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Weather

It could be soon time to pack away our winter woolies - as Spring is set to arrive in Huddersfield!


Spring bulbs burst into bloom at Upper Hopton Church
Spring bulbs burst into bloom at Upper Hopton Church

Today’s wet, miserable and cold weather is set to give way to dry and bright days - and temperatures could hit 10°C or 11°C during the days by the weekend.


It’s the first sign that Spring is on the way but there was a warning note sounded by Huddersfield weatherman Paul Stevens.


http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/huddersfield-finally-taste-spring-11013890

Travel

Huddersfield Road outbound is busy but moving at Bethel Street / Bradford Road

News

The first pictures of Sheridan Smith in the BBC drama about Shannon Matthews’ kidnapping have been revealed.


Sheridan Smith in The Moorside Project
Sheridan Smith in The Moorside Project (Image: BBC)


The Cilla star looks wildly different in her role as Julie Bushby in The Moorside Project, the controversial BBC1 docudrama about the ‘abduction’ of nine-year-old Shannon Matthews in 2008.


Game of Thrones actress Gemma Whelan is taking on role of shamed mother Karen.


http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/tv/take-look-sheridan-smith-shannon-11015500

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Local News:

More than 3,000 Burnley football fans expected to travel to Leeds Road on Saturday for their clash with Huddersfield Town.

Sean Scannell could be back in action tonight
Sean Scannell could be back in action tonight

The Clarets stretched their lead at the top of the Championship on Tuesday night with a 3-2 away victory over Fulham.

Local News:

Talented people from Yorkshire are being given the opportunity to take part in a unique play that shines the spotlight on what it’s like to live in Huddersfield.


Community arts and theatre company, Chol Theatre, is searching for aspiring actors for the new play, HD100. Through bespoke interviews of 100 people, the production will give a surprising, funny and emotional snapshot of what it’s like living in Huddersfield and celebrates its culture, residents and workers.


Even those prone to stage fright are encouraged to attend, Chol Theatre is a charity and backstage support is required.


Auditions will take place at the Lawrence Batley Theatre at 12.30pm on Saturday, 12 March, and take the form of an open drama workshop, run by the show’s director, Amanda Huxtable.


There’s no need to book, just meet the team at the box office. Those who are successful will be cast in the play, HD100, which will premier at the Lawrence Batley Theatre for two nights on 14 and 15 April.


For more information contact Assistant Director, Carly Clarke at the Chol Theatre office on 01484 536008 or email her on carly@choltheatre.co.uk


Travel:

Traffic congestion on M62 Westbound between J27 M621/A650/A62 (Gildersome) and J26 M606/A58 (Chain Bar).


There is a slight delay as traffic from Leeds merges on to the route towards Manchester.

Local News:

Award-winning beers from the 2015 Great British Beer Festival together with beers from Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, the USA and the Republic of Ireland will be available at two pubs in Huddersfield.


In addition the pubs will be serving a host of beers from brewers across the UK, during the festival, which runs from Friday to Sunday, March 27 inclusive.


The Cherry Tree in John William Street and The Lord Wilson in King Street will each be serving up to 50 beers. All beers will be priced from £2.09 to £2.29 a pint.

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TV

It’s a far cry from her previous role as national treasure Cilla Black.

Pictures of actress Sheridan Smith in her role as Julie Bushby for a forthcoming BBC drama The Moorside Project, based on the Shannon Matthews story, have been released.

Julie was a leading figure in the Dewsbury case in 2008, and played a role in helping to convict shamed mother Karen who staged daughter Shannon’s disappearance.

Read the full story and what Sheridan thinks here.

Sheridan Smith in The Moorside Project
Sheridan Smith in The Moorside Project (Image: BBC)

Local news

Councillors have clashed over proposed action at an accident blackspot.

The road connecting Grange Moor with Colne Bridge has suffered a spate of crashes in recent months.

Many vehicles have come a cropper on Bellstring Lane and Liley Lane.

Read more on this story here.

The B6118 Bellstring Lane/Liley Lane near Grange Moor close to where Kirsty Senior spun into a field.
The B6118 Bellstring Lane/Liley Lane near Grange Moor close to where Kirsty Senior spun into a field.

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Travel

Surface water on the A628 has now been cleared with traffic returning to normal.

Sport

Travel

Reports of difficult driving conditions near Holmfirth with surface water on the A628 Westbound between A6024 (Holmfirth Turn Off) and Chapel Brow. Traffic is coping well.

Happy Valley

I don’t know about you, but I’m still in huge shock over that Happy Valley ending last night.

Here is the Examiner’s review of the penultimate episode (warning: contains spoiler alerts!)

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Huddersfield’s most famous moggy has been the subject of yet more undying love this week.

Felix the Huddersfield Station Cat has racked up more than 50,000 Facebook followerssince news of her promotion to Senior Pest Controller hit global headlines.

The resident mouse-catcher has fans in (wait for it) Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Afghanistan, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Russia, Brazil, Belgium, and states across the US including California, Florida, Texas and Illinois to name a few.
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A lovely letter from a young fan. Felix says: "Robin, thank you x I love the noisy mouse it's purrfect. Thanks for taking the time to write to me and sign it, I am just over 5, in human years and I can't write my name as well as that. I am glad I got to meet you when you visited x Hopefully we will meet again!"
A lovely letter from a young fan. Felix says: "Robin, thank you x I love the noisy mouse it's purrfect. Thanks for taking the time to write to me and sign it, I am just over 5, in human years and I can't write my name as well as that. I am glad I got to meet you when you visited x Hopefully we will meet again!" (Image: Felix/Facebook)

News

A man has been arrested in connection with a disturbance in Dalton on Saturday night during which a gun was allegedly fired.

Police were called to Standiforth Lane at 9pm following reports by a member of the public that a gun had been fired.

More here...

Standiforth Lane, Dalton
Standiforth Lane, Dalton

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NEWS

Here are some of the big news headlines from around the UK today.

Two big showbiz deaths have been announced today.

George Martin, the record producer known as the Fifth Beatle, has died peacefully at his home, his manager has confirmed. The 90-year-old helped The Beatles achieve global success as the head of the Parlophone record label after hearing their demo tape in 1962.

The producer of cult hits Monty Python And The Holy Grail and The Rocky Horror Picture Show has also died. Glasgow-born Michael White, who was 80, is said to have died of heart failure.

Thousands of junior doctors across England are going on strike in a row with the Government over a new contract. More than 5,000 operations and procedures across England have been cancelled ahead of the 48-hour strike by junior doctors.

Pills being poured from a medicine stock
Pills being poured from a medicine stock

The number of children in the UK prescribed anti-depressants increased by more than 50% between 2005 and 2012, according to a study. The World Health Organisation (WHO) said the use of the drugs to treat young people was a concern, the BBC said.


e-cigarettes smoking stock
e-cigarettes smoking stock

Smoking has been banned on a beach as part of a year-long trial. The ban at Little Haven in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, also applies to e-cigarettes and came into effect on Wednesday - National No Smoking Day.

NEWS

DIY fans and gardeners are the latest to be hit by council cuts.

Littering and fly tipping around Paddock Head and Paddock Foot.
Littering and fly tipping around Paddock Head and Paddock Foot.

Soil, rubble and plasterboard are to be banned from council tips.

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A seven-year-old girl has been run over in Scissett.

Scissett First School.
Scissett First School.

The child was hit by a Suzuki Swift car just before 8.40am this morning outside Scissett First School on Wakefield Road.

Police have closed the road to traffic and the girl has been taken to Barnsley Hospital.

Her injuries are being treated as non life-threatening and consisting of bruising.

The road is due to open to traffic soon and a police investigation into the incident has begun.

If you witnessed it, please ring the police on 101.

HANDS OFF HRI

The next big point in the Hands Off HRI campaign will be the public consultations, in which people will have the chance to talk to the doctors and NHS managers behind the proposal