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Recap

That’s all from us today. There’s just three shopping days left before Christmas so I’ll understand if you don’t have time to read all the news we’ve done today.

If you do scroll down you’ll see it’s been a busy day featuring news of a new lap-dancing club, an update from Mad Friday and the latest from HTAFC. We’re back tomorrow, see you then.

Travel

I’ve just seen pictures of the jams in Holmfirth...it’s bad! We’ll have a story up in the next few minutes but it’s definitely one to avoid if you can.

News

Do you know when your bin will be collected over Christmas? If you’ve read my story you will.


News

The wife of suspended Giants star Brett Ferres has revealed her torment on Twitter. The England player is currently looking for a new club after allegedly having an affair with a team mate’s wife.


England v New Zealand - Brett Ferres goes through at the post to score England's second try
England v New Zealand - Brett Ferres goes through at the post to score England's second try

Travel

There’s big traffic problems around Holmfirth at the moment because of this.


Apparently there’s jams around Town Gate in both directions between B6106 Dunford Road and Bank Lane, and on Dunford Road and Longley Edge Road.

HTAFC

Town’s U21s are putting the first team to shame. They’ve notched up another win - their 12th in a row!


News

A couple who scammed wedding cash from couples have been ordered to pay thousands back.


Hand over

That’s all from me. My colleague Nick follows shortly.

Travel

There are reports that a lorry has been blown over on the Woodhead Pass meaning traffic is very heavy in Holmfirth right now.


Travel

There’s someone taking a walk down the central reservation of the M62 near Brighouse. Let us know @examiner on Twitter or ring 01484 437712 if you’ve any information on what’s going on.



Football

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner has given his players a couple of days off before they start the build-up to the visit of Preston North End on Boxing Day.

Wagner has to lift his players after what he described as the worst 45 minutes under his leadership at Brentford on Saturday.


Sky Bet Championship Brentford v Huddersfield - Harry Bunn equalises for Huddersfield.
Sky Bet Championship Brentford v Huddersfield - Harry Bunn equalises for Huddersfield.


It’s back to work for the squad tomorrow and Wagner is likely to shuffle his pack again as Simon Grayson - who won promotion with Town in 2012 - returns to the John Smith’s Stadium.


Tweet

Landscape photographer Dave Zdanowicz is feeling pleased with himself after getting his stunning picture of Castle Hill published in a national newspaper.

Well, now it’s on the Examiner website. That’s the big time, Dave!



I’ve followed Dave’s work for a couple of years now and he takes some superb pictures. As they nearly say on Strictly. Keeeeep snapping!


News

Hands up if you’ve still not finished your Christmas shopping? Me neither. But I have a cunning plan.

Are you hoping for vouchers for Crimbo? If so you’ll want to know where the sales are.

We’ve got the latest right here. Shop til you drop!


News

A man arrested over an alleged rape near Batley’s Frontier club has been released without charge. Police say his details have been referred to immigration authorities.

That’s all from me. Martin Shaw is up next.

News

Another Primark shopper has found a letter claiming to be from a Chinese torture victim in a pair of budget socks.

Shahkiel Akbar was stunned after discovering the note after purchasing the black footwear from the value retailer’s Metrocentre store in Newcastle.

It follows a similar incident in Huddersfield when Meyrick Kirk got a lot more than he bargained for when he bought a pack of socks from Primark’s store in New Street, Huddersfield.

More here...

Sport

Huddersfield Town fans will not get any immediate compensation over the abandoned game at Blackpool.

But a senior football figure has come down on their side and insisted they had a case.

And the Independent Football Ombudsman Prof Derek Fraser has urged that Town fans should be given free tickets the next time the club has to play at Blackpool.

More here...

News

A crackdown on taxis on one of the busiest nights of the year saw three cars taken off the road.

Police and Kirklees Council licensing officers chose so-called Mad Friday to pull over and check cabs in Huddersfield town centre.

In total officers checked 67 vehicles at a car park in Queensgate.

More here...

News

A lap-dancing club is planning to a move to bigger premises.

Cleopatra’s Lounge has applied to take over the former Kirkgate pub in Huddersfield town centre.

The premises have been under renovation for several weeks and owner Jason Armitage says he hopes to open in mid-January.

The Examiner understands a deal to open another branch of the Laxmi restaurant in the building has fallen through.

More here...

Good morning.

Bye bye

Right, that’s all from me, Dave Himelfield will be up next.


NEWS

Let’s have a look at some of the big UK stories today


Consumer group Which? has launched a “super complaint” over how the rail industry compensates passengers for delays. It has formally requested that the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) investigates the issue and called for the process of obtaining payouts to be simplified. According to Which? some 47 million passenger journeys were either cancelled or significantly late in the 12 months to March.

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks outside 10 Downing Street, London, as he begins his second term as Prime Minister following his party's General Election victory. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 8, 2015.Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Prime Minister David Cameron speaks outside 10 Downing Street, London, as he begins his second term as Prime Minister following his party's General Election victory. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 8, 2015.Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The Government has been accused of failing to be alert to alarms raised by the steel industry before firms starting cutting thousands of jobs. A committee of MPs said other European countries took action to safeguard their steel industries, but there was “little action” from the UK Government.

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)

Nine out of 10 hospitals are failing to meet their own targets for safe levels of nurses on wards, according to a report. An analysis by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) of 232 hospitals in England found that 207, or 90%, were unable to meet safe levels during the day, while 81% could not hit targets for night cover and some 79% missed both quotas.

NEWS

The Santander bank on King St, Huddersfield.
The Santander bank on King St, Huddersfield.

NEWS

This just in from our reporter Martin Shaw for all Huddersfield Town fans out there

Getting ill over Christmas can be a worrying and confusing time, but hopefully this NHS tip sheet will help you make the right decision for your loved ones and avoid overburdening hospitals.

You might have got your big Christmas Day dinner sorted but do you know what you’ll do with the left overs?

Have a look at Kirklees Council’s tips on how to cook up tasty meals like pasties, potato hash and a lovely butternut squash lasagna.

Did you go out on Mad Friday or stay indoors to avoid it all?

Here’s our reporter Robert’s low down on his night out in Huddersfield with the police.

TRAVEL

Traffic appears to be flowing well throughout the area this morning.

And there seem to be no delays on public transport

NEWS

Lapdancing could be coming back to Kirkgate after restaurant plan abandoned

Read more here.

HELLO

Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s blog.

Now how’s this for a Christmas tree with a difference?

Camel Club's Christmas tree adorned with tampons
Camel Club's Christmas tree adorned with tampons

Staff at Camel Club have chosen some unusual decorations- tampons to be exact- to help “you through the Christmas period”.

And it’s been praised by members of the university’s feminist society for normalising periods.

Read more here.