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Road blocked after crash on Bradford Road, Batley
Street begging 'will not be tolerated'
A police chief has warned that street begging will not be tolerated in Huddersfield.
Inspector James Kitchen, of Huddersfield NPT, said police were working with Safer Kirklees to tackle issues around homelessness, including tackling begging.
He said: “We have been working on this collaboration with Safer Kirklees for a while and hope that we can tackle this issue in Huddersfield.
“We will be providing help and advice to those vulnerable people who need it and advise them on places they can go for support and also try and re-house individuals who are homeless.
“As part of this project, we are also focusing on combating street begging and want to send out a clear message that this will not be tolerated and there will be consequences if individuals are found street begging in Huddersfield.”
People who are caught street begging can be issued with warning letter or dispersal orders which can ban them from the town centre.
Members of the public will be encouraged not to give money to individuals, but instead donate money, clothes or food directly to the Huddersfield Mission charity who will re-direct it to the most vulnerable.
Cllr Shabir Pandor, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said: “It is important that the council works with partner agencies and communities to ensure there is effective support in place for vulnerable people to enable them to have control over their lives, be safe and protected from harm.”
Posters will be distributed into local shops and business around Huddersfield town centre, giving contact details and directions to Huddersfield Mission.
Huddersfield Mission is a local charity which provides advice and support to vulnerable people and also runs daily activities and a community café in the town. For more information, please visit www.huddersfieldmission.org.uk
Body found in murder hunt
A body has been found weeks into a police murder hunt.
Police investigating the disappearance of Tyron Charles, 29, have found a body this morning and made further arrests in connection with the investigation. The body was found earlier today by police while searching moorland in Oxenhope close to Nab Water Lane, near Denholme.
West Yorkshire Police today said: “Enquiries are now ongoing to establish the identity of the deceased.
“Tyron’s family have been informed.
“A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, while a 61-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
“Police have also re-arrested a 60-year-old man on suspicion of assisting an offender.
“All three remain in custody while enquiries continue.” It was on September 19 that West Yorkshire Police charged a man, James Sutcliffe, 28 of Hill Crest View, with the murder of Mr Charles.
There’s very slow traffic on M62 Eastbound after J26 M606 / A58 Whitehall Road / A638 Bradford Road (Chain Bar).
It’s also very slow traffic on A62 Castlegate at A640 Trinity Street Traffic Lights.
The vote's in
So all but one of the GPs on the Greater Huddersfield CCG have voted in favour of the case to downgrade HRI.
An explanation of the health meeting
The health board meeting is ongoing.
I’ll summarise what’s going on:
In August the Full Business Case (FBC) that may decide the future of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary went before the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust (the hospitals).
Today the Greater Huddersfield CCG - the people who commission hospital services, the GPs and so on, must vote for or against the FBC.
That vote and the FBC will then be passed to NHS England.
Another health body, the Independent Reconfiguration Panel, could be asked to ultimately rule.
Locally, GPs are against the proposal, but there are more non-clinical staff on the board than clinical staff.
4 arrested for firearms offences
Four men were arrested in Halifax on suspicion of firearms offences.
Armed police attended at Vickerman Street in Halifax yesterday afternoon and conducted a search of the property after receiving reports of males being seen in a car in Halifax with what appeared to be a weapon.
Four men aged 22, 20, 29 and 26 were arrested on suspicion of firearms and money laundering offences.
All four men remain in custody today for questioning.
DCI Chris Gibson of Calderdale District Police, said: “We are continuing our investigations today and I want to reassure residents that firearms offending is treated very seriously in our district.
“As a result of our enquiries armed officers were deployed to an address and made four arrests .
“Officers will be continuing reassurance work in the local area today as we continue searches.
“I would appeal to anyone who has information about the illegal possession of firearms or use of them in Calderdale to contact the independent Crimestoppers charity in total anonymity on 0800 555 111.”
Update from the health meeting
One of the GPs hasn’t turned up for today’s key meeting about the future of HRI.
Dr Steve Ollerton is soldiering on while members of the CCG are drowned out by the @HoHRIltd shouting outside.
A decision is due shortly.
What the health meeting is about
You can hear the protesters are in fine voice.
At today’s GHCCG governing body meeting the CCG’s seven GPs, including clinical leader Dr Steve Ollerton, nurse advisor, secondary care advisor, and six non-clinical members, will be asked to vote for or against the hugely controversial plan to get rid of the main infirmary building and move almost all care to Halifax.
But the Kirklees Local Medical Committee (LMC), a powerful professional body representing more than 200 GPs across the borough, will tell Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (GHCCG) that its plan to radically reduce hospital care in Huddersfield is “irrational” and could threaten patient safety.
Protests outside health meeting
My colleague Nick has arrived at the meeting where health bosses will make a key decision on the future of HRI.
The #HandsOffHRI team are there to show we want to save the hospital and keep the services local.
You can follow him on twitter @grecian
There’s very slow traffic in Halifax on the A58 Burdock Way Eastbound at A629 Ovenden Road (Orange Street Roundabout).
It’s in the roadworks area.
A lane closure is in place on the roundabout, causing traffic to queue on all approaches to the roundabout.
Appeal after fatal crash
Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision in West Bretton last week.
The collision happened at around 5.50pm on Monday 2 October, at the junction of Bretton Lane and Bramley Lane.
A silver Nissan Pixo, which was travelling in the direction of Wakefield, was involved in a head-on collision with a green Honda Civic travelling the other way.
The female driver of the Nissan was seriously injured in the collision and sadly died in hospital on 4 October as a result of her injuries.
The driver has been named as 78-year-old Marjorie Bedford.
Sergeant Mat Tunney, of the Major Collision Enquiry Team, said: “We would continue to appeal for anyone who witnessed the collision or for anyone who witnessed either of the vehicles driving in the area prior to the collision to get in contact with police.
“Anyone who witnessed the collision or has any further information is asked to call 101 quoting reference 13170456687.”
Question Time at Local Democracy Week
It’s Kirklees Local Democracy Week and two councillors today went into a school to do a Q&A with children about what they do.
One child asked them: “Why did you want to be a councillor?”
And the councillors said it was because they’re “proud of the area and want to help people who live here.”
There’s loads of events taking place and tomorrow night (Thursday) you can be asking the questions of councillors yourself, as the four party leaders will take part in a Question Time event.
Important health board meeting today
There’s a meeting this afternoon where the governing body of the Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group will vote for or against a plan to get rid of the main HRI building.
The seven GPs, including clinical leader Dr Steve Ollerton, nurse advisor, secondary care advisor, and six non-clinical members, will be asked to vote for or against the hugely controversial plan to get rid of the main infirmary building and move almost all care to Halifax.
My colleague Nick will be there reporting for us, so stay tuned.
The Conservatives are pushing ahead with selecting a mayoral candidate for the Sheffield City Region, despite a preference for a ‘One Yorkshire’ authority.
Communities minister Jake Berry said Conservative Party chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin has confirmed they “stand ready and are proceeding” with a mayoral candidate selection for an election next May.
Mr Berry also railed against those people trying to “undermine” the South Yorkshire deal in favour for a cross-Yorkshire devolution deal, telling the Commons: “I think it is shame on them, shame on them, shame on them.” He added it is “absolutely clear” there is no agreement around the so-called “One Yorkshire” deal, a pan-Yorkshire proposal, which would include Kirklees and unite Yorkshire under a mayoral system.
A number of senior Labour politicians have signed a letter to Theresa May calling for Harvey Weinstein to be stripped of his CBE. The Hollywood producer, who has been fired from the Weinstein Company following a number of allegations of harassment from women in the movie industry, received the honour at an investiture ceremony at the residence of the British consul general in New York in 2004.
Olly Murs will join will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones and Jennifer Hudson as a coach on The Voice, ITV has confirmed. The singer, who shot to fame on The X Factor, said he was “absolutely buzzing” to be joining the show. He will sit in the famous red chair for the first time this weekend when the blind auditions kick off in Salford.
Lunchtime travel update
If you’re heading from Huddersfield to Calderdale Royal Infirmary or Halifax be aware that there’s slow traffic.
It’s in the roadworks area on the A629 Huddersfield Road Northbound at A646 Dryclough Lane / Haigh Lane, congestion to A6025 Halifax Road.
It will be a while before we can say the roadworks are over - next year in fact!
Fire not suspicious, police say
West Yorkshire Police have told us the fire with caused the death of John Thewlis and his rescue dog, Frank, is not suspicious.
Mr Thewlis died in the blaze at Ash Street, Hillhouse.
A spokeswoman said: Police investigating a fatal house fire on Ash Street in Huddersfield this morning (11 October) believe it not to be suspicious.
“A file has been sent to the coroner. Enquiries are ongoing.”
'A decent bloke' - tributes to John Thewlis
The family of John Thewlis, who died in a house fire this morning, have paid tribute to him.
“He was just a decent, hard-working bloke,” his son Ray Foleher said this morning.
Mr Thewlis’ rescue dog, Frank, also died in the fire at the house on Ash Street, Hillhouse.
Liam Gallagher's a Yorkshire fan!
Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher says his brew of choice is ‘Yorkshire tea’.
In a Q&A with fans the singer was asked what his brew and biscuit of choice was and he replied that it had to be Yorkshire Tea and rich tea.
I think that means he can be an honorary Yorkshireman.
Rest in Peace John Thewlis
A widower and his dog died in a mystery blaze at his Hillhouse home.
Relatives said John Thewlis, 73, died after an early morning fire at his cottage in Ash Street. His rescue dog, Frank, also died.
Neighbours awoke to the smell of smoke just after 5am on Wednesday and called emergency services.
Police, fire crews and paramedics attended the scene.
Former wagon driver Mr Thewlis had six children and step-children and was a great-great-grandfather. He lost his wife recently and lived alone.
Piglet and kitten stolen
This is a bizarre theft - a kitten and piglet have been stolen from a farm.
Police in Wakefield are appealing for information trace a kitten and piglet which were taken from a property on George Street in Wakefield on Friday 7 October.
A 4-week-old piglet and a 3-week-old kitten were taken.
The kitten is ginger with two white stripes on her face and black and white flecks on her coat.
Police are hoping to reunite the animals with their owner, who is concerned about their welfare due to their young age.
Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the police via 101 quoting crime reference 13170470722 or alternatively information can be passed to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Traffic lights out
The traffic lights are not working on the A649 Birkby Lane at A641 Bradford Road at Bailiff Bridge, Brighouse which is causing delays at the busy junction.
Tragedy as man dies in Hillhouse fire
A 73-year-old man has tragically died in a house fire in the Hillhouse area of Huddersfield.
Police were called to reports of a house fire on Ash Street, in Fartown, Huddersfield at 5:07 this morning (11 October).
Ambulance and fire service also attended.
A 73-year-old man was pronounced deceased in the property.
A police cordon is in place and enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances.
Police appeal for help to trace missing man
Concern is growing for a Mirfield man missing from home.
Roy Castlehouse, aged 80, was reported missing from his home address in Mirfield yesterday (Tuesday 10 October).
He is described as a white male, 5ft 7” and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a shirt, tie and navy blue jacket.
Officers are concerned for his welfare and urge members of the public to contact them if they have any information as to his whereabouts.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police via 101 quoting log number *1664 of 10 October
We’ve had reports of a fire in the early hours of this morning in Fartown.
There is a police scene and the fire service are still in attendance at Ash Street, just off Halifax Old Road.
Here’s the scene currently
Rush hour traffic round-up
Good morning, here’s a round up of what’s happening on the roads:
1) Slow traffic on M62 Eastbound around J24 A629 (Ainley Top).
2) Slow traffic on M62 Eastbound at J26 M606 / A58 Whitehall Road / A638 Bradford Road (Chain Bar).
3) Slow traffic on A58 Whitehall Road at A641 Huddersfield Road (Hellfire Crossroads).
4) Very slow traffic on A629 Cow Green at Bull Green Roundabout.
Good morning, Huddersfield
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