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Local News:

O2, the mobile phone network, has recently introduced its 4G service to Meltham. The successful implementation of the new and improved 4G network will allow its customers to experience a new level of high speed mobile internet.

Office worker on the phone, call centre, stock
Office worker on the phone, call centre, stock

Derek McManus, Chief Operating Officer, Telefónica UK said: “O2 customers in Meltham can now experience faster mobile internet on their devices such as streaming high definition TV, shopping on the go, and video calling.

For our business customers, 4G is all about working more effectively. For instance, they can work remotely, access cloud services and collaborate using apps. O2 4G can make everything easier for our customers.”

In addition to the launch of 4G, O2 is upgrading its 2G and 3G network in the area as part of its Network Modernisation Programme.

Works are due to start on Sunday, 12 June, and will be completed by Wednesday, 15 June.

Customers may experience intermittent service during the work – O2 recommends using their TUGo app which will allow its customers to make and receive calls on any wifi-connected device. More information can be found here. http://www.o2.co.uk/apps/tu-go

National News:

NFU livestock board chairman Charles Sercombe is to tell farmers and members of the public that we must do more to prevent cases of livestock worrying, and calls upon police forces to investigate incidents and prosecute those that act irresponsibly.

Speaking at the Sheepwatch UK event in Loughborough this week, Charles Sercombe will give some key recommendations to the farming community how they can ensure reductions in incidences of livestock worrying.

One of the sheep mauled by dogs
One of the sheep mauled by dogs

Mr Sercombe said: “Livestock worrying has a devastating impact on animal welfare and the farm businesses.

“We need to continually reiterate to the public as part of our Love Your Countryside campaign there is the ever increasing need for vigilance and take responsibility for their dogs to prevent straying and to keep them under control when walking near livestock.


One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M62 Eastbound between J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome) and J28 A650 / A653 (Tingley).
Lane one (of three) closed. Traffic coping well. Affecting traffic from Bradford towards Lofthouse.


Huddersfield Giants v Castleford Tigers Rugby match at The John Smith’s Stadium.

Kick off at 8pm. Expect extra traffic on Leeds Road, St Andrew’s Road and Southgate.

Until 10.30pm.

Local News:

Hugo the Cocker Spaniel is one lucky pup.

Firefighter Liam Rothery with Hugo
Firefighter Liam Rothery with Hugo

The 16-month-old rescue dog was adopted by his new loving owners, Jeff Peers and Moira Wilson from Huddersfield, at the beginning of the year.

On Monday (May 30) Hugo was at the centre of a second dramatic rescue – this time by firefighters after he fell into a drainage culvert near to Wessenden Head Reservoir whilst out on a walk.


Long delays and queueing traffic due to earlier police incident on M621 in both directions at J7 A61 (Stourton), congestion on M621 to J1 A6110 (Beeston/Farnley) and on A58 Wellington Road to B6154 Wellington Road (Armley Gyratory).

All lanes have been re-opened.

Affecting traffic between Rothwell and Leeds. Traffic on both sides was being diverted via the exit and entry slips. At around 3.25pm a rolling road block was put in place Eastbound. At 4.15pm the road was re-opened in both directions.

Mark Clough shared this picture

He’s stuck on the M621 just before the Stourton junction:

Traffic stuck on M621 westbound, just before Stourton junction
Traffic stuck on M621 westbound, just before Stourton junction (Image: Twitter/@cluffy84)

Traffic queuing by exit 2A (Beeston)

The queue has been caught by a motorway traffic camera:

Traffic queueing at junction 2A (Beeston) on the M621 Westbound
Traffic queueing at junction 2A (Beeston) on the M621 Westbound

Highways England statement

The M621 is closed between J7 and the M1 J43 in both directions to assist West Yorkshire Police dealing with an incident nearby.

Traffic approaching on the M1 northbound may continue to J44 and exit to join the A639 and A61 following hollow circle diversion symbols on local road signs towards Leeds to join the M621 at J7.

Traffic on the M621 eastbound wishing to join the M1 southbound may exit at J7 and use the A61 and A639 to join the M1 southbound at J44.

Traffic is being diverted off the M621

M621 westbound closed

The M621 westbound is closed between J7 and the M1 at J43

Here’s the latest Google Traffic image:

Traffic on M621
Traffic on M621

M621 jams after police incident

Bad news if you’re heading into Leeds:

Queueing traffic and Main carriageway closed due to police incident on M621 at J7 A61 (Stourton), congestion on M621 to J2 A643 (Elland Road).
Affecting traffic between Rothwell and Leeds. Traffic on both sides is being diverted via the exit and entry slips.

'Gizza Job Man' jailed

A father-of-three who took to the streets of Huddersfield looking for work has been jailed for three years for burglary.

Jason Allen, 37, was dubbed Gizza Job Man when he was spotted at traffic lights in Wakefield Road, Aspley, with a hand-written cardboard sign.

Jason Allen at a previous court hearing, and, right, looking for a job.
Jason Allen at a previous court hearing, and, right, looking for a job.

Allen, formerly of Eleanor Street, Fartown, brandished a sign saying: “Lookin for work. Do any type of job.”

His apparent enterprise last July was rewarded with several job offers but, now less than 12 months later, he is starting a lengthy prison sentence.

He admitted burglary at a house in Somerset Road, Almondbury, in February. More online soon.

Deputy head banned

A senior teacher at a Dewsbury school featured on a hit TV programme has been banned from the classroom.

Mrs Beverley James, a deputy head at the “Educating Yorkshire” school Thornhill Community Academy, was accused of fiddling attendance figures.

Thornhill Community Academy featured on Educating Yorkshire
Thornhill Community Academy featured on Educating Yorkshire

The indefinite ban was imposed by a disciplinary panel on behalf of Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

Mrs James, 57, who began teaching at Thornhill Academy as an art teacher in 1990 and later became an associate deputy head, was found guilty by a teachers’ disciplinary panel of deliberately altering pupil attendance records between September 2014 and March 2015 and of behaving dishonestly.

M62 update

All lanes are now open again after the broken down vehicle on the M62 between junction 24 Ainley Top and junction 25 at Brighouse.

Fraudsters fined

Two fraudsters received hefty fines after submitting bogus compensation claims for delayed trains.

The two men travelled from Leeds to London on a regular basis and submitted 23 fraudulent claims over a two year period.

Train leaving Huddersfield Railway Station
Train leaving Huddersfield Railway Station

The pair researched delayed trains online then submitted claims for delays, despite never travelling on the services.
Stephen Hudson, 40, and Andrew Michael Craig, 36, both of Park Lane, Baildon, Shipley, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation and were sentenced at Bradford Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

It followed an investigation by British Transport Police which found fraudulent claims between them totalling £2,500.

Hudson was fined £1,150 and ordered to pay £300 compensation, a £115 victim surcharge and £85 costs.
Craig was fined £1,000 with £200 compensation, £100 victim surcharge, and £85 costs.
Speaking after the sentencing, PC Andy Jones said: “This was a carefully-organised and deliberate scam. Hudson and Craig researched services that qualified for delay compensation on the internet.

Huddersfield Railway Station.
Huddersfield Railway Station.

“Both men regularly travelled between Leeds and London. They managed to arouse suspicion after submitting an unusually large number of claims.
“This was an operation designed to defraud the railway of thousands of pounds set aside for passengers who have been genuinely inconvenienced by delays and disruption. Ultimately it is the travelling public who lose out through increases in fares to cover the cost of bogus claims like these.

“We hope this sends a clear message to anyone thinking of abusing the claims system in future.”

M62 lane closure

Drivers are warned to be aware of a broken down vehicle causing problems Eastbound on the M62 between junction 24 at Ainley Top and junction 25 for Brighouse. The middle lane is blocked and traffic is slow.

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She was one of the top teachers at the school which became a hit on TV.

But now Mrs Beverley James, a deputy head at the “Educating Yorkshire” school Thornhill Community Academy, has been banned from the classroom.

A disciplinary panel heard she had been fiddling attendance records.

More here...


Motorists have hit out at Kirklees Council over a “badly signed” Holmfirth parking bay which has caused fining misery for many.

The bay on Victoria Street outside HSBC means parking is free for an hour during the day, but between 8pm and 2am is a designated taxi rank.

But car owners have claimed signs are confusing, resulting in many receiving an unobjectable fine.

More here...

Parking sign in Victoria Street, Holmfirth.
Parking sign in Victoria Street, Holmfirth.


A staff nurse told a jury a drunken girl who had been brought to Huddersfield’s A &E unit became hysterical, claiming an ambulanceman had sexually assaulted her.

Julie Lord said the 18-year-old had been brought in during the early hours of November 30, 2014 almost unconscious.

She told Leeds Crown Court she had tried to cover the girl with a blanket because her dress was riding up and when she found the teenager’s blood pressure was a bit low decided to put in a cannula to give her some fluids.

More here...


BHS is to disappear from the high street – with the loss of up to 11,000 jobs – after administrators failed to find a buyer for the retailer.

The business will wind down and all 163 BHS shops will close and be sold off to other retailers.

The casualties include the BHS store employing about 60 people at The Shambles in Huddersfield. Others facing closure include stores at Wakefield, Leeds city centre, the White Rose shopping centre and Meadowhall.

More here...


A paramedic, who got a vulnerable patient pregnant during a fling after his shift, has been struck off.

Matthew Holden, who worked for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, was struck off the paramedic register after a tribunal found him guilty of misconduct.

The tribunal, convened by regulator the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), heard that Holden had been called out to deal with a woman who was threatening to harm herself.

More here...

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Here’s more on our front page story-the councillors who were issued court summons for not paying their council tax on time


Time to test how much you’ve learned this week.

Question marks
Question marks

No prizes but a lot of pride if you score all right:

1. Name the film director who has apologised for “petty, mean and hurtful” comments he made about actress Keira Knightley.

2. What percentage of Church of England clergy are under 40?

3. Where does Britain rank in the Good Country Index, a global league which measures how much countries contribute to the “common good of humanity”?

4. Which actor has said he is so in touch with his feminine side that he is actually about “49% woman”?

Let’s have a look at some of the big news stories from around the north.

Schools, classroom, pupil, education, exams stock
Schools, classroom, pupil, education, exams stock

A council has become the first in England to cut the school summer holidays to under five weeks.

Barnsley Council in South Yorkshire has published the term dates for the academic year 2017-18, which include a shortened summer break, on its website.

But teachers in the area are unhappy with the change, according to the Guardian.

Adil Rashid
Adil Rashid

England spinner Adil Rashid has signed a new three-year deal with Yorkshire.

The 28-year-old has spent all of his professional career with the White Rose, winning two County Championships in the process.


Here’s what our weatherman, Paul Stevens, has to say about today and this weekend