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Appeal to find missing girl

Police are appealing for information about a 12-year-old girl who has been reported missing from Bradford.

Vanessa Sugarova, who is from the Great Horton area of the city, was last seen at her home address at around 6pm yesterday (Sunday) and was reported missing late last night after she failed to return home.

She is described as white and about five feet tall and is said to have left the house in the clothing she is wearing on this picture.

Police and her family are concerned for her welfare due to her age. Enquiries are continuing across the district to locate her.

Anyone with information about Vanessa’s whereabouts is asked to call police on 101, quoting log 2077 of 2 July.

Vanessa Sugarova
Vanessa Sugarova (Image: WYP)

Appeal for witnesses of serious collision

Police are appealing for information following a collision on Bradford Road in Brighouse last month.

The incident occured the junction of Highfield Avenue, Baliff Bridge on Thursday June 22 around 4.55pm when a pedestrian and white Mercedes A class were in collision.

The pedestrian, a 57-year-old man was treated by paramedics and taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of Mercedes remained at the scene.

Enquiries are continuing and anyone who was in the area around the time of the collision and witnessed what took place is asked to contact PC Barron at the Safer Roads and Neighbourhoods Support Team West via 101 quoting 1396 of June 22.

Accident Bradford Road, Bailiff Bridge
Accident Bradford Road, Bailiff Bridge (Image: Google Street View)

Vehicle crashes into central reservation on M62

Very slow traffic due to accident. Car involved now on the hard shoulder on M62 Eastbound at J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor).

All lanes have been re-opened.
A car had collided with the central reservation.

Traffic was temporarily held to recover the car to the hard shoulder.

Traffic was released at around 17:10.

Today's most read story

A 26-year-old man who got caught up in a shocking brawl in Holmfirth town centre has insisted he was the ‘good guy’ and is no thug.

The town which is famed for its gentle depiction of rural life in the TV hit Last of the Summer Wine showed its dark underbelly on Saturday night when a fight broke out in Norridge Bottom.

Scenes from large brawl in the centre of Holmfirth
Scenes from large brawl in the centre of Holmfirth

Audi seized on M62 as driver was uninsured

Deer spotted by side of M62

While waiting to seize an uninsured Audi on the M62 traffic police enjoyed a visit from a four-legged friend.

Cancer survivors less likely to conceive

Women who survive cancer are more than a third less likely to conceive than other women, research out today suggests.

New data from more than 23,000 female cancer survivors in Scotland found a 38% reduction in conception compared to the general population.
All the women were diagnosed with cancer as children or when they were under the age of 39. Professor Richard Anderson, from Queen’s Medical Research Institute at the University of Edinburgh, who led the study, said: “The major impact on pregnancy after some common cancers highlights the need for enhanced strategies to preserve fertility in girls and young women.”

A midwife talking to a pregnant woman
A midwife talking to a pregnant woman

Tracy Brabin joins the shadow cabinet

Batley & Spen MP Tracy Brabin has been appointed Shadow Minister for Early Years Education.

It means the recently-elected MP and former Corrie actress will now join the front bench.

Police officers asked if they think they should carry weapons

West Yorkshire Police are to be asked if they think all officers should carry guns.

Officers in the Force are to take part in a survey launched today by the West Yorkshire Police Federation asking if they would be willing to carry a weapon or a Taser for safety. The survey will continue throughout July as part of the national Protect the Protectors campaign.

Armed police attend a siege at a property in Senior Road, Moldgreen.
Officers at an armed police siege in Moldgreen last month

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International racing drivers the latest to join Huddersfield alumni

Two international female racing drivers are the latest students to be welcomed to the University of Huddersfield.

Kezia Santoso, 19, and 22-year-old Clio Tjonnadi, both from Indonesia, have come to study here despite their top gear careers.

Kezia Santoso at the F4 South East Asia Championship
Kezia Santoso at the F4 South East Asia Championship

Kezia, who drives with Formula 4, is currently on a Foundation Year programme with the University’s International Study Centre and hopes to complete a degree in psychology. Clio is 22-years-old and has just completed the second year of her Automotive Engineering degree. Both of them recently competed against each other go-karting in the South East Asia Formula 4 Grand Championships.

Clio Tjonnadi and Kezia Santoso
Clio Tjonnadi and Kezia Santoso

National news

Here’s a round up of the main headlines this lunchtime...

TEENAGER ADMITS KILLING KATIE ROUGH

A 16-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of seven-year-old girl from York. Katie Rough was killed earlier this year. The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denied murder at Leeds Crown Court today but has admitted to the manslaughter of the schoolgirl.

PRE-TEEN GIRLS SEEKING GENITAL SURGERY, ACCORDING TO DOCTORS

Girls as young as nine have been seeking surgery on their genitals to change its appearance, a doctor has revealed this morning. Dr naomi Crouch appeared on the Victoria Derbyshire show saying more GPs were referring young women and girls who wanted labiaplasty operations, which involve the lips of the vagina being re-shaped. The NHS says the surgery should not be carried out on women under the age of 18.

GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO BACK DOWN OVER PUBLIC SECTOR PAY CAP

Downing Street say the 1% cap on public sector wages will not change, despite calls from the Foreign Secretary to end it. Boris Johnson came out saying the 1% cap on rises should be scrapped, despite the Government voting against the proposal last week.

Broken down lorry blocking lane on M62

There is currently one lane blocked on the M62 westbound across the Pennines.

A broken down lorry is slowing down traffic between junctions 20 and 19.

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

Police appeal for more witnesses to come forward after weekend of violence

Police are looking for any witnesses to any of the unrelated, alcohol-fuelled fights across town this weekend to come forward.

Fights broke out in Huddersfield town centre and Holmfirth over the weekend. Police also want anyone else with video footage of the incidents to get in touch.

Chief Inspector for Kirklees District Operations Jon Dunkerley said: We are keen to hear from anyone who has any additional video footage of either of the incidents or has any information to come forward and speak to the police to assist with the ongoing investigation.”

Scenes from mass brawl outside McDonald's in Huddersfield town centre
Scenes from mass brawl outside McDonald's in Huddersfield town centre

Pictured: Road dug up in Slaithwaite

Some pictures of the roadworks this lunchtime.

One woman has said pensioners have been unable to get out and are “stranded”.

Radcliffe Road closed at both ends between Golcar and Slaithwaite due to roadworks
Radcliffe Road closed at both ends between Golcar and Slaithwaite due to roadworks

Roadworks close Colne Valley road with 'no notice'

Residents in Golcar and Slaithwaite have been in touch with us this morning claiming that access to Radcliffe Road has been shut due to roadworks.

One woman who lives on the road said roadworks have closed off both ends and that residents have not been told.

The lady, who did not want to be named, said: “There’s elderly residents unable to catch the bus to go to the food shop or post office. People have been left stranded.

“As far as I’m aware no one has been told this was to happen.”

Radcliffe Road in Slaithwaite, where a flat fire left six people trapped.
Radcliffe Road in Slaithwaite. (Image: Google)

Teenager admits manslaughter of Katie Rough

A 16-year-old girl has admitted the manslaughter of seven-year-old Katie Rough.
The girl appeared by video link at Leeds Crown Court where she pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility. Katie was found with severe lacerations to her neck and chest on a playing field in York in January and died later in hospital.

Undated handout file photo issued by North Yorkshire Police of Katie Rough, as a 16-year-old girl has pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court to the manslaughter of the seven-year-old. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday July 3, 2017. See PA story COURTS York. Photo credit should read: North Yorkshire Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Katie Rough.

Calls for drugs tests at Leeds Festival

The organiser of Leeds Festival wants to start drugs testing at the event to check whether substances brought by those attending are not potentially fatal.

Melvin Benn hopes the controversial tests will soon start at all UK festivals, and is currently waiting for government approval in order to have a licence in place ahead of this year’s festival at Bramham Park in August.

It comes after the tests were trialled on festival-goers at the Secret Garden Party and Kendal Calling last year. Mr Benn said drugs at festivals were “part of society” and despite not condoning it, wanted to make the event safer.

Leeds Festival
Leeds Festival

Permission pulled for town centre sculpture

A sculpture earmarked for New Street has seen planning permission pulled by Kirklees.

The sculpture was planned for the pedestrian zone at the end of the street, although Newsome councillor Andrew Cooper says the application has now been withdrawn after it was opposed by Huddersfield Civic Society.

Man dies after fall from bridge

A man has died after falling from a bridge in Halifax town centre.

Police have confirmed they were called to North Bridge at around 6.36am following reports of a casualty. A spokesperson confirmed:

“The body of a man has been recovered and early stage enquiries are ongoing to determine the full circumstances.”

North Bridge, Halifax
North Bridge, Halifax

Royal Mail reveal number of dog attacks on postal workers in Huddersfield

Royal Mail have revealed 13 postmen and women were attacked by dogs in Huddersfield in the past year.

The figure comes as they launch their Dog Awareness Week - promoting more awareness of responsible dog ownership. Over the past five years, there have been 78 attacks on postal service workers in the HD postcode area.

In July last year, postie Jack Park-Paul was attacked while delivering a round in Meltham, meaning post was suspended there for several weeks. A man was later prosecuted over the attack.

Postman

Huddersfield detective hands baton to son after 31 years' service

A veteran Kirklees Superintendent is hanging up his uniform today as he bids a fond farewell following more than three decades of service.

Supt Paul Jeffrey is handing the reins over to son Harry - who joined the force just last year.

Paul joined the police in 1986 and has since worked a number of roles before joining the Kirklees team in 2012 as Detective Chief Inspector Crime Manager.

He said: “Now it’s time for me to hand over the baton to my son Harry who joined West Yorkshire Police in September 2016 at Toller Lane Police station, where I started my career as a fresh face 19-year-old. I hope he will enjoy his service as much as I have and carry on the proud family tradition.”

(Left to right): Brother and police dog handler Simon Jeffrey, Paul Jeffrey, Harry Jeffrey (junior) and Paul's father Harry Jeffrey (senior) - also a retired Pc
(Left to right): Brother and police dog handler Simon Jeffrey, Paul Jeffrey, Harry Jeffrey (junior) and Paul's father Harry Jeffrey (senior) - also a retired Pc (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Abandoned pony found wandering the streets

Officers stumbled across an unusual lost and found this weekend - in the form of a stray horse on the loose in Thongsbridge.

This pony was found wandering around by the side of Springwood Road after several members of the public called in concerned.

The female was found in poor health and was taken in by a sanctuary to be looked after. Kirklees Rural neighbourhood police team posted these pictures on their Facebook page on Saturday, saying: “Officers came to her rescue. There were several calls from members of the public who were concerned about her.

She is in a bit of a bad way and needs a lot of care and attention which we’re sure she’ll get at the Sanctuary who have kindly taken her in.”

Abandoned pony found wandering around Thongsbridge
Abandoned pony found wandering around Thongsbridge (Image: Kirklees Rural Police)
Stray pony found wandering round Thongsbridge
Stray pony found wandering round Thongsbridge (Image: Kirklees Rural Police)

Woman arrested for hiding knife up her sleeve

A Kirklees Pc says a woman has been arrested after found to be concealing a knife up her sleeve.

Pc Chloe Nelson arrested the woman in Dewsbury last night for having the weapon in public.

Rescue service forced to knock through wall to rescue trapped cat

Rescue services had to knock through someone’s wall after a cat got wedged between two houses yesterday afternoon.

The fire service were called after the puss became wedged in an air gap between the two buildings on Dean End in Greetland, near Elland, at 4.15pm. Crews were there for four hours trying to free the cat hoping to do it without having to resort to knocking through the wall, but eventually had to as there was no other way.

Watch Commander Daniel Gledhill, from the rescue unit at Cleckheaton Fire Station, said “there was no way it would have been able get free - it was fully stuck”.

“We had to knock a small hole through the wall and eventually got it free. It was totally covered in dust and very frightened.”

Dean End, Greetland
Dean End, Greetland

'Suspicious' fire at garage

Police are investigating a blaze at a garage on Huddersfield Road, Dewsbury, last night.

Five cars were set on fire at the RS Motors lot at around 11pm last night. The fire is thought to have been started deliberately. Crews were called from Dewsbury Fire Station and spent 45 minutes extinguishing the fire.

No-one was on the premises at the time, and the owner was notified and attended. Local residents were also spoken to and reassured.

Rush hour round-up

Very slow on the M62 eastbound approaching the junction for Chain Bar this morning.

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
M62 motorway.
M62 motorway.

Morning, Huddersfield

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.

First sunset of May over Victoria Tower, Castle Hill
First sunset of May over Victoria Tower, Castle Hill

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