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That’s all from us in 2015. It’s been a rollercoaster. Let’s hope for a great year in 2016. See you on the other side!

News

Allotment holders in Mirfield are cleaning up after the floods.

The Lowlands site in Station Road was under 5ft of water after the Calder burst its banks on Boxing Day.


Flooding in Mirfield. Allotments at Lowfields
Flooding in Mirfield. Allotments at Lowfields


It’s the second time in two weeks it’s flooded and on Saturday allotment holders are looking for volunteers to help them clear up the mess.

Volunteers are welcome from 9.30am for a couple of hours.


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Thanks to Chris Handley for this brilliant picture of a double rainbow just before it came dark.

A good omen for the New Year?



News

Here’s an unusual appeal from Kirklees police. Anyone lost...a wheelchair?

This wheelchair has been left in Tudor Street, Slaithwaite, for about a week and no one has claimed it.

Now Kirklees Rural Policing Team has gone public hoping to track down its owner.


Police are appealing for the owner of a wheelchair found in Tudor Street, Slaithwaite, to come forward.
Police are appealing for the owner of a wheelchair found in Tudor Street, Slaithwaite, to come forward.


A spokesman said: “We would love to reunite the owner with these wheels!”

Any info ring police on 101 and quote 13/15/0536183.


News

A head teacher has rallied schools across Calderdale to raise money for flood victims.

Chris Booth, of Bowling Green Primary School in Stainland, has organised a district-wide non-uniform day for Friday January 8.

Despite the school holidays Mr Booth e-mailed fellow heads and parents and received massive support. Mr Booth put a poster on social media and had 1,000 shares.

The idea is children pay a minimum of £1 and Mr Booth said: “Let’s hope we can raise some serious money.”


News

A man wanted in connection with Huddersfield’s worst mass murders is still being held in custody in Pakistan – more than nine months after his arrest.

Shahid Mohammed was originally arrested only days after the horrific firebomb attack in Osborne Road, Birkby, in May 2002 which claimed eight lives including five young children.

But he was bailed and vanished within hours meaning it is now over 13 years since he was supposed to appear in court in this country and face justice.
More here...

A new photo of murders fugitive Shahid Mohammed, seized by police in 2013
A new photo of murders fugitive Shahid Mohammed, seized by police in 2013

HELLO

I’m back with you for a short while.

Question marks
Question marks

Here’s a little news quiz to see if you have been paying attention to end of year global news.

1. What prices have ended the year on another record high?

2. Survivors have been located five days after a mine collapse in which Chinese province?

3. Name the former New York governor who has dropped out of the race for the US Republican presidential nomination.

4. Who has apologised for “racist” Broadwater Farm riot comments?

National

Tony Martin, the Norfolk farmer jailed for shooting dead a teenage burglar, has been arrested for possession of an illegal firearm, sources said.
Martin, 71, served three years in prison for shooting dead Fred Barras, 16, at his home in Emneth Hungate, Norfolk, in 1999.
He was initially found guilty of murder but this was reduced to manslaughter on appeal.
A Norfolk Police spokesman said: “As part of a planned operation, a 71-year-old man has been arrested in Wisbech this morning on suspicion of possession of an illegal firearm. He remains in police custody.

“A police search of a property in Emneth Hungate is currently being undertaken.”

Travel

M62 Westbound lane closed on exit slip road due to broken down vehicle at J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome).
Traffic coping well down to the roundabout at Junction 27 Retail Park.

A village is to be virtually “shut down” for weeks because of gas main works.

But Northern Gas Networks is stressing that businesses in Armitage Bridge will be accessible all the time that ageing gas mains are being replaced.

The firm is behind a £90,000 scheme to lay new plastic pipes and will have to bring in traffic lights before the main road through the village is closed completely.

More here...

Armitage Road, Armitage Bridge, to be closed for gas works.
Armitage Road, Armitage Bridge, to be closed for gas works.

News

Another bridge on the Calder is showing signs of stress following the Boxing Day floods, just downstream of Elland Bridge.

The Brighouse Bridge in Huddersfield Road over the River Calder is said to have several cracks and local people have warned the cracks appear to be getting bigger.

On the FixMyStreet website Dean O’Meara wrote: “Since the flood numerous people have reported cracks becoming bigger on this bridge and new cracks occurring.”

Susan Gamble warned of a tragedy waiting to happen and said: “This bridge – the main thoroughfare into Brighouse – desperately needs attention now before something tragic occurs.
More here...

TRAVEL

Remember that there are changes to public transport today

NEWS

If you feel unwell over the New Year celebration period, please think carefully before going to hospital.

TRAVEL

Road improvements will take place over the new year-make sure you don’t get caught out

Traffic queuing on the M62
Traffic queuing on the M62

M1 Junction 39 Denby Dale to Junction 42 (M62 interchange)

The hard shoulder is currently closed in both directions at junction 41 to junction 42 as part of the smart motorway scheme and a 50mph speed limit in place for this section until the project is completed in winter 2016. The northbound carriageway will be closed between junctions 39 and 40 overnight for three nights from Thursday 7 January. The southbound carriageway will be closed between junctions 41 and 42 overnight for three nights from Monday 4 January. All closures are for smart motorways works. The closures will take place between 8pm and 6am, and drivers will be able to follow clearly signed diversion routes.


M62 Junction 27 Gildersome

The eastbound entry slip road will be closed overnight for technology works on Wednesday 6 January. The closures will take place between 8pm and 6am, and drivers will be able to follow clearly signed diversion routes.


M62 Junction 26 Bradford (M606 interchange)

There will be narrow lanes and a 30mph speed limit in place until a project to add an extra lane to the roundabout at the junction is completed in autumn 2016. The slip roads and roundabout will be reduced to a single lane overnight, between 7pm and 6am, from Monday 4 January for five nights.


M62 Junction 27 to Junction 1 Beeston

The westbound side of the carriageway will be fully closed for bridge works for five nights from Monday 4 January. The closures will take place between 8pm and 6am, and drivers will be able to follow clearly signed diversion routes.


Which of our stories was the most memorable for you in 2015?

Most read Examiner.co.uk stories of 2015
Most read Examiner.co.uk stories of 2015

Check our most read stories here

WEATHER

HELLO

Hello, everyone, I’ll be with you for the next couple of hours

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That’s all on the blog from me. My colleague Chloe will be with you shortly. Have a wonderful New Year.

News

As 2015 comes to an end, we’ve been looking at the biggest stories on the Huddersfield Examiner website in the last 12 months.


Most read Examiner.co.uk stories of 2015
Most read Examiner.co.uk stories of 2015


From reality TV show stars to M62 drama (of course), shocking crime stories, weird weather and Huddersfield Town rumours, our top ten reveals the most read stories on Examiner.co.uk in 2015. You can see them here.

News

Firefighters in West Yorkshire responded to 144 calls for help from flooding victims in under three days.


Businesses continue the clean up in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire after the weekend's flooding.
Businesses continue the clean up in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire after the weekend's flooding.


Of these, 53 people were rescued after becoming trapped due to rising floodwater in the calls recorded between midnight on Boxing Day and midday on Tuesday. The full story is here.

Weather

With flooding still an issue in many parts, the Environment Agency has issued a warning.

Just six inches of fast flowing water can knock you off your feet, it says.



Football

Head coach David Wagner says the arrival of the January transfer window won’t distract him from Huddersfield Town’s trip to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.


Town head coach David Wagner
Town head coach David Wagner


The German accepts fans are keen to discover who might be coming or going next month as he plots a climb up the Championship standings. The full story is here.

Traffic

Having said all was steady on the roads, there might be a few problems for people on the M62.

There is a broken down vehicle on the westbound exit at junction 28 (Tingley).



Traffic

Much less traffic about than normal with it being New Year’s Eve, and all seems very steady on the roads.

In Huddersfield, traffic is moving well on the A62 Castlegate / Queensgate around the A616 Chapel Hill.

And in Sowerby Bridge, traffic is moving well on the A58 Bolton Brow around the A6026 Wakefield Road traffic lights.

Weather

There are still problems in many areas following the flooding.

And Huddersfield weatherman Paul Stevens says more rain is on the way.

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


He says there’s potential for two weeks heavy rainfall going into January. The full story is here.

News

A woman was trapped inside Brighouse bus station when the automatic doors wouldn’t open to let her out.

The doors work on sensors and opened to let her enter the station just after midnight this morning.

But the woman, who is thought to be in her 30s and who had been drinking, couldn’t get out and was stuck for about 15 minutes before being freed by firefighters.

They arranged with a local taxi firm to take the woman home.

News

A man who kicked his partner’s bottom in a row after her mother bought their children presents has been ordered to undergo alcohol treatment.


Kirklees Magistrates' Court, Huddersfield
Kirklees Magistrates' Court, Huddersfield


John Furey was drunk and had little recollection of the attack at the Bradley Mills home of Tracey Marsden. You can see the full story here.

News

A flat in Brighouse was set on fire in the early hours of today.

Firefighters were called at 4.30am to Aysgarth Avenue, where the first floor flat was ablaze.

There had been a disturbance at the property a short time before, and the occupant had left.

When they returned they found the flat had been set alight.

Fire crews from Cleckheaton and Rastrick dealt with the fire.

No-one was injured in the incident, and police are investigating.

Good morning

Hello, on the last day of 2015. I’ll be keeping you up to date with all the news, travel and weather this New Year’s Eve.

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