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Road sign targeted by anti-Tories

Has anybody else spotted this? I’m trying to work out where it is.

I can’t imagine there’ll be any Tory voters driving past who will be swayed by this stunt...they’ve not spelled her name right!

Picture of the day

Did you spot the rainbow sunset last night? Andy Sharp captured this terrific sunset behind Castle Hill, taken from from Farnley Tyas at about 9.15pm.

Stunning!

Andy Sharp captured this terrific sunset behind Castle Hill on Thursday night, taken from from Farnley Tyas at about 9.15pm
(Photo: Andy Sharp)

Town centre stall selling Wembley merchandise

Have you got your scarves, hats and t-shirts ready?

Uninsured driver caught out after driving over the limit

Here’s a tip - if you’re not insured and your MOT’s out of date, it’s really not a smart idea to drive over the speed limit...

WATCH: Moment thief grabs phone from Huddersfield tourist as she live streams walk in London

This really is unbelievable - it’s the moment a woman had her phone stolen while using it to film a live Periscope video.

The Huddersfield woman, who was on a trip to the capital, was using Periscope to live stream her walk around Camden to her followers. The woman, who we have not named, was walking along a street and filming a row of shops when a scooter driver whizzes past and grabs it from her hands.

The moment was captured on the live stream and the thief’s face can be seen momentarily before he realises and shuts it off.

Reports of problems for HTAFC disabled fans' ticket line

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Man jailed for part in fatal horror crash

A Dewsbury man has been jailed for 42 weeks after encouraging dangerous driving in a West Yorkshire horror crash that killed four young people.

Andrew Kirkwood, 33, pleaded guilty to the encouragement of dangerous driving as a man was given nine years for the crash near Hemsworth that killed Ryan Beal, Brandon Brown, Alexandra Binns and Terrie Louise Kirbie.

The four, aged between 20 and 16, were killed after the quad bike they were travelling on was struck by 24-year-old Daniel Raynor, from Barnsley, who was driving a Nissan sports car at 140mph in a 60 zone in September 2015.

(L-R) Horror crash victims Ryan Beal, 20, Alexandra Binns, 18, Brandon Brown, 20, and Terrie Louise Kirbie, 16
(L-R) Horror crash victims Ryan Beal, 20, Alexandra Binns, 18, Brandon Brown, 20, and Terrie Louise Kirbie, 16 (Photo: West Yorkshire Police)

Raynor and Matthew Todd, 23, were sentenced today at Leeds Crown Court after pleading guilty to four counts of death by dangerous driving. Ten other men, including Kirkwood, were also sentenced after being convicted of encouraging dangerous driving.

Det Insp Richard Holmes, of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “For so many young lives to be lost in a single incident was truly shocking and it is no exaggeration to say that police officers who dealt with this case have been seriously affected by what they saw and experienced.”

Nissan sports car which killed four people in horror crash
Nissan sports car which killed four people in horror crash (Photo: West Yorkshire Police)

Marsden farm death - separate live blog

You can follow our separate live blog for updates on the man who has sadly died on a farm in Marsden here.

Police were called to a 'work related death' in Marsden
Police were called to a 'work related death' in Marsden

Man sexually assaulted after hitching lift from Milnsbridge pub

Police are investigating the serious sexual assault of a man who was driven to a remote location after getting a lift outside a Milnsbridge pub.

Detectives want to speak to two men drinking outside the Four Horseshoes on Market Street last night who may have seen the 38-year-old male victim being offered a lift. The man got into the car containing three other men and a woman shortly before midnight.

He was then driven to a remote road in Longwoood where police say he was subjected to the serious assault. Det Insp Ian Thornes, of Kirklees CID, said:

“We are currently trying to piece together exactly what happened and I want to appeal directly to the two men who were drinking outside the pub to get in contact. Officers are currently providing support to the victim as our enquiries continue.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact Kirklees CID on 101 quoting log 84 of 19 May.

Four Horseshoes pub, Market Street, Milnsbridge
Four Horseshoes pub, Market Street, Milnsbridge (Photo: Google Street View)

Man dies in accident at Marsden farm

Some very sad news breaking today - a man has died following a farm accident in Marsden.

Police were called to the farm on Netherwood Lane yesterday afternoon following the incident. A 58-year-old man suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the coroner have both been informed. A spokesman for HSE said: “We are helping West Yorkshire Police with their enquiries”.

Police are continuing to enquire and establish the circumstances of the man’s death.

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Traffic slows as police deal with incident on the M62

Police and an ambulance have been called to the scene near junction 27 westbound on the M62.

This has caused a few delays as people slow down but everything appears to be running smoothly now.

Man charged with historic rape

West Yorkshire Police have charged a man with rape 20 years after it allegedly occurred.

Anthony Mottram, 48, of Weeland Road in Wakefield, is charged with rape, four counts of an indecent assault and one count of possessing an offensive weapon. The rape charges relates to an attack on a 16-year-old girl in Bradford in June 1997.

He has been scheduled to appear before Leeds Magistrates Court today.

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29 miles under the belt for Eorl and the crew

Eorl and his entourage have been making excellent progress on their charity bike ride for Ronan Costello this morning. In fact, they’re already in Harrogate.

Newcastle’s not that far, right? Find out more about the bike ride and the excellent cause they’re raising money for here.

Plea to reunite assistance dog with disabled teenager

Can you help reunite Elland teenager Lottie Wilcocks with her missing assistance dog Velvet?

Black labrador Velvet went missing while on a walk between Brighouse and Elland on Wednesday evening. Lottie is desperate to get the pooch back in time for her 16th birthday on Tuesday next week.

Velvet has been described as a “lifeline” for Lottie, who has been in a wheelchair all her life with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Lottie is also a competitive wheelchair racer and has represented the North West in national races.

College students put on cyber-bullying show after working with police

Police have teamed up with students at Huddersfield New College to raise awareness of cyber crime.

Kirklees Police have assigned a Digital Media Investigator who has been working with drama students at the college in Salendine Nook, who are preparing a show which focuses on cyber-bullying, sexting and stalking.

Sergeant Paul James, Digital Media Investigator at Kirklees District Police, said:

“It has been fantastic to work alongside the students and tutors at New College on this project and I am really looking forward to watching the performances.”

Huddersfield New College, Salendine Nook, Huddersfield
Huddersfield New College, Salendine Nook, Huddersfield (Photo: Huddersfield Examiner)

Multi-vehicle collision on the M62

Two lanes are blocked with heavy traffic on the M62 eastbound right now. This is in the junction 20 area near Rochdale so is affecting traffic heading from Manchester to Huddersfield.

There are reports of a multi-vehicle accident so steer clear of the area if possible.

The M62 between Huddersfield and Manchester
The M62 between Huddersfield and Manchester

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Fight breaks out at Mcdonalds

Police were called to the McDonalds car park in Heckmondwike last night after a fight broke out between two men.

Customers were reportedly locked inside the fast food restaurant on Northgate as the fight broke out in the car park. A car was damaged in the altercation although no one was arrested.

Enquiries are ongoing into the incident and anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact the police via 101 quoting crime reference 13170225091.

McDonald's restaurant in Northgate, Heckmondwike. Pic by: Mike Clark
McDonald's restaurant in Northgate, Heckmondwike. Pic by: Mike Clark

One lane closed on M62 westbound

One lane is closed on the M62 westbound due to a broken down vehicle between junctions 30 and 29, if you’re heading to Huddersfield from Leeds.

Traffic is reportedly very slow.

M62 motorway.
M62 motorway.

Ronan Costello tribute bike ride sets off today

Giants legend Eorl Crabtree will set off leading others on a 120-mile bike ride today in tribute to late academy player Ronan Costello.

The Fat Lad At The Back ride from Huddersfield to Newcastle will set off from John Smith’s Stadium and is aimed at raising funds for the Headway brain injury charity after Ronan, 17, tragically died of an injury in a match against Salford last year.

Best of luck, guys!

Giants ambassador and former England rugby league star Eorl Crabtree with fellow riders in their bespoke kit created by Fat Lad at the Back (FLAB).
Giants ambassador and former England rugby league star Eorl Crabtree with fellow riders in their bespoke kit created by Fat Lad at the Back (FLAB).

Reports of debris in the road on M1

Watch out for this if you’re heading north this morning!

Oil spillage causes traffic delays

Reports of slow traffic on Cross Lane in Bradford this morning due to an oil spillage.

This is between the junctions with Great Horton Road and for the M606 junction 3. One to watch out for if you commute to Bradford.

Motorists have expressed frustration at delays causd by a Welsh Water scheme in Derwen Fawr, Swansea

Three charged following murder of West Yorkshire woman

Three people have been charged following the murder of Sinead Wooding at the weekend.

Akshar Ali, aged 26, of Kings Road, Hyde Park, and Yasmin Ahmed, aged 27, of Reginald Mount, Potternewton, Leeds have both been charged with her murder. Asim Ali, aged 20, of Kings Road, Hyde Park, has been charged with assisting an offender. All three will appear at Leeds Magistrates Court this morning.

The body of Miss Wooding, 26, was found in woodland near to Alwoodley Crags in Leeds on Sunday morning.

The body of Sinead Wooding, 26, was found by joggers in woods in Alwoodley on May 14.
The body of Sinead Wooding, 26, was found by joggers in woods in Alwoodley on May 14.

Rush hour round up

And here’s what’s happening on the local roads...


  • Slow traffic on Halifax Road heading into Huddersfield town centre from Ainley Top
  • Queues on Halifax Road in Hipperholme heading in both directions
  • Busy but moving on the Huddersfield ring road by the old Tech college
  • Heavy traffic on Wakefield Road through Mirfield
  • Also very busy heading towards Cooper Bridge on Wakefield Road from Brighouse/the M62
  • Slow on Ovenden Road in Halifax
  • Crawling traffic on Huddersfield Road at Salterhebble, Halifax
  • Busy on Whitehall Road, Wyke, heading towards the M62
Commuting times have been creeping up in West Yorkshire
Commuting times have been creeping up in West Yorkshire

What's happening on the motorways this morning?

Good morning. All quiet on the M62 and M1 this morning with no reports of any delays.

Welcome to Friday's live blog

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 Huddersfield and the rest of 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.

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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 social media here .