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Buses diverted due to long delays on Leeds Road

Basically just don’t go down Leeds Road today...

Update on missing man

Michael Stephenson has now been found safe and well, police say.

Very slow traffic on Leeds Road

Lots of congestion heading towards the town centre along Leeds Road this afternoon.

This is due to the roadworks going on at Bradley Mills Road.

Leeds Road, Bradley Mills Rd, Barr St road works.
Leeds Road, Bradley Mills Rd, Barr St road works.

Picture of the day

This stunning shot was captured by Mick Forster Jones from Cartworth Moor near Holmfirth.

The houses in the background are Upperthong village. Beautiful picture, Mick.

Windswept sapling on Cartworth Moor
Windswept sapling on Cartworth Moor (Image: Mick Forster Jones)

Changes to Wigan train service

You’ll have to hot foot it to Manchester if you’re wanting to catch the Wigan train this afternoon!

Worries for missing man

Have you seen Michael Stephenson? Police are worried about his whereabouts after he was reported missing from his work address in Cleckheaton.

Michael is described as white, around 5ft 9ins tall and of slim build. He was last seen wearing a high visibility jacket, a baseball cap and dark jeans.

Officers are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Anyone with information on Michael’s whereabouts or anyone who believes they may have seen Michael is asked to contact Kirklees CID on 101, quoting log number 508 of 23/10.

Michael Stephenson
Michael Stephenson

Teenager admits sharing ISIS propaganda

A 19-year-old woman from Calderdale has pleaded guilty to terror offences.

Ammber Haroon Rafiq of Elmfield Terrace, Halifax, pleaded guilty to four offences at Sheffield Crown Court today of Disseminating Terrorist Publications, contrary to Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

Rafiq was arrested on April 20, 2017 following an intelligence led investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East, supported by West Yorkshire Police. She will be sentenced tomorrow.

In March 2017 police were alerted to suspicious communications made by Ammber Rafiq. She had sent a number of links to terrorist publications over the chat service Paltalk in both group chat and in 1-1 chats.

Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden, Head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East said, “Ammber Rafiq is a young woman who had a promising future ahead of her. Instead she has shared the propaganda of Daesh, who are also known as ISIL, the Islamic State and ISIS, which could then radicalise others.

Sheffield Crown Court
Sheffield Crown Court

Police issue advice to enjoy Halloween safely

Officers have given their tips on how to enjoy trick or treating while keeping safe.

West Yorkshire Police has created ‘Sorry - no Trick or Treat’ posters which residents can download and display in their windows. Those out trick or treating are urged to abide by their neighbours’ wishes if they have made it clear that they do not want callers at their door.

Here are their top tips:

  • Use LED candle lights instead of wax candles in your pumpkins
  • Ensure fancy dress costumes and any loose fitting clothes are kept away from any open flames including candles.
  • If you must use candles, ensure they are placed well away from any curtains or soft furnishings.
  • Keep candles away from children and pets who could knock them over
  • Do not allow children to play with matches – fire-setting is not a game
  • A responsible adult should always be in charge

National news

Here’s a round of the main headlines in today’s national news.

BRITON SENTENCED TO JAIL IN DUBAI FOR TOUCHING MAN’S HIP FREED, CAMPAIGNERS SAY

A Scot who was sentenced to three months in a Dubai jail for touching a man’s hip has been freed, according to his representatives. Ruler of the emirate Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum made a special order for cases against Jamie Harron to be dismissed. The 27-year-old from Stirling was arrested in July over the incident in which he said he put his hand on a man’s hip to avoid spilling a drink in a crowded bar. Campaign group Detained in Dubai (DiD) said he was sentenced to three months imprisonment at court on Sunday, but has now had his passport returned.

BACTERIAL ‘ACHILLES HEEL’ COULD HELP TACKLE ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE

Targeting a specific bacterial “Achilles heel” may offer the best chance of overcoming antibiotic resistance, say British scientists. The vulnerable spot is an enzyme many bugs rely on to destroy common antibiotics known as beta-lactams. New research has shown that the enzyme plays a more important role in antibiotic resistance than other mechanisms that act as a barrier to the drugs. Scientists found that a combination of two enzyme-inhibitors and the antibiotic aztreonam was able to kill some of the most resistant bacteria known.

‘PANICKING’ DIVER FENDED HUGE TIGER SHARK OFF WITH SPEAR GUN ON LONG SWIM ASHORE

A British diver has told how he was forced to fend off a 13ft (4m) tiger shark with a spear gun as it followed him during a 4.7-mile (7.5km) swim to the Australian shore. John Craig said he had been spearfishing with a friend near Shark Bay in Western Australia when he got into difficulty and lost sight of his boat. The 34-year-old, who is reportedly originally from Sunderland but moved to Australia two years ago, described his panic as he was left stranded alone in open water. He told BBC Breakfast: “I was trying to splash and scream and shout to get my friend’s attention.”

Jamie Harron, who was sentenced to three months in a Dubai jail for touching a man's hip, has now been freed
Jamie Harron, who was sentenced to three months in a Dubai jail for touching a man's hip, has now been freed (Image: PA Wire)

Public urged not to ask for antibiotics from GPs

People are being urged not to ask ask for antibiotics from their doctor as part of a new campaign to tackle growing resistance to the drugs.

There’s a growing threat from infections becoming resistant to antibiotics, with an estimated 5,000 people dying every year in England due to the fact the drugs no longer work for some infections.

Public Health England (PHE), has now launched the Keep Antibiotics Working campaign, which tells people to always trust their doctor, nurse or pharmacist on when to take antibiotics. See more about it here.

Woman charged over death of toddler in Bradford

Police have named the toddler who died in a fall from a tower block this weekend, and say they have charged a woman with murder.

Elliot Proctor was the 18-month-old who died in the tragedy at Newcastle House in Bradford on Saturday. Police say they have charged 23-year-old Gemma Procter with his murder,

Enquiries into the incident, which was reported to police at about 5.10pm on Saturday evening, remain ongoing by the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.

Flats on Barkerend Road in Bradford
Flats on Barkerend Road in Bradford (Image: Google Street View)

Offers flood in to give pensioner a lift to the hospital

Within two hours of our story on Joyce Smith unable to attend an operation due to no transport, we have been inundated with calls of offers.

We’re now pleased to say Joyce will be able to attend her procedure tomorrow thanks to the kind-hearted public. It’s things like this which show what a brilliant town Huddersfield is to live in!

Joyce Smith, 85, of Newsome, who is due a knee replacement operation but doesn't meet the NHS criteria for transport to the hospital.
Joyce Smith, 85, of Newsome, who is due a knee replacement operation but doesn't meet the NHS criteria for transport to the hospital. (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

BBC reveal cast members to join Jodie on Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker’s co-stars on the new series of Doctor Who have been announced!

Bradley Walsh has been confirmed as a cast member after speculation he would be the new doctor’s assistant. His character’s name will be Graham.

The two will be joined by Mandip Gill playing a character called Yasmin, and Tosin Cole as Ryan.

Jodie, from Skelmanthorpe, was announced as the 13th - and first ever female - doctor in the long-running series this summer. We can’t wait!

Mandip Gill, Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole with new Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker. The three have been revealed as the latest cast members for the upcoming series.
Mandip Gill, Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole with new Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker. The three have been revealed as the latest cast members for the upcoming series. (Image: BBC)

Driver was high on cocaine AND cannabis

Officers stopped a driver who was high on cocaine and cannabis on the Huddersfield ring road.

The driver was arrested on Friday night, alongside others in the car who were also arrested. I’m sure the roads are a much safer place without this person on them...absolutely shocking.

Couple trapped in house after arsonists set their car alight

A woman has told how her and her partner were left barricaded inside their Lindley home and fearing for their safety after their car was set on fire right outside their door.

Marie Weale woke up in the early hours of yesterday to find partner Ruben Cardoso’s car was on fire. They tried to escape but when they tried to open their only door, smoke would seep in. Then the petrol tank and tyre caught fire.

Marie said: “We were trapped and terrified - we live in a back to back on Thorncliffe Street and our only exit was blocked by the very thing we were trying to escape from.”

Fire services were called and police have been notified of the arson attack.

This car was set alight in Lindley, blocking the owners inside their home
This car was set alight in Lindley, blocking the owners inside their home (Image: Marie Weale)

Two-vehicle accident on the M62

More trouble on the motorway this morning - lets hope nobody has been badly hurt.

One lane is closed eastbound with very slow traffic due to the two-car collision at junction 22. Allow an extra 10 minutes.

Today's weather for Huddersfield and Calderdale

It’s been a tough weekend for people living in the Calder Valley - but you’ll be glad to hear today will be a much drier day throughout West Yorkshire.

A small chance of some showers around lunchtime today, but overall dry and cloudy for both Huddersfield and Halifax. Highs of around 14 degrees.

Here is the Huddersfield forecast:

Calderdale was hit by floods again this weekend with the surge from Storm Brian, something which will have no doubt brought back memories of 2015’s Boxing Day floods. Here is the forecast for the Calder Valley for today:

Today's Examiner

Here is today’s front page. Pick up a copy today for all our coverage of this weekend’s incredible victory over Manchester United - I’m still recovering, to be honest!

Our lead story today is a man injured in a mass brawl in the town centre - the same night police launched a weekend crack down on crime there.

Changes to local buses too...

Road closures mean these bus services have had to change route this morning:

Changes to Leeds to Huddersfield train

The 8am Northern Leeds train will no longer be calling at these stops so it’s best to check ahead of your journey:

More M62 delays...

....this time on the other side! Slow traffic around junction 29 westbound due to another earlier accident. All lanes have been re-opened and travel time is an extra 25 minutes.

30 minute delays on the M62

Delays of up to 30 minutes on the M62 eastbound this morning.

There was an earlier accident around junction 22 at Rishworth Moor, with congestion tailing back to 21. All lanes have since been re-opened but delays still ongoing.

The traffic is also slow westbound in the same area due to people slowing down to look, so stop being nosey and get to work.

No other major incidents on the roads to let you know of so far this morning.

Accident at M62 eastbound, junction 22
Accident at M62 eastbound, junction 22

Good morning, Huddersfield

Welcome to the Huddersfield Examiner’s breaking news service.

Stay with us throughout the day to be the first to know everything that’s happening across Huddersfield and the rest of West Yorkshire.

We’ll also be bringing you updates on crime, health, sport, politics, education and more live from the Examiner team.

And remember to check back before you travel as during peak times we’ll provide you with all of the latest traffic updates on the M62 and roads around the region.

Emley Moor Mast, Looking Down - by Andrew Haigh
Emley Moor Mast, Looking Down - by Andrew Haigh

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