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M62 all clear

The incident at junction 23 eastbound has been cleared sooner than expected and traffic is flowing freely again.

M62 smash leaves motorway empty as two lanes closed

This is the M62 eastbound near Huddersfield after a crash near J23.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson has confirmed reports of a two car collision but it is not thought anyone is seriously injured.

Two lanes are now closed, causing congestion for motorists coming back from Greater Manchester.

Normal traffic conditions are not expected until well after 8pm.

M62 empty after a crash at J23 (Crown copyright)
M62 empty after a crash at J23 (Crown copyright) (Image: Crown)

Lane closed on the M62 near Huddersfield

Two vehicles have collided near junction 23 of the M62 eastbound near Outlane.

Police and Highways have closed one lane.

Jams are likely to build up until the incident is cleared.

M1 delays

Slow traffic due to broken down car on M1 Southbound between J42 M62 (Lofthouse) and J41 A650 (Carrgate).

Area where body found was where at least FOUR bodies were found last year

  • In August 2016, Linda Sheard, 36, from Mirfield, was found in the Calder and Hebble Navigation off Station Road, Mirfield.
  • In March a teenager, a pensioner and two middle aged men were found floating in waterways around Dewsbury and Mirfield.

Body found in canal

Emergency services have recovered the body of a man in a canal in Dewsbury.

The body was recovered from the Calder and Hebble Navigation, off Forge Lane, at around 3pm, after it was spotted by a member of the public.

It is not yet known how the man entered the water and police inquiries are ongoing.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “Police were called around 2.55pm today following a report of a body in the canal near to a bridge at Forge Lane.

“The body of a man has been recovered from the water and a scene is place whilst officer conduct their early stage enquiries.”

Forge Lane, Dewsbury, as it crosses the Calder and Hebble Navigation
Forge Lane, Dewsbury, as it crosses the Calder and Hebble Navigation (Image: Google Street View)

Car blocking cycle lane causes annoyance

As the cyclist comments: “This, ladies and gentlemen is a cycle lane, it’s not a buffer zone for your cr**py parking skills.”

Our thoughts too.

Car blocks cycle lane on Westbourne Road, Marsh
Car blocks cycle lane on Westbourne Road, Marsh (Image: Mark Hemingway)

Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) respond to incident in Dewsbury

We’ll bring you more information as soon as we have it.

One of today's top stories

Holidaymakers have been left fuming after Leeds-based travel firm Jet2 cancelled their holidays to Tenerife.

The travel firm has apologised to disappointed customers after it accidentally advertised an online price which was too low.

Jet2 cancelled their holidays to Tenerife
Jet2 cancelled their holidays to Tenerife

Warning over 'pets for sale' scam

Police in Huddersfield are warning pet owners about the latest online scam.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau have warned that more people are advertising pets - particularly puppies and kittens - for sale on auction websites. The fraudsters will place an advert for the pet saying the creature is held somewhere accessible or overseas, before taking the person’s money. However, the pet does not materialise.

Police have said: “When thinking of buying a pet, consider buying them in person from rescue centres or from reputable breeders.”

Australian Shepherd dog and cat in basket

Night M62 closures

Advance warning: The M62 Eastbound will be closed for roadworks between junctions 22 A672 (Rishworth Moor) and 24 (Ainley Top) between 8pm and 6am from 8pm on July 7 to 6am on July 9.

Traffic cops keeping low profile

Woman doing 26 marathons in 26 days to help lady she has never met

A Mirfield woman is doing 26 marathons in 26 days to raise thousands for a woman she has never met.

Kelly Williams’ marathon challenge is all part of her Spread A Little Sunshine campaign - encouraging more people to carry out acts of kindness. The postie is raising £60,000 for a woman called Sol in Argentina, who needs stem cell treatment for deadly Lyme Disease.

Kelly said: “I saw this plea for help on Facebook and it really resonated with me - I couldn’t stop thinking about it and decided I needed to do something.”

You can find out more and donate to the cause here.

Kelly Williams is doing 26 marathons in 26 days
Kelly Williams is doing 26 marathons in 26 days

Driver stopped on M62 for hogging lane

Nobody likes a lane hogger...

Appeal for wanted man

Police are hunting a man wanted for questioning over burglary and robbery offences who has links to the Kirklees area.

Paul Ewart, 36, from Leeds, is wanted in connection with offences across West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire. Police say he has links to the Batley area.

He is described as white, 6ft tall, medium to slim build, with brown hair and blue eyes. He is pictured with a beard but may have shaved. Members of the public are advised not to approach him but to contact the police immediately.

Anyone with any information that could assist in tracing him is asked to contact Leeds District Crime Team at Elland Road via 101 quoting crime number 13170276718.

Paul Ewart
Paul Ewart (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

National news

Here are the main headlines this lunchtime...

TASKFORCE SENT IN TO HELP COUNCIL IN WAKE OF GRENFELL TRAGEDY

The Government is sending in a specialist taskforce to help run Kensington and Chelsea council in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.
Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, has on Wednesday announced the independent Recovery Taskforce would assist with the longer term recovery of the area.

POLICE ‘COULD HAVE PREVENTED VIGILANTE MURDER OF FALSELY ACCUSED REFUGEE’
Police could have prevented the murder of a disabled refugee by a vigilante who wrongly believed he was a paedophile, a damning report has said.
Bijan Ebrahimi, 44, was beaten to death and his body set on fire outside his home in Capgrave Crescent in Brislington, Bristol, by neighbour Lee James in July 2013. The IPCC report found that Avon and Somerset Police repeatedly failed Mr Ebrahimi in the seven years before his death and showed “hallmarks” of racial bias.

VATICAN HOSPITAL OFFERS TO HELP TERMINALLY-ILL CHARLIE GARD
International efforts to intervene in the case of Charlie Gard have gathered pace as the Vatican’s children’s hospital offered to take the terminally-ill boy in.
The president of the Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome, Mariella Enoc, told reporters she had asked Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) if Charlie could be transferred. Her intervention comes after US President Donald Trump and the Pope tweeted their support for the little boy, who has been at the centre of a lengthy legal battle involving his parents and doctors at the central London hospital.

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated family handout file photo of Charlie Gard. His parents have said their baby son's life-support will be switched off today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday June 29, 2017. See PA story HEALTH Charlie . Photo credit should read: Family handout/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.
Terminally-ill Charlie Gard

Plea for more organ donors from ethnic minorities in West Yorkshire

Organ donations from people from ethnic minority backgrounds in West Yorkshire is at ‘crisis level’, doctors have said.

Surgeons at Leeds General Infirmary said that a survey found just one in eight people from black and South Asian backgrounds were willing to donate. It comes as a campaign has been launched for the Government to change the law around organ donations to an ‘opt-out’ basis, as adopted in Scotland.

NHS Donor card, Organ Donor Register
NHS Donor card, Organ Donor Register

The Mirror newspaper launched the campaign following the story of nine-year-old Max Johnson who faces a race against time to find a suitable heart donor due to a condition called cardiomyopathy - meaning his heart is enlarged and his body relies on a tiny pump in his chest.

Max Johnson, 9, who is waiting for a heart transplant. Pictured at the Freeman hospital, Newcastle Pic: Andy Commins 04/07/17
Max Johnson, 9, who is waiting for a heart transplant. Pictured at the Freeman hospital, Newcastle Pic: Andy Commins 04/07/17 (Image: Mirrorpix)

Overgate Hospice van destroyed in suspected arson attack

Overgate Hospice have launched an appeal after one of their vans was destroyed in a suspected arson attack.

The van - affectionately named ‘Vernon’ by volunteers - was hit by a fire started in a skip outside the Calderdale hospice’s charity shop in Hebden Bridge on Monday. The Hospice say they are now without a means of transport for collections and events.

A spokesperson said: “Whilst the van was insured we do not think that the insurance will cover the cost of replacing the van due to the age of Vernon so we are asking for help to top this up!” They need £2,000 to get a new van - can you help? Donate to the appeal here.

Overgate Hospice van destroyed in suspected arson attack
Overgate Hospice van destroyed in suspected arson attack (Image: Overgate Hospice)

Manchester Airport T3 evacuated due to suspicious package

Something to be aware of if you’re travelling today - Terminal 3 at Manchester Airport has been evacuated following a ‘potential issue with a bag’.

Travellers said airport staff appear to be taking passengers off planes and on buses at the terminal.

A spokesman for the airport said: “Due to a potential issue with a bag in Terminal Three, a precautionary evacuation is taking place while further investigations take place.” Greater Manchester Police have also confirmed they are at the scene.

Some passengers were left standing on the runway area before being transported to Terminal 1. We’ll let you know when we hear more about this.

Manchester Airport Terminal 3 evacuated following concerns over a bag
Manchester Airport Terminal 3 evacuated following concerns over a bag (Image: MEN)

Missing pensioner found

Police have said that missing Calderdale pensioner Alan Dempsey has now been found safe and well.

Man seriously injures arm in reported chainsaw accident

A man has been flown to hospital with serious arm injuries reportedly caused by a chainsaw.

An air ambulance landed on the Golcar Cricket Club field at around 5pm yesterday. Several witnesses have told us that a man in his fifties was using a chainsaw when he seriously wounded his arm.

We are waiting for an update from the ambulance service - we’ll let you know when we hear more.

Bob Newton captured the Yorkshire Air Ambulance taking off in Honley
Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Jet2 cancel customers' holidays because they were advertised too cheap

Jet2 have come under fire this morning after cancelling West Yorkshire holidaymakers’ holidays - as they were advertised too cheap.

The Leeds Bradford-based airline had briefly advertised a price for Tenerife flights on their website that was too cheap. They’ve since apologised to customers and offered them full refunds.

Were you one of the customers who had their holiday cancelled? Get in touch with us to let us know your side of the story at editorial@examiner.co.uk or call us on 01484 437712.

A Jet2 aircraft
A Jet2 aircraft

Steve Mounie signing confirmed

Town have confirmed the signing for Steve Mounie on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old has said “I’m really excited” to join the club, and Wagner says the forward has the “perfect physical attributes for playing in a Premier League club”.

Read more here.

Steve Mounie
Steve Mounie (Image: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQuu7ssBjCU/?taken-by=stevemkms)

Concerns for welfare of missing 79-year-old

Have you seen missing pensioner Alan Dempsey?

The 79-year-old is thought to have left his home in Hebden Bridge at around 5.25pm yesterday, with the last confirmed sightong of him being at 11.15pm.

Alan is described as 5”10” tall of slim build, with brown hair. He may be wearing a blue coat and black jeans. Whilst Alan usually wears glasses and uses a walking stick he isn’t believed to have these items with him.

Police are increasingly concerned for Alan’s welfare. Due to his vulnerabilities, he may appear confused. Anyone who has seen Alan or who knows where he is now is asked to contact police via 101 quoting log 256 of July 5.

Missing Alan Dempsey
Missing Alan Dempsey (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Man taken to hospital after crashing into garden wall

One man was taken to hospital after being cut free from a car in Liversedge.

The man was involved in a collision on Union Road yesterday afternoon, the fire service have said, after crashing into a garden wall. After rescue services extricated him he was taken to hospital by ambulance.

His injuries are not thought to be serious.

Union Road, Liversedge
Union Road, Liversedge

"No serious injuries" in motorbike accident

An update from police on the motorbike accident - it’s been confirmed there were no serious injuries.

Officers were called at 6.40pm last night by ambulances on route. A red Suzuki motorbike had been involved in a collision with a red Seat Ibiza on New Mill Road, Brockholes.

Police say nobody was seriously hurt although the motorcyclist was taken to hospital as a precaution, although he’s since been discharged.

New Mill Road, Brockholes
New Mill Road, Brockholes

WATCH: Song for new signing Tom Ince fails to impress the local cattle...

Here’s something to cheer your spirits a little on a grey hump day morning - check out the cows’ less-than-impressed reactions to our Snapper About Town Dave Cowan’s song about latest Town signing Tom Ince.

Dave performed the song for his followers on Facebook, much to the disdain of the nearby heifers in Holmfirth. Love this.

Yellow weather warnings for rain

The weather today is looking overcast but muggy with highs of 21 degrees. We might see a little sun later this afternoon.

The Met Office have yellow weather warnings for the next two days for rain - so remember to pack your brollies.

Motorcyclist hurt in accident

Ambulances were called to a serious motorbike accident in Brockholes last night.

A motorcyclist has been injured after coming off his bike on New Mill Road. We’re currently waiting on an update from police as to his condition - we’ll let you know when we have more news.

The road is now fully re-open.

Ambulance, emergency, stock, NHS

Rush hour round-up

No traffic problems to report on the motorways this morning - all’s running smoothly on the M62 and M1 for now. I’ll let you know if this changes.

Here’s what’s happening on the local roads:


  • Slow traffic on Halifax Road heading into Huddersfield town centre from Ainley Top
  • Busy but moving on the Huddersfield ring road by the old Tech college
  • Heavy traffic on Wakefield Road through Mirfield
  • Slow on Ovenden Road in Halifax
Commuting times have been creeping up in West Yorkshire