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That’s all from us — here are today’s top three stories:

  1. Dad finds Chinese man’s cry for help hidden in Primark sock
    Meyrick Kirk of Netherthong has found a letter from China in a Primark sock
  2. Huddersfield Town Centre: Another new restaurant planned for prime location
    A restaurant is planned for 7-9, Cross Church Street, Huddersfield
  3. Christmas party-goer arrested at twice the drink-drive limit at 9am
    Car driver arrested by police for alleged drink driving at 9am in Honley

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Resurfacing required... long delays

Latest from Highways England:

Motorway traffic 17:57 16/12/15
Motorway traffic 17:57 16/12/15

It's been a stressful day for some

Here’s a video of the lorry fire this morning.

Highways England have revised the opening time of the M62.

The authority now says it is expected to clear between 8.45pm and 9pm.

Burst water main

Are you affected?

Diversion in place

Highways England’s advice: Diversion is to follow the solid square symbol. Exit at J29 onto the M1 north to J44. Then follow the A639 to roundabout with A642. Take the second exit onto the A642 to re-join M62 at J30.

Highways England says the road should return to normal between 4.45pm and 5pm.

Buses running late

There’s also congestion in the town centre

Highways England tweeted these pictures earlier.

The aftermath of the lorry fire on the M62 today
The aftermath of the lorry fire on the M62 today (Image: Highways England)
The aftermath of the lorry fire on the M62 today
The aftermath of the lorry fire on the M62 today
The aftermath of the lorry fire on the M62 today
The aftermath of the lorry fire on the M62 today

M62 traffic still affected by earlier lorry fire

A fire on the M62 earlier is still affecting traffic.

A large lorry, believed to be carrying carpet underlay, caught fire on the M62 eastbound between junction 29 and 30.

The fire is now out but delays are expected to go on indefinitely.

News

A man was threatened with a hammer and a knife by men who robbed him of his mobile phone.

Police are appealing for information after the 21-year-old was threatened in the street at School Lane, Dewsbury Moor last Monday.

Detective Constable Richard Brooke, of Kirklees Robbery Team, said: “These men have both been armed with weapons and, while not physically harming the victim, have put him in fear for his safety.

“We would urge anyone who has witnessed this offence or who has information about the men involved to please call Kirklees Robbery team via 101 or independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

The first suspect is described as white, aged in his late 20s to early 30s, between 5ft 11ins to 6ft tall, of average build with short, brushed down, dark hair. He was wearing a dark coloured tracksuit.

The second suspect is described as black, aged in his late 20s to early 30s, of chubby build, between 5ft 9ins to 5ft 10ins tall with short, dark hair.


HTAFC

So Town managed to stop the rot by beating fellow strugglers Rotherham 2-0 at home last night.


News

If you live in an area with a parish or town council your taxes might be going up. Read my story below to find out why.


Travel

If you’re going east, i.e. to Leeds or the M1, be warned the M62 is still closed.

It’s been closed all day after a serious fire in a lorry.


News

The long time empty shop on Cross Church Street could be transformed into a lovely Middle Eastern restaurant. Read below to find out more.


Hand over

That’s all from me. My colleague Nick will be with you shortly.

Traffic

There is queuing traffic on the A62 Cooper Bridge Road in Huddersfield from White Cross Inn junction to Cooper Bridge roundabout.



And the A629 Wakefield Road in Huddersfield is busy but moving between Shorehead roundabout and New Wharf traffic lights.

News

A busy news day today, with plenty going on.

The three most read stories on the Examiner site this morning are:

1) Meyrick Kirk got a lot more than he bargained for when he bought a pack of socks from Primark in Huddersfield.


Primark
Primark


For tucked into the toe of one of the socks was a plaintive cry for help. You can see more here.

2) Two sisters from Huddersfield are aiming to keep success well and truly in the family. Daisey and Ellie O’Donnell are competing against each other for the Miss England title. The story is here.

3) A 10-year-old girl has been ‘banned’ from having Christmas dinner at school – because her mum failed to book it in time. The story is here.

Traffic

Highways England says teams are working hard to clear the M62 eastbound following the earlier lorry fire.



Traffic

Work still going on following the lorry fire on the M62 eastbound between junctions 29 and 30 this morning.

The road is still closed, and is likely to remain so until at least mid afternoon.



Diversions are in place, but there is still heavy congestion in the area.

Elsewhere, there is slow traffic on the A62 Leeds Road in Huddersfield from Three Nuns junction to Cooper Bridge roundabout.

And the A644 Wakefield Road in Mirfield is busy but moving at Cooper Bridge roundabout.

Football

David Wagner said he was satisfied with an hour of the performance as he reflected on a first home win as Huddersfield Town head coach.


Huddersfield Town v Rotherham Utd. John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield. David Wagner celebrates his first win.
David Wagner


Goals from Mustapha Carayol, in the 31st minute, and Ishmael Miller, in the 73rd, sealed the 2-0 home win over Rotherham United which lifted Town to 19th in the Championship. You can see more here.

Travel

There is still trouble on the M62 eastbound after the lorry fire, and the travel problems seem to have now spread to the trains.

A fault means the 11.36 Sheffield to Huddersfield service has been cancelled.




Traffic

There are still problems on the M62 eastbound following the lorry fire earlier today.

The large artic lorry was believed to be carrying carpet underlay and the fire, between junctions 29 and 30, led to severe tailbacks.

The area is still very busy.



Hand over:

Well, that’s all from me today. Handing over to my colleague, Phil.

Local News:

Major incident on M62 earlier this morning. M62 Eastbound Junction 29 - 30.

Fire Service, Fire engine, stock
Fire Service, Fire engine, stock

Large artic lorry fire believed to be carrying carpet underlay, extinguished using four breathing apparatus, four hose reels and two large jets.


Appliances from Wakefield, Ossett, Leeds and Rothwell attended the incident.



Local News:

POLICE have made a number of arrests in their Christmas crackdown in Huddersfield against pickpockets and thieves.

And some of those detained have already been banned from the town centre.

Local News:

Mark Robertson, owner of The Plumbers Arms pub, just down road from Huddersfield Bus Station says it will now be February before the pub reopens.


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

The entire three-storey building has had a complete refurbishment. It will reopen as a real ale bar with six to eight beers to choose from.