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That’s your lot from us on this exceptionally mild December day. It was so warm I had to open the window of my car earlier. It was t-shirt weather and I did indeed see someone in only a t-shirt earlier (he was also wearing clothes below the waist).

Anyway...today we’ve brought you all kinds of exclusive news at www.examiner.co.uk - why not scroll down and check out some of our top stories.

Christmas

If you’re out and about for your Christmas do or doing some late night shopping look out for these folks.


HTAFC

Have you had a go on our Town starting 11 tool? Here’s the most popular team selection.


Christmas

Have you bought someone a “hoverboard” for Xmas? Are you worried after the controversy around them? All the major retailers have now stopped selling them. But where does that leave people who already bought one?

Find out via our story below.


Sport

You may not have heard of him but Holmfirth cyclist Gabz Cullaigh could be the next big thing. The GB cyclist has had a great 2015 and has now topped it off with a nomination for “ride of the year” for his sprint victory at an UCI Under-23 Nations’ race in the Czech Republic last May.

You can vote for him at the above link but I think he’ll be doing well to come third as bona fide stars Lizzie Armistead and Laura Trott are also nominated.


Travel

There’s a bit of a tail back on the M62 leading up to J25 Brighouse. All is explained below.

Queueing traffic due to earlier broken down vehicle on M62 Westbound between J25 A644 ( Brighouse ) and J24 A629 (Ainley Top), congestion to J26 M606 / A58 (Chain Bar). All lanes have been re-opened. Lanes one and two (of four) were closed for a broken down lorry having a tyre changed.

Hand over

That’s all from me. My colleague Nick is here soon.

Football

A shrewd football punter stands to win a cool £175,000 if Leicester City win the Premier League title.

Astonishingly, he put £35 on at a staggering 5,000-1 with Skybet at the start of the season. The Foxes are now just 20-1.


Jamie Vardy celebrates another goal
Jamie Vardy celebrates another goal (Image: Action Images / Andrew Boyers)


They might have their work cut out to clinch top spot but this lucky fella is sitting pretty.

If Jamie Vardy keeps scoring who’d say it’s not possible?


News

Can you help the police over this assault in Slaithwaite? More here.

News

Can’t be bothered putting the office Christmas tree up? Why not trim up - a coat stand?

That’s what staff at Huddersfield’s Textile Centre of Excellence have done.


Maria Grzwacz, MD Bill Macbeth and Andrea Philipson with Textile Centre of Excellence's alternative Christmas tree, a decorated coat stand
Maria Grzwacz, MD Bill Macbeth and Andrea Philipson with Textile Centre of Excellence's alternative Christmas tree, a decorated coat stand


And bosses have donated what they would have spent on a tree to Kirkwood Hospice.

Sounds like a good idea to me.


Breaking news

Premier League champions Chelsea have parted company with manager Joe Mourhino, the BBC has reported.


Jose Mourhino
Jose Mourhino


Pep Guardiola, Guus Hiddink, Brendan Rodgers and Juande Ramos have all been touted as possible successors.


Hello everybody. Martin back again. I’ll be keeping my eye on what’s happening for the next little while.

Hand over:

Well, that’s all from me for the moment. Handing over to my colleague Martin.

Local News:

The site of the failed Holmfirth Tesco bid has been earmarked for dozens of homes.


More than two years after the supermarket giant lost a planning appeal to build a large store near the town, a new plan for 56 homes and a 62-bed care home for the elderly has emerged.

Travel:

Slow traffic on A644 Wakefield Road from A62 Cooper Bridge Road (Cooper Bridge Roundabout) to M62 J25 Roundabout.

Travel:

Queueing traffic and traffic heavier than normal on A629 Calderdale Way Southbound between Elland Riorges Link / Lowfields Way (Lowfields Business Park Roundabout) and A643 Lindley Moor Road (Ainley Top Roundabout).

Hand over

That’s all on the blog from me. My colleague Robert will be with you shortly.

News

The site of the failed Holmfirth Tesco bid has been earmarked for dozens of homes.


Rob Cooke surveys the derelict site of the former Midlothian Vauxhall garage, Holmfirth.
Rob Cooke surveys the derelict site of the former Midlothian Vauxhall garage, Holmfirth.


More than two years after the supermarket giant lost a planning appeal to build a large store near the town, a new plan for 56 homes and a 62-bed care home for the elderly has emerged. The story is here.

Traffic

Yet more trouble on the M62.

This time there are problems with a broken down vehicle eastbound over towards Leeds.



News

Another busy news day with plenty of interest in the stories on the Examiner site.

The three most read news stories today are:

1) A pensioner falsely claimed thousands of pounds in benefits while running a Slimming World group.


Kirklees Magistrates Court, Huddersfield.
Kirklees Magistrates Court, Huddersfield.


Katherine Airey, of The Lodge in Beaumont Park, pocketed more than £23,000 during the 11 year fraud. You can see more here.

2) Rotting Christmas turkeys and rancid chipolatas will sit in bins for almost three weeks as bin men and women take most of the week off. Kirklees Council has opted not to collect bins for most households in the borough between December 24 and January 2. The story is here.

3) Meyrick Kirk got a lot more than he bargained for when he bought a pack of socks from Primark in Huddersfield. For tucked into the toe of one of the socks was a plaintive cry for help. The story is here.

Traffic

Problems on the M62 are climbing to new heights, with a set of ladders on the road.

The ladders mean one lane is blocked eastbound at junction 28 (Leeds).



There is also a broken down vehicle on the eastbound carriageway between junctions 26 and 27.

News

Police in Brighouse are appealing for any information following a theft of a number of tumble dryers earlier this week.



The appliances were stolen from a parked up arctic lorry on George Street, which had its side curtain cut overnight between 7pm on Monday and 6.35am on Tuesday, as the driver was asleep.

The 22 Indesit appliances had been re-called by the manufacturer and are not fit to be used by consumers.

Sgt Darren Bedford from the Valley’s Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “I would appeal to anyone who may have been in the area overnight on Monday, or in the early hours of Tuesday morning and may have seen or heard anything suspicious to come forward.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Valley’s NPT via 101.

Traffic

Were you caught up in the mayhem on the motorway yesterday?

A lorry fire led to the eastbound carriageway being closed between junctions 29 and 30 for much of the day.

Highways England has produced a report into what went on.



Good morning

Hello, I’m taking over on the blog from Martin, and will keep you up to date.

News

If you’re out tonight set your TV recorder to watch DIY SOS on BBC1 at 9pm.

It features Holmebridge stroke survivor Richard Ford and his family. Their home underwent a fantastic makeover by Nick Knowles and his crew - around 150 tradesmen.


Richard Ford and wife Jude
Richard Ford and wife Jude


I reckon it’ll be a real tear jerker. Have a look at our pictures here.


News

The last of the “round pound” coins are rolling off the presses in December, making way for their new-look replacement.

More than 2.2 billion circulating round £1 coins have been struck during the 32 years they have been in use.

Replacing £1 notes, the coins were first launched on April 21 1983 - the Queen’s birthday - and pound coins dating back to that year can still be found in people’s change today.


The new £1 coin
The new £1 coin


From early 2017, a new 12-sided £1 coin will be brought into circulation. While the new coin, with a gold-coloured outer ring with a silver-coloured centre, will be reminiscent of the pre-decimalisation “threepenny bit”, it will incorporate cutting-edge security features to combat counterfeiters.

Around 3% of current £1 coins are fake. Amazing but true.


Weather

Seen any daffs round here yet?

Spring bulbs are bursting out all over and daffodils, more likely at Easter than Christmas, are blooming as far north as Chester.

If you spot any blooming bulbs send us your snaps or tweet us @examiner

Parts of Britain will continue to enjoy unseasonably warm weather today, after some areas reached double-digit temperatures overnight.

Forecasters have said temperatures continue to be “exceptionally mild” for December and could reach 16C (60.8F) in the London area.


Monte the chihauhau. Unseasonably mild weather has led to daffodils in early bloom at Hove Park in Sussex
Monte the chihauhau. Unseasonably mild weather has led to daffodils in early bloom at Hove Park in Sussex


Overnight, Exeter Airport reached 13.2C (55.8F), according to MeteoGroup - just shy of the record high for this time of year.

The Met Office said yesterday that it was the fourth mildest start to December across the UK since 1960.

Despite a band of rain heading over Britain from the west today, the Met Office said temperatures are around 7C above average.

It’s not healthy, surely?


News

More bother over the emptying of bins over Christmas. Many of us are going to go three weeks without a grey bin collection - and that means the leftover turkey rotting until well into the New Year.

Kirklees Council won’t empty bins for most households between December 24 and January 2 so they’ll be playing catch up later.


No collections for most households between December 24 and January 2
No collections for most households between December 24 and January 2


A council spokesman said: “The decision to only offer the one collection over the two weeks between the December 21 and January 1 has been made for a number of reasons.

“Having three bank holidays close together means that we have to find a way to offer everyone the fairest possible frequency of collections. This way everyone will have at least one bin emptied over the Christmas period.”


Weather

I’ll be consulting the Examiner’s weatherman Paul Stevens shortly.

After early hints there may be a white Christmas, it’s now looking very different.


Paul Stevens, Examiner weather man.
Paul Stevens, Examiner weather man.


Stormy conditions look set to prevail through Christmas Eve to Boxing Day.

“I’m dreaming of a wet and windy Christmas,” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it...


Tweet

And if you’re not going out on Slightly Merry Thursday you can go shopping in Huddersfield instead - and park for free after 2pm in Kirklees Council car parks.

The Kingsgate Centre is open until 9pm tonight but its car park is privately-run and not a Kirklees one. So you pays your money (or not) and takes your choice!