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Police appeal for information about missing man

West Yorkshire Police are concerned for the welfare of Tariq Rashid who went missing from a hospital in Wakefield on December 29. Mr Rashid has links to Fartown in Huddersfield.

Tariq Rashid

Junction 25 back open

The slip road at junction 25 on the M62 is now back open. We are still looking into the exact reasons for its closure regarding the ‘concern for safety’.

Incident still ongoing

Waiting for a police update

We have just spoken to West Yorkshire Police are we are awaiting an update on the nature of the incident

What we know so far

Police unable to comment on nature of incident

We have just spoken to West Yorkshire Police press office. They said they are unable to comment on the nature of the incident at the moment.

Closure set to be in place for a few hours

Highways England said the closure at Brighouse M62 junction is set to remain in place for a few hours and are advising motorists to avoid it and plan ahead

Ongoing incident

Police have not said exactly what has happened but they have said the slip-road has been closed due to a concern for safety

Slow traffic

We are getting reports of slow traffic in the area but Google Traffic and Highways England traffic map is currently showing the roads to be clear

Slip-road could be closed for two hours

Highways England said the police incident is ongoing and the area is unlikely to be cleared until 5:30pm or 5:45pm

Motorists urged to avoid M62 Brighouse junction due to 'serious police incident'

Understood to be a concern for safety on M62 slip road

M62 slip road problems

Aldi ram-raid: Police statement in full

This is the full police statement:

Detectives are appealing for information following a break-in at a supermarket in Slaithwaite.

Kirklees District CID would like to speak to anyone who has information about the incident which took place at about 10.32pm on Monday January 1.

It took place after a 4x4 vehicle pulled into the car park of the Aldi store on Britannia Way and then reversed through a glass panel.

A number of men got out and attacked a free standing cash point inside the store.

They made off empty handed a few minutes later in the vehicle.

DI Lee Donnelley of Kirklees District CID, said: “We are investigating this offence and would like to speak to anyone who saw the incident or who has any information regarding it to call Kirklees District CID on 101 referencing crime number 13180001353.

“Information can also be given anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”

Police confirm Aldi store was ram-raided

Police have issued a statement on our story from earlier confirming there was a ram-raid at Aldi in Slaithwaite.

Drink drive figures

West Yorkshire Police arrested 264 on suspicion of drink or drug driving between 1 December and 1 January. Of those 59 per cent were charged with an offence. This included 20 men and six women from Kirklees.

Court reporter covering fraud case

Yassar shooting one year on

Hundreds are due at a demo later today marking the one year anniversary since the shooting of Yassar Yaqub.

Here is our in-depth analysis of the last 12 months http://yassaryaqubshooting.examiner.co.uk/index.html

Efit appeal over Calderdale burglary

Do you recognise this spotty-faced adolescent?

Police have put out this efit in connection with a burglary in Calderdale two weeks ago. It occurred in the Stump Cross area around 12.45pm on Friday December 21, at a property on Kell Lane when the occupant of the property returned to find the door open and when entered was confronted by three men. One of the suspects threatened the victim, who fled, before the three made off.

The suspects took the victim’s car keys and a blue Mercedes which was later recovered in Halifax with false registration plates. The three were also using a grey coloured Volkswagen Golf that is believed to be on false registration plates – VU17 UMM.

The man in the efit was one of the three suspects and is described as being a white male, around 16 years-old, around 5”6” tall of small to medium build. He had short dark hair and is described as having a spotty complexion. He was wearing a dark coloured tracksuit and spoke with a Yorkshire accent. Information can be given to police by calling 101 and quoting 13170596665.

Efit released in connection with Halifax burglary
Efit released in connection with Halifax burglary (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Elderly lady targeted in cruel distraction burglary

Two men walked into a woman’s Kirkheaton home and stole cash and sentimental items in a “despicable” burglary.

The 68-year-old victim was at her home on School Lane when one of the men walked in. As she confronted him and asked him to leave, another man entered upstairs and carried out a search. Both men then left with a number of items, including cash and property of sentimental value. The burglary happened on Friday, December 15 although police have just released details.

DC Debbie Montgomery of Huddersfield CID, said: “This was a despicable crime which has left the victim terrified in her own home.” Anyone who has any information should contact Huddersfield CID on 101 or, quoting reference 13170584885.

Men due in court over sex abuse charges

Ten men accused of 100 charges of sex abuse against Huddersfield girls are due in court today.

Amere Singh Dhaliwal, Zubair Ahmed, Zahid Hassan, Mohammed Kammer, Nahman Mohammed, Hamzha Saleem, Irfan Ahmed, Abdul Rehman, Mohammed Aslam and Raj Barsran have all denied the charges of rape and abuse of eight girls.

They are due at Leeds Crown Court for a mention today ahead of their trial, which is scheduled to begin on Monday next week. Read the last report on this case here.

From left, Raj Singh Barsran, Irfan Ahmed, Mohammed Kammer, Zubair Ahmed, Amere Singh Dhaliwal, who are all accused of child sex offences
From left, Raj Singh Barsran, Irfan Ahmed, Mohammed Kammer, Zubair Ahmed, Amere Singh Dhaliwal, who are all accused of child sex offences

National news

Here’s a round up of the main headlines today...

13 MONKEYS DIE IN FIRE AT WOBURN SAFARI PARK
Thirteen monkeys have been killed in a fire at Woburn Safari Park. The blaze broke out in the early hours in the Patas monkey house within the African Forest drive-through enclosure of the park in Bedfordshire. A spokesman for the park said: “Staff and fire crews attended the scene; however, devastatingly for everyone at the park, none of the 13 animals could be saved.”

NINE REPORTED KILLED IN IRAN AS COURT CHIEF WARNS OF DEATH PENALTY OVER PROTESTS
Overnight clashes between protesters and security forces in Iran killed nine people, state television reported today, including some rioters who tried to storm a police station to steal weapons. The demonstrations, the largest to strike Iran since its disputed 2009 presidential election, have seen six days of unrest across the country and a death toll of at least 20. The protests began last Thursday in Mashhad over Iran’s weak economy and an increase in food prices, and have expanded to several cities, with some protesters chanting against the government and the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

PROTESTS AT STATIONS AS RAIL PASSENGERS HIT WITH BIGGEST FARE RISE IN FIVE YEARS

Rail passengers travelling on the first working day of 2018 are being hit with the largest fare rise in five years. Average ticket prices across the country went up by 3.4% on Tuesday, as many commuters began their first journeys to work of 2018. Speaking outside King’s Cross Station in London, where a small group of protesters had gathered during the morning rush hour, Labour’s Andy McDonald told the Press Association that “the height of these increases is totally unacceptable”.

University student attends a protest inside Tehran University while a smoke grenade is thrown by anti-riot Iranian police, in Tehran, Iran
University student attends a protest inside Tehran University while a smoke grenade is thrown by anti-riot Iranian police, in Tehran, Iran (Image: AP)

Aldi "closed until further notice"

Report Robert Sutcliffe has been down in Slaithwaite at the scene.

Pictures from the scene at Aldi

The store is currently taped off as CID investigate a ram raid there last night.

More updates as we get them.

Police scene at Aldi, Slaithwaite, following a raid
Police scene at Aldi, Slaithwaite, following a raid
Scene inside Aldi, Slaithwaite, following a raid
Scene inside Aldi, Slaithwaite, following a raid

Aldi closed due to police incident

The Aldi store in Slaithwaite is closed this morning after it was raided last night.

There are reports that an ATM inside the store was taken in the raid. Police are currently at the scene. More on this to follow.

Soon to open Aldi store in Slaithwaite.
Aldi store in Slaithwaite.

Man found dead after major search operation

A West Yorkshire man has sadly been found dead after a major operation was launched across the county to locate him.

Patrick Thornton, from Leeds, was reported missing on December 22 by his family. Rescue teams from Holme Valley and Calder Valley Mountain Rescue Team joined the search for the 63-year-old.

Police have now confirmed that a body was recovered from a lake in the Allerton Bywater area of Leeds on Sunday morning. There are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances. The body is yet to be formally identified and police say Mr Thornton’s family have been informed.

Patrick Thornton has been missing since December 22
Patrick Thornton was reported missing on December 22

Crews extinguish M62 car blaze

All lanes are now being re-opened on the M62 eastbound:

Man pleads guilty to tax fraud

Reporter Stephanie Finnegan is in court.

More on this story to follow.

Huddersfield house price rises some of biggest in country last year

Our town had the eighth biggest rise in house prices in the country last year, according to findings by Halifax bank.

Huddersfield featured as the only place in Yorkshire on the list of the 13 biggest house price rises in 2017. It was also the biggest performer for rising prices in the whole of the North. Property prices rose by 9.3%.

Waithe Close Farm, near Meltham, which is on the market for £1.25m
Waithe Close Farm, near Meltham, which went on the market for £1.25m

Topping the list was Cheltenham, followed by Bournemouth, Brighton, Crawley, Newham, Peterborough and Gloucester.

Halifax managing director Russell Galley said: “A number of towns and cities have recorded significant rises in house prices over the past year, with all of the top 20 performers recording growth of at least double the national average.”

Sold and For Sale signs, property, housing

Two men still at large after serious collision at Oakes

A man was taken to hospital last night after a head-on smash at Oakes, from which two people in the other vehicle fled the scene.

The crash happened on New Hey Road at around 10.35pm last night when the two unknown vehicles collided. Two men in one of the cars drove off from the scene and police say enquiries are ongoing to locate them.

The injured man was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary to be treated, although his injuries are not believed to be serious. New Hey Road was blocked in both directions after the smash but is fully re-opened this morning.

New Hey Road, Oakes
New Hey Road, Oakes