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Pedestrian on the M62 warning
Watch out for the pedestrian reported to be on the M62 in the Outlane area.
Rogue traders ordered to repay £72,000 ill-gotten gains
Two greedy and cynical businessmen who duped pensioners into paying for sub-standard driveways have been ordered to repay their victims a total of £62,000.
Rogue traders Robert Morrison and Paul Towers, who were jailed last March for four years and three months, have been ordered to repay £71,992 of their ill-gotten gains following a compensation hearing at Leeds Crown Court under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Just over £62,000 will be used to compensate victims who come from Kirklees and other areas of Yorkshire.
Towers, of Verdun Road, Wibsey, Bradford was found to have benefited from criminal conduct to the value of £309,548.71.
However he was ordered to pay £65,024.32 which represented the total value of assets he currently holds. An eight month period of imprisonment was set in default of non-payment.
Morrison, of Lower Crow Nest Drive, Lightcliffe, Halifax was found to have benefited from criminal conduct to a value £303,533.68.
However he was ordered to pay £6,967.72 which represented the total value of assets he currently holds. A three month period of imprisonment was set in default of non-payment.
Both men, whose Brighouse-based firm traded as Resinways and Drive-Ways, have been given three months to pay the confiscation orders and if either of them come into further assets in the future, the law enables Trading Standards to recover further sums until they have fully repaid their benefit from criminal conduct.
Incident at Outlane
We’re just checking out reports of fire engines in the Outlane area. If there’s anything to it we’ll let you know asap.
Use your loaf!
Food waste campaigners are urging young people to get into the habit of freezing bread to cut the 24 million slices thrown away every day in the UK.
The average person throws out more than half a loaf of bread every month and three-quarters of all bread that is binned has simply not been used in time, Love Food Hate Waste said.
A survey of UK consumers aged between 18 and 34 found 69% throw bread away every week and 26% know they can make toast straight from frozen bread but do not do it.
Toys R Us
Toys R Us is to shut all 100 of its UK stores – with the loss of 3,000 jobs – after administrators failed to find a buyer for the collapsed retailer.
Twenty-five stores have either closed in recent days or are due to close by Thursday.
The remaining 75 stores, which include the outlet at Birstall Retail Park, Gelderd Road, Birstall, will “remain open until further notice” but are set to close over the coming weeks. The stores will continue to run special offers on products in a bid to run down stock.
Trial date set
A Huddersfield man is to go on trial accused of seriously assaulting a baby.
Winston Brammall, of Crossland Street in Crosland Moor, made his first appearance at Leeds Crown Court today.
The 43-year-old, who appeared in court via video link to a jail, pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
He spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and nationality and to enter his pleas.
The charge relates to February 13 this year.
His trial, which is expected to last three days, was listed for July 23.
Judge Tom Bayliss QC remanded Brammall in custody, but reminded him that he could make a bail application at a later date.
Thumbs up for Calderdale learners!
Calderdale Adult Learning is top of the class after receiving a glowing report from Ofsted.
After a recent inspection, Calderdale Council’s adult and community learning service was rated good in all areas, including the quality of teaching, learning and assessment; outcomes for learners; personal development, behaviour and welfare; and the effectiveness of leadership and management.
Calderdale Adult Learning provides courses for around 3,800 people each year.
Courses range from maths, English, IT and languages to art, media, cookery and First Aid. They are provided at Heath Campus in Halifax and community venues across the borough, with a variety of options for families and adults with learning disabilities.
Facebook has removed the pages of the anti-Islamic group Britain First and its leaders, according to the BBC.
The social media company said the group had repeatedly violated its community standards.
More than two million people had liked the group’s Facebook page.
Disgraced Huddersfield cop
A promising Huddersfield detective, sacked by West Yorkshire Police for misusing the force’s computer, has failed in a High Court reinstatement bid.
Detective Constable Steven O’Connor, who was based in Huddersfield, used the computer system to look up details on a member of his family six times.
A disciplinary panel later accepted that he had “no malicious motive”, but still found him guilty of gross misconduct.
It ruled that the searches had not been carried out “for a policing purpose” and, in November 2016, directed his dismissal without notice.
The panel said improper access to the police computer was extremely serious and “carried the risk of compromising criminal proceedings”.
The judge had “some sympathy” with Mr O’Connor but dismissed his appeal.
Long distance caller!
A man who had just been involved in a car crash was left “baffled” after he got through to West Yorkshire Police to report it - he was in California!
Road traffic collision in Calderdale
Police have confirmed a crash near Calderdale Royal Infirmary involved a BMW motorbike and BMW car.
The crash happened at around 8.40am at the junction of Chapel Lane and Huddersfield Road.
A man and a woman were involved but not thought to be seriously injured.
Traffic reports suggest there is likely to be congestion in the area.
Latest M62 traffic cameras
Here’s how the M62 is looking at Ainley Top at the moment.
Accident near Calderdale Royal
We’re hearing reports of an accident on the A629 Huddersfield Road around Chapel Lane near Calderdale Royal Hospital.
I’ll find out the latest now but worth leaving extra time for your journey if you’re heading for an appointment.
M62 broken down vehicle
There are currently delays on the M62 eastbound at Ainley Top, due to a broken down goods vehicle in lane one adjacent to east entry slip.
Family escape house fire in Dewsbury
A family managed to raise the alarm and escape after a fire broke out at their home in Dewsbury.
The blaze broke out last night in Russell Street at an end terrace.
Firefighters believe the fire started due to an electrical fault in the hallway near the front door.
Watch Commander Craig Hill of Dewsbury Fire Station said the property was heavily smoke logged and four of his crew wearing breathing apparatus entered the building and used hose reels.
Good morning Huddersfield! Reporter Louise here, I’ll be keeping you up-to-date on the latest roads, weather and breaking news stories across Huddersfield today.
I’ve just spoken to Dewsbury Fire Station and will bring you the latest on an incident they attended last night shortly.
Good morning Huddersfield
Welcome to Wednesday’s live blog of news, travel and breaking news in and around Huddersfield.
Wednesday is dry and bright, but with strengthening southeasterly winds. It’s set to be rather cloudy with rain spreading northeast later today.