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Shocking burglary at a school in Hanging Heaton.
Thieves stripped six TONNES of slates from the roof and must have been there hours. The school was closed today but hopes to be open tomorrow.
Surely somebody must know something?
Sounds like Kirklees Council is in disarray tonight. Councillors couldn’t agree on a new leader and so chief executive Adrian Lythgo has taken on the role.
Clr Shabir Pandor, as the new leader of Labour - the biggest party - couldn’t command enough support and some of the comments by opposition councillors were stinging. Read more here.
That’s all from me. Martin will be with you shortly
The cast of a smash hit TV comedy have shown their support for a campaign to save Huddersfield’s A&E.
Nine actors from the ITV primetime sitcom Benidorm took a few minutes out of their schedule – a ninth series is currently in production – to display their support for #HandsOffHRI.
Those who obliged included stand-up comedian turned actor Johnny Vegas.
Kirklees councillors are deciding on their new leader and it looks like there’s plenty of drama according to our local government reporter Nick Lavigueur:
Good afternoon. Just checking out the latest news and travel and I will be right back...
That’s all on the blog from me. Emma will be with you shortly.
Happily all lanes have now reopened following the vehicle fire on the M62.
Two lanes had been closed westbound between junction 22 (Rishworth Moor) and junction 21 (Milnrow).
It is still very busy with congestion back to junction 23 (Huddersfield) but hopefully the traffic will soon start to ease.
Congestion on the M62 westbound is now stretching back to junction 23 (Huddersfield).
Two lanes are closed because of a vehicle fire between junction 22 (Rishworth Moor) and junction 21 (Milnrow).
Firefighters have tackled a blaze which caused severe damage to a house in Newsome.
Fire crews were called to the terraced house in Malvern Road, at 1.10pm today but the fire could have been smouldering for several hours.
It is thought the floorboards in a bedroom and the bathroom had been burned through.
It is believed the woman and her daughter, who live at the house, were out at the time and no-one was thought to be hurt.
There are problems if you’re heading west from Huddersfield on the M62.
Two lanes are closed because of a vehicle fire between junctioon 22 (Rishworth Moor) and junction 21 (Milnrow).
Traffic is building up.
Firefighters were called to a bedroom fire at a house in Malvern Road, Newsome, at 1.10pm today.
Two fire engines from Huddersfield attended and one remains at the scene.
It is believed no-one was hurt. We’ll have more later.
Interviews with filmmakers responsible for some of the scariest movies ever made have formed the chilling backbone to a new book by a Huddersfield author.
Freelance writer and film critic Tony Earnshaw has been interviewing directors and actors for over 30 years and has dipped into his archive of over 2,000 interviews for his latest book. There is more on this here.
University staff took industrial action in Huddersfield as part of a wave of strikes across the country.
Huddersfield members of the University and College Union (UCU) went on strike in an ongoing row over pay rises. You can see more here.
Huddersfield Giants assistant coach Kieron Purtill will leave the Super League club at the end of the season and rejoin hometown team Leigh on a two-year contract.
Purtill has been assistant coach for two spells at both St Helens and Huddersfield since his playing career at Leigh was ended prematurely by a shoulder injury in 2002 and has also coached England Knights and Canada. There is more here.
Good afternoon. I’ve taken over on the blog from Dave.
A good Samaritan who found a bag containing £250 has left people stunned by his honesty after handing it in to police.
The money belonged to salon owner and barber Tim Szoradi, of Meltham, who had dropped it in the street after his car had started playing up as he arrived at work at Slaithwaite.
He parked the vehicle in a car park close to the Waterside Salon in New Street, which he runs, got out his car and pulled his phone out of his pocket to ring a mechanic - dislodging the cash which was in a small bank bag.
University staff took industrial action in Huddersfield today as part of a wave of strikes across the country.
Huddersfield members of the University and College Union (UCU) went on strike in an ongoing row over pay rises.
The University claimed measures were taken to reduce the impact of the strike on students, despite most exams having now finished for the year.
A poorly researched - though admittedly funny - spoof news article has caused a bit of stir in Huddersfield.
Writers at a satirical London based website had a pop at Huddersfield yesterday in what is believed to be an ironic news story.
Daily Mash journalists, who have probably never set foot outside the M25 never mind visited the town, made up a story about a fictional local man who believed Britain should quit the EU despite never leaving home.
A road has been shut due to a burst water main.
The burst occurred on Monday night but the company’s engineers managed to adjust the water supplies to ensure that customers living nearby were not affected.
A man smashed the window of a Huddersfield club with a champagne bottle after one of its lap dancers refused to meet him.
Duwayne Kaid, 35, had been with the woman at Cleopatra’s Lounge for most of the night.
But when she refused his request to meet up with him outside, he caused thousands of pounds’ damage to the window.
Well, that’s all from me. Handing over to Dave.
Tomorrow lunchtime the official naming ceremony of Lisa Head Way will take place in honour of fallen hero Capt Lisa Head at Town End, Almondbury.
Lisa sadly lost her life in the Afghanistan conflict. The 29-year-old from Huddersfield, was serving with the Royal Logistic Corps when she was badly injured in the April 2011 blast.
An inquest in Bradford heard she had safely defused one bomb and was trying to secure a second when a third exploded. Despite desperate efforts by medics she died later at a hospital in Birmingham.
Lisa’s family as well as various veterans will be attending as well as newly installed Mayor Clr Jim Dodds.
The idea for the naming of the new housing development, Lisa Head Way, was inspired by former Kirklees councillor, Phil Scott.
Traffic heavier than normal on A644 Wakefield Road Eastbound between M62 J25 (Brighouse) and A62 Cooper Bridge Road (Cooper Bridge Roundabout).
Affecting traffic from Brighouse to Mirfield.
Thieves have stolen an incredible six tonnes of slates from the roof Hanging Heaton Junior & Infant school, High Street, Batley.
The school is fully closed all day due to a large theft of Yorkshire stone slates from the main building overnight.
Headteacher Janet Thompson says she is gutted. She said: “As well as the physical theft of the slates they have taken education from 140 children and inconvenienced a great number of families.”
She is hoping that once the building, which is 125-years-old and Grade II listed, has been made safe the school will reopen tomorrow.
West Yorkshire Police are investigating.
A new study by Brake, the road safety charity, has revealed 92% of people back some kind of restriction for newly qualified drivers.
The latest figures show 2,088 young drivers and passengers aged between 17 and 24 were killed and seriously injured in just one year.
Drivers aged between 17 and 19 make up just 1.5% of those holding a UK licence, but are involved in 9% of fatal crashes.
Because of these shocking figures, Brake was keen to find out what the public thinks about the idea of extending the time it takes young people to learn to drive, and of putting some restrictions in place when people first pass their test.
The idea of a graduated driving licencing system, which is now in place in a number of countries around the world, is to make sure young people are as skilled and as safe as possible when they go out on the roads unsupervised.
When asked what restrictions should be in place for the first year after someone is given a driving licence, two thirds (66%) of people questioned said they support the use of a “P” plate to show a driver in on probation.
A similar number back a zero-tolerance drink-drive limit for novice drivers.
West Yorkshire Police said they were called at 5.55am on Tuesday to Scott Vale, Huddersfield.
A caller reported that up to 17 vehicles damaged/tyres slashed and said his own car had all four tyres slashed.
A total of 16 crimes have been reported in total - all damage to vehicles, police said.
Police are appealing for information. If anyone has seen anything suspicious in the early hours of the morning contact Huddersfield Neighbourhood Policing Team.
Traffic easing and traffic returned to normal on M62 Eastbound between J25 A644 (Brighouse) and J26 M606/A58 (Chain Bar).
Affecting traffic heading from Huddersfield towards Leeds.