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Building earmarked for more student flats

One of the biggest buildings on Huddersfield’s ring road could be converted into flats - but aimed at ‘younger residents’ only.

Crown House on Southgate could be refurbished with 98 residential units proposed. Read the full story here.

Crown House on Southgate, Huddersfield
Crown House on Southgate, Huddersfield (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

New artwork unveiled at Honley Station

This looks amazing!

Today's most read stories

Here’s what people have been reading the most on our website so far today...

  • Skies over Huddersfield have been tinted orange due to Iberian and Saharan sands swept over by ex-Hurricane Ophelia. See more here.
  • Plans have been drawn up to temporarily close Calderdale Royal’s A&E department if staffing numbers become critically low. Read more on this concerning story here.
  • Live updates as ex-Hurricane Ophelia encroaches on Huddersfield - see all the latest news and pictures of today’s weird weather here.
The sky turns a peculiar shade of orange over Bradley, Huddersfield
The sky turns a peculiar shade of orange over Bradley, Huddersfield

Vandals have been blocking train lines at Skelmanthorpe with rocks

Kirklees Rural tweeted this earlier this afternoon warning people not to mess around near the train lines.

MP tests new power boats for flooding

MP Holly Lynch has been testing out West Yorkshire Fire’s new power boats today.

The Halifax MP was invited along after the service spent £500,000 on the boats for future floods.

Halifax MP Holly Lynch being rescued from the water by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Halifax MP Holly Lynch being rescued from the water by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Hurricane Ophelia: Live updates

We are doing live updates on today’s peculiar weather as the ends of Hurricane Ophelia hit Yorkshire.

One woman in Ireland has reportedly died after a tree fell onto a car in West Waterford, Rep. of Ireland. Follow our updates here.

Met Eireann forecaster Evelyn Cusack at a meeting of the National Emergency Coordination group in Dublin
Met Eireann forecaster Evelyn Cusack at a meeting of the National Emergency Coordination group in Dublin (Image: PA)

Red sun pictured over Huddersfield

Well blow us down it looks like the end is nigh outside!

The red sun has been spotted across the UK today due to the ends of Hurricane Ophelia sweeping across desert dust from Southern Europe and Africa.

Met Office forecaster Grahame Madge said: “Air is being pulled from southern Europe and Africa and that air contains a lot of dust. So it’s most likely the appearance of sunset at midday is caused by the particles scattering the light and giving the appearance of a red sun.

“It’s certainly spectacular at the moment and quite a talking point, we’ve had a lot of calls about it.”

This one was spotted over Longwood.

Reduced speed limit on M62 due to high speed winds

Motorists are being advised there is currently a reduced speed limit of 50mph in place on the M62.

This is due to the forecast of heavy winds and may cause possible delays.

M62 from Saddleworth Bridge, going over Rishworth Moor.
M62 from Saddleworth Bridge, going over Rishworth Moor.

Person rings 999 - after getting stuck in parking spot

Yes, really.

National news

Here’s a midday round up of what’s happening elsewhere in the world today...

ACTRESS DESCRIBES ‘ORWELLIAN’ TYPE OF FEAR SURROUNDING HARVEY WEINSTEIN

Actress Alice Evans has described an “Orwellian type of fear” surrounding Harvey Weinstein. She made the comments as the Metropolitan Police investigate five allegations involving Weinstein, dating back to the late 1980s. Evans became one of the latest women, at the weekend, to reveal an encounter with the movie mogul, saying that when she rejected his advances he told her: “Let’s hope your boyfriend’s career goes well.”

THOUSANDS OF HOMES LOSE POWER AS OPHELIA HITS IRELAND

More than 20,000 homes and businesses have been left without power as Storm Ophelia hits Ireland. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has urged the public to stay safe, saying: “The advice is: stay indoors until the storm passes. Mr Varadkar added that the National Emergency Coordination Group will be meeting throughout the course of the day. Met Eireann said the strongest winds have not yet hit the country.

IRAQI KURDS ABANDON POSITIONS NEAR KIRKUK AIRPORT AND CIVILIANS FLEE

Iraqi Kurdish forces have abandoned their positions outside Kirkuk’s airport and civilians are fleeing in large numbers as federal forces close in on the disputed city following an overnight attack from the south. The fighting comes amid soaring tensions after the Kurds voted for independence last month in a non-binding referendum rejected as unconstitutional by Baghdad. Iraq’s military has also said it has seized large oil fields near Kirkuk from Kurdish forces.

More revelations have come out about Harvey Weinstein following allegations of sexual abuse
More revelations have come out about Harvey Weinstein following allegations of sexual abuse (Image: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire)

Why is the sky orange?

Anyone else greeted to this sky this morning?

The sky turns a peculiar shade of orange over Bradley, Huddersfield
The sky turns a peculiar shade of orange over Bradley, Huddersfield

It’s all down to Hurricane Ophelia, which has swept up desert dust from Spain and Portugal and brought it over this way. See the full story here.

Dr. Dave Reynolds from The Weather Channel said: “Winds were strong over Iberia on Sunday, which has resulted in dust from there being raised and then blown to the UK on a strong south to south-westerly flow. Some of the dust may be particulates from the fires, although I think regular fine-grained dust would account for the majority.”

Use our weather widget to check tomorrow’s forecast:

Teenager in hospital after being hit by car

A 16-year-old girl has been injured after being hit by a car in Calderdale.

The teenage pedestrian was walking on Shroggs Road, Halifax, on Saturday afternoon when she was hit by a passing silver Citroen Berlingo estate car. Police say the girl was clipped by the car’s nearside wing mirror and was knocked.

The girl has been taken to hospital with serious injuries and remains there in a stable condition this morning. Police have confirmed the Citroen drover stopped at the scene, and want to hear from anyone who saw the vehicle driving in the area prior to the collision at 2.30pm.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Safer Roads Team on 101, quoting log number 1187 of 14/10.

Shroggs Road, Halifax
Shroggs Road, Halifax

Collision on M62 slip road

Traffic officers have been dealing with this incident on the M62 slip road at Rishworth Moor.

The westbound exit slip road at junction 22 is down to one lane after a blue hatchback collided into the back of a lorry. Motorists are being urged to pass with care.

Collision on M62 slip road at Rishworth Moor
Collision on M62 slip road at Rishworth Moor

Burglary suspect who escaped into River Holme is still missing

Police say they are still trying to trace a suspected burglar after he entered the River Holme near Netherton.

Officers attended a report of a burglary at 00.55am on Friday morning, with two of the four suspects going into the river. One was arrested, and the other was not found and not seen getting out of the river.

Police say there have been no missing persons reports in relation to the man and are still trying to find out what happened.

The three other suspects arrested have been released pending further investigation.

River Holme at Armitage Bridge
River Holme at Armitage Bridge

Officers still hunting driver who fled crash scene

Police are still trying to trace a motorist who fled the scene after crashing in Meltham.

The driver collided into a lamppost on Knowle Lane in the early hours of yesterday morning. A passenger in the blue hatchback was taken to HRI with minor injuries.

WYP confirmed this morning that efforts are still underway to track down the driver. Anyone with information is asked to contact them via 101.

Car on its roof after crash on Knowle Lane in Meltham
Car on its roof after crash on Knowle Lane in Meltham

Overturned car on the M1

If you’re experiencing delays on the motorway this morning, this’ll be why.

Traffic officers have been dealing with the collision between junctions 38 and 39 northbound near Woolley Edge. Reports on one person injured but not seriously. Police say there may be some delays for the next hour or so.

Overturned car on the M1
Overturned car on the M1 (Image: West Yorkshire Police RPU)

Motorcyclist killed in collision with teenage cyclist

A man was killed in a road traffic collision yesterday, police have said.

The man, a motorcyclist riding a grey Yamaha, was travelling with a group along Barnsley Road heading out of Wakefield yesterday morning when he collided with a 13-year-old pedal cyclist.

The 48-year-old man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. Police are appealing for witnesses of the collision to come forward with any information. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police via 101 quoting 13170478362.

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Vandals start fires in park

Fire services were called to the same park THREE times in one night last night.

Multiple fires were started in Wilton Park, Batley, overnight, and the fire service say there is an ongoing problem with petty crime and arson in the park.

Crews from Dewsbury Fire Station were called out three times last night alone after wheelie bins and a skip were set alight.

A crew member from the fire station said: “It’s frustrating because it’s stopping us from attending real emergencies. There was a group of young people hanging around in the park last night and things were set fire to deliberately.”

Wilton Park
Wilton Park

Weather warnings in place for today

Expect heavy gales today, as weather warnings have been issued for the region.

The warnings are in place throughout today and until 3pm tomorrow as the tail ends of ex-Hurricane Ophelia hit, with the possibility of heavy winds disrupting power lines and travel. Gales could reach speeds of up to 56mph tonight.

Problems on the M1

One lane closed on the M1 this morning due to an accident.

The lane is closed on the northbound carriage between junctions 38 and 39 heading towards Wakefield.

The M1 motorway
The M1 motorway

Three fires across Huddersfield last night

Huddersfield Fire Station were busy last night, attending three fires across town throughout the night.

The service were called to Market Street in Paddock at 9.30pm last night after a fire started in the front room of a ground floor flat. The resident was inside at the time but was fine.

Crews were also called to Wakefield Road after a caravan was set on fire at Dalton in the small hours. Police had to temporarily shut off the road, with a crew member saying the fire was “quite spectacular” on arrival. The caravan was 100% destroyed and minor damage was caused to the house. Police are now investigating this.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Another house fire was called in at Crosland Moor. Services attended at 2.10am after neighbours reported seeing smoke coming from the windows of the house on Walpole Road and were worried there were people inside. Luckily,nobody was in as the property is between tenants, and crews extinguished multiple small fires inside the house that are also thought to have been started deliberately. Police are also investigating this.

Walpole Road, Crosland Moor
Walpole Road, Crosland Moor

Traffic update

Busy on the roads this morning but no major incidents to let you know of.

The M62 westbound was down to three lanes at Hartshead Services earlier due to an accident on the outside lane but this seems to have cleared now. The motorway is still heavily congested eastbound leading up to Chain Bar.

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
Commuting times have been creeping up in West Yorkshire

Today's Examiner

Here is our front page this morning - leading on the story of shocking footage which shows a man recklessly riding on the back of a lorry on Leeds Road.

Good morning, Huddersfield

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