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Traffic back to normal

M62 traffic has now returned to normal following the earlier crash at J17-J28.

M62 accident

Traffic is still affected on the M62 eastbound following the earlier crash between J27 and J28.

Accident on the M62

Long delays eastbound after an accident between J27 (Birstall) and J28 (Tingley). The accident has been cleared but traffic is backing up.

Temporary traffic lights causing delays

Temporary traffic lights are causing long delays for commuters travelling from Elland to Bradley via Clough Lane.

Here’s the latest from Google Traffic:

Traffic in Rastrick caused by temporary traffic lights
Traffic in Rastrick caused by temporary traffic lights

Woman had headscarf grabbed in racist assault

Do you recognise this man? Police want to speak to him after a woman had her headscarf pulled from her head in a racially-aggravated assault.

The 21-year-old woman was walking over the bridge at Leeds Station when the incident happened. The man then made a racist comment.

The victim was able to retrieve her headscarf and carried on walking over the bridge.

Investigating officer, PC Chris Coombs, said: “This assault appears to have been racially motivated. I commend the victim for reporting this incident to the police so that we can investigate. We will not tolerate hate crime on the railway and it is important that those responsible are identified.”

If you know the man pictured, or have any information about this incident, please call us on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference 290 28/11/16.

Man police want to speak to in connection with a racist assault on a young woman at Leeds Station
Man police want to speak to in connection with a racist assault on a young woman at Leeds Station

Big fish, little fish, cardboard box...

One of the world’s biggest names in techno music swung by the University...

Richie Hawtin gave a masterclass to students on the decks demonstrating a new state-of-the-art mixing desk.

Richie was recently given an Honorary Doctorate by the University and has been dubbed “one of the electronic dance world’s intellectual forces”.

He said: “We can’t push forward if everybody is doing the same thing. That’s not why I got involved in electronic music.”

Richie Hawtin visits University of Huddersfield
Richie Hawtin visits University of Huddersfield

Man charged after policeman wounded confronting would-be thief

A man has been remanded in custody after an off-duty police officer suffered stab wounds confronting a suspected shoplifter on Friday.

The officer was wounded to his face and neck after stopping a shoplifter in the HMV Black Friday sales in Leeds.

Paul James Owens, 36, of no fixed address, appeared at Leeds Magistrates Court on Saturday charged with causing grievous bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon and attempted theft in relation to the incident.

police tape stock
police tape stock

Doctors back move to delay surgery

NHS chiefs have backed a controversial proposal which would see obese people and smokers put on a 12-month waiting list for surgery unless they lose weight or quit smoking.

CCG bosses in York made the decision, leaving the gates open for health chiefs across the country to follow suit.

However, the decision has been heavily criticised by the Royal College of Surgeons, who claimed it was “affecting patients’ fundamental right to treatment”.

Meltham post ban: Readers have their say

Lots of you have been having your say on our story on Royal Mail dodging questions on the Meltham post ban.

Lucy Wilde said on Facebook: “Nobody should go to work in fear. The injuries those guys sustained were completely avoidable just down to people not giving a damn about other people. Royal mail are just protecting their workers which is fully understandable.”

Lee Valentine said: “We are not saying the postal workers should deliver and risk there lives we are saying its got right out of hand this estate is not dangerous”.

A postman
A postman (Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

Firefighters fund Christmas presents for sick children

Rastrick fire station have smashed their fundraising target for buy Christmas gifts for children in hospital this festive season.

It comes after firefighter Gavin Shaw’s daughter was diagnosed with leukaemia aged two. The fire station have raised more than £2,250 which will go towards toys and presents for sick children at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital.

You can donate to the appeal here.

Official opening of Rastrick Fire Station.
Rastrick Fire Station.

Britain's Got Talent is in Huddersfield on Wednesday!

Britain’s Got Talent is coming to Huddersfield on Wednesday! Open auditions will be held in the Packhorse Centre between 12pm and 5.30pm.

That means you don’t have to register, just come along. Producers are renting a unit in the centre and want to see anyone with talents ranging from the weird and wonderful to singers, dancers and comedians.

Note: Simon Cowell will not be in Huddersfield.

(Photo: SYCO/THAMES TV/PA Wire)

Cash to be spent on fixing potholes

More than £2m has been earmarked by the Government to fix West Yorkshire’s potholes.

Councils including Kirklees and Calderdale will receive a share of the £2.2m from a £3bn pot to be spent improving roads in Britain.

Is your street blighted by potholes? Reckon it’s the worst in Kirklees? Get in touch at editorial@examiner.co.uk!

Pothole pains for drivers
Pothole pains for drivers

Police report drop in number of burglaries

The number of burglaries in West Yorkshire has dropped following police’s Winter Burglary Campaign.

Latest figures show that, since the campaign launched, compared to this time last year there have been 8% fewer domestic burglaries across the county.

The campaign has been using sweet clips of children who have post-it notes on their foreheads with little ways of protecting yourself against burglars, such as leaving your light on and keeping windows shut. See their video here!

Radio Leeds hosting book club at Shepley Library

Calling all bookworms! Radio Leeds are at Shepley Library this morning for a phone-in.

Presenter Andrew Edwards is at the library hosting this month’s book club to talk about novel The Bletchley Girls.

Plea for morning-after pill to be "more accessible"

Experts have said today that the morning-after pill should be available to buy directly from pharmacy shelves.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) said the emergency contraceptive pill should be available without an “unnecessary and embarrassing” consultation.

BPAS chief executive Ann Furedi said: “It is utterly stupid that we have made a medication which gives women a second chance of avoiding an unwanted pregnancy so hard to obtain.”

There were 133 births to mothers aged 14 or younger in England, in 2013/14.

Dale Ferguson returning to the Giants

The Huddersfield Giants have re-signed Bulls second rower Dale Ferguson.

The 28-year-old made 59 appearances with the Giants before moving to Bradford Bulls in 2013. He has now been re-signed on a two-year deal.

Dale Ferguson returns to the John Smith's Stadium with the Giants
Dale Ferguson returns to the John Smith's Stadium with the Giants

Police launch Counter Terrorism Awareness Week

Today marks the launch of Counter Terrorism Awareness Week by authorities. Police and British Transport Police are out and about in West Yorkshire this week to demonstrate to the public how they keep us safe.

Events will be held in public throughout the week to talk to people on how and when to report anything suspicious.

ACC Alun Thomas from British Transport Police said: “We are not asking you to decide whether or not something is a concern, or to assess something as being terrorism related. That’s our job, and during Counter Terrorism Awareness Week we hope to show you how our officers deal with reports of suspicious items or unusual behaviour. All we ask of you is that if you see something that doesn’t look right, let us know, and we will sort it.”

Counter Terrorism Awareness Week
Counter Terrorism Awareness Week

South Crosland pupils vye to be face of police Christmas card

Children from across West Yorkshire have been sending in their drawings in a bid to be the face of the Force’s Christmas card this year. Here are South Crosland pupils’ efforts.

Spaniel reunited with owner after Facebook appeal

This cheeky chappie was reunited with his owner after a Facebook appeal led by local police officers.

Spot the Springer Spaniel was found at Wildspur Mills in New Mill and taken in to Holmfirth Police Station, where members of the Kirklees Rural Police team “spoiled him rotten” and appealed for his owner on social media.

Owner Natalie Bushby commented on the police’s Facebook update to say: “I was overwhelmed when you also very kindly brought him home for me...what an incredible service and caring local police force we have here to help us”.

Spot the Springer Spaniel
Spot the Springer Spaniel

M62 chaos has cleared

Issues on the M62 look to have cleared now, according to our traffic partners INRIX. A pat on the back if you survived the chaos at Chain Bar this morning!

Famous face spotted at Holmfirth bistro

There was a rather familiar face dining in Holmfirth this weekend.

The Black Cat Bistro had Lena Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones, swing by. Lena is originally from Shelley and still has family in Huddersfield.

Manager Sophie said she was dining out with friends and was “perfectly lovely” but kept herself to herself. Luckily, she didn’t forget to leave an autograph.

Lena Headey leaves her autograph at Holmfirth's Black Cat Bistro
Lena Headey leaves her autograph at Holmfirth's Black Cat Bistro (Photo: Black Cat Bistro - Facebook)

Hopes resting on Town to climb back up league

After a crushing defeat from Cardiff, hopes are resting on Town tonight to bring us back. The club could move up to 4th in the league if we have a victory against Wigan Athletic at John Smith’s Stadium tonight.

David Wagner says tonight’s match is an opportunity to improve defence.

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner is looking to shore up his defence this weekend at Cardiff City.
Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner.

Robbery in Mirfield

Police have arrested two men after a robbery in Mirfield last night.

The incident happened at a shop on The Knowl yesterday evening when two men entered the shop threatening staff and made off on foot with cash and cigarettes. Police were called to the scene at 7.40pm and arrested two men shortly later. Residents reported seeing a large police presence along with dogs and a helicopter. NPAS Carr Gate helicopters said a suspect was caught “garden hopping” in the area.

A 27-year-old man from Huddersfield and 24-year-old man from Dewsbury are currently in police custody being questioned by officers.

police tape stock
police tape stock

West Yorkshire has "most racially segregated" areas

A report published today claims that areas of West Yorkshire are some of the most racially divided in the country.

Halifax, Bradford and Keighley are some of the UK’s least well-integrated areas, according to a report by the think tank Policy Exchange, who claim authorities are failing in efforts to improve segregation among communities. Some of the areas have been likened to “ghettos”.

What do you make of this? Get in touch with us at editorial@examiner.co.uk.

Crowd of people, stock
Crowd of people, stock

Problems on the M1 northbound

Issues on M1 northbound, too this morning. One lane is blocked northbound in South Yorkshire heading towards Huddersfield between junctions 31 and 32 due to an accident involving a car, lorry and a van.

The M1 motorway
The M1 motorway

Road closed in Wooldale

Temporary traffic lights cause congestion in Rastrick

Avoid driving through Rastrick this morning if possible. A lot of congestion on Dewsbury Road by The Four Sons due to temporary traffic lights. Traffic is stretching all the way back up to Ainley Top and people are turning around. Not fun.

Traffic lights investment and the oldest traffic lights on Mather Avenue/Booker Ave. Photo by Colin Lane

Traffic easing at Little House of the Prairie

Traffic is now easing at M62 westbound at Rishworth.

Commuter chaos

Here is the scene heading to Leeds on the M62 this morning at the Chain Bar junction...

M62 at Chain Bar
M62 at Chain Bar

Morning M62 mayhem!

Good morning everyone. The M62 is in a bit of a mess this morning, so whichever way you’re travelling the likelihood is you’ll be caught up in something. Here are the areas where there is congestion:

  • One lane blocked and queuing traffic westbound at Rishworth Moor near the farmhouse. Traffic is also slow passing on the other carriage.
  • Traffic eastbound between Chain Bar and Gildersome due to the hard shoulder being blocked by a broken down lorry.
  • Eastbound entry slip road at Chain Bar is partially blocked due to an earlier accident.
  • Traffic is crawling westbound between Gildersome and Chain Bar heading towards Huddersfield.
  • Slow traffic at Ainley Top eastbound heading towards Leeds.
The crash closed three lanes of the M62 this morning, causing long tailbacks (stock image)
The crash closed three lanes of the M62 this morning, causing long tailbacks (stock image)