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M62 update

From our traffic partners INRIX:

Severe delays, one lane closed and queueing traffic due to accident and overturned vehicle on M62 Westbound between J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome) and J26 M606 / A58 (Chain Bar), congestion on M62 to J29 M1 (Lofthouse) and on M621 to J4 (Hunslet Distributor).

Queueing traffic and long delays due to earlier accident on M62 Eastbound between J26 M606 / A58 (Chain Bar) and J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome), congestion on M606 to J3 A6036 Rooley Avenue / A6177 Rooley Lane / Staithgate Lane (Staygate Roundabout) and on M62 to J23 A640 / A643 (Huddersfield). All lanes have been re-opened.
Lane four (of four) was closed, affecting traffic travelling from Huddersfield towards Leeds. The accident was on the Westbound carriageway and a car struck the central reservation. The eastbound carriageway was also closed briefly for the air ambulance.

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M62 accident

Very slow traffic on the M62 both ways now between Brighouse and Gildersome due to an earlier accident.

This is likely to affect anyone coming or going in either direction so allow extra time for your journey this afternoon.

M62 clear

M62 eastbound is clear after earlier slow traffic.

HTAFC tickets

Come on Town fans, let’s round that figure up!

Felix sets the bar high!

A week after starting her charity 5k, Felix the Huddersfield Station Cat has revised her fundraising target to the same number in pounds!

Fluffy Felix is walking the distance to raise money for the Fairy Bricks charity.

Originally setting a target of £1,000, the feline has now raised the bar to £5,000 thanks to an influx of donations from her fans around the world.

Read more about the cause on her fundraising page here. Meow.

Felix the Huddersfield Railway Station cat.
Felix the Huddersfield Railway Station cat.

Change to train service

A word of warning if you’re catching this service to any of the following stations:

M62

There’s a lane closed on the M62 eastbound between junction 22 for Rishworth Moor and Ainley Top, causing slow traffic. Watch out if you’re heading this way.

M62 motorway junction 25 near Brighouse.
M62 motorway junction 25 near Brighouse.

Powercut in Saddleworth

Some 132 homes have had their power cut in Dobcross, Saddleworth. Hopefully the situation will be sorted soon.

Council respond to fire and set court date

Kirklees Council have released a statement on the fire in Lockwood:

A spokesman for Kirklees Council said: “Officers are supporting the Environment Agency and Fire Service with the current incident.

“Officers from our emergency team were on site last night helping in the evacuation of any residents, but thankfully very few people had to leave their homes.

“We will continue to push and support the Environment Agency as the main regulating body for the site to resolve the issues as soon as practicable.

“The Council is also taking action against the previous operators of the business and the owners of the site and have a court date in September regarding planning breaches at the site.

“We are advising residents to keep doors and windows closed if their home is in the path of the smoke. We are also requesting that air quality monitoring is carried out as soon as possible.”

Fire at Hunter skip hire, Queens Mill Road, Huddersfield - water being pumped from the nearby River Colne.
Fire at Hunter skip hire, Queens Mill Road, Huddersfield - water being pumped from the nearby River Colne. (Image: Julian Hughes)

VIDEO: What happens next at Lockwood fire?

This video should hopefully explain what will happen as fire crews continue to battle the blaze down at Lockwood.

West Yorkshire's grandest facility?

This is genuinely funny - West Yorkshire Police have boasted of their five star facilities at “Wakefield de la Custody” hotel.

The tongue-in-cheek Facebook post describes experiences in custody as “35 luxurious bedrooms all with en suite facilities”.

Sadly, there are no seas views.

Read more about this rather “grand facility” and the hilarious post here.

Cllr Andrew Cooper slams Hunter Group following fire

Newsome ward’s Cllr Andrew Cooper has condemned Hunter Group for ignoring warnings in light of the fire at the site.

The Green Party councillor, who has previously been very vocal on the waste site, said: “The former owners of the site ignored again and again warnings of legal action.

“I believe they continue to be pursued for the costs and damages they have caused.

“We will continue to push the council and Environment Agency and arrange to get this cleared up as soon as possible.

“The site remains a serious issue that is high up on my list of priorities.”

Green Clr, Andrew Cooper.
Green Clr, Andrew Cooper.

Travel update

Stunning picture of Castle Hill

Aren’t we lucky to live in such a beautiful town!

Distraction burglary in Batley

An e-fit of a suspect has been released after an 65-year-old man fell victim to a cruel distraction burglary.

The victim was offered a lift home from a bus stop in Birstall town centre by the unknown man in a white Ford.

The suspect took the victim home, then returned to the victim’s house a few minutes later claiming he had dropped something while in his car.

While in the house he stole the victim’s wallet containing cash.

E-fit of man police want to speak to in connection with distraction burglary in Batley
E-fit of man police want to speak to in connection with distraction burglary in Batley (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

PC Sarah Culley of Kirklees CID, said: “Enquiries are ongoing regarding this distraction burglary and we would like to speak to anyone who can identify the man pictured.

“We would advise residents to be vigilant regarding this type of con, and ask anyone who has been approached by a man in similar circumstances to contact the police.”

Anyone who can help should call 101.

Former Hunter Group employee speaks out

A former employee for Hunter Group has been in touch this morning. The employee slammed the fire as “an absolute joke”.

The former driver, who did not want to be named, said: “I couldn’t believe how bad things had gotten when I saw the pictures.

“I’m shocked that Hunter have been allowed to get away with abandoning the pile of waste.”

'Mountain' of rubbish at Hunter Group, Queens Mill Road, Lockwood
'Mountain' of rubbish at Hunter Group, Queens Mill Road, Lockwood

Roads re-opened in Halifax

Just to keep you updated if you’re heading to Halifax today - the previous road closures on Silver Street, John Street with the junction of Crown Street and Waterhouse Street are all now re-opened.

Police were there earlier investigating a serious assault of a man last night.

Environment Agency issue statement

The Environment Agency have released a statement following the fire in Lockwood.

A spokespeson said: “The Environment Agency is working with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue in response to the fire at the waste site known as Hunters, in Huddersfield.

“The waste that is burning is non-hazardous, mixed household waste.

“Our officers are on site, assessing the potential impact on the environment, including that posed by the fire water run-off.

“It appears that most of the run-off is entering the foul sewer, but there is a potential risk to the nearby River Holme, so we are investigating this risk further and will consider taking protective measures, if required.

“We will continue to actively monitor the situation on site.”

Fire at Hunter skip hire, Queens Mill Road, Huddersfield.
Fire at Hunter skip hire, Queens Mill Road, Huddersfield. (Image: Julian Hughes)

National news: Child killed by dog in Essex

A national news update but one that is topical in Huddersfield this week: A three-year-old boy has died after being bitten by a dog, police have said.

The tragic incident happened in Halstead, Essex, yesterday evening.

He was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge but later died. A 29-year-old woman has been arrested for allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control and injuring a person, Essex Police said.The dog has been seized by officers and placed in kennels.

West Yorkshire Police will be investigated after a fatal dog attack in Sheepridge, which killed 52-year-old David Ellam.

You can read the latest on this story here.

Undated West Yorkshire Police handout photo of David Ellam
Undated West Yorkshire Police handout photo of David Ellam

VIDEO: Day two of the Lockwood fire

Here is some video showing the scene on day two of the fire in Lockwood - it’ll last some days yet unfortunately as fire crews predict it to go for at least a week.

Hunter Group have shown "little co-operation"

Fire service district commander for Huddersfield, Andy Farrell, told us this morning that Hunter Group have “shown very little co-operation” with them, adding “I feel very sorry for the local residents”.

We have contacted Kirklees to ask what they will be doing to help residents in the area affected.

Kirklees District Commander Andy Farrell
Kirklees District Commander Andy Farrell

Further road closures in Halifax

Silver Street in Halifax is now closed westbound due to the ongoing police investigation. Diversions have been set out for drivers.

Water back on in Lockwood

Yorkshire Water have said water on Queens Road is back on after fire crews had to dowse the flames. Were you one of the residents that lost your water? Get in touch @Examiner or on editorial@examiner.co.uk or call us on 01484 437765.

Fire left 200 residents without water

An update on the fire: The fire service have told the Examiner that up to 200 people lost their water supplies yesterday after firemen used up gallons dowsing the flames at the Lockwood site.

The service are now working with the Environment Agency to discuss potentially using water from the river to minimised disruption, while also keeping pollution risks to a minimum. A meeting will be held this morning to discuss how to keep the fire under control.

Street closed after man seriously injured in attack

A few more details on the incident in Halifax:

There are closures in place at John Street with the junction of Crown Street and Waterhouse Street following a serious assault in the early hours of the morning.

Officers were alerted by staff at Calderdale Hospital after a 21-year-old man attended with serious injuries. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A scene is in place in the Town Centre whilst officers continue their early stage enquiries to determine what took place.

Anyone who was in and around the Town Centre in the early hours of today who can give any relevant information to police should contact 101 quoting 192 of the 19/8.

Lockwood blaze could last "at least a week"

Fire crews have said it will be “at least a WEEK” before the blaze at the Hunters site in Lockwood is brought under complete control.

Services were there through last night and are still there this morning, and are expected to remain at the site over the next few days.

Watch commander Darren Bagley who was called to the scene yesterday said: “It will be a few days - at least a week.

“When we arrived it was well alight.

“Our main priority was was to protect the building next door.”

We will be updating this story throughout the day.

Traffic updates

Commercial Street in Halifax is currently closed due to an ongoing police incident: we’ll try to find out more about this. Also there is really slow traffic through Dunford Bridge on the A628, which is partially blocked due to an overturned lorry at Windle Edge.

Good morning

Morning Huddersfield. All quiet on the roads this morning with no incidents on the M62. Fire crews are currently still in attendance at the fire in Lockwood - we will be getting updates on this throughout the day so stay with us.

Fire crews at work at site of former Hunter Group tip site, Lockwood
Fire crews at work at site of former Hunter Group tip site, Lockwood