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The hard shoulder is for emergencies...
... not selfish, lazy drivers.
Police play hide and seek with suspect
Except he wasn’t very good it at...
Trains from Dewsbury to Manchester suspended
Service has been suspended on Transpennine Express between Dewsbury and Manchester Piccadilly due to a problem with lineside equipment.
Elderly woman cut from car after crash in Honley
Bright sunlight has been blamed for causing an 81-year-old woman to veer off a main road in Honley and crash into the banking and a dry stone wall.
Huddersfield Fire Station watch commander Darren Armstrong said the accident happened at 9am at Long Lane when the woman’s Kia Picanto climbed the banking and rolled over on its side.
Mr Armstrong said: “Two fire engines as well as members of the police and ambulance service attended. We cut her out and handed her over to paramedics.
“The road, which is a bus route, had to be closed for 40-50 minutes.
“I know the bright sun was a problem as I immediately noticed it as we approached.”
Search continues for pensioner missing nearly two months
Police are still searching for a pensioner who has now been missing for more than six weeks.
The last confirmed sighting of 72-year-old Cathryn Holdsworth was on Friday 8th September at Calderdale Royal Hospital. She is around 5”2” tall and of medium build. She has very short speckled grey hair and dark glasses. Cathryn is known to use a walking frame to assist her, but doesn’t use it all the time.
Inspector Toby Facey, who is leading the investigation said: “We have issued numerous appeals over the last weeks in our efforts to find Cathryn, however we have not been able to locate her.
“We have been using a number of specialist resources to try and understand where Cathryn may be, including specialist police search teams, Calder Valley Search and Rescue, and other partnership resources. I would once again appeal to anyone who may have any information about Cathryn, or who may have seen her in the last six weeks to come forward.”
Anyone who has any information about Cathryn, anyone who may have seen or heard from her, or who knows where she is now is asked to contact police via 101 quoting 13170435010.
Separate live updates
We are now running separate live updates on this incident on the M62.
Check them out here.
Major incident on the M62
Reports of stationary traffic on the M62 due to a collision involving three cars and two lorries.
Traffic is being held as police deal with the incident on the eastbound carriage near to junction 25 for Brighouse. More as we get it.
Road works to be lifted today
The worst part of disruptive gas works come to an end later this afternoon.
A long running £2.5m project to replace 3km of ageing cast iron gas pipes along Leeds Road, has this week been located at the junction of Bradley Mills Road. But drivers will now rejoice as the four-way temporary traffic lights will be removed at 4pm.
He said: “By doing this we have reduced the need to completely close Leeds Road in its entirety which would bring traffic in and out of Huddersfield to a standstill.”
Three taken to hospital after motorbike accident
More on the accident on Dunford Road earlier.
A middle-aged woman was taken to hospital this lunchtime after an accident involving a silver-coloured Vauxhall Astra and a red Honda motorcycle outside Da Vincis Pizza, Dunford Road, Holmfirth.
Staff from businesses on the street ran out to administer first aid before the emergency services arrived. West Yorkshire Police said the collision occurred at 12.40pm.
A spokesperson said: “We were called by the ambulance service. A woman on the motorcycle was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. We do not have details regarding her injuries. Two men were also injured.”
Accident at Ainley Top
There’s currently an accident on the M62 up at Ainley Top which is causing delays.
One lane is currently blocked and there is slow traffic on the eastbound carriage following the collision involving one car.
Here’s what’s happening in the rest of the news today:
‘NATIONAL ACTION LEADER’ IN COURT ON MP MURDER PLOT CHARGE
The alleged leader of extreme right-wing terror group National Action is due in court charged with plotting to murder Labour MP Rosie Cooper. Christopher Lythgoe, 31, of Warrington, Cheshire, will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on Friday accused of the offence and a separate charge of belonging to a banned organisation. Five other suspects are also charged with being members of National Action.
LORRY DRIVERS FACE TRIAL OVER M1 CRASH LEAVING EIGHT DEAD
Two lorry drivers are to stand trial over a horror crash on the M1 that left eight people dead. Polish national Ryszard Masierak, 31, and Briton David Wagstaff, 53, both pleaded not guilty to eight counts of death by dangerous driving and four counts of causing serious injury at Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday. Masierak, of Evesham, Worcestershire, also pleaded not guilty to eight counts of causing death by careless driving while over the prescribed alcohol limit. The two men will stand trial on February 26 next year.
CATALAN PARLIAMENT VOTES FOR INDEPENDENCE
The region of Catalonia has voted to declare independence from Spain this afternoon. Catalan separatist legislators have passed a motion to establish a new republic independent of Spain, in a vote boycotted by opposition members.
Theft suspect caught by police hiding in cupboard
Motorbike accident in Holmfirth
An update on the incident at Dunford Road...
Police say they have received reports of an accident involving a motorbike. Officers and an ambulance are still at the scene.
No information at the moment as to whether any other vehicles are involved.
Accident on Dunford Road
Reports of Dunford Road being blocked due to a car accident in Holmfirth.
The accident is reported to have happened near to Da Vinci’s Pizza.
Police hunt car with cloned number plate on motorway
Greater Manchester Police have a bit of an update on this - their police air service says they assisted West Yorkshire Police at 12.15pm to search for a car that had cloned registration plates.
Reports of a police chase on the M62
We’ll look into this and let you know if we hear any more:
Prestigious award for police air service
The National Police Air Service have been presented with a prestigious award.
The Sword of Honour was presented to the NPAS at a ceremony held by the Honorary Company of Pilots in London last night. The award marks the highest achievements and excellence within the aviation industry across the world and was awarded to NPAS particularly for their part in the emergency response to two of the UK’s terror attacks earlier this year.
Chief Constable Dee Collins, QPM of West Yorkshire Police and Air Operations Certificate Holder for NPAS said: “Every day crews carry out remarkable work from a national network of 15 bases to keep communities safe and it is highly fitting that NPAS should receive such a prestigious award.”
Roads closed in Fartown
Something to be aware of if you’re in the area:
Force launch burglary campaign
Police are launching an autumn burglary campaign this week - revealing alarming statistics for burglaries at this time of year.
The force say that an average of 57 homes were burgled a day in West Yorkshire in November last year.
Force Crime Prevention Officer, Chris Joyce, said: “In the month following the clocks going back last year, nearly 60 people a day experienced the shock and upset of having their home broken in to in West Yorkshire.
“Each burglary is one too many and reducing the number of offences is one of the Force’s key priorities. The onset of darker nights is traditionally a time when burglaries rise, and we are highlighting the simple things residents can do to help us protect their home.”
Helpful crime prevention tips and more information about the campaign can be found on the West Yorkshire Police website at: www.westyorkshire.police.uk/burglary.
Labour holds Batley East in council elections
Labour has held the Batley East ward in yesterday’s council elections with 77% of the votes.
Habiban Nisa Zama was voted as the ward’s third councillor, taking over from Clr Amanda Stubley who was expelled from the council. Counting showed a 14% increased majority from the last election.
Bakery raided twice within 24 hours of its opening
Update from Greggs - the store wasn’t actually ram-raided but burglars raided it twice used an unknown item to smash the shop front windows.
The store only had its official opening yesterday, meaning the incident happened within 24 hours of it opening for trade.
Greggs store was ram-raided
A spokesperson for Greggs has confirmed the Liversedge store was smashed into by a car.
The spokesperson said: “The shop was broken into twice last night including a car going through the shop front. The shop is closed today but will re-open tomorrow.”
Archbishop of York to visit Calderdale
The Archbishop of York is paying a visit to the area next week, it’s been announced.
Dr John Sentamu is to visit St Michael’s church in Mytholmroyd on Sunday next week after it was badly damaged in the 2015 floods. It comes after the area was last weekend hit by a another bout of minor floods in Storm Brian.
The Archbishop said: “I am always encouraged by the tremendous spirit, resolve, and generosity that is shown in communities affected by such hazards. I look forward to meeting many people from the community of Mytholmroyd as together we celebrate the rededication of the Parish Church. Fantabulous!”
It’s a dry and mild weekend ahead of us, according to forecasts.
Tomorrow is set to cloudy all day but minimal chance of raid apart from the chance of a light shower overnight. Sunday looks fairly similar with a bit of sunshine peering through the clouds. Temperatures look fairly chilly - between nine and 12 degrees.
Remember the clocks also go back this weekend!
Here’s the forecast:
Broken down vehicle causing hold ups
Watch out for this if you’re in the area:
Serial burglar is jailed for more than five years
This man has just received a hefty sentence after burgling homes across the Calder Valley.
David Phillip Lamb 40, carried out a series of burglaries and vehicle thefts in the area earlier this year. In February, he used a Peugeot 108 stolen from a house in Elland to drive to Hebden Bridge and partook in the burglary of a house while the victims slept in their bed,
Lamb then crashed the Peugeot after the victims woke to find they’d been burgled.
David Lamb pleaded guilty at Bradford Crown Court yesterday to aggravated vehicle taking and two domestic burglaries. He was sentenced to 64 months in prison and disqualified from driving for four years after his release from prison.
Detective Inspector Gary Stephenson from Calderdale CID said after the hearing: “Protracted enquiries and the overwhelming evidence gathered against Lamb has resulted in a substantial prison sentence. The message is clear, if you burgle people’s homes, especially at night, when you are caught, you will go to jail.”
Burglars target Greggs just days after it opens
A Greggs chain in Liversedge has been hit by burglars - a week after it opened.
The bakery on Fountain Court on Huddersfield Road only opened on Friday last week. Officers were called to the scene last night after burglars smashed the glass and broke in.
It’s not yet known if anything has been taken.
Bookies raided in second robbery in a year
Police are investigating after a bookmakers was struck by a robber - almost exactly a year after a previous robbery.
The Coral betting shop on Clare Road in Halifax on Wednesday afternoon. The incident occurred around 1.15pm when a male suspect entered the premises and threatened staff before making off with an amount of cash in plastic carrier bag.
The same bookies was struck by robbers in October last year.
Detectives are appealing for anyone who was in the area, and may have seen or heard anyone acting suspiciously, or who has any information to come forward.
Information can be passed to DS Ross Wadsworth at Calderdale CID via 101 quoting 13170496417.
Here is our front page this morning - out lead story today is the news police investigating the death of Graham Bell have charged a teenager with his manslaughter.
Graham died after he was attacked outside McDonalds in Huddersfield town centre earlier this month.
Leeds to submit City of Culture bid
A bid to become 2023 City of Culture will be submitted to the EU by our neighbours today.
Leeds faces competition from Nottingham, Dundee, Milton Keynes and Belfast to earn the accolade. If announced, it means multi-million pounds’ worth of investment in cultural events and attractions.