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Road accident in Armitage Bridge

There has been a a road traffic accident at Armitage Bridge. We don’t know any more at the moment. Here are some photos from the scene.

M62 'all clear' after earlier incidents

All clear on the M62 now, according to Highways Yorkshire.

Disruption continues M62 westbound

Here’s the broken down lorry which is still causing problems for drivers heading towards Manchester. The lorry has broken down in lane one westbound near to Outlane. Delays are said to be easing

Broken down HGV adding to M62 problems

This is the latest from highways on the M62.

Traffic is still slow westbound, partly due to a broken down lorry at Outlane.

Cars are moving on the eastbound carriageway.

Both sides of the motorway have been reopened following an incident on the Scammonden Bridge.

Congestion continues for motorists on M62

Traffic is still at a standstill for some, although the M62 has now been reopened in both directions at Scammonden.

Vehicles at a standstill on the M62 tonight
Vehicles at a standstill on the M62 tonight

Police statement on M62 disruption

Statement from West Yorkshire Police:

Emergency services were called to the Scammonden Dam Bridge above the M62 between junctions 22 and 23 at about 6.09pm this evening to a report of a man in distress there.

Police attended and both sides of the motorway were closed while officers spoke with the male.

He was detained by police and has been taken to a place of safety.

The motorway was fully re-opened just before 7pm

Westbound traffic jams on M62

This was the scene westbound just a few minutes ago.

Drivers still stuck in tailbacks

This is the traffic situation eastbound near the famous farmhouse.

M62 reopens in both directions

Traffic problems in both directions on the M62 around Scammonden tonight - this is the latest from Highways England.

Serious problems on the M62 this evening

Another of today's most read stories

Shaunna Littlewood, 25, appeared at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court today over the alleged stabbing of Sarah Holden.

Miss Holden was found lying on a bed at Littlewood’s flat in Gladstone Court, Dewsbury , in the early hours of Sunday morning, the Huddersfield court heard.

Prosecutor Vanessa Jones said that the 24-year-old had been stabbed 17 times.

Shaunna Littlewood
Shaunna Littlewood

Sir Patrick backs assisted dying campaign

Very slow traffic on M1 following two accidents

Two lanes closed and very slow traffic due to two accidents on M1 Northbound between J39 A636 (Wakefield / Durkar) and J40 A638 (Ossett / Wakefield).
Lanes one and two (of four) is closed.

The original accident involved two cars, a lorry and a car have also collided just prior to the scene of the accident.

All vehicles are awaiting recovery in lanes one and two.

Most read today

Notorious kidnap mum Karen Matthews was surrounded by angry locals after claims she took photographs of children outside a town centre shop.

It happened in the area she was forced to relocate to following her release from prison for conspiring to have her then nine-year-old daughter Shannon kidnapped in what became a huge police investigation in 2008.

Karen Matthews makes her way to a charity shop where she spent 3 hours working
Karen Matthews makes her way to a charity shop where she spent 3 hours working

Vehicle on false plates forced to stop after chase

Strange brew

Magic Rock’s latest creation is a wheat beer with pineapple (hence the ‘piña’), lime and mint (hence the ‘mojito’).

Men arrested after theft at retail park

Two men have been arrested after a theft at a store at the Great Northern Retail Park on Leeds Road this lunchtime.

The men were arrested outside TK Maxx.

Police said: “We attended a retail park in Huddersfield today following reports of a theft. Officers were called at 13:56 to the Great Northern Retail Park and arrested two males for theft and they were detained in custody.”

First look at the new TKMax, Great Northern Retail Park.
First look at the new TKMax, Great Northern Retail Park.

Slow traffic on Halifax Road

Heavy traffic on Halifax Road heading out of Huddersfield towards Ainley Top at the moment.

The road is really slow through Edgerton and travel time is an extra seven minutes.

New proposals would aim to reduce rush hour traffic on Halifax Road, Huddersfield
Rush hour traffic on Halifax Road, Huddersfield

WATCH: Vandals target push water feature off the wall in Meltham

A video has emerged of youths pushing an expensive water feature off a wall and smashing it.

These ne’er-do-wells were caught on camera vandalising the spherical fountain feature by pushing it from a wall at Meltham Mills shortly after midnight on Friday night/Saturday morning.

Do you recognise them? An undisclosed reward has been offered for anyone who identifies them.

Number of Kirklees police officers slashed by 100

The Kirklees District has seen a cut of 100 police officers in just five years, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

Officers based in the area fell from 574 to 478 between 2010 and 2015. Before that, the number had grown from 597 in 200 to 690 in 2005.

It follows a plea from West Yorkshire Police last month over cuts to the Force’s budget and an increase in reported crime adding to the strain felt by officers. Chief Dee Collins said: “People need the reassurance that we are there when they need us.”

West Yorkshire Police are "exhausted" says Chief Cons Dee Collins
West Yorkshire Police are "exhausted" says Chief Cons Dee Collins (Image: Manchester Evening News)

Pictured: Woman accused of stabbing pal 17 times

This is Shaunna Littlewood, who has been charged with attempted murder following a stabbing in Dewsbury.

The 25-year-old is accused of stabbing friend Sarah Holden 17 times. Read the story here.

Shaunna Littlewood
Shaunna Littlewood

Our most read stories today

Here are the top stories you lo have been reading today...

  • Notorious kidnap mum Karen Matthews was surrounded by angry locals after claims she took photographs of children outside a town centre shop. Read the full story here.
  • A young boy was overjoyed and broke down in tears after his family clubbed together to buy him his best birthday present ever – a Huddersfield Town season ticket. See the heartwarming video for yourself here.
  • Also on the top read is Rory Benson’s opinion piece responding to claims Dean Hoyle went ‘too far’ in backing Wagner. Read it here.
Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner celebrates Premier League promotion with owner Dean Hoyle.
Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner celebrates Premier League promotion with owner Dean Hoyle.

WATCH: Men jailed for Halloween bike stunt

Thirteen people have been jailed for a total of nearly 15 years at court today for offences relating to the Halloween ‘ride out’ where a large number of motorbikes congregated and were ridden dangerously and anti-socially.

The twelve men and a woman were sentenced at Leeds Crown Court after earlier pleading guilty to causing a public nuisance following the incident in Leeds on October 31 last year. Each defendant was jailed for a minimum of 12 months.

National news

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

INQUIRY ANNOUNCED INTO CONTAMINATED BLOOD SCANDAL

An inquiry over patients being given blood infected with diseases such as Hepatitis C and HIV in the 1970s and 80s will be held, the Prime Minister has confirmed. The scandal left 2,400 people dead. A spokesperson for the PM said this morning: “It is a tragedy that has caused immeasurable hardship and pain for all those affected and a full inquiry to establish the truth of what happened is the right course of action to take.”

TRUMP TO VISIT UK NEXT YEAR

US President Donald Trump will likely visit the country next year. The prospect of a state visit has drawn huge controversy in the country, with nearly two million people signing a petition earlier this year calling for the honour of a state invitation to be withdrawn after the President’s highly-criticised ban on people travelling from several predominantly-Muslim countries.

GOVERNMENT REVIEW INTO GIG ECONOMY EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS BRANDED ‘FEEBLE’

A Government-ordered review into the employment rights of workers in the gig economy, which calls for better jobs to be created, has been attacked as “feeble.”
The review, headed by Matthew Taylor, a former adviser to Tony Blair, recommended a new category of worker called a “dependent contractor”, and said there should be “genuine two-way flexibility”, giving workers additional protections.

Blood Bag Heart. Donate Concept.
An inquiry has been announced into the scandal of contaminated blood which left 2,400 people dead

WATCH: Castle Hill struck by litter bugs

Looks like the litter louts have been out and about up at Castle Hill.

Take a look at this video which shows some shameful littering just metres from rubbish bins.

Huddersfield a 'cr*p hole'? We beg to disagree!
Castle Hill

Woman in court over stabbing

A woman has appeared before magistrates accused of the attempted murder of her friend.

Shauna Littlewood faces the charge. The 25-year-old is alleged to have stabbed her friend at Gladstone Court, Dewsbury, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The full report will be on our website shortly.

Kirklees Magistrates Court, Huddersfield.
Kirklees Magistrates Court, Huddersfield.

Yorkshire Show is open for business!

Today is the first day of the Great Yorkshire Show as it returns for another year.

The event, in Harrogate, was attended by more than 130,000 people last year over its three-day running, with the same numbers predicted this week. Here is a brief weather forecast if you’re heading up the A1 to check out the sheep shows and food tent...

If it’s a pick of the days - I would definitely give today’s showery forecast a swerve. Organisers have also warned that there will be armed patrols at the show this year:

Knife-clad burglars target home

Police are appealing after two men burgled a house after knocking on the window claiming there was an emergency.

The men, who were wearing high-vis jackets and had a knife, approached the female victim’s home on Millwater Avenue in Dewsbury in the early hours of yesterday morning.

There will be more information on this incident on our website shortly.

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Stunning shot of Holme Valley

Is this one of Huddersfield’s most spectacular views?

It’s certainly set the bar high. This picture was sent to us by Honley photographer Jordan Mullinger.

View over Holme Valley from Thurstonland Bank
View over Holme Valley from Thurstonland Bank (Image: Jordan Mullinger)

Serious accident on Leeds ring road

Possible heavy traffic if you’re commuting to Leeds this morning: