A broken down freight train at Slaithwaite is causing disruption to journeys between Huddersfield and Manchester.

This is mainly affecting trains towards Manchester, trains may be delayed by up to 30 minutes, cancelled or diverted.

Disruption is expected to continue until approximately 6pm.

Fed up passengers at Huddersfield Station

Passengers waiting at Huddersfield Station while trains are delayed due to a broken down freight train at Slaithwaite
Passengers waiting at Huddersfield Station while trains are delayed due to a broken down freight train at Slaithwaite

Passengers waiting at Huddersfield Station

Passengers waiting at Huddersfield Station while trains are delayed due to a broken down freight train at Slaithwaite
Passengers waiting at Huddersfield Station while trains are delayed due to a broken down freight train at Slaithwaite

Compensation for your delayed journey

From National Rail Enquiries:

“You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.”

Disruption now expected to last until 6.30pm

Some advice for passengers travelling between Huddersfield and Manchester

From National Rail Enquiries:

“Road transport is running between Huddersfield and Marsden. You may use your ticket on TransPennine Express services between Stalybridge and Manchester Victoria.

“Services will divert between Leeds and Manchester Victoria / Manchester Piccadilly where possible adding to journey times.

“To help you complete your journey, ticket acceptance is in place with Northern on the following services:

  • Leeds to Huddersfield via Dewsbury
  • Leeds to Manchester Victoria via Dewsbury and Halifax
  • Stalybridge to Manchester Victoria
  • Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Lime Street
  • Manchester Oxford Road to Liverpool Lime Street

“Replacement coaches are running between Leeds - Huddersfield - Manchester Piccadilly. A coach operated by 4 Wyatt Travel will run from Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly.”

Broken down train causes rail chaos

A broken down freight train at Slaithwaite is causing disruption to journeys between Huddersfield and Manchester.

This is mainly affecting trains towards Manchester, trains may be delayed by up to 30 minutes, cancelled or diverted.

Disruption is expected to continue until approximately 6pm.

Slaithwaite railway station, Slaithwaite.
Slaithwaite railway station, Slaithwaite.

'Balloon syndrome' hedgehog released back into the wild

Monty the hedgehog, who had inflated to twice his natural size has been released back into the wild in Doncaster.

The hedgehog was suffering from a condition commonly known as ‘Balloon Syndrome’.

A lucky escape

One of today's most read stories

Your nearest neighbours would be sheep and cattle.

And it has stunning views – but you’ll need plenty of imagination to transform a former gamekeeper’s cottage which has just been listed for auction with a guide price of £160,000.

The Game Keeper’s Cottage, off Huddersfield Road between Saddleworth and Marsden is on the edge of the Peak District National Park.

Former Game Keepers Cottage, off Huddersfield Road between Saddleworth and Marsden and on the edge of the Peak District National Park, will go under the hammer next month via the Auction House
Former Game Keepers Cottage, off Huddersfield Road between Saddleworth and Marsden and on the edge of the Peak District National Park, will go under the hammer next month via the Auction House

Fire fighters warn of dangers of phone batteries

West Yorkshire Fire Service have released a video warning of the dangers of phone batteries after one sparked a house fire yesterday.

It’s thought the battery had been punctured by a playful pooch which led to the blaze in the Bramley area of the city. Luckily nobody was injured.

Worst parking? You can stop looking everyone, we've found it

Okay, not strictly parking, but this car looked more than out of place after it came to rest in a garden in Brighouse.

The red Mazda was stopped only by shrubbery after the driver forgot to apply the handbrake when parked on Elmwood Drive. it’s a good job too, as the car was just inches from colliding with a house and could have had devastating consequences.

Always leave your handbrake on and in gear when parked!

Car stopped by bushes after driver fails to apply handbrake
Car stopped by bushes after driver fails to apply handbrake (Image: Matt Allen)

Superfast internet launched in Denby Dale

Broadband in Upper Denby has now been upgraded to superfast!

Bus rerouted due to roadworks

A change in bus route if you’re in the Lowerhouses area.

Figures for use of force by officers revealed

West Yorkshire Police have revealed the number of incidents requiring use of police force in the second quarter of the year.

Some 4,173 incidents involving force used by officers were recorded between April and June this year, with 18% of these (751) occurring in Kirklees. Some incidents required more than one type of force used, and overall 7,680 instances of force were recorded. Categories of force include restraining, handcuffing and forceful verbal communication.

Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams said: “Officers are trained to use the minimum level of force required to resolve an incident they are dealing with. Officers are accountable for ensuring that the use of force is proportionate, lawful and is only applied when absolutely necessary. It is important that the public we serve understand that.”

Police (stock)
Police (stock)

National news

Here are the main headlines this lunchtime...

‘WORLD A DARKER PLACE’ AFTER DEATH OF ONE-YEAR-OLD PEARL IN CAR INCIDENT
The parents of a one-year-old girl killed when a Range Rover rolled into a wall causing it to collapse have said “she has left a massive hole in our hearts, the world will be a darker place without her”. Pearl Melody Black died on Sunday afternoon after the unoccupied vehicle rolled down a hill at an address in Heolgerrig, Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, into a wall in an incident that also injured her younger brother.

NEW POWERS WILL GIVE USERS GREATER ‘RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN’ ONLINE
Social media firms will be required to delete information on children and adults when asked under new laws aimed at giving people a greater “right to be forgotten” online. The Data Protection Bill will make it simpler for people to control how companies use their personal details, with extra powers for the information watchdog to issue fines of up to £17 million. The new powers will mean people can ask social media platforms to delete information they posted in their childhood.

WOMAN INJURED AS GUNMEN OPEN FIRE ON BRITISH FAMILY ON HOLIDAY IN BRAZIL
Brazilian police say a family of British tourists who made a wrong turn while travelling in a car outside Rio de Janeiro was shot at and a woman was wounded. Civil police said on Sunday that a couple and their three children were driving in Angra dos Reis, a popular coastal holiday destination about 90 miles from the city. The authorities say a group approached the car and apparently told the family to get out and then opened fire.

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Social media platforms are to give users the 'right to be forgotten' under new rules

Man charged with string of burglaries

Police have charged a man in connection with a series of burglaries in Calderdale.

The 31-year-old male from Halifax has been charged. The allegations involve numerous burglaries in the West Halifax area. The man is in custody and due to appear in court at a later date.

Stock image
Stock image

Inquest opens into murder victim's death

An inquest has just been opened and adjourned into the death of John Utley.

Mr Utley, 79, of Paddock, was attacked in his own home in June and suffered head injuries. His stepson Wayne Thornton, 55, has appeared in court charged with murder. An inquest was opened at Bradford this lunchtime and Mr Utley’s body was released for cremation.

Police incident on Royds Avenue, Paddock.
Forensic tent on Royds Avenue, Paddock, as murder investigation launched (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

Tesco to scrap plastic bags for 10p 'bag for life'

Tesco is to stop selling single-use plastic bags in its stores, replacing them with ‘bags for life’ to be offered at double the price, it’s been revealed today.


All of the supermarket giant’s 3,500 UK stores will desist with the 5p bags from August 28, in favour of new 10p bags. However, online shoppers will still be able to buy bags for single use.
Tesco said it still sells 700 million 5p bags a year despite the introduction of the charge in 2015.

Tesco, Viaduct Street, Huddersfield,
Tesco, Viaduct Street, Huddersfield,

Summer holiday delays on M62

Traffic heavier than usual this lunchtime on the M62 eastbound due to summer holiday motorists.

Congestion is around junction 25 for Brighouse.

M62 motorway.
M62 motorway.

Doctor Who role "both a blessing and curse" for Jodie

Skelmanthorpe actress Jodie Whittaker has given her first radio interview since it was announced she would be the next Doctor.

Speaking to BBC 6 Music, Jodie said the role was both a “blessing and a curse”, and that receiving the news she had been given the role was “incredibly emotional”.

She said: “The overwhelming sense was this is such an exciting journey. This will be a blessing and a curse. I’ve missed a lot of the fun stuff and probably the bad stuff. I’m not on any type of social media.”

Jodie will also be appearing as a different type of doctor in BBC’s new drama Trust Me tomorrow night at 9pm.

Jodie Whittaker has been announced as the 13th Doctor Who
Jodie Whittaker has been announced as the 13th Doctor Who

Fuel spillage causing congestion on M62

Watch out for this if you’re in the area today.

Motorist rescued after plunging 50ft down ravine

A driver escaped with only minor injuries after plunging 50 foot down a steep hillside on Rishworth Moor yesterday afternoon.

Rescue teams were called to the banking at Oxygrains Bridge near to junction 22 of the M62 at around 4.30pm, when the motorist left the road and ended up in the ravine below.

Incredibly, the driver managed to extricate themselves free and escaped with only minor injuries.

Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team attend accident after driver plunges into deep ravine at Rishworth Moor
Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team attend accident after driver plunges into deep ravine at Rishworth Moor
Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team attend accident after driver plunges into deep ravine at Rishworth Moor
Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team attend accident after driver plunges into deep ravine at Rishworth Moor

Figures show far right protesters have cost WYP millions

Here are some figures for you to chew on. Far right protesters in West Yorkshire have cost our police force nearly £3 MILLION since 2010, it’s been revealed.

A Freedom of Information request submitted by the Examiner has showed how demonstrations led by groups such as Britain First and the EDL cost West Yorkshire Police £2.8m - and the time of more than 4,500 officers. Police in Kirklees meanwhile spent £521,463.42 on police officers staffing four major protests.
These figures relate to police expenditure only, and don’t include costs to councils and lost trade.

Britain First rally and march, Dewsbury town centre. Police lead the march from Bond Street to Dewsbury town hall.
Britain First rally and march, Dewsbury town centre, January 2016

Update on the roads

Traffic has returned to normal on the M1.

Bradford Road in Cleackheaton is still closed in both directions to due a water burst at Wesley Street today. The road could remain closed for three week and diversions are in place via Spen Lane and Gomersal.

Lane closure causing delays on M1

Problems on the M1 southbound due to a lane closure on the exit slip road at junction 40 for Ossett.

This is affecting motorists travelling from Leeds and Wakefield towards Huddersfield and South Yorkshire.

Today's weather

Here’s what Mother Nature has in store for us today...

A cloudy, mild day although small chance of rain. Tropical temperature highs of around 18 degrees.

Child arrest figures have dropped

The numbers of children arrested in West Yorkshire has dropped, police figures have revealed.

Statistics published by the Howard League for Penal Reform showed a 64% drop in young people being questioned on suspicion of crimes by West Yorkshire Police in the last six years.

The number has dropped each year since 2010 - last year there were around 4.500.

(Image: Manchester Evening News)

Holme's Hobbit house given Grade II-listed status

A ‘Hobbit’ style home in the Holme Valley has been granted a Grade-II listed status by Historic England.

Underhill, at Holme, is so-described as it is built into the hill and even has a circular door similar to Bilbo Baggins’ home in Tolkien’s masterpiece. It was recently sold after going on the market for £700,000.

Historic England said: “Nestled within the Peak District National Park, this environmentally-sensitive underground house disappears into the rolling green moor, creating a harmony between natural and man made worlds.”

Underhill at Holme. Arthur Quarmby's magnificent underground house for sale for £700,000.
Underhill at Holme. Arthur Quarmby's magnificent underground house for sale for £700,000.

Temporary traffic lights causing hold ups

There’s also very slow traffic on Bog Green Lane at Colne Bridge this morning due to some temporary traffic lights.

Closure of B6118 Grange Moor to Colnebridge - Bog Green Lane, Colnebridge.
Bog Green Lane, Colnebridge.

Good morning, Huddersfield

Good morning, all. Trouble on the M1 heading northbound this morning due doe a broken down vehicle on the exit sliproad at junction 42, so this may incur delays if you’re heading to Leeds.

No major problems to report on the M62. 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
The M1 motorway
The M1 motorway