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Let’s sign off for the day with this cute but powerful meme to save our A&E. Even kittens know this plan is foolish.
Love it or hate it...the white stuff is coming apparently. Definitely one to watch if you’re heading to the higher parts of our region or over the M62.
The broken down lorry between J25 and Ainley Top is gone...happy days. It’s a free run up to the turn off, for now at least.
Well done the 21 Kirklees police officers who appear to have got the people responsible for the shocking theft of one man’s motorcycle collection.
Padgett’s Bikes in Batley was targeted by thieves at the start of the year and huge haul of classic bikes was nicked, along with some new ones.
Detectives have now nabbed six blokes from the Leeds area in connection with the crime.
There’s a lorry broken down half way up the westbound carriageway between J25 and Ainley Top. Thankfully its not too close the turn off so hopefully won’t cause too many issues.
There’s a couple of incidents on the M62 which may delay you.
One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M62 Westbound between J25 A644 ( Brighouse ) and J24 A629 (Ainley Top).
A bit futher afield we have an accident between a car and a van between J27 (Birstall) and J28 (Tingley).
Lane four is closed as the two vehicles are stranded in this lane.
The accident has happened just after the entry slip road from Leeds at J27. Affecting travel from Leeds towards Manchester.
We were at the press conference ahead of the trip to Derby...here’s all you need to know.
Bye for now
That’s all from me this afternoon. Handing over to Nick Lavigueur.
A man from Huddersfield is to appear in court charged with terror-related offences.
Perfez Rafiq is among three men charged with arranging funds or property for the purpose of terrorism.
Rafiq was arrested last year and is now charged with the offence alongside Mashoud Miah and Mohammed Ibrahim Hussain, both from London.
He was charged on Tuesday and will appear before Westminster Magistrates Court tomorrow.
The charge follows an investigation led by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit and there is “no evidence to suggest that any communities were or are at immediate risk in connection with this operation”.
There is slow traffic on Halifax Road in Penistone between Huddersfield Road and the Hoylandswaine Roundabout. The traffic is on the eastbound carriage of the A629.
Women in Huddersfield pay as much as the average wage for full time childcare.
Figures from the Family and Childcare Trust show the average cost in Yorkshire of sending a child aged two or under to a childminder for 50 hours a week has risen to £185.
World book day
Castle Hall School in Mirfield created these Cookie Monster fairy cakes to celebrate World Book Day.
The owner of a Holmfirth takeaway kept it open past the licenced closing time due to fears of vandals.
Mohammed Arif kept Atlantis Pizza on Hollowgate open past 1.30am due to fears rowdy customers would smash his windows.
World book day
It’s World Book Day today! What have you been dressing your child as?
Afternoon. I’ll be taking over from Martin.
Right, that’s all from me. My colleague Susie will be here soon. See you next time.
Bit of travel news if you’re out that way. One lane closed due to a broken down vehicle on M1 Northbound between junction 39 at Wakefield and 40 at Ossett. Traffic coping well.
I don’t think you’d be very happy if you’d bought a new house at Lindley Moor after being ‘promised’ school places for your children.
The ‘promise’ was made on a developer’s website but Kirklees Council says the two nearest schools - Moorlands at Mount and Lindley Infants and Junior – are totally full.
A promotional website about the new estates, www.lindleymoordevelopment.co.uk, says: “...the education department of Kirklees Council have confirmed that the number of school places available are adequate and the financial contributions received from this development will be used to create more school places locally.”
One angry parent told the Examiner they were moving from Lancashire to the estate in the summer and had been told there was no space at either school for their six-year-old.
A teenager who stabbed to death a man in Huddersfield last summer will have to serve at least 13 years in custody before being considered for release.
Jamal Buckle was just 17 when he knifed 22-year-old Sean Annandale in the chest and leg during an early hours fight in Golcar.
And today, a judge said the teenager’s actions that night had shown an element of “macho posturing” and bravado.
On Wednesday a jury found 18-year-old Buckle guilty of murdering Mr Annandale during the incident last August and Judge Peter Benson said he was satisfied that the teenager had armed himself with a knife before leaving his flat on Elmfield Avenue.
The Culture Secretary has welcomed a legal review of social media guidelines, weeks after falling victim to online trolls himself.
John Whittingdale said the law must be tightened to tackle distressing online bullying and urged social media providers such as Facebook to cooperate swiftly with police investigations.
Answering questions in the House of Commons, the MP revealed a fake Facebook profile of himself was set up without his knowledge earlier this year.
New guidelines are being considered by the Crown Prosecution Service to cover cases where offenders create false online accounts and websites.
“It is a very distressing matter when it happens,” Mr Whittingdale said. “I discovered that somebody had set up a profile of me without my knowledge a few weeks ago which I swiftly had removed.
“It is clear we need to tighten the law in this area where people are using these profiles to cause distress and, in some cases, breaching the law and therefore I welcome the new guidelines which the CPS are coming out with.”
A couple have won another top award for their ice cream.
Audrey and Geoff Wraithmell, who run Charlotte’s Jersey Ice Cream at Whitley, near Dewsbury, won a cup for their delicious raspberry pavlova in the National Ice Cream Competition in Harrogate.
The couple won two awards last year in the contest, which is run by the Ice Cream Alliance, the trade association for the UK’s £1 billion ice cream industry. “It’s great to win once again,” said Audrey, who told how they started their business almost 20 years ago when they moved into a smallholding and Geoffrey bought five Jersey cows.
“We needed to do something with the milk,” she said.
Reports of one lane blocked due to a broken down vehicle on the M1 Southbound between junction 40 at Ossett and 39 at Wakefield. It’s in the roadworks area but traffic is coping okay right now.
Have you had a go at naming the new Huddersfield Town racehorse?
The two-year-old filly will be named by Town fans and a text competition has now closed.
All the names will be judged by Town legend Andy Booth who will pick the best. No pressure, Andy!
The decision will be made before the end of this week and there have been lots of suggestions, many based on the names of Town players past and present.
Hooftobeaterrier is a good one but I like Boothysnewknees. He should be so lucky!
Someone else suggested John. for a female racehorse?!
Here’s one from me - Jed Steed. Well at least it’s better than John...
Seems like it was only a minor bump on the M62. All lanes are now open and traffic is clearing.
Reports that two lanes (of four) are closed on the M62 Westbound between junction 25 at Brighouse and 24 at Ainley Top due to an accident. Traffic said to be slow. I’ll keep you updated.
Hello everybody. Martin here. Let’s see what’s happening.
Well, that’s all from me. Handing over to Martin.
New figures reveal that 160 people were found sleeping rough on any given night in Yorkshire and the Humber in 2015, an increase of 27 per cent on the previous year.
Rough sleeping in Yorkshire and the Humber has now increased by 39% since 2010 and Crisis is calling on the Government to implement a comprehensive and strategic approach to arrest this rise, including practical steps such as changes to legislation to prevent homelessness.
Wide-ranging reform of the private rented sector is also desperately needed - the loss of a private tenancy is the number one cause of homelessness in England.
Crisis Chief Executive, Jon Sparkes, said: “The Government has made positive steps towards tackling homelessness in recent months, particularly in keeping the Homelessness Prevention Grant and committing to explore legal options to prevent homelessness.
“However, these rough sleeping figures are a stark and sobering wake-up call and show just how far there is to go before homeless people get the practical help and the legal protection they so desperately need.”
The Huddersfield Giants Rugby League Club has joined forces with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) to help promote safety campaigns.
Famous faces of the sporting world are much revered by their fans and the service hopes they will act as powerful role-models, promoting, amongst other things, smoke alarm ownership and maintenance.
Kirklees District Prevention Manager Mo Ali said: “We are delighted to announce that we have formed a partnership with Huddersfield Giants to promote fire safety messages to the communities of Kirklees and also to support the national fire and road safety campaigns.
“By their very nature, sports clubs allow us to reach a huge audience in one place and we have previously taken the opportunity to make half-time announcements to supporters.
“Fans obviously look up to their favourite sporting stars and we hope that their influence will encourage people old and young to take on board our vital safety messages.”