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Boy finds £5 at Town stadium and posts it to Sean Jarvis
Adorable! Such innocence! So cute!
Adam Bhana found a fiver at the Huddersfield Town vs Man United match on Saturday.
He wrote this letter to Town’s director Sean Jarvis because ‘we cannot keep what is not ours’ and even suggested goalscorer Aaron Mooy should be rewarded with the money.
There’s congestion on the M62 in both directions.
Eastbound, there’s congestion at the exit for junction 29. It should clear soon.
Westbound, there’s congestion between junctions 28 for Tingley and 27. Reports on social media say it’s due to a broken down van in the outside lane.
Here's why ARMED police officers are attending medical emergencies
Yep, that’s what I said.
Firearms officers could save your life if you have a cardiac arrest now that a co-responder scheme has been launched.
West Yorkshire Police’s firearms officers are now responding to certain life-threatening medical emergencies at the same time as an ambulance.
The force and Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust’s new scheme aims to give patients in cardiac or respiratory arrest the best possible chance of survival. Since its introduction on September 5, five patients have been successfully resuscitated by cops and transported to hospital with a cardiac output.
How it works is armed officers, who are routinely deployed on proactive patrol anyway, would be sent in teams of twos as they may closer than the nearest available paramedic. But if they were already deployed to an existing police incident, or a high priority police incident occurs at the same time, they would not be diverted to the ambulance call.
And on that note, here’s a map showing where defibrillators, which give the heart an electric shock during a cardiac arrest, are across Huddersfield should you ever need one.
Get the brollies at the ready, it’s expected to rain later today. And snow next month!
There’s very slow traffic on the following roads this afternoon:
- A62 Leeds Road in both directions around B6432 St Andrew’s Road. The congestion is to Old Leeds Road and to Deighton Road.
- A58 Halifax Road in both directions at A644 Brighouse Road.
- A58 Whitehall Road at A641 Huddersfield Road (Hellfire Crossroads).
And there’s queuing traffic on A629 Huddersfield Road in both directions at A646 Dryclough Lane/Haigh Lane too. The congestion is to Shaw Hill/Free School Lane and on A629 Huddersfield Road to A6026 Wakefield Road/B6112 Stainland Road.
Roadworks affecting more local buses
Northern announce more train strikes
Another 24 hours train strike has been announced for Northern train services next month.
Rail & Maritime Transport (RMT) union members are to strike on November 8 in the continuing row over staff numbers on trains. Proposals are in place to remove train guards, meaning each train would be manned by just the driver, which has raised concerns over staff safety.
Local bus driver named best in country
A bus driver has been tipped the best in the country.
Michael Leech, from Halifax, who drives for First Bus, has been named as the best in England and second best in the UK overall. The accolade is his second, after he also came runner up in 2012.
Michael said: “It’s great to win second place for a second time. I was spurred on by my previous success and it means a lot because you know you are in a competition with the best drivers in the UK. It’s a great honour.” The top position for the UK also went to a First Bus driver, Adam Ksiazek, based in Aberdeen.
First Bus Managing Director, Giles Fearnley, said: “It’s an outstanding achievement for us to have not one, but two drivers in the top positions of this highly coveted competition. Huge congratulations to Adam, Michael and our other finalists in this year’s competition.”
The annual driving competition is in its 51st year and recognises outstanding driving, focussing on safety, customer service, general driving standards and proficiency.
Roadworks still affecting local buses
This is just getting ridiculous now.
Huddersfield named as "seventh stingiest" place in UK for trick or treaters
Out trick or treating next Tuesday night? Ex-spectre lot of you may be disappointed.
Our town has been named as one of the worst places for trick or treaters, with residents spending a mere average of £3.90 on sweets. The survey from One Buy looked at households from major towns and cities across the country and has revealed the best and worst, with Hull named the worst.
School girl Jenny, 11, from Huddersfield, said: “I am really looking forward to Halloween, Hopefully it’s much better than last year where I was offered prunes by one house and turned away from many others, as they didn’t have any sweet treats or goodies to offer me.”
Commuter beats the traffic - by ROWING in giant puddle
Looks like someone in Lindley saw the Leeds Road traffic and decided on boycotting the roads for their commute...
Caroline Bartrop sent us these pictures after spotting someone rowing in a giant puddle amassed behind the Wappy Spring Inn yesterday.
She said: “I never expected to see people rowing on the rugby pitch. Surely there should have been something put place to prevent this happening - by that I mean the flooded pitch, not the rowers!”
Roadworks still causing misery
Traffic remains really slow along Leeds Road in both directions this afternoon.
Avoid the road if possible.
Fears over rare weapon on West Yorkshire's streets
Police are appealing for information after it was found a gun used in a shooting last week was an automatic - and say they are desperate to have it removed from West Yorkshire’s streets.
The gun was discharged on a street in Thornton, Bradford, in the early hours of Friday. Police say these weapons are “rare in the UK” but that around 20 shots were fired into parked vehicles and an address during the incident. Officers want to locate the firearm and remove it from West Yorkshire’s streets.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen, said: “It is a concerning development that such a weapon has been used in a discharge in West Yorkshire and we are appealing to anyone who may have information about it to contact our officers so we can take it off the streets.
“We have been working closely with the occupants of the address to establish why this has happened and are continuing to treat both matters as targeted attacks. We would also like to appeal to those who may have information but have not yet come forward to speak to our officers, so we can establish the circumstances for both of these discharges and identify further suspects.”
Huddersfield text service to help beat winter blues
A computer whizz has come up with a genius way to beat the winter blues.
Huddersfield-based software programmer Andrew Wilson has created a service that means people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) get those little boosts when they’re needed most.
Find out more about it here.
Here are today’s main headlines...
280,000 EXTRA ROUTINE OPERATIONS ‘COULD BE CARRIED OUT WITH BETTER SCHEDULING’
A watchdog has found that 280,000 more non-emergency operations could be carried out by NHS hospitals a year if schedules were better organised, it has been reported. Analysis of operating theatres in 100 NHS Trusts in England found more than two hours a day were wasted on the average procedure list. The study by NHS Improvement says time was lost on avoidable factors such as late starts for operations that had been planned in advance.
BRITISH EX-WEINSTEIN ASSISTANT ‘BREAKS AGREEMENT TO SPEAK ON HARASSMENT CLAIM’
A British former assistant to Harvey Weinstein has said she has broken a confidential agreement to speak out about alleged sexual harassment by the disgraced movie mogul. Zelda Perkins said in an interview with the Financial Times published on Monday that she wished to break the non-disclosure agreement said to have been made in October 1998. Perkins, who worked for Miramax in London, shared a £250,000 payment with another woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein, according to the report.
BRIGHTHOUSE TO FORK OUT £14.8M IN REDRESS TO MISTREATED CONSUMERS
Rent-to-own firm BrightHouse has agreed to pay out £14.8 million in redress to 249,000 customers after the financial watchdog found that it did not act as a “responsible lender”. The compensation is linked to 384,000 customer lending agreements which “may not have been affordable” and payments “which should have been refunded”, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said. BrightHouse, which provides household goods to customers on hire purchase agreements, has been working with the FCA since 2014 after the watchdog identified the firm’s lending assessment and collections processes fell short of its expectations.
WATCH: Fire services practice emergency response at cladding risk tower block
Here’s the training exercise at the Sky Plaza underway...
Tributes paid to police officer who died on duty
Today marks six years since a local police officer was killed on the M1.
Pc Mark Goodlad, 41, had stopped to help a driver on the motorway’s hard shoulder near the Denby Dale junction when he was struck by a lorry that strayed off the carriage.
Andrew Abernethy, from Oldham, was jailed for two years and nine months after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.
Teenager punched by would-be robbers
A 14-year-old boy was punched when he refused to hand over his money.
The teenager was walking with a friend on Chapel Hill, near to the Suzuki garage, when he was approached by two other teenagers, one of whom threatened him and demanded he hand over money.
When he resisted, he was punched in the face before the culprits fled empty-handed. Details of the attempted robbery, which happened on Saturday, October 14 at around 2pm, have just been released.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who saw two persons matching the suspect’s description in the nearby area at around the time of the attack is asked to contact PC 238 Nick Kitson at Huddersfield CID on 101 referencing crime number 13170483299.
WATCH: Firefighters prepare for exercise at Sky Plaza
The service have warned there will be smoke and lots of blue flashing lights, but this is just a training exercise so nothing to worry about.
Let’s have a brief can at what Mother Nature has in store for Huddersfield today...
Grey and miserable, just as you would expect from a Tuesday in October in West Yorkshire. Showers coming and going throughout the day with temperatures of 14 to 16 degrees.
Buses diverted by roadworks
A few changes to local bus services this morning:
Fire services to carry out training exercise at cladding risk building
If you’re in Leeds today, West Yorkshire Fire have warned they will be carrying out a training exercise at a potentially hazardous building.
The Sky Plaza opposite the First Direct Arena was one of the severa buildings in West Yorkshire to fail cladding tests in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy earlier this year.
A training exercise this morning will rehearse emergencies’ response to a catastrophe, and the public are being warned there will be blue flashing lights but that there is nothing to worry about. People are also being asked to avoid the area, on Clay Pit Lane, if possible.
Here is our front page this morning - today’s main story is the chaos on the roads yesterday following a peak number of roadworks across Huddersfield.
Heavy traffic on the M62 at Ainley Top and Chain Bar heading east this morning, but no major incidents to report.
Here’s what’s happening on the local roads:
- Busy at Wakefield Road, Roberttown
- Slow along Huddersfield ring road by the Trinity Street traffic lights
- Slow all along Halifax Road heading into Huddersfield town centre
- Congestion in Halifax at Ovenden Road and Cow Green
- Also busy on Whitehall Road in Wyke heading towards the M62
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.
You can also download our app to get news on the go and push notifications for the latest breaking stories here .
If there’s something you’ve noticed and want us to check out then please feel free to get in touch - you can call us on 01484 437712, email email@example.com or tweet @Examiner. You can also find us on social media here .