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Three-vehicle accident causes tailbacks on M62

One lane closed and very slow traffic due to accident involving three cars on M62 Eastbound between J26 M606 / A58 (Chain Bar) and J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome).

Lane three (of three) is closed.

Good Samaritan car jacked

The incident occurred at around 1.40am on Saturday 24 June on Lintherop Lane. The victim was driving in the direction of Denby Dale Road when his car was flagged down by two males, who were standing at the road site beside a vehicle with its hazard lights flashing.

The males asked the victim, a man in his 60s, for help and said their car had broken down.

While getting out of the car, the victim was struck to the face by the suspects who took his car keys and made off in his vehicle.

The first suspect is described as mixed race, around 5ft 5ins tall, of stocky build and had slight stubble. He is believed to have spoken in a foreign accent, and was wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

The second suspect is described as white, in his late teens to early 20s, of slim build and around 6ft tall. He had short cut, fair hair.

They were standing beside a small saloon vehicle, which was a cream or yellow colour. It is believed to have been a 56-plate registration.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Constable 1165 Chris Eglen at Huddersfield CID via 101 quoting crime reference number 13170044509.

E-fit of Denby Dale carjacking suspect
E-fit of Denby Dale carjacking suspect (Image: WYP)

Sex offender on European Arrest Warrant

A convicted child sex offender thought to be working in Dewsbury is wanted on a European Arrest Warrant.

Florin Sztoica , 18, is the subject of a European Arrest Warrant after being found guilty of child sex offences in Romania.

Sztoica was sentenced to two years and six months in jail in his native country but he is thought to be living and working in West Yorkshire.

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: “Officers have been conducting extensive enquiries to find him. It is believed that Florin Sztoica has been living and working in the Dewsbury area of Kirklees but that he may have contacts across West Yorkshire and UK.”

Anyone who has any information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact police via 101 quoting 13170322082.

Sex offender Florin Sztoica is wanted on a European Arrest Warrant
Sex offender Florin Sztoica is wanted on a European Arrest Warrant (Image: WYP)

One of today's most read stories

Bowlers and snooker players are leaving the sports ground at PPG Canalside rather than accept changes imposed by owners Huddersfield Town.

Some teams have already quit the site following an announcement that bowling and snooker facilities were to be reduced.

Huddersfield Town's PPG Canalside car park
Huddersfield Town's PPG Canalside car park (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

Rail replacement bus warning

Replacement bus service running on Transpennine Express between Huddersfield and York due to engineering works from 11:45pm on Saturday to 9am on Sunday.

Appeal to catch shop theft culprit

Do you recognise this man? Huddersfield police have released his picture and want to speak to him in connection with a theft from a shop on Monday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact them via 101 quoting crime reference 13170315327.

Your reactions to latest blow over hospital shake up

Here’s what some of our readers have been saying after our report on nearly 500 job losses and beds being cut to just 64 at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

The shocking details were revealed in a report from the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust yesterday.

Tim Radcliffe said: “Huddersfield, one of the largest towns in the UK, a Premiership football team, a thriving university with over 25,000 students, and soon to have the equivalent of a cottage hospital with no A&E. Come on Thelma, prove to us that your pre-election promises were not just hot air.”

Nikki Hanson said: “I hope Dewsbury, Wakefield and Barnsley are ready for all the extra patients as they are much nearer to Huddersfield than Halifax for some people.”

Nick Smith wrote on Facebook: “64 beds for a town of 145,000 plus. That’s going to be cosy. These people are seriously get a salary for this, they should hang their heads in shame. The whole situation is a complete farce and people should be accountable past, present and future predictions”.

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Acre Street, Lindley, Huddersfield
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary

Man denies outraging public decency near where children were playing

A Deighton man has pleaded not guilty to outraging public decency after he was accused on camera of committing a lewd sexual act near children.

Lee Beal, 40, of Lilac Court, has appeared before Kirklees Magistrates this morning charged with the offence. It comes after a video was shared on Facebook on Wednesday of him being confronted by residents on Riddings Road, after he was allegedly seen sexually inappropriate behaviour in his car near to where children were playing.

Beal has been remanded into custody and will re-appear for trial at a later date.

Shots fired on Riddings Road
Riddings Road, Deighton

Today's top stories

Here’s what you lot have been reading most so far today...

  • Huddersfield will be left with just 64 hospital beds if the unpopular infirmary shake-up plan goes ahead. This our front page story of today’s paper after going up yesterday afternoon - and it’s still the top read. In case you’ve missed it, read the full story here.
  • Bowlers and snooker players are leaving the sports ground at PPG Canalside rather than accept changes imposed by owners Huddersfield Town. Find out why here.
  • A father and son have been given suspended sentences after using a baseball bat to assault another man in Marsh. Read the full court report and their sentences here.
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

Hearing into bungalow fire which killed elderly lady

An inquest is being held today into the death of a Crosland Moor pensioner who died in a house fire.

Rose Inns, 86, perished in the blaze at the bungalow on Moorside Avenue in January this year. The fire broke out overnight and fire services battled to extinguish the blaze, also treating a male neighbour for smoke inhalation.

The hearing in Bradford today will hear more evidence over how the fire started.

Fatal fire Moorside Avenue, Crosland Moor
Fatal fire Moorside Avenue, Crosland Moor (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

David Blunkett picks up honorary degree in Huddersfield

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett is in Huddersfield today to receive an honorary degree from the University.

David, who is originally from Sheffield and studied at the former Huddersfield Polytechnic, picked up the honorary doctorate for his services to government and education.

File photo dated 23/03/10 of former home secretary David Blunkett who said the Labour government "acted responsibly" over the release of a Guantanamo Bay detainee who went on to carry out an Islamic State suicide attack in Iraq. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday February 22, 2017. See PA story POLICE IS. Photo credit should read: David Cheskin/PA Wire
Former home secretary David Blunkett (Image: David Cheskin/PA Wire)

National news

Let’s take a look at what’s in the headlines this lunchtime...

TEENAGER ARRESTED AFTER SPATE OF FIVE ACID ATTACKS

Police investigating a string of acid attacks in te capital this morning have arrested a 16-year-old boy. Five people were injured after having acid thrown in their faces by moped riders in the space of just 90 minutes in different areas of the city late last night. The Met Police have said they believe the attacks to be linked.

THOUSANDS TURN OUT TO PAY RESPECTS FOR BRADLEY LOWERY

Mourners have donned their football strips and lined the streets to wave goodbye to six-year-old Bradley Lowery this morning. The Sunderland fan lost his battle with neuroblastoma last week. The ceremony, held at St Joseph’s Church in County Durham, was attended by Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe who forged a friendship with the youngster during his cancer battle. The hashtag #cancerhasnocolours has been trending on Twitter today as people wear their football kits in memory of Bradley.

TEENAGER ARRESTED IN SURREY CHARGED WITH TERRORISM OFFENCES

A teenager has been charged with terrorism offences. The 17-year-old boy, who was arrested in the Redhill area of Surrey on Tuesday, has been charged with three counts of disseminating terrorist publications and one count of preparation of terrorist acts. Surrey Police said he is to appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday morning.

The funeral cortege leaves St Joseph's Church in Blackhall, County Durham following the funeral of Bradley Lowery, the six-year-old football mascot whose cancer battle captured hearts around the world, took place. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 14, 2017. See PA story FUNERAL Bradley. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
The funeral cortege for youngster Bradley Lowery in Blackhall, County Durham (Image: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)

Man arrested on drugs and theft offences after police chase in Brighouse

We have a bit more information on the arrest following a police chase, after a helicopter was seen over the M62 last night.

Police have confirmed a man has been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and stealing a car.

A spokesperson said: “Police attended a fail to stop road traffic collision on Coal Pit Lane, at around 7.35pm yesterday evening (14/07).

“The vehicle, a black Skoda, had been in collision with a wall after making off from officers. The occupants then made off from the vehicle on foot.

“One male, aged 17, was arrested nearby on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a controlled class B drug and on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle. He remains in police custody.

“Anyone with information should contact police on 101.”

The West Yorkshire Police helicopter
The West Yorkshire Police helicopter

Would-be robber hit his victim with a metal pole

Detectives are appealing after a woman was subjected to a violent attempted robbery in Dalton.

It happened on Wednesday morning when the victim, a woman in her forties, was walking on Standiforth Road at around 9.10am. A man approached her and grabbed her handbag, resulting in a struggle. As the woman tried to run away, the man hit her on the leg with a metal pole. He made off towards Grand Cross Road. Luckily nothing was taken in the incident and the woman was not seriously hurt.

Standiforth Road, Dalton
Standiforth Road, Dalton

College is among top five in the country

Kirklees College has been named one of the best colleges in the country for apprenticeships.

The college has been ranked 5th in the UK of the Government’s 2017 National Achievement Rates Tables. It’s also only one of two further education colleges named on the list, with most of the other being private companies providing apprenticeships and skills training. There are currently 2,800 students doing apprenticeships at the College in more than 30 different subjects.

Principal Marie Gilluley said: “We are so proud and delighted that our college has been recognised for the quality of our Apprenticeship training nationally.”

Kirklees College
Kirklees College

Crisps recalled over fears for allergy sufferers

Doritos are recalling one of their most popular crisps due to allergen fears.

Chilli Heatwave crisps are being recalled after dairy products found in the flavourings, which could prove dangerous to people who are lactose-intolerant. Milk, cheese powder and milk protein were found in the crisp’s flavourings, which weren’t mentioned on some of the bags.

About one in 20 people in the UK suffer from lactose intolerance.

Chilli Heatwave crisps
Chilli Heatwave crisps (Image: Doritos)

Hero PCs miss out on police bravery award

The officers who arrested Jo Cox’s killer were down in London where they were nominated for a police bravery award last night.

Sadly, Craig Nicholls and Jonathan Wright missed out on the award for detaining Thomas Mair while unarmed last year. Looks like they had a brilliant night nonetheless!

Fire at Holme Park Court

Fire services were called to a kitchen fire at Berry Brow high rises this morning.

Crews attended the second floor flat at Holme Park Court after a pile of clothes left on a heater set fire. The small blaze was extinguished and didn’t spread to any further rooms. No one was injured.

Appliances from Huddersfield, Skelmanthorpe, Slaithwaite, Halifax and Cleckheaton attended after the callout was made at 9.30am.

Holme Park Court, Berry Brow
Holme Park Court, Berry Brow

Yorkshire Sculpture Park celebrates 40th anniversary

One of our biggest attractions marks 40 years since its opening this weekend.

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park at Bretton is marking the milestone with a weekend of events and exhibitions called ‘A Weekend of Wonderful Things’. There are new exhibitions on at the Long Gallery and Underground Gallery, while the centre’s gift shop and café will be open late.

Last year, the Sculpture Park welcomed 400,000 visitors and remains one of the biggest tourist pulls in the region.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton. Sculptor, Zak Ove with his 80 identical two-metre-tall graphite figures. Black and Blue: The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton. Sculptor, Zak Ove with his 80 identical two-metre-tall graphite figures. Black and Blue: The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness.

Police launch campaign to tackle honour crime

Police today are launching a campaign to raise awareness of forced marriage and ‘honour’ attacks and abuse in memory of a West Yorkshire teenager murdered by her parents.

Shafilea Ahmed, 17, was killed by her parents in 2003 after it’s thought she turned down an arranged marriage. Today would have been her 31st birthday.

West Yorkshire Police today launch a campaign in the Bradford teen’s memory to raise the profile of the issue, with crime commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson signing a pledge at the Day of Memory conference in Leeds held by honour abuse charity Karma Nirvana.

Mark said: “Often the victims of “honour” based abuse can feel totally isolated from their own families and find it very difficult to come forward for a number of complex reasons. It’s crucial that events such as this one are held to reinforce a wider understanding of such abuse, as well as remembering those who have suffered so much as a result, and in the end tragically lost their lives.”

silhouette of a child, abuse, stock
silhouette of a child, abuse, stock

Today's weather

Weather-wise, it’s a fairly average and uneventful-looking day ahead, today. A forecast of cloud, intermittent showers through the morning with the sun hopefully peeping out to say hello later in the afternoon.

Temperature highs of 17 degrees. Happy Friday!

Police called after FORTY cows let loose on the road

What heifer next! Officers were called to deal with more than 40 cows loose on the road last night.

Kirklees Rural policing team posted these pictures of the bovine bother-causers. The cows were quickly moo-ved along after police arrived.

Bovine botherers moo-ved from the road by police
Bovine botherers moo-ved from the road by police (Image: Kirklees Rural)
Bovine botherers moo-ved from the road by police
Bovine botherers moo-ved from the road by police (Image: Kirklees Rural)

M62 police chase ends in arrests

Police arrested two people last night after a police chase on the M62.

A police helicopter was deployed to find the two at around 8pm after they ran from a vehicle during the motorway pursuit. They were later located in Clifton, Brighouse.

Rush hour round-up

As well as the problems on the motorway, 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
  • Also very busy heading towards Cooper Bridge on Wakefield Road from Brighouse/the M62
  • 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 traffic on Halifax Road, Huddersfield

Delays on the M62 eastbound due to accident

Very slow traffic on the M62 eastbound this morning after a crash involving two lorries near to junction 25 for Brighouse.

Congestion is back past Ainley Top. Here’s what it’s currently looking like...

Traffic is also very slow on the same carriage further back by junctions 18 and 19 due to an accident involving a car and lorry. One lane is blocked so careful here if you’re heading across the Pennines.

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.

View over Meltham towards Castle Hill taken by Shane Wilkinson
View over Meltham towards Castle Hill taken by Shane Wilkinson (Image: Shane Wilkinson)

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 .