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Travel

Quick travel update before the blog closes for the day. It’s for those of you intending to use the M1 near Leeds this evening.


News

This man was supposed to be doing me a quote for some fitted wardrobes...but I’ll let him off as he’s come up with a fantastic Christmas display in aid of charity.


Winter wonderland at Robin Royd Ave, Mirfield. Derek Highe sit amongst his decorations.
Winter wonderland at Robin Royd Ave, Mirfield. Derek Highe sit amongst his decorations.

Travel

There’s been a crash on the M62 westbound between junctions J27 and J26. Lane three is closed. The incident is expected to clear by 7pm say Highways Agency officials.


News

Mirfield’s finest Sir Patrick Stewart has been nominated for a Golden Globe for a US TV show. Here he is celebrating the news...he’s in good shape for a 75-year-old isn’t he?


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If you’re planning to go to Slaithwaite library tomorrow, you’d better change your plans!


HTAFC

We’re live tweeting the Town press conference ahead of Saturday’s home game against Bristol City. Here’s one of the comments from coach Wagner. Follow us on Twitter for the rest.


News

Residents young and old are continuing to pull together after one of the worst-hit areas of Cumbria was engulfed by flooding for the second time in days.

One local described the community spirit among the people of Glenridding as “stunning” after nearly 2in (50mm) of rain fell in the village on Wednesday night, flooding local businesses and homes.

Many felt as though they were back to square one after Glenridding Beck was dredged of rubble - the result of a landslide - only to see it fill back up.

Residents described their disbelief at being thrown quite literally into the deep end again, having already spent three days in isolation following Saturday’s downpour.

However everyone in and around the village has played their part in the clean-up operation, working day and night in an attempt to get back to normality.

Volunteers driving tractors remain a constant in the village, as do those on foot, going to and fro to provide food and water, while others shovel away debris.


Weather

We’ve been speaking to the Examiner’s weatherman Paul Stevens and here’s his latest forecast. Snow anyone?

News

An off duty police officer from Linthwaite who was threatened with a screwdriver after chasing a thief has received a bravery award.


PC Steve Howe – who is currently off sick after suffering a broken leg when he was pushed over in an unrelated incident – was in Barnsley town centre when he began chasing the man who was suspected of breaking into a car and stealing a handbag.


The man ran off and PC Howe rang 999 to alert colleagues who were on duty, before chasing him through gardens and alleyways.


The man stopped and threatened PC Howe with the screwdriver. He then ran off again, chased by PC Howe, before being caught and arrested.


http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/hero-officer-collects-police-bravery-10578413

Travel

We’re getting reports that Castlegate / Queensgate is busy but moving around Chapel Hill

News

An academic at the University of Huddersfield has called for a radical rethink on flood prevention.

As Cumbrian Police urged people to stay indoors after the river in Glenridding burst its banks again last night, Dr Julia Meaton, a senior lecturer in sustainability, said big changes were needed.

In a blog for the university, Dr Meaton said flood prevention wasn’t simply a matter of money.

More here...

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NEWS

Right, that’s it from me, one of my colleagues will be taking over next

NEWS

NEWS

Sadly Slaithwaite Library has been closed due to water damage.

TRAVEL

The M62 is also causing frustration for drivers.

One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M62 Westbound between J24 A629 (Ainley Top) and J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor).
Lane one of three is closed. Affecting traffic from Huddersfield towards Manchester.

TRAVEL

Bad delays on the M606.

Queueing traffic and partially blocked due to flooding on M606 Northbound between J2 Merrydale Road (Euroway Trading Estates) and J3 A6036 Rooley Avenue / A6177 Rooley Lane / Staithgate Lane (Staygate Roundabout).
Affecting traffic from the M62 towards Bradford. There were earlier reports of a full closure, however these cannot be substantiated.

NEWS

What do you think the Co-op building should be used for?

NEWS

The Clough House, Rastrick, to be renovated by new owners Rick and Maggie Starkey.
The Clough House, Rastrick, to be renovated by new owners Rick and Maggie Starkey.

Maggie, who owns the nearby Roundhill Inn, had to spend thousands of pounds reroofing the Clough House recently after thieves stole many of the newly laid slates.
But the good news is that the new signs for the pub - to be renamed The Four Sons after Maggie’s four children ... will be hoisted into place tomorrow.

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Hand Over:

Well, that’s all from me for the moment. Thank you for your company. My colleague Chloe will be with you shortly.

National news:

The kids are home from school, office parties are underway and some adventurous cooking is on offer - it’s a time of year where anything could happen! Make sure that this December you are prepared and your medicine cupboard is up to date for any sudden illnesses.


At a time when many shops and GP surgeries are closed, it’s always wise to ensure you have the essentials.


Past research has shown that tens of millions of pounds worth of out of date medication is sitting in people’s cupboards across the country, and nearly 1 in 10 people do not even realise medicines have an expiry date.


A well-equipped medicine cabinet means you are prepared when it’s most important.

Travel:

One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M62 Westbound between J24 A629 (Ainley Top) and J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor).


Lane one of three is closed. Affecting traffic from Huddersfield towards Manchester.

Local News:

Police are appealing for information following a fatal road traffic incident which is causing significant traffic disruption in Bradford today.


At 2.10am, police and the fire service attended a serious incident at Wakefield Road in Bradford, at the junction with Neville Road.


West Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Police


A HGV had gone through the roundabout barrier and crashed onto the pedestrian subway network in the centre of the roundabout.


The 47-year-old male driver of the HGV was found to be dead at the scene.


Emergency services remain at the scene today as work continues to make the road and subway safe and remove the lorry which sustained extensive damage.

West

Specilaist lifting eqipment has been requested to remove the lorry and the A650 remains closed at the location.

Travel:

A629 Wakefield Road clear between Southgate (Shorehead Roundabout) and B6432 Firth Street (New Wharf Traffic lights).

Local News:

Travel:

A62 Castlegate/Queensgate busy but moving around A616 Chapel Hill.

Local News:

Mark Robertson, owner of the Plumbers Arms, near Huddersfield Bus Station, tells me he has had to delay the reopening of his real ale bar until February after refurbishment work took longer than expected.


The Plumbers Arms on Macauley Street
The Plumbers Arms on Macauley Street

Local News:

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson has invested £1million in an innovative new project to help tackle domestic abuse and violence.

West Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Police



The new service called Choices was opened on Monday 7 December at the YMCA building in Halifax. The Choices service will be run by the social care and health charity CRI in partnership with the PCC.


It will work with statutory and voluntary partners to directly support victims of domestic abuse and violence and those committing the crime.


Choices will use highly trained staff to identify and address the root causes of domestic abuse and violence.


There will also be a Victim Co-ordinator to ensure victims are kept informed and updated at every stage of the work done.