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A lot happening on the live blog today and it’s worth having a catch up here.

We’ve had an alien abduction; a missing drone; a found pig; the first snow of the year and a black ice crash at Outlane; and reaction and tributes to the death of David Bowie.

David Bowie
David Bowie

If you want to be in the know the Examiner’s live blog is where you need to be.

That’s all for today. We’ll be back first thing tomorrow. See you then.


It’s one of those days for lost and found. Anyone lost...a pig?

This little porker was found wandering down by the river in Mirfield today.

A pig has been found near the river in Mirfield.
A pig has been found near the river in Mirfield.

Karen Smith took a picture and put an appeal on the Mirfield Matters page on Facebook.

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One of our drones is missing!

Here’s an unusual appeal from Facebook. A family living in Hawthorne Way, Shelley, have lost their drone.

A young lad was flying it when it was caught by the wind and took off - literally! The neighbour has checked their garden but it’s not there.

If you live in or around Hawthorne Way please have a look outside.

It’s 10 inches square with four propellers and is white.

Let’s hope it’s not gone forever, swallowed by the Shelley Triangle!


Police are hunting a flasher who exposed himself to a woman in Oakes.

The 24-year-old woman was walking in Wellington Street at 2pm on Friday when she saw a hooded figure exposing himself.

The man is described as black, around 6ft tall, of slim build and wearing dark clothing with a hood.

Anyone with info should ring Huddersfield police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


The Giants pre-season has been disrupted for a second year. After criticism of the lack of warm up games last year the club had arranged more friendlies in the run up to the new season. But the bid was scuppered last weekend when the game against Halifax was cancelled due to fears the pitch would be wrecked.

Halifax have now confirmed the game will not be re-scheduled.

That’s it from me Martin Shaw is taking over until bad light ends play.


Town are hosting a pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s game against Charlton. Coach Wagner has revealed Dean Whitehead is on the road to recovery but won’t be ready in time for the Addicks.


Firefighters on blue watch at Rastrick have been congratulated by West Yorkshire’s fire chief. The chaps from the station under the M62 were the ones that did the famous rescue of an elderly man from his flooded car on Boxing Day.


The sudden death of music icon David Bowie has come as a shock to his fans. I once walked past him on the streets of central London and he looked like an everyday bloke in t-shirt and jeans. We’ve compiled a piece as part our tribute to the Starman. Read it below.


An MP has raised concerns about a hospital chief’s new job. Mid Yorkshire Trust announced last week that chief executive Stephen Eames was heading to Cumbria to take over a hospital trust there. What wasn’t clear at the time was that it was on top of his work re-organising Dewsbury and Pinderfields!

Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox has said this


A man has died after he fell from scaffolding at Calderdale Royal Hospital, we understand. We have a separate live blog running on this if you want to follow it by clicking here.

Information is currently patchy but we’re told the man fell about 60ft while working at the Halifax site this morning.

Police and Health and Safety Executive officials are on site investigating.


A shocking case of alleged racial abuse to a shopkeeper has been revealed by police - can you help?

Huddersfield police say a man at Kings News, on Church Street, Huddersfield was punched by a woman as he two women out the shop.

The incident took place at about 1.43am on Saturday, November 14 but police have only appealed for witnesses today.

They would particularly like to speak to two female witnesses believed to have been in the store at the time.

Two local women aged 19 and 20 have been arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.

If you can help ring 101 and ask for PC 5047 Sam Hellowell of the Huddersfield Suspect Management Unit.


Hiya folks...who will Town get in the cup tonight? Will it be Leeds or do you want a Premier League club? In the meantime the first team’s understudies have continued their great run with their 14th consecutive win.

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


Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff has quit her role in Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party leadership team.

Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff speaking in the House of Commons
Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff speaking in the House of Commons

She had been working as Parliamentary Private Secretary to shadow communities secretary Jon Trickett. You can see more here.


Police are appealing for information after two teenagers received stab wounds in an incident in the Salendine Nook area of Huddersfield.

The offence happened between 8.10pm and 8.15pm on Saturday, in Pennine Crescent. The two victims were with another friend when a group of four to five people approached them from the Moorhill Road direction and assaulted them.

Both the injured males, aged 17 and 18, required hospital treatment, with the 17-year-old remaining in hospital for treatment for serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Det Con Oliver Coates, of Kirklees District CID, said: “We are in the early stages of our investigation and are still establishing the circumstances of how these two young males have come to receive these injuries. From our initial enquiries, we understand this to be a targeted attack.

“I would urge anyone who was in the area who witnessed any part of this offence or anyone with information about the people responsible to please call Kirklees District CID via 101, quoting log 1394 of 9 Jan.”


It’s going to be cold tonight, and it looks like the mild winter weather is over for the time being.

Kirklees Council will be keeping a close eye on conditions this evening.


David Wagner has welcomed Huddersfield Town’s presence in the draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup – even if it means a midweek trip to Reading ahead of the key Championship game at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday week.

FA Cup 3rd Round - Huddersfield Town(2) v Reading (2) - Huddersfield Head Coach David Wagner.
David Wagner

Town will take on the Royals in a third-round replay at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday, January 19 after an eventful 2-2 draw at the John Smith’s. The story is here.


It’s been a busy morning again, with lots of interest in the stories on the Examiner site.

The three most read news stories are:

1) Four people are in hospital after a black ice crash.

Round Ings Road, Outlane closed due to ice and a series of accidents early this morning.
Round Ings Road, Outlane closed due to ice and a series of accidents early this morning.

They were taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary after a black Saab 9-3 and a red Volvo Polo collided on Round Ings Road in Outlane at 6.50am this morning. The story is here.

2) A blissful cruise wound up being a holiday from hell - leaving a Huddersfield family thousands out of pocket and missing Christmas together. There is more here.

3) Jobs may be going at a Huddersfield engineering firm. Workers at VTL Precision have been told that about 12 people will be made redundant at the firm. The full story is here.


There are problems on the M606 close to where it joins the M62 following a three vehicle accident.

One lane is currently blocked.

Hand over:

Well, that’s all from me for the moment. My colleague Phil will be taking over shortly.

Local News:

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson with Sgt. Neil Willan in New Street, Huddersfield.
West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson with Sgt. Neil Willan in New Street, Huddersfield.

Local News:

Police are growing increasingly concerned about a missing Ravensthorpe man.

Rehan Ahmed has not been seen since December 29 and has made no contact with his family.

A new appeal was made by West Yorkshire Police via social media.

A spokesman said Mr Ahmed lives in Ravensthorpe and was last seen just after 11am on Tuesday, December 29. Since this date he has not been in contact with his family and there are now concerns for his welfare.

Local News:

Four people are in hospital after a black ice crash.

They were taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary after a black Saab 9-3 and a red Volvo Polo collided on Round Ings Road in Outlane at 6.50am this morning.

The road section near New Hey Road, which has become slippery due to the bad weather conditions, is currently blocked and a fire crew, ambulance and police are present at the scene.

National News:

United Utilities has put out a special plea to pedestrians in a bid to help tackle leaks.

The North West water company is encouraging dog walkers and joggers pounding the pavements with their pooches and playlists, to keep their eyes peeled for evidence of water leaks, and to report any suspicious puddles (but only non-canine related).

Leakage reports can be made by:

In an average week the water company fixes around 450 leaks which rises to around 750 during cold snaps.


Take care while walking your dog in the Colne Valley.

A Longwood man believes he found dog poison in Marsden.

Read my story by clicking on the link below.


Lanes two and three closed and queueing traffic due to earlier accident and fuel spillage on M62 Eastbound at J21 A640 (Milnrow), congestion on M62 to J18 M60 / M66 (Simister Island).

It is not expected to be cleared until after 1pm


Want to know what it’s like to be abducted by aliens?

Well, Sue Sill believes she knows.

Have a read of her intriguing story here.


Lest we forget the sad major news story that’s taken over the news channels this morning of David Bowie’s death.

His son, film director Duncan Jones, confirmed the news and a statement was issued on his social media accounts.

“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer,” it said.

Tributes have poured in from across the world to the great music star.

Brian Eno, who collaborated with Bowie on his albums Low and Heroes, said: “Words cannot express... rest in peace David Bowie”.

Rapper Kanye West said: “David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.”

British actor Simon Pegg wrote: “If you’re sad today, just remember the world is over 4 billion years old and you somehow managed to exist at the same time as David Bowie.”


More news on the Round Ings Road crash.

Four people have been taken to hospital following a two car smash at 6.50am, which has left the road closed.

The accident happened between a black Saab 9-3 and a red Volvo Polo.

Fortunately, none of the four are said to have sustained major injuries.

It is understood from the police that they skidded on black ice.

A police spokeswoman said that the road had been gritted but that it had contacted Kirklees Council to see if there is anything else that can be done to help improve the situation.


A few more travel problems to be aware at the moment

Two lanes closed and queueing traffic due to accident on M62 Eastbound at J21 A640 (Milnrow), congestion to J18 M60 / M66 (Simister Island).
Lanes two and three closed (of three) between the slip roads at J21.

Traffic builds up on M62
Traffic builds up on M62

Reports of one lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M62 Westbound between J28 A650 / A653 (Tingley) and J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome).
Traffic is coping well. Lane one (of three) is reportedly closed.