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The Colne Valley boys!

Update: Brighouse crash

Three cars collided on a roundabout at Bridge End, Brighouse, earlier this evening, leading to serious congestion in the town.

Police said no-one was injured in the crash which happened just after 5pm.

It involved three silver cars - a Mazda, a Polo and a Golf.

Serious accident in Brighouse

The A641 Huddersfield Road at Brighouse is blocked due to serious accident at Cliffe Road.
Further details to follow as we get them.

Slow traffic: Trinity Street and St Andrew's Road

Two spots to avoid - if you can.

There is slow traffic on A640 Trinity Street in both directions at A62 Castlegate / Trinity Street.

And there is slow traffic on B6432 St Andrew’s Road Southbound at Stadium Way / Gasworks Street.

Felix breaks the internet within minutes of calendar announcement

Breaking news: Felix the Huddersfield Station Cat has brought out a 2017 calendar, and the website has crashed within 30 MINUTES of the announcement.

The popular kitty hit the headlines in January, and is clearly ending the year in the exact fashion she started. The calendar has been created by locally-based Red Rocket Web Design and proceeds will go towards Huddersfield Samaritans.

TransPennine Express, who employ Felix, are currently trying to resolve the issue and get the website back up.

Felix the Cat 2017 calendar
Felix the Cat 2017 calendar (Image: Felix the Huddersfield Station Cat)

Parents told to set rules on social media this Christmas

A web safety group are urging parents to agree on social media rules with their children this Christmas, which has already been branded “the most shared Christmas ever”.

Internet Matters has issued a “12 shares of Christmas” list of tips to warn youngsters over the dangers of over-sharing personal information on Facebook and Twitter. Tips include discussing privacy settings, inappropriate selfies, not sharing their location and speaking with strangers online.

According to the group, in the time it takes to cook an 9kg turkey - 4.5 hours - more than 1.3 billion images will be posted online, with more than 7 billion images expected to be shared on Christmas Day alone.

Young Girl Using Smartphone
Young Girl Using Smartphone (Image: Getty Images)

CCTV in appeal to trace man

Do you recognise this man? Police have released his image this afternoon in an appeal to trace and speak to him in connection with a serious offence in the Kirklees district.

The offence is alleged to have occurred on November 19. If you have any information, please call Kirklees CID via 101.

Caught on Camera - Kirklees
Caught on Camera - Kirklees (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Yorkshire Tea settle fall out with aggrieved tea fan

Remember the guy who complained to Yorkshire Tea about the tea not being grown in Yorkshire?

It seems they’ve made amends. Apparently, he’d never even tried it...

Breaking: Benefit cap to go down in Kirklees

Warmest day of December so far

Temperatures of 14 degrees have been recorded in Huddersfield today - which isn’t too far off the warmest December temperature in the town on record.

The mildest December day was only last year on the 18th, with thermometers reading 15.3 degrees. Not entirely tropical, but it beats -2!

Castle Hill in Summer — Elliott Stoutt
Picture by Elliott Stoutt

Appeal for owners of abandoned parakeets

The RSPCA are appealing to the public after two parakeets were abandoned in Fartown.

The ring-necked exotic birds were dumped in their cage on Norwood Park. One was injured with a broken leg.

They are now being looked after with the prospect of being rehomed, but the charity are keen to speak to anyone who knows someone with parakeets who may be responsible.

If you have any information please call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

Issue of Dewsbury Hospital raised in PMQs

Batley & Spen MP Tracy Brabin has been questioning Jeremy Hunt in this afternoon’s PMQs over the downgrading of Dewsbury Hopsital.

Mrs Brabin highlighted the dangers of closing the hospital’s A&E department with patients being diverted elsewhere.

Tracy Brabin making her maiden speech
Tracy Brabin

Boy arrested over alleged assault on bus

Police have arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with an alleged sexual assault on a Calderdale bus last week.

The alleged assault was reported near Halifax on Thursday, November 19.

The boy has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

A First bus in Huddersfield
A First bus

M621 to close tonight

A heads up if you’re travelling back to Huddersfield from Leeds tonight - the M621 will be shut westbound from 8pm until 6am due to roadworks.

This is between junctions 1 (West Leeds) and the M62 westbound. Best to use the A62 at Gildersome or the M1 south to Denby Dale then come over Grange Moor way.

M621
M621

West Yorkshire has highest rate of severe crime

West Yorkshire has the UK’s highest rate of severe crimes, even higher than London, a report published this week claims.

The county has been given the highest crime severity score - a new way of measuring crime which awards points for each recorded offence depending on how serious it is. Murder is considered the most severe, with 7,979 points per offence, and cannabis the least with three points.

The Metropolitan Police’s score was second highest, and Dyfed-Powys the lowest.

Man arrested on suspicion of theft from vehicle

Police are warning residents after a man was arrested in Crigglestone, near the Denby Dale junction for the M1, last night found with stolen valuables.

The 35-year-old was arrested on Durkar Lane in the early hours of the morning on suspicion of theft from a vehicle. He had a laptop and phone, which are suspected to be stolen.

Police want to remind motorists to leave their valuables hidden from view, or better yet not left in the car at all.

Car seized for no insurance in Brighouse

If there really are people this stupid out on the roads we all need to be taking extra care...

Regional: Edlington brothers seek indefinite anonymity

A judge is being asked to grant indefinite anonymity to two Yorkshire brothers who tortured two young boys.

The brothers, from Edlington in Doncaster, were 10 and 11 when they were jailed in 2009 for the “prolonged, sadistic violence” of two boys aged nine and 11 - an attack which shocked and appalled the country.

Due to reporting restrictions, the media have never been able to name the two boys. The younger of the two brothers is currently approaching his 18th birthday and lawyers acting for the pair are seeking an injunction which would prevent them being named for an indefinite period, over concerns over a breach of the Human Rights Act.

Dog rescued by Huddersfield RSPCA in Christmas video

A dog rescued from a cage by the RSPCA’s Huddersfield & Halifax branch has gone on to become the star of their Christmas wish video.

Bridie the Red Setter was rescued in terrible conditions alongside 13 others in a squalid cage earlier this year. The dogs were dehydrated, underweight and had untreated injuries. They were terrified of the outside world.

RSPCA handout of red setters kept in appalling conditions
RSPCA handout of red setters kept in appalling conditions (Image: RSPCA)

The owners, Gary and Margaret Mazan, were found guilty of animal cruelty and banned from keeping animals and jailed in April.

The dogs have now been re-homed, and Bridie has found a new loving owner. See the heartwarming video here.

Poll on which newspapers Brexiteers read

This is rather interesting. A poll has found what national newspaper you read could indicate which way you voted in the EU referendum.

Does this bear true for you and how you voted?

Batley road closed

Hayburn Road is closed in Batley today due to ongoing roadworks. The 213 bus will be diverted around via Healey Lane and Mayman Lane.

Local traffic

A few traffic updates for the area: Edgerton Road is currently very busy heading towards town.

Huddersfield Road in Ravensthorpe also congested, as well as Wakefield Road at Shorehead.

Traffic snarled up on Sunday afternoon on the Elland bypass

Bradley woman celebrates 104th birthday

Is this lady Huddersfield’s oldest care home resident? Mary Ford celebrated her 104th birthday yesterday evening.

Mary, of Bradley, celebrated the day with friends and family at Bradley Court Care Home. She was born near Sheffield in 1912 before moving to Blackpool in WWII to serve in the NAAFI canteen, where she met husband Eddie. She later moved to Huddersfield to live with nephew Peter.

Bradley Court resident Mary Ford celebrates her 104th Birthday with friends and family.
Bradley Court resident Mary Ford celebrates her 104th Birthday with friends and family. (Image: Huddersfield Daily Examiner)

More than 7m in poverty

A study has revealed this morning that more than 7 million people in the UK are living in poverty, despite being part of a working family. That figure includes 2.6 million children.

The report was commissioned by the Yorkshire-based Joseph Rowntree Foundation also revealed that half of people in poverty either had a disability or lived with someone who does.

Factors determining poverty in the report included increased numbers of people living in expensive and insecure rented properties and cuts to benefits.

Hungry child stock image
Hungry child stock image

Concerns over thefts of copper pipes

Dewsbury and Mirfield police team have put a warning out following concerns over copper piping thefts.

An officer said: “As copper and lead prices increase sharply please be aware that metal theft, particularly lead and copper, is likely to be a re-emerging problem nationwide.

“Please take time to review your security, particularly for cables, lead roofing etc.”

Stock image
Stock image

Today's front page

Here is today’s front page hot off the press. Our leading story today is about Mirfield motorist Pam Thornton who had a near miss after a crash on Bellstring Lane.

And don’t forget to pick up a copy to see the £1million home with a MOAT being sold in Upper Hopton, as well as a chance to enter our Christmas competition.

Examiner 07/12/16
Examiner 07/12/16

Slow in Hipperholme

Halifax Road in Hipperholme is very slow this morning heading in both directions.

M62 traffic

The good news this morning is it’s Wednesday and we’re nearly halfway through the week. The bad news is the M62. An earlier accident around Chain Bar has slowed traffic right down going eastbound if you’re heading to Leeds.

It’s also fairly slow westbound at junction 27, and congested going east at Ainley Top.

Stock pic: M62 Junction 24 to 25 section, Ainley Top area.
Stock pic: M62 Junction 24 to 25 section, Ainley Top area. (Image: Stock picture)

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. Our liveblogger Susie Beever 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.

Sunrise over Ravensknowle Park - Ian Cook
Sunrise over Ravensknowle Park - Ian Cook

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