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NEWS

Here’s a run down of our most popular stories at the moment.

In third place, our weatherman Paul Stevens thinks that snow could fall in Huddersfield on Christmas Day, even if it may only be a flake.

In second is the DIY SOS makeover for stroke victim Richard Ford, which is to be screened before Christmas.

And our most read story is the plan to tear down abandoned terraced houses in Moldgreen.

Here’s an update on the car fire that closed one lane of the M62.

A motorway lane was shut when a car caught fire.

The inside lane sometimes used as the hard shoulder was closed eastbound in between junction 21 at Milnrow and junction 22 at Rishworth Moor from around 3.15pm until 4.10pm while fire crews battled to put out the blaze.

No one has been reported as having been hurt in the incident, which left traffic tailbacks between Rochdale and Huddersfield.

Traffic travelling in the other direction was also temporarily slowed by the fire.

Fire crews and the Highways Agency managed to move the car, allowing the lane to re-open.

CRIME

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TRAVEL

Two lanes closed and queueing traffic due to vehicle fire on M62 Eastbound between J21 A640 (Milnrow) and J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor).
Lane one and two (of four) are closed. The westbound side is also slow as a result. Affecting traffic between Rochdale and Huddersfield.

Hello but not from Emma

Hello everyone, Emma will be with you in a while but for now you’re going to have to put up with me instead ;)

News

Cash strapped Kirklees Council will benefit to the tune of £800K when the new houses are built at the former St Luke’s hospital.


Indicative site layout of the proposed redevelopment of the St Luke's Hospital site at Crosland Moor.
Indicative site layout of the proposed redevelopment of the St Luke's Hospital site at Crosland Moor.

That’s it from me...next on the blog is Emma

Christmas

We’re doing our free Christmas messages again. All the details are below if you want one publishing in the paper.


Travel

This tweet sheds more light on what the problem on the M62 was.


Travel

Readers of my previous post will think I’ve done this on purpose...sorry train users.


News

Many of you blog fans no doubt log on for our travel news. Well if you’re a train user have you heard that Northern Rail will no longer be the firm operating our local services? Find out who’s taking over by reading this story.


The Government has announced that electrification of key northern rail lines will now go ahead, just months after shelving the plans.
The Government has announced that electrification of key northern rail lines will now go ahead, just months after shelving the plans. (Image: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

Travel

There’s trouble on the M62 again. A lane is blocked between 23 and 22 - heading away from Huddersfield towards Manchester. I’ve just looked at the motorway CCTV cameras but they’re all out of order at the moment. Will update later if it’s serious.

News

Are you sad the Tour De Yorkshire is skipping Kirklees next year? Or is it a relief that we won’t have any of the traffic bother? The popular race, formed in the wake of the Tour De France success in Yorkshire, is this year avoiding our region completely.


The peloton rides through York
The peloton rides through York

HTAFC

Bristol City are the visitors to the John Smith’s this Saturday. Wagner’s men will be looking to back up last week’s 3 points over Birmingham with another good performance against fellow bottom of the table stragglers. Town reporter Alexandra Porter reckons there are key weaknesses that the Terriers can exploit


Hand over

That’s all from me. My colleague Nick is next. See you later.


Travel

If you’re heading for the M62 watch out for the following.

There’s a lane closed eastbound on the entry slip road at junction 26 at Chain Bar due to a broken down vehicle.

The good news is there’s no delays!


News

All together now! Let’s sing. “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.”

Yes, the Examiner’s weatherman Paul Stevens has hinted (just a hint, mind) that we might (just might) have a white Christmas.

Well when I say ‘white’ I mean a flurry of flakes. Possibly.


Snow joke: Examiner weatherman Paul Stevens
Snow joke: Examiner weatherman Paul Stevens


Don’t quote him but it could snow on Christmas Day. You might want to stick a fiver on.

But please note: Betting can seriously damage your wealth.


News

Social media-fuelled “vigilantes” have been criticised by West Yorkshire Police.

In the wake of a series of burglaries on mainly Asian households in Dewsbury and Batley, Kirklees police have condemned their actions.

Community leaders were invited to a meeting at Batley’s Indian Muslim Welfare Association which was addressed by Supt Paul Jeffrey. Also there were Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff and Batley and Spen’s Jo Cox.

Police say they are on top of the situation and urged the community to leave policing to the force. There was a ‘vigilante’ attack in Charles Street, Ravensthorpe, which resulted in a driver ploughing into five people on the pavement as he fled.


Supt Paul Jeffrey and the scene in Ravensthorpe
Supt Paul Jeffrey and the scene in Ravensthorpe


West Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said: “These are some of the most serious types of crime. Our force is steadfast in the determination that, despite budget pressures, we will never be too stretched to deal with this kind of criminality.”


Breaking News

Two men have been arrested in connection with a robbery at the home of an 81-year-old woman in Salendine Nook. More here.

The two men, aged 23 and 24, were arrested this morning on suspicion of robbery and are currently in custody.

News

If you’re out a week on Thursday you need to set your TV recorder.

DIY SOS came to Holmebridge in March and it promises to be emotional.

The home of stroke victim Richard Ford had a makeover but the story of this super-fit dad-of-three, left with locked-in syndrome for nine months, will really tug at the heartstrings.


The Ford family, Richard and Jude with sons, (left to right) Oscar, Harry and Archie take a peek in to one of their new rooms at their Holmbridge home, which has undergone a complete transformation by the TV programme, DIY SOS to be screened shortly.
The Ford family, Richard and Jude with sons, (left to right) Oscar, Harry and Archie take a peek in to one of their new rooms at their Holmbridge home, which has undergone a complete transformation by the TV programme, DIY SOS to be screened shortly.


A team of volunteer builders helped with the makeover which has transformed the family’s life.

The family have kept the new-look under wraps so Thursday BBC1 at 9pm will be the first chance to see it. But we’ll be giving you a look round too on the day of course.


Hello everybody. Martin here. I’m feeling festive this morning. Been doing loads of stories about Christmas.

Hand over

That’s all on the blog from me for today. My colleague Martin will be taking over shortly.

Sport

Huddersfield Giants head coach Paul Anderson can’t wait to get back on to the grass.


Giants back for pre-season training.Head coach Paul Anderson.
Giants back for pre-season training.Head coach Paul Anderson.


As the Giants continue their build up to the 2016 Super League season, Anderson is eager to get his side working outdoors. You can see more here.

News

Abandoned homes look set to be torn down, and a row of terraced houses in Moldgreen have been earmarked for demolition.


Demolition plan for 172 - 184 Wakefield Road, Moldgreen.
Demolition plan for 172 - 184 Wakefield Road, Moldgreen. (Image: Pic from Google maps)


Six homes that are currently boarded up, from 172 to 184 Wakefield Road, opposite Carphone Warehouse, will be demolished by Kirklees Council. You can see more here.

Traffic

There is traffic congestion on the A644 Webster Hill into town in Dewsbury.



And there is slow traffic on the A644 Wakefield Road in Mirfield from Cooper Bridge roundabout to the M62 junction 25 roundabout junction.

Football

Jonathan Hogg and Kyle Dempsey face a big few days on the training ground as Huddersfield Town prepare to tackle Bristol City at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday.


Sky Bet Championship - Birmingham City (0) v Huddersfield Town (2) - Dean Whitehead.
Dean Whitehead


The pair are the most obvious candidates to fill the midfield void left by Dean Whitehead, who has been ruled out for six to eight weeks by a knee problem. You can see more here.

News

Police say a remote control helicopter - which they describe as huge - has been stolen from BHS.



They say the item is very identifiable, and if you are offered it for sale, or know who may be responsible for the theft, contact police on 101, quoting crime reference 13150502090.

Police said: “We are fairly sure that the suspect will be ‘flying’ into police custody soon enough.”

Traffic

Still a few problems on the roads.

There is queuing traffic on the A629 Calderdale Way southbound in Elland before Ainley Top roundabout.



And the A638 Bradford Road in Cleckheaton is busy but moving southbound at the A643 Parkside junction.

Travel

More on the rail franchise announcement.

The FirstGroup is saying it will help transform the North and Scotland, with more seats, services and new intercity trains.