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Wedding pic mystery solved

Do you know this couple?

Do you recognise this couple? Kirklees Rural police say a wedding album featuring this couple was found dumped in a bin.
Do you recognise this couple? Kirklees Rural police say a wedding album featuring this couple was found dumped in a bin.

Do you recognise anyone in these photos?

Kirklees Rural police said the photos are from a wedding album found in a bin.

A spokesman said: “Does anybody recognise these people? A beautiful wedding album featuring them has been found dumped in a bin and we’d love to reunite the owner with it!

“If you have any information about who this belongs to, please call us on 101 and quote 13/16/0409269.”

A photo from a wedding album found in a bin and handed to Kirklees Rural police
A photo from a wedding album found in a bin and handed to Kirklees Rural police

Police officers dismissed

West Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Police

West Yorkshire Police has confirmed that two officers have been sacked for behaving inappropriately towards young women.

Calderdale-based PC Dominic Hibbin and PC Richard Hall had given the women - aged 18 and 19 - a lift home while the officers were on duty.

Rather than just dropping them off, the officers stayed with them for about half an hour.

At the misconduct hearing, it was claimed they’d made inappropriate comments towards the women and touched one of them.

PC Hibbin then went back to the property and the following day misused police computers to look up official records of what had happened.

The officers were accused of breaching the Force’s professional standards in relation to authority, respect and courtesy, orders and instructions and discreditable conduct and confidentiality.
The officers were dismissed after attending misconduct hearings.

Update on the snake

Update on the snake: Sources say it’s a cornsnake which are harmless - phew.

The snake has now been collected by RSPCA so is no longer loose. Hopefully it will be returned to its owner.

Snake on the loose in Longwood!

Anybody lost a snake?! This was posted in the Golcar, Milnsbridge, Longwood and Cowlersley Area Community Page on Facebook.

The snake has apparently disappeared into a gap in the wall and the finder - local actress Susy Hellawell - has contacted RSPCA.

Facebook Snake found in Longwood
Snake found in Longwood

Missing teenager found

A teenager reported missing from Gildersome earlier has been found.

Jessica Hopkins, 15, was last seen yesterday afternoon but has now been found safe and well.

Yorkshire Water see rise in complaints

Complaints to Yorkshire Water have increased by 11 per cent in the past year, according to a report by the Consumer Council for Water.

The company received the second highest number of complaints in England and Wales, many of which were about its sewer system.

Yorkshire Water improve the permissive path around Digley Reservoir.
Yorkshire Water sign for Digley Reservoir.

Traffic police visit Shepley school

Obesity gene doesn't stop weight loss

An “obesity gene” blamed by many for excessive weight does not affect the ability to shift the pounds, scientists have claimed.

The revelation was made by researchers in the British Medical Journal in response to the FTO gene, the carriers of which are more likely to be overweight.

More than 3,500 people in Kirklees were admitted to hospital between 2014 to 2015 with issues relating to obesity. Meanwhile, Kirklees currently has more than 300 takeaways - number which has increased by 100 per cent since 2010.

Obesity, diet, weight, slimming stock
Obesity, diet, weight, slimming stock

Controversial comedian in town

Comedian Dapper Laughs is in Huddersfield tonight.

The controversial figure is appearing at Five Bar on Cross Church Street. He is most well-known for sparking outrage following jokes made about sexual harrassment in one of his stand-up gigs.

Are you going to the gig tonight? Drop us a line and get in touch at editorial@examiner.co.uk or tweet us @Examiner.

Dapper Laughs On The Pull
Comedian Dapper Laughs


Beginning of the end for Labour leadership battle

Labour members have until noon - i.e. five minutes! - to vote for the Party’s next leader.

The leadership battle between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith ends this weekend at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool.

The winner will be announced at a special event starting at 11.45am on Saturday, the day before the party’s full conference starts.

Labour Party logo
Labour Party logo

Kirklees Councillor heads to US to help Hillary

Whether you’re for Clinton or Trump (I’m saying nothing...), the US election campaign has certainly been a divisive one.

But one Kirklees Councillor decided to fly across the pond and get involved, rather than sit and watch it unfold on the box.

Read the full story here.

Marielle O'Neill, Labour Batley West councillor on her trip to the USA to help out with the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign
Marielle O'Neill, Labour Batley West councillor on her trip to the USA to help out with the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign

Canine crime fighter

Does anything beat a cuddle from Huddersfield Station’s resident puss?

Broken down vehicle on M1

Looks like there are delays on the M1 if you’re using it this morning:

Warning: Window cleaner conman

A conman disguised as a window cleaner has been bothering residents in Lockwood and Netherton, police say.

The deception artist struck yesterday at 5pm at a home in the Lockwood/Crosland Moor area, when he claimed to be the son of a local window cleaner collecting on behalf of his father.

The man was given the cash, with the victim unaware until the real window cleaner called asking for payment.

Stock image Window cleaner, clipart
Window cleaner, clipart

Many in the area have been visited by someone carrying out the same scam, with the suspect becoming aggressive towards an 80-year-old man who refused to pay.

he is described as aged 20 - 30, 5’8” - 5’9” tall, white and of average build. He has dark coloured short hair with stubble on his chin. He was wearing a dark coloured jacket which was zipped up and blue coloured jeans.

If you are approached by someone of this description, remember to ask for ID and call police on 101 if you suspect anything.

Police on speed patrol in Shepley

What are your thoughts on this?

HD One ski slope: Your reactions

And speaking of THAT ski slope, a lot of you have had a lot to say about it. Here are a few of your mixed reactions on Facebook...

Chris Parkinson said: “So Huddersfield needs a ski slope but it can’t afford to keep children’s stay and play sessions open at community centres around the town. Ridiculous.”

Arron Tyndall said: “Why are so many people against this? What’s wrong with trying to make our town better for people who live here, visitors and to create employment?”

Bobby Brown said: “Let’s hope those 20% of profits going back into the community improve Leeds Road, Bradley Mills Road, Kilner Bank, St Andrews Road and Wakefield Road.”

How the HD One ski slope could look
How the HD One ski slope could look

Round-up from last night's council meeting

In case you missed it, Kirklees held their cabinet meeting last night and discussed plans for the Hunter Group waste site, as well as the proposals for a ski slope at the upcoming HD One complex by the John Smith Stadium. Here were the main outcomes.

  • Kirklees plan to liaise with the government in a bid to get the Environment Agency to help with the clean-up at the Lockwood site
  • The Council (i.e. taxpayers) are expecting to foot a significant amount yet to be confirmed
  • The cabinet approved the £4million loan for the ski slope
  • Cllr Shabir Pandor said the attraction will provide 500 jobs
  • The Council approved a request to transfer Holmfirth Civic Hall to the running of the Parish Council
Huddersfield Town Hall.
Huddersfield Town Hall.

Traffic updates

Just letting you know what’s going on on the roads: Traffic on the M62 and other typically-busy spots has cleared so all is sound. Things look busy around Cooper Bridge and in Birkenshaw, where there are long queues on the A650 between Westgate Hill Street and Heckmondwike Road.

Traffic queues up the Elland bypass on a quiet Sunday afternoon
Traffic queues

Project EDWARD

If you’ve been on Twitter today you may have noticed the trend #ProjectEdward - this stands for European Day Without A Road Death.

Police across the continent - including here in Kirklees - are joining forces to raise awareness of things we can all do to prevent road accidents.

Last year, 48 people died in road accidents in West Yorkshire, many of which were preventable.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Milsom said: “Any police officer will agree it is the hardest part of the job when having to make that knock on the door and devastate a family by telling them their loved one has died and in many cases, often these tragic circumstances could have been prevented.”

Officers will be out and about in various spots across town today to talk to the public, so stop by if you have a minute to spare.

Road closed stock police
Road closed stock police

E-fit of Dewsbury intruder

Police have issued an e-fit of a man who barged into a Dewsbury home after knocking uninvited.

The sandy-haired and bearded suspect pushed into the home on Ludwell Close on Sunday evening between 7.40 and 7.55pm.

The man is described as being aged 45-55 and was wearing a white t-shirt at the time. Anyone with information should call Kirklees CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13160404531.

West Yorkshire Police E-fit of Dewsbury suspect
E-fit of Dewsbury suspect

Missing teenager

Have you seen Jessica? The 15-year-old has gone missing from Gildersome, near Birstall.

Animals on the M62 at Brighouse

This was tweeted earlier this morning - the traffic around Brighouse is currently busy but moving fine, but be aware of any possible critters if you’re using the motorway this morning.

Good morning

Morning, all. Slow traffic as usual on the M62 eastbound around Chain Bar this morning. Busy, but moving.

Whitehall Road in Cleckheaton is also busy. Nothing else to update you on traffic-wise as of yet.

Welcome to Wednesday's live blog

Good morning and welcome to the Huddersfield Examiner’s breaking news live blog for today.

Between now and 6pm we’ll bring you the latest news from our town as well as regular traffic and travel updates as they roll in.

Anything interesting or news-worthy that we spot we will let you know - so stay with us. Our reporters will also take a look what’s happening with Huddersfield Town and the Giants.

Plus we’ll keep our eye on social media and bring you anything we think is important or interesting so you’re always the first to know. If you have a story for us you can always get in touch by emailing editorial@examiner.co.uk or you can get us on Twitter @Examiner and we’re on Facebook as Huddersfield Examiner.

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Doug Thomson
Huddersfield Town correspondent
Chris Roberts
Huddersfield Giants correspondent
Louise Cooper
Crime correspondent
Nick Lavigueur
Health Correspondent
Joanne Douglas
Local Government Correspondent
Linda Whitwam
Education Correspondent
Henryk Zientek
Business Correspondent
Martin Shaw
Mirfield Correspondent