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Seven people have now been arrested for firearms offices after a spate of incidents in Huddersfield.
Today (Monday) police arrested a 22-year-old man in the town on suspicion of firearms offences including possession of a firearm.
He remains in custody.
High powered stolen Audi recovered
If you’re heading northbound on the M1 be aware there may be delays.
Highways Yorkshire has just tweeted about a potential incident:
Seventh arrest over firearms
Another man has been arrested today as detectives continue to investigate last week’s firearms discharges in Huddersfield.
A 22-year-old man was arrested in the town this morning on suspicion of firearms offences, including possession of a firearm and remains in custody.
He is the 7th person to have been arrested by the force’s specialist Firearms Prevent Team as enquires continue into four discharge offences and a linked affray in the local area.
A 17-year-old man who was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of firearms offences remains in custody today.
Detective Chief Inspector Jaz Khan of the Firearms Prevent Team, said: “We are continuing extensive enquiries into last week’s discharges and are also continuing to conduct house searches in the Huddersfield area today.
“We urge anyone who has information about any of these incidents to contact the team on 101, or should you wish to give information anonymously please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”
A man who slipped off a canal boat into water was rescued by firefighters.
The casualty was unable to get out of the water and crews used a short extension ladder to lead him to safety. He was then left in care of ambulance service.
Crews from Shipley attended the incident that happened on the Leeds Liverpool Cana at Shipley.
M62 fully re-open
Hurrah! All lanes on the M62 are now open again after this morning’s fire.
Plea to find missing girl
Police are appealing for information to trace the whereabouts of a 16-year-old girl who has gone missing.
Sumaiyah Hussain was last seen near to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield today (31 July) at around 10am.
She is described as an Asian female, 5ft 2”, slim build with brown hair in a bun. She was wearing black jeans, black top and black jacket.
Sumaiyah has links to areas in Kirklees.
Detective Inspector Mark Atkinson, of Kirklees CID, said: “We are concerned for Sumaiyah’s welfare and this is very much out of character for her.
“Anyone who has any information about her whereabouts is asked to contact the police via 101 quoting log number 455 of 31 July.”
Recovery of the fire-hit truck is underway on the M62.
One lane remains closed westbound btwn J23 and J22 with delays in the area back to J25 still.
It means the motorway should re-open in time for evening rush hour.
Wakefield Police are appealing for information to trace Joseph Swift (36) who has been recalled to prison.
Swift, is believed to be in the local area, possibly in Normanton.
The 26-year-old is described as white, thin, 5ft 7ins tall with a tattoo of a pair of lips and short, sandy coloured hair.
He has been recalled to prison for breaching the terms of his licence.
Anyone who sees him is asked to ring Wakefield District Police on 101 referencing crime number 13170329822
One lane of the M62 remains closed and there’s queuing traffic due to recovery work and lorry fire on M62 Westbound between J23 A640 / A643 (Huddersfield) and J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor), congestion on M62 to J25 A644 (Brighouse).
Travel time is around 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Lanes one (of three) remain closed.
One lane of the M1 is closed due to broken down vehicle on M1 Northbound between J39 A636 (Wakefield / Durkar) and J40 A638 (Ossett / Wakefield). Traffic is coping well.
Lane one (of four) is closed.
Appeal for missing man
Police in Leeds are appealing for information to trace missing man Ian Grant.
Mr Grant, aged 66, was last seen yesterday (30 July) at around 18:40 at Leeds General Infirmary.
He left the hospital where he was an inpatient and has not been seen since.
He is described as a white male, 5ft 8”, stocky build, short dark hair. He was last seen wearing thin metal frame glasses, black shoes, blue jeans, green shirt and black suit jacket.
Detective Inspector Phil Jackson, of Leeds CID, said: “We are concerned for Mr Grant’s welfare and I am appealing to members of the public to come forward with any information as to his whereabouts.
“He is vulnerable and may appear confused. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police via 101 quoting log number 1523 of 30 July.”
2 lanes now open
Highways England say 2 lanes have now re-opened on the M62 after the earlier lorry fire.
Tyres caught fire
The Fire Service has told us what happened on the M62.
They say tyres on the lorry a large tanker carrying plastic pellets caught fire.
Appliances Rastrick, Huddersfield attended along with crews from Rochdale and crews extinguished the fire using two breathing apparatus and two hose reels.
The tanker currently awaiting recovery from the highway.
It took place at 10.23am. delays are expected beyond 1pm.
Delays back to Ainley Top
Congestion on the M62 is back to J24 A629 (Ainley Top) after the fire between J22 and J23 westbound.
Highways now say the delays will be around 1 hour and 15 minutes.
We’re being told that drivers should expect delays of around 50 minutes westbound on the M62.
The fire was between J22 and J23 and two lanes remain closed while emergency services are at the scene.
Fire under control
The Highways Agency say the M62 fire is now under control, but two lanes remain closed.
2 lanes blocked
Highways England say two lanes of the M62 westbound are blocked due to the vehicle fire.
There’s very slow traffic and two lanes closed due to lorry fire on M62 Westbound between J23 A640 / A643 (Huddersfield) and J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor).
Traffic was temporarily held while emergency services extinguished the fire, Lane one and two (of three) remain closed.
Picture from the scene
Emma Wright has sent us this photo from the M62 where a lorry has set on fire.
Fire service are at the scene and traffic is building while the the motorway is shut.
Lorry on fire
The fire on the M62 is thought to have happened at around 10.40am.
Emergency services are on scene dealing with a lorry fire.
Normal traffic conditions are expected between 12:45 and 1pm.
There’s stationary traffic due to lorry fire on the M62.
All traffic is being temporarily held on M62 Westbound between J23 A640 / A643 (Huddersfield) and J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor).
Emergency services are on scene dealing with the fire.
This is causing much debate, crumbling Huddersfield Royal Infirmary has “concrete cancer”, is in danger of collapse without repairs, and would have to be demolished in 10 years, engineers have said.
Technical details of the problems with the 52-year-old infirmary have emerged in the Full Business Case (FBC) for the controversial hospital shake-up, which was published on Friday.
It’s emerged as part of the ongoing plan to downgrade HRI A&E.
Yorkshire Day... tomorrow.
Tuesday is Yorkshire Day and the Piece Hall in Halifax is re-opening after £19m restoration work.
At 10am on Tuesday, Halifax-born British wheelchair racer and Paralympian Hannah Cockcroft MBE will ring The Piece Hall bell to mark the start of trading, echoing the first ever day of business in 1779.
There’s congestion on the M62 J29 at the westbound exit.
There doesn’t seem to be an accident but there are delays due to volume of traffic.
Do you recognise this man?
Police are releasing new CCTV images are they continue to appeal for information after an arson attack at Mirfield Fire Station which caused £30,000 of damage.
These new images show a man Kirklees CID would like to speak to in connection with the incident which happened on Saturday 24 June at around 6:35am at the fire station on Huddersfield Road in Mirfield.
Police say a suspect ignited the contents of a wheelie bin at the rear of the building which was pushed against it and the building caught on fire.
Several thousand pounds worth of damage was caused to the fire station due to the fire including extensive damage to the structure of the building as well as life-saving equipment and charity donations being destroyed.
Detective Inspector Mark Catney, of Kirklees CID, said: “I would like to speak to anyone who recognises the person in the images we have released, or has any information about the incident itself to come forward to help with our enquiries.
“This incident caused £30,000 of damage to a public resource and also had the potential to significant impact public safety and we are committed to bringing the perpetrator to justice
“Anyone with any information is asked to contact Kirklees CID, via 101 quoting crime reference number 13170288041 or alternatively information can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Wakefield Road at Bailiff Bridge is closed now for major roadworks.
Nine weeks of roadworks are taking place on the major commuter route through Brighouse.
Yorkshire Water engineers are carrying out works to reduce the risk of flooding to nearby West Street.
Workers will be digging to alter the drainage system to cope with heavy rainfall and will be working at the road’s junction with West Street and Victoria Road. Traffic will be diverted around Bradford Road.
If you’re heading towards Manchester be aware of congestion after an earlier incident.
There’s queuing traffic due to earlier accident on the M62 - just as you come off the M62,
It involved four vehicles on M60 anticlockwise between J13 and J12 but congestion is back to J19 on M62 to J19 A6046 (Heywood). All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is 30 minutes.
There has been reports of another accident at J18 within the queues, but it hasn’t caused further problems.
Number of traffic cops down
The number of dedicated road traffic police officers has fallen by nearly a third in 10 years, an investigation has revealed.
Experts have questioned how new laws, such as the ban on using mobiles while driving, can be enforced with 30% fewer officers dedicated to policing roads.
The Press Association submitted a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to all 45 territorial forces asking how many dedicated traffic officers they have compared with five and 10 years ago.
In West Yorkshire there are 133 officers currently, compared to 218 in 2012, down by 85.
Nationally in 2007 there were 3,766 traffic officers in the forces which responded. In 2012 that figure stood at 3,472. By 2017 it had dropped to 2,643.
Jason Wakeford, from Huddersfield-based road safety charity Brake, commented: “On average, five people die every single day on our roads. This is unacceptable.
“The Government and police forces have to start treating road policing as a national priority and reverse the savage cuts to officer numbers.”
The Home Office said deployment of resources was a matter for chief constables and crime commissioners, who “understand their operational needs better than anyone” adding: “Effective roads policing is not necessarily dependent on dedicated road traffic officers: the use of technology, other police personnel and local communities also have a role to play.”
You’ll need sun cream and an umbrella today.
The Met Office says much of Yorkshire will start with some sunny spells, becoming cloudier with occasional showers developing, some of which may be heavy and thundery for a time in the afternoon. Maximum temperature 20 °C.
The showers should die out through the evening with some good clear spells developing overnight. However a few showers may return to the hills in the north by morning. Minimum temperature 10 °C.
And it’ll be much of the same on Tuesday too.
Here’s an overview of what’s happening on the roads right now:
M62: It’s slow traffic on M62 Eastbound around J26 M606 / A58 (Chain Bar).
Elland bypass: Slow traffic on the Huddersfield-bound section due to a broken down car.
Huddersfield ringroad: Slow traffic on A640 Trinity Street in both directions at A62 Castlegate / Trinity Street.
M1: One lane closed and queuing traffic due to earlier debris on the road on M1 Southbound at J41 A650 (Carrgate). Lane one (of four) is closed, The entry slip road was temporary closed till whilst the debris was removed.