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It’s the end of another busy week in Huddersfield. We’ve brought you all the breaking news, including updates on the floods, the Giants’ sale of Brett Ferres, and Town’s transfer dealings. We’ll be here over the weekend so get in touch if you have anything to tell us.

Food and drink

If you’re thinking of a meal out tonight or later in the weekend, here’s an article with all you need to know.


HTAFC

Are you primed for tomorrow’s FA cup fixtures? Town have Reading at home and will be hoping to reverse their fortunes from last year where they lost 1-0 to the eventual semi-finalists.



News

The trials and tribulations of managing the M62 have been revealed...they include a wardrobe on the motorway.

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Travel

Hurrah we knew he’d do it! Scott Waites is through to the semi finals of the BDO Championship after defeating number one seed Glen Durrant

Scott Waites makes it through to the semi final of the BDO Championships
Scott Waites makes it through to the semi final of the BDO Championships


darts

Excitement in the Examiner office as Scott Waites fights back against Glen Durrant in the first of five sets. It’s four each at present...

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Sport

Huddersfield darts ace Scott Waites is battling back against Glen Durrant in the BDO World Championships quarter-finals.

Waites faces an uphill task against the No1 seed at Lakeside. He’s 4-3 down in the first to five contest.


Darts - 2015 World Professional Darts Championships - Scott Waites in action during the second round
Darts - 2015 World Professional Darts Championships - Scott Waites in action during the second round (Image: Action Images / Peter Cziborra)


Known as ‘Scotty 2 Hotty’ he won the title back in 2013.


Review

Looking for somewhere to eat this weekend? Always best to check out the Examiner’s food reviews.

It’s my turn this week. I’ve been to the Dusty Miller in Mirfield.


Chris and Kelly Routledge at the Dusty Miller
Chris and Kelly Routledge at the Dusty Miller


Find out what I thought and why I prattled on about Frank Sinatra - and did it My Way.


Tweet

Did you know? No, me neither. But Google him. One to mention down the pub tonight if the conversation dries up. Perhaps.



Football

James Vaughan has said his goodbyes to Huddersfield Town on Twitter.

Striker Vaughan has extended his loan at Birmingham until the end of the season when his Town contract expires.


James Vaughan's trademark celebration
James Vaughan's trademark celebration


And Birmingham have confirmed they will sign him permanently in the summer on a one-year deal with the option of another.

In April 2005 Vaughan became the Premier League’s youngest scorer aged 16 years, 271 days - a record that still stands.
Vaughan spent the last three-and-a-half seasons at Huddersfield scoring 33 times in 95 appearances.



He’s expected to be eligible for tomorrow’s FA Cup tie against AFC Bournemouth.


News

Have your lights been flickering at home this last few days?

I’ve had that problem and so, it seems, have loads of others. Seems to be happening right across our area.

Some people have had their TVs switching on and off. That’s pretty spooky. Hope you didn’t lose your picture during Jericho last night.


Hope your TV didn't go on the blink during Jericho
Hope your TV didn't go on the blink during Jericho


Wonder what’s causing it?


Football

The transfer window merry-go-round has been spinning this morning.

Huddersfield Town have signed Middlesbrough left back James Husband on loan until February 6th, as a replacement for highly-rated youngster Ben Chilwell.

Meanwhile, Town’s former loanee Mustapha Carayol joined Leeds from Boro on loan until the end of the season.


Sky BET Championship - Bolton Wanderers (0) v Huddersfield Town (2) - Mustapha Carayol scores Town's second goal.
Sky BET Championship - Bolton Wanderers (0) v Huddersfield Town (2) - Mustapha Carayol scores Town's second goal.


The 27-year-old spent the first half of the campaign at Town, scoring three goals in 15 appearances.


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Local News:

Sheridan Smith has been confirmed as the star of a controversial BBC1 docudrama about the ‘abduction’ of nine-year-old Shannon Matthews in 2008.


But rather than playing Shannon’s mother Karen – later jailed for eight years for her part in the kidnap plot – she will take the role of the woman who organised the Dewsbury community in a desperate search to find the missing schoolgirl.


Julie Bushby was the chair of the residents and tenants association on the Moorside estatein Dewsbury.

Local News:

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, has made a direct appeal to Kirklees residents.

West Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Police

He says: “I want to work with you all to make sure our communities are safer and feel safer. “Following Government announcements in mid-December 2015 around the budget and how much money we can expect for policing, starting this week I will be having a ‘community conversation’ with individuals, groups and wider communities.


“So you can tell me what matters to you in your community, and whether you support an increase in the police element of your council tax.


“I would be grateful if you could spare some time to complete a questionnaire to gather your views and encourage your colleagues, friends and family to do the same.”


The questionnaire can be found at the following address: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/community-conversation-contacts/


He added: “Budget decisions for 2016/17 will be made in early February so I’m seeking your views by Monday, 25 January, to ensure these are taken into account “Let’s make these decisions together to make sure that all of our communities are safer and feel safer.

Local News:

There’s one new year tradition to which those of us who dragged ourselves back to work this week can look forward, namely the FA Cup third round, still among the most compelling few days in English football.

Dagenham & Redbridge, Scunthorpe United and a host of others have an opportunity to carve out a place in the football history books by knocking out teams several divisions above them in the pyramid.

Local News:

A treasured collection of distinctive and historic motorcycles worth £100,000 have been stolen from a bike shop owner in Batley.


The burglary happened at Padgett’s Motorcycles in Bradford Road, between 6pm on Sunday, 20 December, and 3.30pm on Monday, 4 January, with the bikes stolen from a metal storage container attached to the shop.


The stolen bikes belonged to Peter Padgett who had lovingly built up the collection over many years.

Local News:

The Co-operative Childcare in Dewsbury helped to ensure a Merry Christmas for those in need after colleagues and children contributed to a collection of food and warm clothing.


The initiative came as part of a partnership with the nearby Crow’s Nest Park Café, which hosted a free Christmas Day lunch for those who are alone, struggling to make ends meet, or homeless, which was attended by more than 200 people.


The items collected at the nursery were handed out to attendees at the lunch. They included cold-weather essentials such as blankets, socks and thermal underwear, together with a host of canned foods as well as festive favourites like mince pies and shortbread.


Following the success of the lunch, the nursery has pledged to work with Crow’s Nest Park Café by making monthly donations of food and clothing to continue its support of those in need within the local community.

Local News:

Police had to be called out to quell a melee outside a Huddersfield court.

The officers intervened in the fracas which began on the steps of Kirklees Magistrates’ Court today (Thurs).

Trouble broke out outside the Upperhead Row courthouse some time after 2.30pm.

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Traffic

Calderdale Council has put out a reminder that Wakefield Road from Bolton Brow to the A629 will be closed for most of Saturday for essential flood repairs.



Darts

Scott Waites has joined defending champion Scott Mitchell in the last eight of the BDO World Championships with a stunning comeback win over Geert de Vos.


Scott Waites
Scott Waites


Huddersfield star Waites, the 2013 champion, trailed 3-0 in his second-round tie at Lakeside but came back to win 4-3 in stunning style. There is more on this here.

News

A family-run garage business is looking for a new home after it was kicked out by developers.


Stephen Byram Motor Engineers, Kings Bridge Road, Huddersfield.
Stephen Byram Motor Engineers, Kings Bridge Road, Huddersfield.


Stephen Byram Motors must leave its King’s Bridge Road premises so 59 flats and four shops can be built on the site. You can read more here.

News

Drivers will be able to park for free in Calderdale’s flood-hit towns.


Church Lane car park, Brighouse.
Church Lane car park, Brighouse.


Charges have been scrapped in car parks in areas including Elland and Brighouse after the devastating Christmas floods. The full story is here.

Weather

The mild weather is on its way out, and last night was the coldest in Huddersfield since November, at 1.6c.

And Huddersfield weatherman Paul Stevens says it will feel cold today, at about 6c.