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Strong winds on M62

There is currently a speed restriction of 50 mph due to strong winds on the M62 in both directions between J21 A640 (Milnrow) and J23 A640 / A643 (Huddersfield).

Lorry uprighted after overturning on road near Holmfirth

Here was the scene on the Woodhead Pass earlier after a lorry overturned near to the Flouch Inn.

Twin trailer lorry blown over on the Woodhead pass.
Twin trailer lorry blown over on the Woodhead pass.

Good news, though. Highways services say the road is now back open:

West Yorkshire Police website to go down

Don’t worry - they’ve not been hacked! Just some maintenance work ongoing on their site this afternoon.

It means you won’t be able to report minor crimes online, but calling 101 is still available.

Plans in place for more security on high streets at Christmas

Police say they are putting in extra patrols for security in our high streets this Christmas.

Shoppers, and those enjoying festive events are being advised they may see a more overt policing presence in shopping centres and Christmas markets as part of reassurance work being carried out in partnership with shopping centres and local authorities. Extra mounted patrols, dog units, and visible armed police officers will be among the resources seen out and about in communities as part of planned work to help keep people secure in crowded spaces.

Assistant Chief Con Russ Foster said: “I want to reassure the residents that West Yorkshire Police is experienced in dealing with large scale policing events and has detailed plans for protecting public events over the Christmas and New Year period.

“There is no specific intelligence about an imminent threat to West Yorkshire over the Christmas season but we do plan extensively and have been working very closely with partners to review those plans and put appropriate resources in place for the festive season.”

New Street, Huddersfield Town Centre
New Street, Huddersfield Town Centre

National news

Here’s a round up of today’s main headlines. Obviously the focus today is on the Autumn Budget.

HAMMOND SCRAPS STAMP DUTY IN BOOST TO FIRST-TIME BUYERS
Stamp duty is to be abolished for first-time buyers on properties up to £300,000 as Chancellor Philip Hammond put measures to tackle the UK’s housing crisis at the centre of his Budget. The measure will also apply on the first £300,000 of a purchase in high-price areas, meaning 95% of first-time buyers will see at least a cut in the amount of stamp duty, with 80% paying none at all. The cut will come into force immediately, Mr Hammond said, as he set out plans to build 300,000 extra new homes a year by the mid 2020s.

HAMMOND SCRAPS STAMP DUTY IN BOOST TO FIRST-TIME BUYERS
Stamp duty is to be abolished for first-time buyers on properties up to £300,000 as Chancellor Philip Hammond put measures to tackle the UK’s housing crisis at the centre of his Budget. The measure will also apply on the first £300,000 of a purchase in high-price areas, meaning 95% of first-time buyers will see at least a cut in the amount of stamp duty, with 80% paying none at all. The cut will come into force immediately, Mr Hammond said, as he set out plans to build 300,000 extra new homes a year by the mid 2020s.

UN COURT CONVICTS MLADIC OF GENOCIDE OVER BOSNIA’S HORRORS
The United Nations’ Yugoslav war crimes tribunal has convicted Bosnian Serb military chief General Ratko Mladic of genocide and crimes against humanity, and sentenced him to life in prison for atrocities during Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war. Mladic, 75, was found guilty of commanding forces responsible for crimes including the worst atrocities of the war - the three-year siege of the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, and the 1995 massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the eastern enclave of Srebrenica, which was Europe’s worst mass killing since the Second World War.

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivers his Budget in the House of Commons
Chancellor Philip Hammond delivers his Budget in the House of Commons (Image: PA Wire)

£30m announced for WiFi and reception on TP Express trains

The Chancellor has announced £30m from the budget to trial new solutions on the TransPennine route to improve mobile and digital connectivity on trains.

We don’t currently have any more information on this, although Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has tweeted this:

Golcar man who made explosive similar to that used in 7/7 bombing avoids jail

Our reporter Stephanie Finnegan has been in Leeds Crown Court. The full story will be on our site later this afternoon.

Woodhead Pass closed at Dunford Bridge

The Woodhead Pass is currently closed in both directions at Dunford Bridge due to an overturned lorry.

Efforts to recover the HGV are ongoing at Windle Edge near the turn off for Dunford Bridge. This is causing a few problems on the road so take an alternative route if you can.

Traffic on the Woodhead Pass
Stock image of traffic on the Woodhead Pass

Hammond delivering Autumn Budget

Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to deliver his Autumn Budget at Westminster right now.

Here he is posing with the red box outside 11 Downing Street.

Philip Hammond poses with the red box ahead of delivering the Autumn Budget
Philip Hammond poses with the red box ahead of delivering the Autumn Budget (Image: AFP)

Follow our live updates on the budget unveiling here.

Mum claims to see horrifying 'ghost' standing over daughter's pram

A grieving mum says she caught a ghost that looked just like ‘the girl from The Ring’ peering into her toddler’s empty pram.

Francesca Riley, from Dewsbury was at a friend’s house when she spotted what looked like the vengeful horror figure Samara standing over 18-month-old Phoebe’s pram. What do you make - do you think it’s a ghost? Read the full story here.

Young people get a taste of being a fire fighter

Fire fighters are training local youngsters at Huddersfield Fire Station this morning.

It’s a taster day - but it looks like some of them are naturals already. The session has been organised by West Yorkshire Police’s Kirklees Youth Intervention Team, and a marvellous idea it is, too.

Here are some pictures of them getting to grips with the job:

Taster day for youngsters at Huddersfield Fire Station
(Image: WYP Kirklees Youth Intervention Team)
Taster day for youngsters at Huddersfield Fire Station
Taster day for youngsters at Huddersfield Fire Station (Image: WYP Kirklees Youth Intervention Team)

WATCH: At the scene of Hall Bower fire

We’ve been down to Hall Bower, near Castle Hill, this morning where a fire ripped through a home yesterday afternoon.

Gas engineer inspects fire damaged property at Hall Bower
Gas engineer inspects fire damaged property at Hall Bower

Fire fighters have told us they managed to bring it under control despite the dangers posed by very high winds. The cul-de-sac the fire was on was so narrow that the fire engine was damaged after getting stuck, so it’s very lucky the flames didn’t spread to surrounding homes.

Widow of Danny Jones to unveil new defibrillator at sports centre

The wife of late rugby league player Danny Jones, who tragically died in a match two years ago, will unveil a new defibrillator at a Calderdale sports centre today.

Lizzie Jones will be at Mytholmroyd Leisure Centre where the life saving equipment is being unveiled. Danny was just 29 when he collapsed and died after suffering a cardiac arrest, leaving his wife and baby twins. Since his death Lizzie has worked tirelessly to raise money for more defibrillators at sports clubs across the country.

Lizzie Jones, Widow of Danny Jones, leaves the pitch with her children after singing Abide with Me before the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium
Lizzie Jones, Widow of Danny Jones, with the couple's children

Yellow warning for rain and wind today

A reminder that weather warnings are in place today and tomorrow for wind and rain in West Yorkshire.

There are chances of delays to journeys and possible flooding of train lines and even homes, so do take care and batten down those hatches if you’re in a flood-risk area.

Here’s the full story.

Braces yourself for wind and rain over the next few days
Brace yourself for wind and rain over the next few days

Here’s today’s forecast from the Met Office.

Veteran reunited with war medals after they were stolen in burglary

Another cockle-warming story for you all this morning (because there are never enough of them).

An RAF veteran has been reunited with his missing medals - just hours after they were stolen from his home! Herbert Rose was delighted when officers reunited him with the medals after his home in Wakefield was broken into on Sunday. A good Samaritan handed the medals back to police within hours of the burglary.

Herbert Rose, 85, is reunited with his RAF medals from the Suez Canal Zone after they were stolen in a burglary
Herbert Rose, 85, is reunited with his RAF medals from the Suez Canal Zone after they were stolen in a burglary (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Among the items taken were Mr Rose’s Suez Canal Zone medals, which represent his post Second World War service in the RAF, in the Canal Zone in Egypt. The medals were found abandoned on a bridge wall on Darnley Avenue by a member of the public on Monday morning, and handed in to PCSO’s on duty at the Northgate helpdesk at 8.30am.

Suez Canal Zone medals from WWII stolen from veteran Herbert Rose's home
Suez Canal Zone medals from WWII stolen from veteran Herbert Rose's home (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Schoolgirl donates her Lego after sets stolen from Fairybricks charity

How nice is this? After callous thieves stole Lego sets from a charity donating them to sick children, one little girl has donated some of her own.

Isabelle Harland sent several boxes of Lego to the Huddersfield-based charity after their van was broken into and raided last week. The charity collect sets to give to children who are in hospitals and hospices, with the theft coming at the worst time shortly before Christmas.

Lego sets donated to Fairybricks by little girl
Lego sets donated to Fairybricks by little girl (Image: Fairybricks)

Kind-hearted Isabelle also wrote the charity a letter to say: “We have sent you this Lego because some horrid person has stolen your[s]”.

In a world full of horrid people, be an Isabelle!

Lego sets donated to Fairybricks by little girl
Lego sets donated to Fairybricks by little girl (Image: Fairybricks)

Another accident on the M62

Reports of one lane blocked on the motorway again this morning after a collision between a lorry and a car.

This is on the westbound carriage between junctions 21 and 20.

M62 from Saddleworth Bridge, Saddleworth Road
(Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

Road closures

These local roads are closed for works today:

Speed restrictions on the motorway

Due to strong winds, traffic on the M62 is reduced to 50mph.

This is on the highest and most exposed part of the motorway which is vulnerable to wind and can cause a risk with high-sided vehicles. Motorists are being advised to take it slow.

Restrictions are in place in both directions between junctions 22 and 21.

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

Today's paper

Here’s our front page today - leading on the horrific news that a young woman was raped in Tokyo nightclub. Police have issued CCTV of a man they want to speak to after the awful incident earlier this month.

Accident causing M62 congestion

Very slow traffic heading over to Manchester on the M62 this morning - an accident near junction 21 meant one of the lanes was blocked earlier.

The car has now been moved onto the hard shoulder and all lanes cleared but things are still looking busy. Here’s the scene near Scammonden Bridge.

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.

Looking over Golcar to Castle Hill and Emley Mast
Looking over Golcar to Castle Hill and Emley Mast (Image: Simon Martindale )

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 editorial@examiner.co.uk or tweet @Examiner. You can also find us on social media here .