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That’s all from us today folks. Traffic is looking reasonably calm with no out-of-the-ordinary incidents of congestion to report.
Take care and we’ll see you tomorrow with more live news and travel updates.
Colne Valley roadside scam still in operation
Be wary of a roadside scammer in Colne Valley. We reported earlier this week how a local businessman was scammed after being flagged down on Blackmoorfoot Road by a man saying he had run out of petrol and needed money.
Another motorist in the area has come forward saying the same thing has happened to him. Steven Tuck was stopped by a man on Manchester Road in Slaithwaite, near the junction with Ned Lane, and asked for petrol money. Steven was given the same business card as Gary Tyne, but luckily didn’t hand over any cash.
Just a heads up to any local drivers as this scam is clearly still operating in the area. Here is the business card both men were given.
One lane closed on M62 westbound
One lane closed heading west over the tops...
Commuter chaos on M1
Back to the M1: Traffic is still very busy in both directions this rush hour.
One lane is closed southbound between junctions 38 and 37 due to an earlier incident involving a trailer from a lorry getting detached. All three lanes were initially closed because of this but two re-opened at about 4.40pm.
Northbound is also slow around Barnsley. Here’s the scene at junction 38 at West Bretton.
Fly-tippers target Holme Valley beauty spot
Check out this disgusting mess left by fly-tippers at the bottom of Holme Moss.
This picture was posted on Facebook by local resident Gina Armitage, who said an addres for a Council property was included among the items and Kirklees have now been informed of the mess.
Have people no pride in their communities anymore?
Traffic in Elland
Uh-oh, more queues...
Get rid of your fear of flying
Scared of flying but hoping to get away this summer? Leeds Bradford Airport have announced they will be hosting a Flying Without Fear course next month, courtesy of Virgin Atlantic.
The course, which involves a short, low flight showing you local scenery, has a 98% success rate and has helped people from ages 4 to 87 relieving their fears of being airborne. Find out more and book a course yourself here.
Severe traffic on the M1
Severe traffic on both sides of the M1 this afternoon. Traffic is really slow southbound between junctions 38 and 37 heading towards Barnsley due to what is apparently a road block rolling around on the carriage.
Northbound traffic is also slow around West Bretton (junction 38) due to an earlier accident.
Fire service reveal number of calls made relating to wind
The fire service say they received 32 calls this morning alone with incidents relating to strong winds.
This number relates to calls made between 3.30am and 9am.
Area Manager Nick Smith said: “Our firefighters have attended a handful of incidents overnight where trees have fallen due to windy conditions and people have had lucky escapes, with no injuries recorded from the incidents we have attended.
“We have also attended a number of loose structures such as signage or loose roof tiles and we are working closely with our colleagues in the relevant local authorities to ensure these are made safe.
“As well as taking extra care on the roads today we urge the public to do their bit to prevent unnecessary calls to the emergency services by securing items such as garden furniture, trampolines and bins which can cause problems.”
Slow traffic in Ravensthorpe
MP hits out after being slammed for heckling Prime Minister
Paula Sherriff has responded after she was told off for heckling in Parliament earlier this afternoon.
Despite Paula being told her behaviour would earn her an ASBO in a public place when she cried “shameful” at Theresa May, she tweeted a short while ago to say: “I will never ever stop fighting with everything I have for the NHS”.
Gritters out in force in Calderdale
Snow and 70mph gales all in one day? You’re spoiling us, Mother Nature...
Possible delays if you're heading towards Bradford
Highways England say the link road between the M62 junction 26 (on the eastbound carriage) which connects to the M606 roundabout currently has one lane closed due to repairs.
This is an extremely busy road so disruptions to traffic and delays are very possible.
Power restored to more than 25,000 homes during strong winds
Northern Powergrid say they have restored power to 25,700 customers following gale force winds this morning.
The energy board for North East England say there are still nearly 5,000 homes without power, with West Yorkshire being one of the worst affected areas.
Head of network operations Rod Gardner said: “The strong winds are continuing to affect parts of our region but we’d like to reassure our customers that our engineers are working hard, in these challenging weather conditions, to get their power back on for our customers as soon as possible.”
Fundraising page set up for M62 shooting firearms officer
A Crowdfunding page has today been set up to raise money for the firearms officer who shot Yassar Yaqub in last week’s police operation on the M62.
The page was set up by Stephen Marsden in a bid to “show support and appreciation to the police officers that put their lives on the line day in, day out to protect the public interest”. So far it’s raised £10, although it was just set up earlier today.
Road closed near Hebden Bridge Station
Council have dealt with 35 fallen trees already
Kirklees say they have dealt with 35 fallen trees this morning. 35! That’s some strong gales...
Whitcliffe Mount closed due to "high winds"
Whitcliffe Mount has issued a statement on its closure:
“Due to the high winds we have had to close school today because of a building safety issue. We apologise for the inconvenience but we assume you will understand. A text has been sent to you to the number on our school records. This letter is being sent home with your child and will be on the school website. Your child will have been given the opportunity to contact you by mobile phone. Please check the school website and twitter (@WMount) to check arrangements for tomorrow.”
Paula Sherriff causes stir after heckling PM in Parliament
Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff got a bit of a ticking off in Parliament earlier, after heckling the Prime Minister for refusing to accept responsibility for the local hospital crisis.
Ms Sherriff was heard shouting “shameful” at Theresa May after Tracy Brabin raised the issue of the downgrading of Dewsbury Hospital. Mrs May was forced to stop talking with speaker John Bercow intervening, cheekily suggesting “if she were behaving in a public place she would be subject to an anti-social behaviour order”, leading to laughter in the benches.
Do you think Paula was right to heckle? Tweet us to let us know!
Whitcliffe Mount School closed
Whitcliffe Mount School in Cleckheaton has closed, with pupils reportedly having been sent home.
We’re not entirely sure why, although one parent has said this is due to wind.
We’ll keep you posted when we hear more.
Disruption to trains between Mirfield and Halifax
Companyordered to pay up for wrong use of bread baskets
A local poultry company has been ordered to pay nearly £25,000 in damages after using a bakery company’s bread baskets to transport its goods without permission, only a few weeks after a Huddersfield pie makers was ordered to do the same.
A court has heard how Bradford-based Yorkshire Poultry Products “misappropriated” the Bakers Basco crates meant for transporting bread. The company have been told to pay £20,000 in damages, interest and fees plus more than £4,500 in costs.
You can read the story for when Lockwood-based A J Pies and Pastries were ordered to pay costs to the company for the same reasons here.
Local hospital issues raised in Parliament
Theresa May has told Parliament it is not for the Government to intervene in local hospital disputes.
Batley & Spen MP Tracy Brabin has just now been raising the issue of the downgrading of Dewsbury Hospital at Prime Minister’s Questions with concerns some patients have had to wait 20 hours at A&E.
The Prime Minister replied to say: “Decisions are quite rightly taken by the local health service. They know what’s best for the area.”
Road re-opens after tiles blow off mill roof
If you’re in the Calder Valley today, Burnley Road in Mytholmroyd has been closed all morning. There were concerns as tiles were seen blowing off a disused mill.
Calderdale Council have been at the scene to control the situation and it’s just been confirmed that the road has re-opened.
Battling strong gales atop Castle Hill
Fun fact: Everytime it’s windy in Huddersfield, we like to bring this old gem out of the Examiner archives.
Remember Storm Jonas last year? The news team got Muggins here to do a broadcast from the top of Castle Hill where there were some of the area’s strongest gusts.
Here’s what happened...
Strongest winds in 15 years!
It’s official - today’s winds have been some of the strongest in 15 years!
Children injured in Fartown last night remain in hospital
Two children injured in road accidents in Fartown yesterday remain in hospital today, we’ve been informed.
A 12-year-old boy is being treated for serious leg injuries at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary while a two-year-old girl is at Leeds General Infirmary with non life-threatening injuries.
M62 update for high-sided vehicles
Highways England say the M62 is no re-open to high-sided vehicles between J22 and J24.
Trains back on the tracks
The trains between Huddersfield and Leeds should soon return to normal:
I’ve just spoke to our weatherman Paul Stevens - we’ve had record-breaking gusts today and he predicts it’ll remain windy until this evening when it’ll turn cold with sleet into the night.
Full update to come as quickly as I can type...