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Traffic back to normal
Normal Friday night M62 conditions have resumed on the M62!
Accident on the M62
Very slow traffic due to accident on M62 Westbound between J23 A640 / A643 (Huddersfield) and J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor), congestion on M62 to J24 A629 (Ainley Top). Travel time is around 30 minutes.
M62 traffic update
Snowy up near the motorway! This is Outlane
Flakes in Scape
Thundersnow on the M62
Our reporter Dave Himelfield caught thundersnow on the M62 last March
Snow seems to be settling a bit on the M62
Traffic looking OK so far despite the snow
We’ve not had any reports of traffic problems despite a few flakes appearing...
Multi-vehicle accident closes lanes on M1
Heavy traffic with two lanes shut on the M1 this afternoon after a multi-vehicle accident on the northbound carriage.
This is between junctions 37 and 38 between Bretton/Huddersfield and the Denby Dale junction. Here’s the scene.
A glimpse inside the tipi in St George's Square
Here’s what it looks like inside...
Robber attacked women after stealing expensive designer watches
Two women were attacked in a horrific robbery at a West Yorkshire home, police say.
The house on Cleckheaton Road in Low Moor, Bradford, was targeted by a robber who stole Rolex and Audemars Piguet watches worth £25,000. The man entered the home at around 6pm on Wednesday last week making demands for cash and jewellery.
The two female occupants were assaulted by the suspect, but neither required hospital treatment. The suspect, who fled on foot, is described as about 5ft 9ins tall and of medium build. He was wearing a balaclava and high visibility vest over a dark blue hooded top, and spoke with an accent which was not thought to be local.
The Audemars Piguet watch is described as silver and gold with encrusted diamonds and has a white rubber style strap. The Rolex is also described as silver and gold, with a silver and gold chain link strap. It is also encrusted with diamonds.
Anyone with information should contact West Yorkshire Police via 101.
Missing teenager found safe and well
Teenager sentenced for killing of schoolgirl Katie Rough
A 16-year-old girl who killed seven-year-old Katie Rough in a York park has been given a life sentence for manslaughter and ordered to be detained for a minimum of five years by a judge at Leeds Crown Court.
Katie was killed in a playing field in the Woodthorpe area of York in January this year.
Latest episode of Town podcast
Interesting debate between the Examiner’s Sports Editor and Town fan Mel Booth and City fan Pete Barrow ahead of Sunday’s match.
Have a listen!
Catch up on the latest from this lunchtime’s presser at Canalside ahead of the match on our separate live blog here.
Police awards held in West Yorkshire
The police Twitter awards (yes, it’s a thing) are being held in our county today.
Inevitably, the awards are being live tweeted by the force. Here’s local bobby Pc Sarah Barberini scooping best tweeting Police Community Support Officer.
Here’s a midday round up of the main headlines today...
OSCAR PISTORIUS HAS PRISON TERM FOR MURDER OF REEVA STEENKAMP MORE THAN DOUBLED
Oscar Pistorius’s prison sentence for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp has been increased to 13 years and five months by South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal. Friday’s decision more than doubled the Olympic and Paralympic runner’s jail term for the murder of his girlfriend. In an announcement that took a matter of minutes, Supreme Court Justice Willie Seriti said the Supreme Court upheld an appeal by prosecutors against Pistorius’ original six-year sentence for shooting Ms Steenkamp multiple times in his home in 2013.
ZIMBABWE’S NEW LEADER EMMERSON MNANGAGWA SWORN IN
Zimbabwe’s incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in, beginning a new era for the long-troubled nation. Mr Mnangagwa promised to devote himself to the well-being of the people, to cheers from tens of thousands present at the 60,000-seat stadium in Harare. He succeeds Robert Mugabe, who resigned on Tuesday under immense pressure from the military, the ruling party and the people amid fears his wife was trying to take power.
THERESA MAY URGES EU TO MOVE ONTO ‘NEXT STAGE’ OF BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS
Theresa May has issued a fresh call for European Union leaders to move onto the “next stage” in the Brexit negotiations. Arriving in Brussels for the EU Eastern Partnership summit, the Prime Minister said the EU and the UK needed to “step forward together” in the ongoing talks. She confirmed she will be meeting European Council president Donald Tusk in the margins of the gathering later on Friday.
Man flown to LGI with head injury
An update from the ambulance service on the incident in Meltham.
Yorkshire Ambulance Service were called to Matthew Grove just before 10am with reports of a man being injured in a fall outside.
An ambulance and air ambulance attended and the male patient was taken by air to Leeds General Infirmary with a suspected head injury. Unfortunately we don’t have anymore information at this stage.
Air ambulance lands in Meltham
An air ambulance was seen landing on Mill Moor Road this morning.
We’re looking into this and will let you know once we get an update from the ambulance service.
Concerns for missing teenager
Have you seen Tia Pugh? Police are concerned about the 15-year-old after she didn’t return home from college.
The Leeds teenager was reported missing last night after she never came home at lunchtime. She is described as white, 5ft 8ins tall, medium build, with long, straight, dark brown hair. She is possibly wearing a short black coat.
Detective Inspector Ciaran Whoriskey, of Leeds District Safeguarding Unit, said: “We are very concerned for Tia’s welfare and urgently need to find out where she is so we can check that she is okay. We would like to hear from anyone who has seen or who has any information that could assist us in tracing her.” Anyone with information should call 101.
Weather warning over ice on the roads tonight
A yellow weather warning has been issued for ice in West Yorkshire this evening.
The Met Office say motorists could experience black ice which makes some roads dangerous, so do take extra care and avoid any particularly rural, exposed and hazardous routes. The road around Castle Hill and down into Almondbury was reportedly very hazardous this morning. The warning lasts between 5pm and 10am tomorrow.
A Met Office spokesperson said: “There is potential for slippery surfaces and difficult driving conditions. Snow showers are also expected, mainly over high ground, with longer journey times possible.”
Top award for Andy's Man Club
A local charity aimed at tackling the stigma of mental health and suicide for men has won a national award.
Luke Ambler, from Halifax, who founded Andy’s Man Club, won the Paypal Crowdfunder of the Year at the JustGiving Awards in London. The organisation is behind the #ItsOkayToTalk project, to get men to open up about depression and other mental health issues.
Luke set up the charity after his brother Andy sadly took his own life last year. You can find out more about it here.
Caught on camera
Do you recognise this man? Kirklees police have released a picture and want to speak to him after a commercial burglary in Huddersfield.
The burglary happened on October 23, although police have only just released an image. Anyone with information should contact them via 101 quoting crime reference 13170492470.
Heavy traffic on the M62
Busy westbound this morning if you’re heading over the Pennines.
Traffic is slow around junction 19.
Sunshine on our radar today!
A chilly day nevertheless with temperatures of up to 6 degrees.
Petrol prices slashed
Asda is cutting 2p a litre off petrol prices as of today.
The cost per litre has reduced to 116.7 pence, and 117.7 for diesel. The reduction is a gesture for customers beginning to feel the pinch as the expensive festive season approaches.
Sean Clarke, Asda’s Chief Executive, said: “In October, the Asda Income Tracker showed that the average UK household saw a further squeeze on discretionary income. With Christmas round the corner, we know our customers are busy people who want to spend time with family and friends. So, we’ve made the simple move to lower the cost of unleaded and diesel by 2ppl across the country.”
Disqualified driver has car seized in town centre
This wasn’t a smart move on the driver’s part!
Black ice on the roads
Black ice for Black Friday on the roads around Castle Hill. Take extra care if you’re out this morning.
Loose sheep on the road!
Watch out, there’s sheep a-baaa-t.
A peek at today’s front page - with our main story on retired teacher Linda Eastwood whose home has been damaged by 70mph winds.
Here’s what’s happening on the local roads:
- Very busy on Wakefield Road at Grange Moor
- Reports of an accident on Greenfield Road, Upperthong, by the junction with Spring Lane so take care here
- Usual congestion at Salterhebble Hill near to Calderdale Royal due to roadworks
- Queues on Whitehall Road in Leeds at Gelderd Road due to a HGV getting stuck at a railway bridge