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'Loose dog' running into Leeds Road traffic

A dog is loose on Leeds Road and is running into traffic.

Here’s the warning from police.

Masked robbers "deliberately targeted" home

A couple were forced to shut themselves in their living room after armed thugs robbed their home last night.

The Morley residents were terrified when the three masked men, armed with a hammer, knife and what appeared to be a handgun, forced entry into the bungalow on St Andrew’s Close and demanded cash.

They then searched the house before taking cash and leaving. Police believe the suspects deliberately targeted this address.

One of the men was described as being of large build, stocky and tall. Anyone with information is asked to contact DC 565 Stead at Elland Road via 101 quoting crime number 13160756613.

Police car
Police car

M62: Lane closed for gritting

An update on the below traffic on the M62 eastbound: A lane has been closed due to salt spreading.

This is likely to cause tailbacks so be aware of possible delays.

Spreading grit, gritter, stock
Spreading grit, gritter, stock

Heavy traffic on the M62 eastbound

Traffic is heavier than usual on the M62 eastbound this afternoon around Chain Bar.

Congestion is heading towards junction 27. so there is a chance of small delays if you’re heading towards Leeds.

M62 motorway junction 25 near Brighouse.
M62 motorway junction 25 near Brighouse.

New Sally Wainwright drama airs tonight

BBC will be airing Huddersfield Happy Valley screenwriter Sally Wainwright’s latest drama tonight at 9pm.

To Walk Invisible is a drama documenting the lives of the Bronte sisters and was filmed in various settings in Yorkshire.

Sally has been a very busy woman this year, also writing the Christmas Last Tango in Halifax special, parts of which were set in Huddersfield.

To Walk Invisible
To Walk Invisible (Image: BBC)

Nearly three quarters want Kirklees to sell Bacon painting

Yesterday we ran a poll on Twitter to ask our followers whether they thought Kirklees Council should consider selling a Francis Bacon painting gifted to us, which could be worth as much as £60m.

It seems people have had some strong opinions on this, but one side stronger than the other.

72% of you (out of 555 votes) said the council SHOULD sell the painting to fund our public services, while 28% voted for it to stay in our possession. What do you think?

Francis Bacon painting poll - Twitter
Francis Bacon painting poll - Twitter (Image: Twitter)

Scott Mills to play New Year's Eve set in Halifax

Any Radio One fans in the house still looking for plans for New Year’s Eve?

DJ Scott Mills is doing a set at Atik, and was telling his listeners this morning none of his friends wanted to come along. Let’s all be Scott’s pal for the night and tag along!

You can get still get tickets online for £7 here, which we think is a pretty good deal for NYE to be honest.

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Programme Name: BBC Radio 1 Presenters - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Scott Mills - (C) BBC - Photographer: Ray Burmiston

Uninsured driver caught on Elland Bypass

WATCH: Street flooded after water main bursts in Dewsbury

Linda PIckering posted this video of the extent of the burst water main in Thornhill Lees in Dewsbury this morning.

You can read the full story on this here.

Burglars believed to have set fire to Batley bungalow

We’ve had an update from police on the suspicious fire in Batley earlier this morning. Police have confirmed that burglars are thought to have entered the bungalow before setting fire to it.

A spokeswoman said this morning: “Police are investigating a burglary at an address on Manor Way in Batley.

“During the incident, the suspects are believed to have set fire to the property causing damage to the kitchen and bedroom area. An investigation is currently underway. Anyone with any information is asked to call Kirklees CID via 101, quoting crime reference number 13160756900.”

police tape stock
police tape stock

Burst water main: Changes to buses

A travel update following that burst water main in Dewsbury from earlier:

Suspicious bungalow fire in Batley

It was a busy night for fire services last night. Dewsbury Fire Station also attended a suspicious bungalow fire in Staincliffe, Batley.

Emergencies were called out shortly before 5am to the blaze on Manor Way, which had started at the back of the property. No-one was in the building at the time so no injuries, although services did manage to contact the resident who turned up later.

Two pumps attended and the back bedroom was completely gutted by the fire. A police spokeswoman has just confirmed the fire is being investigated as suspected arson, although we should have more information on this soon.

Manor Way, Batley
Manor Way, Batley (Image: Google Street View)

New Year's Day train times

Information on trains for New Year’s Day if you’re catching one back from wherever you are the night before:

Kirklees website still down

Just a heads up that the Kirklees Council website is still down this morning. The Council say they are working hard to fix the problem - we’ll update you when it’s fixed.

What can you do ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Kirklees Council
Kirklees Council

Lepton barn fire: More pictures

More pictures posted by Kirklees Rural of the fire in Lepton last night - the flames look intense but are under control now.

Barn fire, Chimney Lane, Lepton
Barn fire, Chimney Lane, Lepton (Image: Kirklees Rural Police)
Barn fire, Chimney Lane, Lepton
Barn fire, Chimney Lane, Lepton (Image: Kirklees Rural Police)
Barn fire, Chimney Lane, Lepton
Barn fire, Chimney Lane, Lepton (Image: Kirklees Rural Police)

Police appeal for missing Elland man

Police are concerned about an Elland man who has gone missing.

Oliver Simpson, 23, was last seen on Victoria Road, Elland, last night. He is believed to have links in the South. He is described as 5ft 10in, with short mousy coloured hair and of slim build. He was wearing black jeans, blue trainers and a grey hooded top with fur lining.

Detective Inspector David Shaw, of Calderdale CID, said: “We are very concerned for Oliver’s welfare and urgently need to hear from anyone who has seen him or who has any information that could assist in tracing him.” Anyone with information is asked to contact Calderdale CID via 101, quoting log number 50 of December 29.

Missing Oliver Simpson
Missing Oliver Simpson (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Dog spotted on the M62

Pooch on the loose on the M62 - take care everyone.

Mum and children evacuated from house fire

Fire services were also called to a fire in Ossett shortly after midnight, where a mum and four children had to be evacuated.

The blaze on Potter Avenue, Lupset, was started when a wheelie bin outside caught fire. Due to the bin filled with rubbish from Christmas, the flames went up quickly and caught onto a gas meter next to the house.

Potter Avenue, Lupset
Potter Avenue, Lupset

Crews from Dewsbury attended and evacuated the family and next door neighbours. No-one was injured and damage was caused to the property’s guttering and external gas pipe. Repairs were organised. No word yet whether the wheelie bin fire was an accident or started deliberately.

A firefighter from Dewsbury Fire Station said: “Wheelie bin fires don’t start by themselves, but that’s not to say this was arson. It could have been someone walking past and flicking a cigarette. There is a lot more rubbish at this time of year so people need to be especially careful with flames around bins.”

Fire "being treated as arson"

Police have released this statement on the fire:

“Police in Kirklees are investigating after a large fire at a farm on Chimney Lane in Huddersfield. Emergency services were called to the farm in Lepton, shortly after midnight on Thursday 29 December.

“The fire is being treated as suspected arson and an investigation is continuing to establish the circumstances. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Kirklees CID via 101 quoting crime reference 1316075814.”

Barn fire seen from miles away

Looks like the barn fire could be seen from quite some distance away last night:

Burst water main in Dewsbury

Something to watch out for if you’re heading to or from Dewsbury this morning:

Barn fire: Pictures

A couple more pictures that the Kirklees Rural Policing team have posted of the fire on Twitter this morning.

We are currently waiting to hear back from police over whether the fire is suspicious or not.

Barn fire at Chimney Lane, Lepton
Barn fire at Chimney Lane, Lepton (Image: Kirklees Rural - Twitter)
Barn fire at Chimney Lane, Lepton
Barn fire at Chimney Lane, Lepton (Image: Kirklees Rural - Twitter)

Cows evacuated from Lepton barn fire

Firefighters from across Kirklees have been at a barn fire in Lepton overnight. Cows had to be evacuated from the fire at Cop Ridings Fram, Chimney Lane, although thankfully no-one has been injured.

A crew member from Huddersfield Fire Station said they were called shortly after midnight and eight pumps attended from Cleckheaton, Rastrick, Slaithwaite, Meltham, Mirfield and Dewsbury.

The fire is now under control but has been left to burn out due to the farmer asking for hay bales not to be drenched in water. Police were also at the scene.

This picture was taken and posted on Twitter by the Kirklees Rural Policing team. We’ll bring you more on this fire when we get it.

Barn fire, Chhimney Lane, Lepton
Barn fire, Chimney Lane, Lepton (Image: Kirklees Rural Police - Twitter)

Roads all clear

All quiet on the roads so far this morning - no signs of traffic on the M62. Although do watch out for ice - temperatures are well below freezing this morning and there is a chance some surfaces will be slippy. We’ll keep you posted.

Good morning

Welcome to the Huddersfield Examiner’s breaking news service.

Stay with us throughout the day to be the first to know everything that’s happening across West Yorkshire.

We’ll be bringing you updates on crime, health, sport, politics, education and more live from the Examiner team.

And remember to check back before you travel as during peak times we’ll provide you with all of the latest traffic updates on the M62 and roads around the region.

You can also download our app to get news on the go and push notification for the latest breaking stories here .

If there’s something you’ve noticed and want us to check out then please feel free to get in touch - you can call us on 01484 437712, email editorial@examiner.co.uk or tweet @Examiner. You can also find us on Facebook here .

Or, if you’d prefer to submit a story anonymously, you can enter details in the ‘Got a story?’ box on our homepage .