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Key Events

Appeal after boys stabbed

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after two teenagers were stabbed and left with serious injuries.

Officers attended Hopwood Lane, Halifax at around 12.23pm last Wednesday and found two youths, aged 15 and 16 with stab wounds.

They were taken to hospital with serious injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.

Three males have been arrested in connection with this incident and have been released pending further enquiries.

Detective Sergeant Nick Speed, of Calderdale District CID, said: “This was a serious assault where two people sustained serious injuries, but the consequences could have been much worse.

“Officers are continuing to carry out enquiries but I would appeal for anyone with information to get in touch with police.

“This incident happened on a busy road, with lots of people in the area at the time. I would ask for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact officers.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Calderdale CID via 101 quoting 13170411518. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Robbery gang hunted by detectives

Police are hunting a gang who robbed a teenager of his mobile phone at knifepoint and tried it again on another young man half an hour later.

E-fit of man wanted over Brighouse robbery and attempted robbery
E-fit of man wanted over Brighouse robbery and attempted robbery (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to the incidents which happened in Brighouse last Tuesday night between 8.25 and 8.55 in the Carr Green Recreation Ground.

In both incidents a group of up to six male suspects have approached the victims.

The victims were able to provide descriptions of three of the suspects with an e-fit produced of one of the men.

The first suspect is described as white, aged in his early 20s, around 6ft 2 tall, with a ginger perm which was around two inches in length. He was wearing a grey hoodie.

The second suspect is described as around 5ft tall and was wearing a black hooded top, with a balaclava or scarf over his face.

The third suspect – pictured in the e-fit image – is described as Asian, around 19, approximately 5ft 10 tall, of stocky build with a round face and large nose with dark, brushed down hair.

He was wearing a grey hoodie with the hood pulled up.

Anyone who witnessed either of these offences or who saw a group matching the suspects’ descriptions in the vicinity of these incidents are asked to call Calderdale CID via 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Schoolboy Cristiano Sousa has lost his fight against cancer

A little boy whose fight against cancer touched the hearts of thousands of people has died.

Huddersfield schoolboy Cristiano Sousa, nine, who lived with his family in Marsh, died on Sunday evening surrounded by family members.

His parents, Ewa Sitkowska and Orlando Sousa, thanked people who had donated money towards a fund which had been set up to pay for controversial treatment in America for his rare and aggressive tumour.

A school picture of Cristiano Sousa; with his mum Ewa Sitkowska, and below, in July
A school picture of Cristiano Sousa; with his mum Ewa Sitkowska, and below, in July

Man stabbed in middle of Leeds city centre in broad daylight

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was stabbed in the middle of Leeds city centre this afternoon.

Officers received reports that a 25-year-old man had suffered serious injuries in a stabbing near to the junction of Briggate and The Headrow.

The victim was taken to hospital for emergency treatment.

The suspects have been described as two young black males.

Det Insp Fiona Gaffney, of Leeds District CID, said: “This is clearly a very serious incident where the victim has been stabbed in the street.

“We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or who saw the suspects in the area or leaving the scene. They have been described as two young black males.

“Two scenes around the junction of Briggate and The Headrow have been cordoned off and will be undergoing forensic examination. We will be doing everything we can to minimise disruption to the public and we hope people will bear with us while we carry out the necessary investigative work.

“The investigation is still in the very early stages and we are still trying to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident and the motive behind it.

“Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team will be ensuring a high-visibility presence in the area to reassure people.”

Anyone with any information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting log number 801 of September 11 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Two police officers guilty of misconduct following death of Huddersfield man

Two police officers have been found guilty of misconduct after ‘failing in their duty of care’ in the minutes before the death of a burglary suspect in the back of a police van.

Insp Richard Bills and Sgt Jason Bromley are now waiting to learn their fate after a three-strong panel found them guilty of misconduct. They were earlier cleared of gross misconduct.

Colleague PC Jonathan Tench has been cleared of gross misconduct and will face no further action.

The disciplinary hearing followed the death of Adrian McDonald, originally of Dalton, who was Tasered and twice bitten by a police dog after Staffordshire Police were called to a flat in Stoke-on-Trent in December, 2014.

Pc Jonathan Tench, Insp Richard Bills, Det Sgt Jason Bromley, and Adrian McDonald
Pc Jonathan Tench, Insp Richard Bills, Det Sgt Jason Bromley, and Adrian McDonald (Image: © ANDREW PRICE/View Finder Pict)

M1 closure causes headaches for Town away fans tonight

Dewsbury man avoids jail for urinating on woman at Drake concert

Fauod Elhabbal and Emma Egan leaving Manchester Magistrates' Court
Fauod Elhabbal and Emma Egan leaving Manchester Magistrates' Court

A Dewsbury man who urinated on a woman at a Drake concert at Manchester Arena has narrowly avoided jail.

Mohammed Elhabbal, 27, was at the Drake concert with a friend on 11 February this year when he urinated on the leg of a woman sat in the seat in front on him.

Read more here.

Middle-aged woman sexually assaulted by teen in Primrose Hill

Police are investigating the sexual assault of a woman by a teen in the Primrose Hill area of Huddersfield.

The offence happened in broad daylight on August 25 on Stile Common Road at the junction with Malvern Road.

The victim, a woman in her 40s, was approached by a man who asked her to go to the park with him. When she refused, he sexually assaulted her before walking away down Stile Common Road.

Read more here.

Tribunal continues into death of Dalton man

Members of a tribunal panel considering the fate of three Staffordshire police officers following the death of a Dalton man are due to continue their deliberations this afternoon.

The panel retired to consider their verdicts on Friday afternoon after hearing evidence regarding the final minutes of burglary suspect Adrian McDonald’s life.

The 34-year-old was tasered and twice bitten by a police dog before walking to a waiting police van in Newcastle-under-Lyme in December 2014.

Funeral date announced for child welfare pioneer Hazel Wigmore

Hazel Wigmore
Hazel Wigmore

Hazel Wigmore’s funeral will be on September 21 at midday, at New North Road Baptist Church, Huddersfield.

The 84-year-old was a founder member of the National Children’s Centre, which was recently renamed the Yorkshire Children’s Centre. It’s based at the Brian Jackson House in Huddersfield.

Read more about her here and here.

All lanes and slip road reopened on M62

The current state of affairs on the M62 eastbound

Here’s a photo to show you how bad it is at junction 23:

Junction 23 of the M62 eastbound. 12:25pm on September 11, 2017.
Junction 23 of the M62 eastbound. 12:25pm on September 11, 2017. (Image: Motorway Cameras)

One lane and slip road closed on M62 eastbound

Normal traffic conditions aren’t expected near junction 23 until after 1pm.

Broken down lorry on M62 eastbound

There’s a new broken down vehicle on the M62, this time near junction 23.

Elderly woman fell down the stairs and got trapped by stairlift

Stairlift
Stairlift (Image: Birmingham Mail)

An elderly woman fell down the stairs of her Crosland Moor home and got trapped under a stairlift last night.

Fortunately, she wasn’t home alone and her husband rang the emergency services. A fire engine from Huddersfield station and four ambulances attended.

The stairlift had to be dismantled to set her free from between the chair and its track.

Crew commander Sean Mitton said the lady was quite badly injured.

The incident happened around 10.30pm in a house in Frederick Street.

Yellow wind warning issued for the next two days

Read the full story here.

National news headlines

Weather - HURRICANE IRMA WEAKENING BUT STILL PRESENTS A THREAT TO LIFE, SAY FORECASTERS - Hurricane Irma is showing signs of weakening and could be downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday. The National Hurricane Centre said the storm “should continue to lose strength and fall below hurricane intensity” during the day, as it continues its path northwards. But forecasters have warned the threat to life still remains, as Florida continues to be battered by 100mph winds and torrential rain.

Politics - VOTING AGAINST REPEAL BILL MEANS BACKING ‘CHAOTIC’ EU EXIT, DAVID DAVIS SAYS - MPs have been warned by David Davis that voting against the Brexit repeal bill would amount to backing a “chaotic” exit from the European Union. The Brexit Secretary stressed the British people “did not vote for confusion” in last year’s referendum and Parliament should respect that when it divides on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill for the first time.

Colombia - ‘HOLY BLOOD’ SPILLED IN COLOMBIA AS POPE SUFFERS ALMIGHTY BLACK EYE - Pope Francis suffered a black eye after hitting his head on the so-called Popemobile when his vehicle stopped suddenly. The pontiff was met by hundreds of well-wishers in Cartagena, Colombia, on the last day of his visit to the south American country. He lost his balance when his motorcade came to an abrupt halt, bruising his left eye and cutting his left eyebrow which dripped blood onto his white cassock.

More frustrated commuters

All lanes reopened and traffic returning to normal on M62 eastbound

Here’s a photo to show you the current condition:

Junction 24 of the M62 eastbound. 10:28am on September 11, 2017.
Junction 24 of the M62 eastbound. 10:28am on September 11, 2017. (Image: Motorway Cameras)

Less than an hour ago it looked like this:

Junction 24 of the M62 eastbound. 09:44am on September 11, 2017.
Junction 24 of the M62 eastbound. 09:44am on September 11, 2017. (Image: Motorway Cameras)

If you're stuck in traffic on the M62 this morning, here's why...

M62 eastbound between junction 25 and 25. 07:20am on September 11, 2017.
M62 eastbound between junction 25 and 25. 07:20am on September 11, 2017. (Image: West Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Unit)

Around 5.40am this morning, there was an accident on the M62 eastbound between junction 25 and 26 near Hartshead Moor Services.

Two vehicles were involved and one ended up on its roof. Fortunately, everyone involved self-rescued but and there were no serious injuries.

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service and a fire engines from Cleckheaton station attended.

Around 7am, all lanes were closed for recovery of the vehicles and traffic was diverted through the service station. All lanes were reopened at 7.36am.

Shortly afterwards, a HGV broke down at junction 24 for Ainley Top.

At one point, two lanes were closed and traffic conditions are not expected to return to normal until around midday.

The problems led to congestion between junctions 22 and 26.

Even more traffic and travel problems

There’s slow traffic on A629 Huddersfield Road northbound at A646 Dryclough Lane/Haigh Lane.

Rail line flooded

National Rail says: “Heavy rain has flooded the railway line between Stalybridge and Huddersfield. This means that trains between these stations may be cancelled or delayed by up to 25 minutes. Disruption is expected until 12:00.”

Advice for TransPennine Express customers:

Services may be diverted via Manchester Victoria.

Coaches have been requested to run between Huddersfield and Manchester Victoria however, there is no estimate for when these will be available.

You can use your ticket on CrossCountry and Northern services on any reasonable route.

More traffic and travel problems

There are issues for commuters using the railway too.

Apparently it’s due to flooding in Marsden tunnel.

Ainley STOP

Ainley Top is more like Ainley STOP right now. Our reporter Joanne Douglas has just battled through the queues and says it was stop-start and 8mph at best all the way into Huddersfield. Fun. Not. At least it seems to have stopped raining. For the minute.

Check before you travel

We’re hearing the roads all around Kirklees and Calderdale are jammed. Sorry if you’re stuck. Your bus will be late, too. Check before you travel.

Weather update

More bad news today...

Throughout the morning, there will be heavy rain which will ease off in the afternoon.

Temperatures are expected to reach highs of 16°C.

Weather. September 11, 2017. Image by Met Office.
Weather. September 11, 2017. Image by Met Office. (Image: Met Office)

And there’s a yellow warning for wind today and tomorrow, but more on that later...

Donald Trump aka M62?

Former rugby league player Leon Pryce is trying to lighten the mood out there. He’s likened the M62 to the US president.

Two lanes still closed on M62 eastbound

The current state of affairs at junction 24 eastbound...

Here’s a photo to show you how bad it is:

Junction 24 of the M62 eastbound. 08:45am on September 11, 2017.
Junction 24 of the M62 eastbound. 08:45am on September 11, 2017. (Image: Motorway Cameras)

Hope your boss is late too!

Looks like the whole of Huddersfield is choked with traffic this morning because of the earlier M62 crash. Everyone is looking for an alternative route - and choosing the same one! Let’s all take a deep breath and be patient. If you’re late you’ve got a good excuse. Maybe your boss is stuck in traffic too!