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Street closed due to building fire
Waterhouse Street, Halifax, closed. Slow traffic due to building fire between A629 Orange Street / Broad Street and Crown Street / Commercial Street / Silver Street.
91-year-old shopkeeper robbed for cigarettes and money
A 91-year-old shopkeeper was injured during a robbery in which a packet of cigarettes and a small amount of money was stolen.
The intruder went into Bennett Lane Stores on Leeds Road, Dewsbury, at 8.30am today and shoved the woman over who was working behind the counter.
The thief then fled with a packet of tobacco.
Police were called and the victim was taken to hospital.
She was allowed home after suffering bumps and bruises, but was not badly hurt.
Anyone with information should contact Kirklees CID on 101, quoting crime reference 13170278472.
Cycling gear with your pint?
The internationally renowned Huddersfield brewery has diversified into erm... cycling apparel including jerseys, shorts and socks.
Delays on trains to Manchester Airport
Vigil in St George's Square for Grenfell Tower victims
A vigil will take place on Wednesday evening to remember those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire.
People can meet at St George’s Square at 7pm and take part in a walk around the ringroad, finishing back at the Square where there will be a talk about fire safety.
Organisers say they want to remember those who tragically lost their lives.
Accident causes slow traffic
A62 Manchester Road, Cowlersley, slow traffic in both directions because road is partially blocked due to accident at Mount Street.
One of our top stories today
A selfish driver who parked their Jaguar entirely on a busy pavement has been sending Facebook users into a bit of a spin.
The ‘prestige’ car was plonked on the pavement near a bus stop on Westgate in Huddersfield town centre, sometimes forcing pedestrians into the road which serves as a busy bus route.
Traffic moving well on A629 Halifax Road out of town from Blacker Road (Edgerton Cemetery) to A643 Brighouse Road (Ainley Top). Travel time is seven minutes.
Bradford man George Frankland, 74, of Falcon Street, will appear at Leeds Magistrates Court tomorrow charged with the kidnap and indecent assault of a four-year-old girl in Keighley in 1978.
Stop making life easy for burglars!
Police are appealing for anyone who recognises the man pictured to come forward.
Officers want to speak to him in connection with three allegations of inappropriate touching. All three incidents happened in the Cardigan Road area of Leeds.
The first incident happened on Monday 5 June when the victim was walking when a man inappropriately touched her.
The second incident happened on Sunday 11 June at around 3.30pm when the victim was walking along Cardigan Road. As she was doing so a man started making conversation with her and then touched her inappropriately.
The most recent incident happened the day after at around 1245pm on a road off of Burley Lodge Road when the victim was walking. A man came up to her and then inappropriately touched her before making off in the direction of Burley.
A man officers want to speak to in connection with these incidents is described as Asian and aged 20-30, 5’10 - 6ft tall. He had short brown hair, was of a larger build and was wearing rimmed glasses. He spoke in a Yorkshire accent.
Anyone who recognises the man pictured or who witnessed any of the incidents is asked to contact PC Ashley Poddington of the Leeds District Safeguarding team on 101.
A Halifax woman who stole £240,000 from her boss has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Nikki Conway, 37, of Willowfield Crescent admitted taking the money from her boss, William Dickin, 74, who thought she was “like family” and a “trusted employee”, between 1 May 2016 and 1 October 2016.
She had been employed as an Office Manager between 2010 and October 2015.
Mr Dickin saw his business go into liquidation and almost lost his house too.
He said: “I was in denial because although I knew it was her I didn’t want to believe it. She was like family to me and I trusted her completely with my finances. I never thought a human being in this world could have done this. The effect of the thefts has impacted all areas of my life - both private and business.”
Det Con Ash Nuttall of Calderdale Police investigated the crime. “Conway was calculating, playing on and abusing the trust Mr Dickin placed in her.
“Her actions have had lasting impact on him and his family and I hope today’s sentence sends out a clear message that this type of offending will not be tolerated. Conway now has time inside to consider the consequences of her actions.”
Tomorrow is the summer solstice – the longest day of the year.
It is marked with celebrations most markedly at Stonehenge.
Reports of broken down vehicle on A643 Lindley Moor Road Northbound at A629 Halifax Road (Ainley Top Roundabout).
It’s been muggy and humid in Huddersfield today but temperatures in much of Britain are forecast to soar to more than 30C in parts of the UK today with forecasters say they could go even higher tomorrow – as the country enjoys its longest continuous spell of high June temperatures since 1995.
But sadly two people have drowned in the last 48 hours of the heatwave, as thousands of people headed for beaches, pools and rivers.
A teenager drowned on Monday evening while swimming at Greenbooth reservoir in Rochdale and at a beach in West Sussex, the emergency services were called on Monday afternoon when a woman got into distress while swimming.
She was dead when pulled from the water.
Traffic returned to normal and road cleared, broken down vehicle removed on M62 Eastbound at J26 M606 / A58 (Chain Bar).
Slow traffic and partially blocked due to broken down vehicle on M62 Eastbound at J26 M606 / A58 (Chain Bar).
Has occurred between slips.
Police watchdog resumes enquiry into Craig Preston murder case
The IPCC has resumed its investigation following the murder of a man in South Yorkshire.
Craig Preston, also known as Craig Nelson, was attacked in Rotherham and his body found near to Woodhead Tunnels in August 2016. Shiraz Bashir, 42, and Leonie Mason, 24, both from Huddersfield, were found guilty of murder in May this year. Bashir was jailed for 22 years and Mason for 19 years. Three boys, found guilty of manslaughter, were sentenced to three to four years.
The IPCC received a referral from South Yorkshire Police in December 2016 regarding police contact with, and concerning, Mr Preston before his death.
The independent investigation was suspended due to the ongoing criminal trial and has now resumed. It is looking at the decisions and actions, by the force, in response to apparent threats against Mr Preston from August 2016 up until the discovery of his body.
The IPCC investigator has decided, based on the evidence so far, that there is an indication of misconduct by a detective constable.
The BBC says Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been accused of tax fraud by Spanish prosecutors investigating his time as Real Madrid’s head coach.
He is accused of defrauding Spain of €3.3m (£2.9m; $3.6m) in taxes between 2011 and 2012, prosecutors say.
He has yet to comment on the accusation.
Sir Vince Cable shows he still has plenty to give at the ripe age of 74 after revealing he is a candidate to become Liberal Democrat leader.
The former business secretary, who has served as deputy leader and acting leader in the past, is throwing his hat into the ring after Tim Farron said he would stand down this summer.
He has been a senior figure in the party for more than 20 years and won his Twickenham seat back at the election.
Another pub shut:
The former Liberal Club/Yorkshireman public house on New Road, Kirkheaton, is the subject of a planning application.
The proposal is to convert the building to form seven apartments with eight parking spaces.
Kirklees Council has yet to make its decision and the time to submit comments has now ended.
Slow traffic on A58 Halifax Road at A644 Brighouse Road, Hipperholme.
Traffic is slow on all approaches to the junction.
Motorists who lease their vehicle could be falling foul of the law when driving overseas.
According to a recent survey by LeasePlan UK, part of the world’s leading fleet and vehicle management company, over 15% of Brits who take their cars abroad have admitted to driving on the wrong side of the road and only 1 in 5 bother to learn foreign laws in advance of getting behind the wheel.
Alongside brushing up on the rules and regulations of driving overseas, motorists are now required to display a Crit’ Air sticker on their windscreen when driving through the French capital. Without it, drivers could face fines of up to £117.
The French government rolled out The Air Quality Certificate, dubbed ‘Crit’Air’, on January 22, outlining that all cars driving into Paris and other major cities are required to display a Crit’ Air sticker – including foreign cars.
The stickers indicate how much NOx a vehicle produces and will allow officials to monitor the amount of pollution in major cities, giving them the ability to stop higher category cars from entering on high emission days.
Giants v Wigan:
Advance Warning - Huddersfield Giants v Wigan Warriors Rugby match at The John Smith’s Stadium.
Kick off at 8pm on Friday, June 23.
Expect extra traffic on Leeds Road, St Andrews Road and Southgate.
Ainley Top update:
Traffic moving well on A629 Halifax Road into town from A643 Brighouse Road (Ainley Top) to Blacker Road (Edgerton Cemetery). Travel time is five minutes.
Food and Drink Festival:
Only 44 days to go before my favourite time of the year - Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival!
It’s back again in St George’s Square from 3-6 August and the four day food bonanza brings sights, sounds and smells from all around.
It’s a fabulous event and well done to Nadio Granata, head of marketing at Stafflex and his team for stepping in to save it after its future was brought into doubt due to financial concerns.
More than 100,000 people enjoy this event and is well worth a visit if you’ve never been before.
After all the distressing news this year it is an oasis of calm with families and friends enjoying themselves in the sunshine.
Diane on the up:
Diane Abbott has revealed that it took her brother to tell her off before she realised she needed to address her diabetes.
Ms Abbott had to temporarily step down as shadow home secretary just days before the general election after a series of uncomfortable interviews.
She told BBC Breakfast she had not been managing her type 2 diabetes.
Now back on the Labour frontbench, she said: “Stress wasn’t an issue, my blood sugar level was. I am back to fighting fitness.”