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Travel

Here’s your last travel update for the day as the blog is now closing. To see all our news for the day why not scroll down and see what we’ve covered.


News

This story is a load of rubbish...no really.


News

A shoplifter has got their just desserts. This precautionary tale of woe has just been revealed by our chums over the hills in Manchester.


Travel

This is hot off the press...or police twitter feeds, so no real details other than “look out”.


HTAFC

Some Town injury news to kick-us off. And it’s bad news as lynchpin of the midfield, Dean Whitehead, is out over the vital Christmas period.



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Travel

Reports of Castlegate / Queensgate busy but moving around Chapel Hill

Travel

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Good afternoon. Just checking out the latest news and travel and I will be right back...

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News

Watch for this next time you go to Tesco.

The supermarket giant has given its self-service checkouts a festive makeover by changing the message Thank You For Shopping At Tesco, to Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas!

The supermarket started rolling out “Santa’s voice” this week, with all self-service machines due to feature the greeting by Thursday.

This is the first year Tesco has featured a festive greeting on its tills and the message has been met with a mixed response from customers.



Some think it’s a bit creepy.


News

Feeling festive? I’m working on a story about wacky Christmas lights. Have you got any pictures of weird, wonky or plain daft Christmas lights?

If so email your pictures to martin.shaw@examiner.co.uk or tweet me @MartinShawWRNS

Oh, and make them genuine please. None of that stealing off the internet malarky! It’s all a bit of innocent fun.


Football

It’s amazing how the FA Cup throws up coincidences. Huddersfield Town have been paired with Championship side Reading in the 3rd round for the second successive season.

Then you’ve got Leeds United v Rotherham, pitting rival managers Steve Evans and Neil Redfearn against their former clubs.


FA Cup 3rd Round - Huddersfield Town (0) v Reading (1) - Hal Robson-Kanu and Mark Hudson. SPORT FOOTBALL ACTION ENGLAND JANUARY 2015
FA Cup 3rd Round - Huddersfield Town (0) v Reading (1) - Hal Robson-Kanu and Mark Hudson. SPORT FOOTBALL ACTION ENGLAND JANUARY 2015


Town fans are a bit underwhelmed by the draw but it could have been worse. It could have been Charlton again. Or Eastleigh away.

So Reading it is, and it’s certainly a winnable game.


News

Here’s some good news for motorists ahead of the festive season.

Many fuel retailers are expected to cut the price of petrol to £1 a litre in time for the Christmas getaway.

The RAC believes the tumbling oil price will lead to a 3p drop for petrol and 5p for diesel. This would take average prices to around 103p for petrol and 104p for diesel, but experts predict prices will be even lower at many forecourts.



RAC Fuel Watch spokesman Simon Williams said: “We expect Britain’s supermarkets and cheapest fuel retailers to be selling petrol at £1 a litre or less in time for Christmas.

“These retailers consistently tend to be 3p-5p a litre cheaper than the UK average price. We are still some way off the average price of unleaded reaching the £1 a litre mark, but this will be a big step in the right direction.”


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Hello everybody. Martin here. Taking over from my anonymous colleague Dave who seemed to be posting undercover. So, what can I tell you?

Villagers in Netherton have been warned to accept a local plan which could allow 350 homes to built on nearby green belt – or face worse from Westminster.

The proposed Kirklees Local Plan could allow up to 358 homes to be built on fields off Netherton Moor Road and Henry Frederick Avenue, Netherton.

Villagers packed into Netherton Methodist Church to discuss how to block the plan, whichwill allow 29,000 homes to be built in Kirklees by 2031.

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Tributes have been paid to Emmerdale actress Shirley Stelfox, who has died following a short battle with cancer.

The 74-year-old, who had played Edna Birch for the last 15 years, passed away peacefully at home on Monday with her daughter Helena by her side, said Associated International Management.

New of her death was met with heartfelt tributes and messages, with colleagues and fans taking to Twitter to express their grief.
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News

Builders have been stopped from working on a new Huddersfield development after dozens of complaints from nearby residents.

Kirklees Council has served a temporary stop notice on Harron Homes, which means no more construction work can take place at the site off Crosland Road, Lindley Moor, for 28 days.

The work is halted until improvements, including a temporary drainage scheme, have been made.

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Good afternoon

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Right, that’s all from me, Dave Himelfield will be taking over the blogging reins. Bye bye.

QUIZ

Is your brain in gear yet?

Test it with our entertainment quiz.


1. Who won the best actress award at the Moet British Independent Film Awards?

2. Who is the latest celebrity to be knocked out of Strictly Come Dancing?

3. Which former Westlife star is hoping to top the Christmas charts in Ireland with a charity single benefiting children’s hospitals in Belfast and Dublin?

4. Which actor has written a letter to Santa Claus asking him to distract children “from the realities of a world gone mad”?


Answers (no peaking!):

1. Saoirse Ronan for her role in Brooklyn.

2. Call The Midwife star Helen George.

3. Shane Filan.

4. Benedict Cumberbatch.

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NEWS

Watch out for my Christmas theft story-involving a suitcase of presents, a Santa outfit and some potentially very sad children!

The first two items were stolen from artist Doctor Simpo’s car yesterday, which was also stolen then dumped and recovered.

Here’s the poster he has created to get people to help him find them.

CRIME

NEWS

Here’s what our reporter, Martin Shaw, is tweeting about this morning

NEWS

Let’s have a look at some of the national news headlines.

The average age of suspected cyber attackers has dropped dramatically to just 17, the National Crime Agency has said.

Anxious patients are being kept waiting for hours for advice
Anxious patients are being kept waiting for hours for advice (Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

NHS hospitals cleared their staff of blame in almost three quarters of “avoidable” patient death and serious harm cases where failures by medics were later independently discovered, a new report reveals.

Internal probes into such cases were also “not good enough” because they were not “consistent, reliable or transparent”, Health Service Ombudsman Dame Julie Mellor said.


The family of a man accused of a violent, sustained and unprovoked knife attack at Leytonstone Tube station contacted police three weeks before the incident asking for help, it has emerged.

Muhaydin Mire, 29, is charged with the attempted murder of a 56-year-old man who was attacked from behind in front of several members of the public on Saturday evening.

Home Secretary Theresa May provides an update on the Calais crisis in the House of CommonsTICS Calais. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Home Secretary Theresa May provides an update on the Calais crisis in the House of CommonsTICS Calais. Photo credit should read: PA Wire (Image: PA Wire)

Theresa May will today vows to step up radical reforms of British policing when she warns forces they will not be “let off the hook” despite being shielded from budget cuts.

The Home Secretary will tell senior officers and local crime chiefs they will still be required to make savings even though the overall police budget is being protected.



NEWS

This is a potentially life saving chart.

It plots how long you should leave it after your last drink to drive.

N.B. This is not a one size fits all chart-if you’re a bit vertically challenged like me you may well need significantly longer.

NEWS

This is a shocking report by our sister newspaper Manchester Evening News which states that black people are twice as likely to be arrested in Greater Manchester as white people.

Read more here.

TRAVEL

Be warned if you’re trying to get onto the M62 eastbound this morning.

M62 Eastbound lane closed on entry slip road due to broken down vehicle at J26 M606 / A58 (Chain Bar).
Lane one (of two) is closed heading onto the M62 towards Leeds from the roundabout under the motorway. Traffic is coping well.

Here’s today’s front page story