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The end of an era...
BHS closes today
BHS will close its doors for the final time in the town centre today - at 5.30pm.
There’s just over half an hour of trading left before the store vanishes from our high street. Will you miss it?
Deighton shooting update
Police are still looking for witnesses to the firearms incident on Chestnut Street. More than one gunshot is believed to have been fired. No-one has yet been questioned and no arrests have been made. The area which was cordoned off has now been opened, allowing traffic to pass through.
Police statement on Dewsbury police chase
We have a police statement on the Dewsbury police chase:
A spokesperson for the force said: “Enquiries are ongoing after an 18-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of this morning on suspicion of dangerous driving.
“The incident occurred at 3.31am after a Citreon Saxo failed to stop for officers on Dewsbury Road, Morley.
“The vehicle was pursued and brought to a stop on Webster Hill in Dewsbury at 3.43am.
“An 18-year-old man was arrested and two female passengers in the car were taken back to their homes.
“The man is still in custody.”
Dewsbury police chase update
Police have got back to us on that Dewsbury chase. It turns out, contrary to the tweet below, three people were in the vehicle but only one of them was arrested.
Water off in Lindley
Water has been turned off on Lindley Moor Road. Hopefully this will get sorted soon.
Traffic in Waterloo
A snaking line of traffic on Wakefield Road in Waterloo right now. Traffic is busy between Greaves Huuse Terrace and Penistone Road due to roadworks.
Hudds Got Talent
Fancy watching some belly dancing or impressive vocals? Holmfirth Picturedrome are hosting Hudds Got Talent this month.
The talent show wants any local singers, dancers, dog acts or whatever your unusual talent to showcase their act to the public.
The show is being hosted by Kirklees’ Alternative Market, who have just released a picture of the glistening trophy.
Reports of Dewsbury police chase
We’ve had reports come in from a source of a police helicopter chase in Dewsbury in the early hours of this morning
A source told the Examiner: “West Yorkshire Police were involved in a vehicle pursuit early this morning (vehicle failing to stop for officers) which began in the Beeston area of Leeds.
“Vehicle headed towards Dewsbury along Dewsbury Road & Leeds Road and then onto Dewsbury ring road and through Dewsbury.
“It was tracked by the force helicopter past the railway station onto Huddersfield Road where the vehicle was brought to a controlled stop by officers near to the Shepherd’s Boy pub.
“Three people were detained at the scene. Several police units, force helicopter and dog units were involved in the incident which began at 03.35am.”
We have been in touch with police who at the moment can only confirm that three people were arrested in Dewsbury in the early hours of this morning, but have no further details and are unable to confirm whether the chase happened.
As always, we’ll bring you more as we know.
Deighton firearms incident
Reporter Chloe has done a piece to camera from the scene in Deighton explaining what’s happened. Check it out below.
Police open day
Fancy a chance to get your fingerprints taken by CSI or having a nosey round police cell blocks?
Halifax Police Station are opening their doors to the public on Saturday for a chance to look around and have some family fun.
The fun day will also include fairground attractions and a climbing wall, a bungee trampoline and food stands.
More potential M62 delays. In the words of our coppers, mind how you go...
Deighton incident: What we know so far
Here is our up-to-date report of everything we know so far on the firearms incident in Deighton this morning. Anymore updates, they’ll be here.
Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival starts tomorrow!
This’ll get your tummy rumbling this lunchtime! Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival heads to town tomorrow and we’ve got a round up of everything you need to know about the delicious grub on offer.
From a hearty paella to quality pork pies, St George’s Square is to be filled with mouth-watering smells.
We will be running another live blog with updates, images and things going on down at the festival from tomorrow, so keep a lookout!
Weather updates for the rest of the day in Huddersfield: Overcast with a few showers later. Don’t hurry yourselves getting the paddling pool out.
Phone scam in Holmfirth
A word of warning to Holme Valley residents:
Travel - Deighton incident
Buses still avoiding the area: Road still closed:
NHS bosses getting off payroll payments
Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff has revealed figures that claim more NHS managers are receiving “off payroll” payments.
The Labour MP, who is a member of the Health Select Committee and a former NHS employee, claims the figures have risen by more than a quarter over the past year, despite ministers claiming to be cracking down on the issue.
Figures obtained by Sherriff revealed that the number of senior staff paid “off payroll” by NHS trusts has risen from 961 in 2013/14 to 1,193 in 2014/15.
She said: “Jeremy Hunt should have been tackling this scandal rather than attacking junior doctors.”
There will more on this story on our website later.
Check out our 16-page pull-out in today’s Examiner:
Deighton incident: video from the scene
Here is the video we took from the scene at Chestnut Street this morning. Just to recap: the street is closed between Sheepridge Road and Riddings Road after a gunshot was heard at 1am.
Police are at the scene carrying out investigations and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed or heard what happened.
August is definitely too early, but something to put in the diary! #getsearliereveryyear
A useful link if you or anyone you know has experienced hate crime in the area:
We recently ran a story about a rise in hate crimes reported in West Yorkshire following the Brexit vote. Read the full report here.
How cute?! A litter of six-week-old chihuahua pups have been named after West Yorkshire Team GB athletes ahead of the Rio Olympics starting this week.
The five adorable pooches have been named after triathletes Jonny and Alistair Brownlee, boxer Nicola Adams, diver Alicia Blagg gymnast Nile Wilson.
The pups were named after being brought into the Dogs Trust centre in Leeds.
Amanda Sands from the Trust said: “Our Olympic puppies may be on the small side, but they are certainly mighty when it comes to their personalities. We reckon they could give their athlete namesakes a real run for their money, as they are such energetic bundles of fun who love nothing more than chasing each other around or having a bit of a playful tussle over their toys.”
Eyewitness account from Chestnut Street
Chloe has been out speaking to residents on Chestnut Street this morning.
One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said:
“A gun shot woke me up. I went to my window and saw a gang of lads going past I’m not sure how many. I was very scared because I live on my own.
“The police came within 20 minutes but I just went back to bed. It’s mostly middle aged people who live on here and it’s usually a quiet street.”
Slaithwaite Orchestra fight for proms title
Fantastic news for Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra, who will compete for a place at the BBC Proms on national TV.
Police release statement on Deighton incident
Police have released a statement on the incident in Deighton:
Police are appealing for witnesses after reports of a firearms discharge on Chestnut Street, Huddersfield in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The incident happened at just after 1am when callers reported a number of males in the street, one of them with a firearm.
Detective Inspector George Bardell of Huddersfield CID, said: “ We are conducting enquiries into this reported incident this morning and would like to speak to anyone who saw suspicious behaviour between 12am and 1am in the Chestnut Street area, including Woodhouse Hill and Riddings Road.
“Anyone who has information can contact Huddersfield CID on 101 or the independent Crimestoppers charity, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”
Armed officers and the dog unit attended with support from a National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter.
The investigation into the incident is continuing and it is not believed anyone was injured.
"Gang of eight men" seen on Chestnut Street
One eyewitness has told us she saw a “gang of eight men” walking past her house following a gunshot:
Reporter at the scene
Our reporter Chloe is now at the scene:
"It's like the wild west"
Chestnut St resident Stephen Emsley, whose house was within the cordon, said police would only tell him there had been an incident on the street.
He said: “I came out this morning through my gate and the cordon was blocking the street off. There is all sorts going on up there - antisocial behaviour, tipping, loud music.
“It builds up to people thinking they can get away with stuff. I feel like there are drugs gangs up here.
“The whole area is falling to bits. We need CCTV and undercover police.
“It’s like the wild west.”