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 also 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.

You can also download our app to get news on the go and push notifications 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 .

Thirteen arrested in raids on heroin and crack gang

Thirteen people have been arrested in raids on a gang suspected of dealing ‘large quantities’ of heroin and crack in West Yorkshire.

The operation saw swoops on 33 addresses in Leeds.

Of those arrested, 11 have been charged with offences relating to the supply of Class A drugs.

The operation took place after several phone numbers were traced to suspected heroin and crack dealers in Leeds.

In this week’s raids officers recovered a large quantity of cocaine and heroin, approximately £10,000 in cash, mobile phones linked to the supply of drugs and weapons, mainly knives.

Strike to cause disruption on Northern Rail service

Just two-fifths of daytime Northern Rail services will be running between Saturday and Monday due to strike action.

The strike called by union RMT, over plans to introduce driver only trains, will affect services between Huddersfield, Leeds, Barnsley and Sheffield.

Rail replacement buses will in action, including between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge and Greenfield.

Rail strike over driver only operated trains. Huddersfield railway station. The matrix board on Huddersfield railway station platform which affected Northern Rail passengers.
Rail strike

Huddersfield MP blasts Trade Secretary over 'silly' criticism of BBC's Brexit coverage

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has attacked the BBC and other media organisations for preferring to see “Britain fail than see Brexit succeed”.
Brexiteer Dr Fox made the comments in response to concerns that negative media coverage was undermining his efforts to make trade deals with countries outside the EU.
Labour veteran Mr Sheerman said it was a “silly attack” on the BBC and called for the minister to resign amid claims he had lost the confidence of manufacturers for “living in cloud cuckoo land” over Britain’s future.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox leaves 10 Downing Street
International Trade Secretary Liam Fox leaves 10 Downing Street (Image: Getty Images Europe)
General Election count, Cathedral House, Huddersfield. Barry Sheerman.
Barry Sheerman

Campaigners celebrate 69th anniversary of NHS

Campaigners fighting to save Huddersfield’s A&E celebrated the 69th birthday of the NHS outside Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

On July 5, 1948, the National Health Service was established by Minister for Health Aneurin Bevan and the Labour Party as one of the major social reforms following the Second World War.

Hands Off HRI held up a forest of blue placards, banners and posters to show their support for the hospital and for the NHS.

HandsOffHRI celebrates the 69th birthday of the NHS outside Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
HandsOffHRI celebrates the 69th birthday of the NHS outside Huddersfield Royal Infirmary

£105,000 BMW seized

Across the Pennines this BMW i8 was seized because the driver had no insurance.

Wonder what the insurance premium for such a flashy car is?

Pictures from Prince Harry's visit

Here are some pictures of Prince Harry on his visit to West Yorkshire today.

The royal has been visiting the Haribo factory in Pontefract, as well as giving a talk on mental health in Leeds and chatting to children at a Rugby Football League festival at Headingley Stadium.

Prince Harry speaks to children at the Headingley Carnegie Stadium, home of the Leeds Rhinos, for the Sky Try Rugby League Festival. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 6, 2017. The festival is part of a drive to get 700,000 children playing rugby league and the prince will see eight and nine-year-olds from seven local primary schools in Leeds take part in seven-a-side touch rugby league games. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Prince Harry speaks to children at the Headingley Carnegie Stadiume
Prince Harry meets members of the public as he leaves following a visit to the Leeds Leads: Encouraging Happy Young Minds event, a charity fair and panel discussion aimed at highlighting the issues that affect the mental well-being of young people in the city and how organisations can support future generations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 6, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Prince Harry meets members of the public as he leaves following a visit to the Leeds Leads: Encouraging Happy Young Minds event, a charity fair and panel discussion aimed at highlighting the issues that affect the mental well-being of young people in the city and how organisations can support future generations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 6, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Prince Harry speaks during a visit to the Leeds Leads: Encouraging Happy Young Minds event, a charity fair and panel discussion aimed at highlighting the issues that affect the mental well-being of young people in the city and how organisations can support future generations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 6, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Prince Harry speaks during a visit to the Leeds Leads: Encouraging Happy Young Minds event, a charity fair and panel discussion aimed at highlighting the issues that affect the mental well-being of young people in the city and how organisations can support future generations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 6, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Norristhorpe Juniors awarded best primary school

Norristhorpe Junior & Infant School in Liversedge has been named Top Primary School of the year at the Examiner Schools Awards.

Delays on the M62 at Rishworth Moor

Slow traffic on the M62 eastbound due to an earlier broken down vehicle.

Congestion is between 21 and 22 approaching Rishworth Moor.

Stock Pics: M62 motorway near Pole Moor, New Hey Road A640.

Shelley College wins top communication award

Congratulations, Shelley College!

Lena Headey opens up about her post-natal depression

Huddersfield actress Lena Headey has spoken out about her battle with post-natal depression in a candid interview.

Lena, who plays Cersei Lannister in one of the world’s most watched shows Game of Thrones, grew up in Shelley. The 43-year-old mum-of-two, told The Edit magazine about filming for the show’s first season while suffering depression following the birth of her son Wylie in 2010.

She said: “[Filming was] really horrendous – I was postnatally depressed but I didn’t know it. I saw a doctor for the medical check, and I just burst into tears.’

“She said I was postnatally depressed and I went, ‘Am I? Why is that?’ I saw a great guy and he sorted me out, but I did the first year [on Game of Thrones] in that space, figuring out motherhood and going through a weird time personally. It was tricky.”

Lena Headey as character Cersei Lannister in the hit TV series 'Game of Thrones'.
Lena Headey as character Cersei Lannister in the hit TV series 'Game of Thrones'.

Examiner Schools Awards: Ceremony gets going to announce the best schools in Huddersfield

The might Harry Gration is presenting our Examiner Schools Awards here in Huddersfield this lunchtime.

Will your old school be one of our winners?

A dark day as sex shop shuts its doors

Some may say it’s come too soon - a sex shop has sadly closed due to a ‘decline in sales’.

The Private Shop on Bradford Road, Fartown, has shut shop following a steady downturn in profits. The building, which is Grade II-listed, was recently put on the market for £85k - although the shop was not included.

The building which is home to the Private Shop, on Bradford Road, is for sale
The building which is home to the Private Shop, on Bradford Road, is for sale

Burglars broke in before escaping with jewellery and cash

Detectives have issued an appeal after a burglary in Calderdale.

The incident occurred between 7.30am and 9am on Tuesday when entry was forced to a property on Beechwood Road, near Ovenden Park. The burglars made off with jewellery and an amount of cash.

Officers are appealing for anyone who have been in the area on Tuesday morning and who may have seen or heard anything, or anyone acting suspiciously, or who has any information to come forward. Enquiries are continuing.

Anyone with information should contact Halifax CID via 101, quoting 13170304337.

Beechwood Road, Halifax
Beechwood Road

National news

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

TRUMP HINTS AT RUSSIAN ELECTION LINKS

President Donald Trump has been speaking ahead of the G20 summit in Poland, and has claimed there is a possibility of Russian interference in the US Presidential election. Speaking in Warsaw, he accused Russia of “destabilising behaviour”, saying “nobody really knows for sure” whether claims of tampering were true. In his keynote speech, Trump also said that “Western civilisation is at stake” due to the threat from terrorism and extremism.

CHILCOT: TONY BLAIR WAS NOT ‘STRAIGHT WITH THE NATION’ OVER IRAQ WAR
Sir John Chilcot has said he does not believe Tony Blair was “straight with the nation” about his decisions in the run-up to the Iraq War.
The chairman of the public inquiry into the 2003 conflict said the former prime minister had been “emotionally truthful” in his account of events leading up to the war.
In an interview with the BBC Sir John was then asked if Mr Blair was as truthful with him and the public as he should have been during the seven-year inquiry. 1.2 MILLION TO SUFFER FROM DEMENTIA BY 2040, STUDY SUGGESTS

More than 1.2 million people in England and Wales will have dementia by 2040, new research suggests.
People are living longer lives, which is fuelling a rise in the number with the condition, experts writing in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) said.
Researchers from University College London and the University of Liverpool used data to estimate that there were approximately 767,000 people with dementia in England and Wales last year.

Poland's President Andrzej Duda, right, and U.S President Donald Trump attend a news conference with at Royal Castle, in Warsaw, Thursday July 6, 2017. Poland's President says he hopes the European nation will "soon" sign a long-term contract for U.S. liquefied gas deliveries that will help it cut dependence on Russian imports. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Poland's President Andrzej Duda, right, and U.S President Donald Trump attend a news conference in Warsaw ahead of the G20 summit.

Burglars jailed after being caught out by their Yorkshire flat caps

This isn’t local - but you need to hear it anyway... Two Yorkshire burglars have been jailed after they were caught - due to their flat caps.

Shane Richards and Carl Riddiough, both 30, were caught when police tracked them down through DNA left on the iconic hats, associated with Yorkshire and often seen sported in Last Of The Summer Wine.

Flat caps found on the car seat belonging to Richards and Riddiough
Flat caps found on the car seat belonging to Richards and Riddiough (Image: North Yorkshire Police)

The pair from Doncaster targeted elderly people in North Yorkshire, carrying out a series of distraction burglaries. One would knock on the door saying their ball had been kicked into the victim’s back garden, while the other sneaked into the house to steal belongings. They were tracked down by one witness who spotted two men in flat caps behaving suspiciously in a car, which was later tracked down and the hats found on the back seat.

Both were jailed for four-and-a-half years after admitting the burglaries.

(L-R) Shane Richards and Carl Riddiough
(L-R) Shane Richards and Carl Riddiough (Image: North Yorkshire Police)

PM lobbied over Nestlé moving jobs to Poland

The Prime Minster is being urged to stop Nestlé moving production of the Blue Riband biscuit to Poland, which affects local jobs.

The shift in production has been announced for their Halifax site, as well as in York and Newcastle. Some 300 jobs will be hit as a result - although the Halifax site are hoping for voluntary redundancies.

Theresa May has been lobbied over the move by the Shadow International Trade Minister Bill Esterson, who has urged her to strike a deal with Nestlé to prevent jobs being lost.

File photo dated 19/2/2013 of the sign outside the Nestle factory in Hayes, Middlesex. Confectionery giant Nestle is planning to cut almost 300 jobs, mainly in York and Newcastle, and move production of the Blue Riband chocolate biscuit to Poland, the GMB and Unite unions said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 25, 2017. See PA story INDUSTRY Nestle. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
(Image: Steve Parsons/PA Wire)

Discovery rekindles 'Yorkshire Dipper' fears

The body discovered in the canal yesterday is the seventh in 18 months - rekindling concerns over a possible ‘Yorkshire Dipper’.

The theory has never been publicly acknowledged by police, although some residents in the area say they are concerned the deaths may be connected.

Bodies of six men and one woman have now been pulled from the area’s waterways since last year.

Discovery of seven bodies in canal and river around Dewsbury and Huddersfield
Discovery of seven bodies in canal and river around Dewsbury and Huddersfield

Canal death "not being treated as suspicious"

The death of a man whose body was pulled from the canal yesterday is not being treated as suspicious, police have confirmed.

The man’s body was discovered in the Calder Hebble Navigation yesterday afternoon off Forge Lane, Thornhill.

A police spokesperson said this morning: “Officers are continuing enquiries to establish the full circumstances.”

police tape stock

Five-figure cheque handed to Forget Me Not Hospice

Sainsburys’ Shorehead store have handed over £10,000 to the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

The Hospice was named the supermarket’s charity partner of the year last year, and money boxes at tills collected donations for the centre, which requires about the same amount of money a day to stay open.

WATCH: Social workers at the picket line in Aspley

More than 200 council social workers have gone on strike in a row over working hours, saying they “can take no more”.

Here’s some footage from the picket line at Riverbank Court in Aspley this morning. You can read the full story from yesterday here.

Warning on overnight closures on the M62

The M62 will be closing overnight tomorrow and Saturday night.

Both carriages are to shut between 8pm and 6am between junctions 24 and 22 - so make sure you have an alternative route planned if you’re making any airport runs.

Highways England say the closures are due to overhead electric works.

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

Man jailed for making threatening calls to ex while in prison

A man has been jailed for two years for breaching his restraining order - while in prison for the same offence.

Benjamin Jarvis from Halifax was sentenced after he made threatening phone calls on four occasions to his ex while in prison for making a similar breach of the order in January.

Jarvis, 31, was sentenced in January 2017 to four months in prison after being convicted of breaching the order which bans contact with his former partner.

Det Chief Insp Chris Gibson said: “In spite of already being sentenced for 4 months against his partner, Jarvis believed that he could continue to intimidate and threaten her further and be immune to further action from the authorities.”

Benjamin Jarvis, 31
Benjamin Jarvis, 31 (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

A trip to West Yorkshire for Prince Harry

Prince Harry will be in West Yorkshire both today and tomorrow.

Sadly the Royal won’t be gracing Huddersfield with his presence. He’ll be visiting the Haribo factory in Castleford, as well as stopping by a mental health charity in Leeds as part of the Heads Together campaign.

Prince Harry who has admitted he once "wanted out" of the Royal Family
Prince Harry

Slow on the M62 westbound

Slow traffic on the M62 westbound around junction 20 due to an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have now been re-opened but traffic looking a little slow.

Unsafe cladding to be removed from tower blocks

Cladding on a block of Calderdale flats that has been deemed unsafe will be removed, owners say, but residents won’t be evacuated.

The material on the high-rise building in Mixenden failed recent safety tests following the fire at Grenfell Tower, but owners Together Housing have said that residents won’t be moved out while the cladding is replaced. Director of Property Services at Together Housing director of property service George Paterson said:

“Together Housing will be removing the cladding as soon as possible in a planned and safe manner that causes minimal disruption.”

Undated handout photo issued by Together Housing of tower blocks in Lower Mixenden, Halifax
Undated handout photo issued by Together Housing of tower blocks in Lower Mixenden, Halifax (Image: Together Housing/PA Wire)

Weather warnings for rain in Huddersfield

Weather warnings are in place today for rain - forecasters say it’s a 50/50 chance but West Yorkshire could be in for a downpour.

One thing’s for sure is that it’s looking pretty muggy - temperature highs of 25 degrees.

The Hepworth Wakefield named UK's best museum

The Hepworth museum in Wakefield as been officially named the UK’s top museum at an awards ceremony last night.

The attraction beat the likes of the Tate Modern to take the top title, and wins £100,000 from The Art Fund.

The ceremony was held last night at the British Museum in London. Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar said the Hepworth, which features contemporary sculpture as well as other art, had been “a powerful force of energy from the moment it opened”.

Fantastic news for West Yorkshire tourism!

The Hepworth, Wakefield
The Hepworth, Wakefield (Image: Flickr/Stephen Bowler)

Rush hour round up

All’s looking in Bristol fashion on the roads this morning - no incidents to let you know of on the M62 or M1. 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
  • Slow on Ovenden Road in Halifax
  • Busy on Whitehall Road, Wyke, heading towards the M62
New proposals would aim to reduce rush hour traffic on Halifax Road, Huddersfield
Rush hour on Halifax Road

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.

James McElhoney - Along the catchwater, Blackmoorfoot
James McElhoney - Along the catchwater, Blackmoorfoot (Image: James McElhoney)

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 .