecting traffic heading past The Little House on the Prairie.
NEWS: Hundreds are expected to take to the streets to protest over planned hospital cuts.
That will be the message from members of the public who are expected to back the NHS with a walk from Calderdale Royal Hospital to Pinderfields Hospital, via Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Dewsbury District Hospital on August 22 and 23.
TRAVEL: Slow traffic on A629 Wakefield Road between Southgate (Shorehead Roundabout) and B6432 Firth Street (New Wharf Traffic lights).
NEWS: Calderdale Council’s People’s Commission will be holding the next public consultation event from 4pm – 6pm on Tuesday, 19 August at Clay House, West Vale.
Chairman of the People’s Commission, Professor Andrew Kerslake said: “The public consultation events we have held so far have given us the opportunity to hear about people’s own experiences of how current services are delivered, how things could be improved and their concerns about any changes.
“Over the next few weeks we will be analysing this evidence and calling for further, more detailed information and views on specific themes.”
Anyone can come along to the event at West Vale, however if you aren’t able to make it there are other opportunities to get involved.
NEWS: West Yorkshire Police say one lane has been closed and there is queueing traffic due to a car fire on the M62 Eastbound between J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor) and J23 A640/A643 (Huddersfield).
Lane one (of three) is closed heading towards Leeds. Affecting traffic heading past The Little House on the Prairie, the nickname given to Stott Hall Farm which is situated between the carriageways.
A Police spokesman said the incident was reported to them at 11.52am. A car was on the hard shoulder but no-one was trapped or injured. Smoke from the vehicle was blowing across the carriageway.
Inevitably the incident has caused some disruption.
NEWS: West Yorkshire Police are urging people to ‘think before they buy’ in an effort to crack down on shoplifting offences across the county.
During interviews with the Force, offenders have openly discussed how easy it is to sell on the goods that they have stolen.
Retailers are obviously suffering as a result of this crime, with goods being stolen including foodstuffs, personal accessories and clothing. It is vital that everyone understands their role in reducing the opportunity for this type of crime to occur.
Shoplifters have stated that goods are sold on via numerous routes from within the local community to some pubs and car boot markets.
“The idea that shoplifting is a victimless crime is far from reality” said Chris Joyce, Force Crime Prevention Officer for West Yorkshire Police.
“Some individuals committing this crime do not see a victim, they see a corporate organisation who they feel can simply restock the day after and not be affected by the loss of their products.”
NEWS: West Yorkshire fire fighters are taking part in another strike today over their conditions in a continuing row with the Government that shows no sign of ending anytime soon.
It began at noon today and will continue until 2pm then from 10.59pm until 11.59.
And tomorrow from the same times.
Contingency arrangements are in place during these periods.
NEWS: St John’s Church, Kirkheaton will be running a Bible Summer School on the remaining Wednesdays of August from 7.30 pm. And it's free.
Explore the history, archaeology and cultural background of a book (actually more like a Library, 66 books spanning many centuries) that has had more influence on world history than any other.
“I’ve long had a fascination with the archaeology of the Bible,” says the Rector, Richard Steel. “My first degree was in Archaeology and I have visited both the Holy Land and Turkey to see the sites for myself. The Bible really came alive to me then, and I hope I can share some of that with others.”
“I will be giving people an overview of the Bible’s message, and how the different parts hold together,” he adds. “I believe that understanding the history and culture of the times the various books of the Bible were written really helps people to make sense of the Bible today.”
“I’ll be assuming absolutely no prior knowledge, so it will be suitable for anyone. And I’ll be giving people the chance of raising their own questions too, the passages they've never understood.”
NEWS: Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious road traffic collision which happened on Leeds Road in Dewsbury on Thursday morning.
The crash happened at 11.14am when a silver Rover 75 was travelling along the road towards the M62 when it collided with a stationary Ford Ka.
The driver of the Rover - who is a 92-year-old man from Ossett - was seriously injured in the crash.
He was taken to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield where he is in a serious but stable condition.
Anybody who may have seen the crash, or had seen the Rover immediately beforehand, are asked to contact PC Andrew Barron, Western Area Roads Policing Unit, on 101.
BYE! Well, that's all from me for the mo. Handing the news baton to my colleague Chloe Glover. Have a great weekend!
Hi everyone, I'll be with you for the next couple of hours to bring you the latest news and travel updates from around the area
NEWS: Disabled access campaigners have launched a campaign to get more action taken to make the 'dangerous' Huddersfield Narrow Canal towpath accessible for all.
Their lobbying will ensure wheelchair users' voices are heard in consultations for landmark canal greenway.
Read about it here.
WEATHER: I've managed to accidently choose a day of good weather for my BBQ tonight, it seems. No rain is expected in Huddersfield until late Saturday night but the weekend should stay mainly dry with temperatures of up to 16c.
TRAVEL: NO incidents have been reported on the roads at the moment or on public transport
NEWS: As fire fighters strike today over pensions and terms and conditions, our reporter Robert found out about a team who turned away from a burning car on the M62 after industrial action broke out.
A Halifax fire crew refused to attend the incident, which was reported at 11.48am and involved a Ford Focus car on fire eastbound, between Junction 22 A672 (Rishworth Moor) and J23 A640/A643 (Outlane, near Huddersfield).
The driver of the car had pulled it over onto the hard shoulder and off the carriageway. No-one was trapped and there were no injuries.
An investigation by the service is now under way into whether the crew's action breached the protocols in place during the strike, which resulted in a 35 minute delay to putting out the fire as a contingency crew was brought in.
CRIME: A £15,000 rare quad bike has been stolen from Birkby.
The imported Outlander Max bike was taken sometime between 11am last Friday morning and 7am last Saturday.
The white quad, similar to the one shown in the photograph, has a windshield overhead cage and a luggage box on the back.
It is thought to be worth around £15,000 and is the only one of its kind in the region.
Pc James Atherton from Huddersfield Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “I would appeal to anyone who may own one of these recreational vehicles to keep it well secured and out of sight as they are highly tempting to a thief.
“Anyone who may have seen this particular vehicle, sees it on sale, or is offered it to buy can contact me on 101.”
that's all from me, folks, my colleague, Dave Himelfield will be taking over the reigns for the next couple of hours/
NEWS: New barriers are going up at a Huddersfield school campus - to stop unwanted guests.
Huddersfield New College have erected barriers and gates after problems caused by a band of illegal travellers earlier this month.
The barriers are going up at the college campus off New Hey Road after it was revealed a major clean-up was necessary after the travellers were evicted.
The mess left behind by the travellers included human excrement.
HTFC: Nahki Wells wants to keep taking penalties for Huddersfield Town.
The Bermudian striker passed the 12-year test with flying colours as he bagged a Capital One Cup hat trick at Chesterfield on Tuesday.
And should Town get another spot kick at Cardiff City today or Reading on Tuesday, he wants to the chance to add to his goal tally.
NEWS: A greedy home help who fleeced a vulnerable Huddersfield pensioner out of his savings has been jailed for four years.
Theresa Frost managed to get at least £57,000 after befriending Trevor Walshaw who trusted her with his account details but would have got more if a bank had not become suspicious about attempts to get £112,000 from the sale of his home.
NEWS: Calderdale Council has received the seal of approval for its support for children and young people with autism.
The council gained accreditation through the National Autistic Society for the top-rate level of care and specialised knowledge it offers to the 280 people living with ASD in the region, which helps them to reach their full potential.
HTFC: Don't forget to follow our live blog of Town's match against Cardiff City from 1.45pm tomorrow.
NEWS: Scores of jobs are to go with the closure of a parcels depot in Brighouse.
The UK Mail depot at Brookfoot Business Park will close on August 29 – affecting about 60 workers.
The depot’s 41 warehouse and office staff have been given three months’ notice of redundancy and consultations are under way.
That's all from me and the blog today. Have a nice weekend.