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1) Huddersfield Weather: Snow and bitter cold snap is on the way

2) Armed gangs target high-performance cars in Kirklees and rest of West Yorkshire

3) Misspelt M62 advert causes mirth among motorists

4) Huddersfield road closure ahead of new bus gate scheme

5) Flooding: More amazing footage of Boxing Day deluge as Elland couple Lee and Laura Shaw praise “brilliant” clean up volunteers

News

A charity is urging health bosses to take urgent action as diabetes diagnoses soar at more than double the national rate.

The number of people diagnosed with diabetes shot up by an eighth (12.7%) in North Kirklees over three years, according to official figures.

The rate rose at more than double the national average (6%) in the area, where more than half (56%) of its adults are overweight or obese.

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

Local News:

Huddersfield Chess Club enjoyed a successful night in the Bill Lumley Rapidplay at Lindley Liberal Club last night beating both Wakefield and Netherton.

Chess board
Chess board


Players had only 25 minutes apiece to complete their matches and Huddersfield duly delivered with aplomb.



Local News:

More on this melee outside Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court this afternoon.


Police say they were called just before 3pm to reports of two men in difficulties having seemingly taken illegal highs. One had collapsed and the other had to be restrained from walking onto the ring road.

Local News:

Breaking News: There’s been serious disorder on the steps of Kirklees Magistrates’ Court this afternoon with a number of people fighting each other fuelled by an illegal high, Spice.


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

A court insider says at least three people have been treated by ambulance staff. Police are there dealing with the incident which began around 2.3opm.

Local News:

Huddersfield Police Station’s public office has shut for refurbishment.

It means people wanting to see police officers will need to go to Huddersfield Civic Centre.

The office at the police headquarters in Albion Street closed today (Jan 7) and will re-open on March 5.

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That’s all from me. My colleague Robert is here next.

News

Here’s someone else getting excited about Jericho tonight.

Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney has been on set at the former Rockingstone Quarry between Outlane and Scapegoat Hill. Love the wellies, Jason!



Weather

Snow is on the way in the next few days, according to the Examiner’s weather expert Paul Stevens. Is that good news for you - or bad?

The first snow could hit the moors by Sunday night but most areas are likely to see snow within days.


Sledging in Greenhead Park
Sledging in Greenhead Park


Mr Stevens said: “It is going to be a massive change from the wet but incredibly mild days we have been seeing.

“This isn’t going to be a short snap but a prolonged period of much colder weather, with some snow.

“It could be with us for at least seven days and perhaps much longer.”


Breaking news

Parking charges in flood-hit parts of Calderdale have been lifted until the end of January at least.

Enforcement had already been put on hold following the devastating floods of Boxing Day, but Calderdale Council is now extending this until the end of January. After this time the situation will be reviewed.


No yellow peril
No yellow peril


All pay and display charges in council car parks in Elland, Brighouse, Sowerby Bridge, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, as well as on-street parking in Hebden Bridge, will be lifted until the end of the month to help alleviate pressure for residents and businesses in the area.

Civil enforcement officers will not be patrolling the area unless there are reports of parking which is affecting road safety or traffic flow, in which case officers may be called on to issue Penalty Charge Notices.


Travel

It’s coming colder and here’s an early warning. Kirklees will be gritting tonight so take it easy on the roads later.



News

Householders hit by flooding in Calderdale should see hardship payments dropping into their bank accounts shortly.

Calderdale Council will make a £500 payment to homes worst affected to help people get back on their feet.

For more details ring 01422 393631 or e-mail floodfundingteam@calderdale.gov.uk



News

A couple have sung the praises of all who helped their flood-hit community.

Laura and Lee Shaw, of Park Road in Elland, were “overwhelmed” with the support given to them and the 30 houses and businesses on their street, engulfed by a “terrifying” flood on Boxing Day.


A hot tub floating down the Calder Hebble Navigation close to Lee Shaw's home on Park Road in Elland
A hot tub floating down the Calder Hebble Navigation close to Lee Shaw's home on Park Road in Elland


People from as far away as Fife in Scotland descended on the street, which lies next to the Calder and Hebble Navigation canal.

But what’s the significance of the floating hot tub I hear you all cry. Ah, my friends. I’m hot on the trail. Stay tuned!


News

You’ve got to say the community’s response to the flooding in Calderdale has been magnificent.

Paula Sugawara was back at home in Holywell Green over Christmas and organised a coffee morning at Elland Cricket Club last Saturday which raised £4,000.


Paula Sugawara
Paula Sugawara


Now she’s returned to where she’s lived for the last 20 years - in JAPAN - but she’s still all over the flooding problems. She’s now helping organise a table top fundraiser in Elland on February 6th.

If you can help, find her on Facebook or go to the Park Road Flood Awareness Group.



News

Hello everybody. Martin here. Are we all looking forward to Jericho, the ‘Yorkshire Western’ tonight?

Just been putting a story together about the writer Steve Thompson, whose mother was born in Huddersfield and lived in Holmfirth and Netherthong.


JERICHO Pictured: CLARKE PETERS as Coates, JESSICA RAINE as Annie and HANS MATHESON as Johnny.
JERICHO Pictured: CLARKE PETERS as Coates, JESSICA RAINE as Annie and HANS MATHESON as Johnny. (Image: ITV)


Steve said: “The thing I am most excited about is that my wife and kids have never seen a single second of it. They are going to watch it tonight with me.”

The eight-part series, filmed in parts of Huddersfield, starts on ITV at 9pm.


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News

Councillors say a council meeting has made them sick.


Neglected Council Offices on Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield.
Neglected Council Offices on Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield.


Three councillors attending a meeting of Mirfield Town Council on Tuesday night say they have been struck down. The full story is here.

Traffic

Anyone heading over to the M1 might run into some delays.

The northbound exit slip road at junction 47 near Garforth has been closed due to a spillage.



Football

David Wagner is ready to keep working hard to ensure Joe Lolley reaches – and stays at – maximum fitness.


Sky BET Championship - Bolton Wanderers (0) v Huddersfield Town (2) - Joe Lolley goal.
Joe Lolley


The 23-year-old made his seventh start and 13th appearance of the season, and scored his third goal, to help Huddersfield Town win 2-0 at Bolton Wanderers last Saturday. The story is here.

Traffic

Traffic is returning to normal following problems caused by a broken down vehicle on the M62.

All lanes are now open and traffic is easing, after the vehicle was removed from the eastbound carriageway between junction 26 M606 / A58 Chain Bar and junction 27 M621 / A650 / A62 Gildersome.

News

A reminder from police that due to refurbishment the Police Public Enquiry Office on Albion Street, in Huddersfield, is now closed.



It will re-open on March 6, and in the meantime staff are working from Kirklees Council’s Customer Service Centre in Market Street, Huddersfield.

News

A champion boxer donned his gloves for a new white collar boxing venture in Huddersfield.


First white collar boxing training session at Rawthorpe Boxing Club. Fight promoter Johnny Nelson.
First white collar boxing training session at Rawthorpe Boxing Club. Fight promoter Johnny Nelson.


Johnny Nelson, a former WBO cruiserweight champion for seven years, met new recruits at Rawthorpe Amateur Boxing Club, who began the first of eight weeks of free Elite White Collar Boxing training. The full story is here.

Traffic

There are still problems on the M62 eastbound between junction 26 M606 / A58 Chain Bar and junction 27 M621 / A650 / A62 Gildersome, with one lane closed.



It is hoped things will be back to normal soon.


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Good morning. I’ve taken over on the blog from Chloe and will keep you up to date.

WEATHER

Not sure I like the “sleety” comment in Huddersfield weatherman Paul Steven’s latest forecast.

NEWS

Are you aware of the roadworks on High Street?

NEWS

Did you pass this misspelt M62 sign this morning on your way to work?

We’ve talked to the man behind the blunder.


There are no alerts on public transport in the area.

Heavy traffic on A646 New Road in both directions between A6033 Commercial Street and Luddenden Lane. In the roadworks area.
There are temporary lights near the Dusty Miller pub.