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Gritters out tonight
Calderdale Council says its gritters will continue to treat primary and secondary routes overnight. The council says: “Tonight’s conditions are tricky, with snow rain and sleet, meaning grit can be less effective. Some of our roads are already sub-zero, so please take care and be aware of the possibility of black ice forming on both treated and untreated roads and footpaths.”
Stay warm this weekend
It looks like more of the same weatherwise as the Met Office has a yellow warning for sleet around Huddersfield tomorrow and Sunday with temperatures hovering around freezing. A yellow warning for snow remains in place tonight.
Road closure update
The A6024 Woodhead / Holme Moss Road remains closed due to snow between A635 Greenfield Road (Holmfirth) and A628 Woodhead Pass (High Peak).
Signalling work to hit rail services
MajorrRe-signalling work in the Huddersfield area will affect TransPennine Express services this weekend. Passengers are advised to allow extra time for their journeys and to check before setting out bit.ly/CheckJourney
Bus stop changes
A reminder from Metro that engineering works at Huddersfield rail station mean the bus stops in St George’s Square and J4 John William Street will not be in use tomorrow and Sunday
M62 accident latest
Traffic easing, accident cleared on M62 Westbound between J23 A640 / A643 (Huddersfield) and J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor).
Congestion to Ainley Top after M62 crash
Here’s an update from our travel partner Inrix on the M62 crash. Congestion is back to Ainley Top.
Delays and queueing traffic due to earlier accident, three vehicles involved on M62 Westbound between J23 A640 / A643 (Huddersfield) and J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor), congestion on M62 to J24 A629 (Ainley Top).
Travel time is around 25 minutes. All lanes have been re-opened.
Lane three (of three) was closed. Earlier reported as between J24 and J22.
Lane three closed on M62 - and delays
This is what our travel partner Inrix has to say about the M62 crash:
Delays, one lane closed and queueing traffic due to accident, three vehicles involved on M62 Westbound between J24 A629 (Ainley Top) and J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor). Travel time is around 25 minutes.
Lane three (of three) is closed.
Warning of delays after M62 crash
This trucker is warning of delays and says the M62 crash involves three vehicles near Rishworth Moor.
I’ve just spoken to West Yorkshire Police who say their log is warning of ‘highway disruption’.
According to police, two vehicles are involved.
Highways England reported the incident to police just after 5pm.
There’s no information on casualties.
Multi-vehicle crash on the M62
Tailbacks at Ainley Top
We are getting reports of tailbacks on the M62 at Ainley Top on the westbound carriageway.
Beware if you are heading over the Pennines towards Manchester tonight.
Man dies after car leaves the road
Police are appealing for information following a fatal road traffic collision in Woolley this morning.
The incident happened at around 7:59 on Bramley Lane, in Woolley, when a white Vauxhall Mokka was travelling along the road in the direction of Woolley.
The vehicle drifted to the off-side of the road and went into a ditch at the side of the road.
Paramedics treated the driver at the scene and he was taken to Pinderfields Hospital.
The 64-year-old male driver was pronounced deceased at hospital.
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward with any information about the incident, in particular if they saw the vehicle beforehand or the incident itself.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police via 101 quoting log number *318 of 19 January.
M62 has been cleared.
One lane now closed on M62
Traffic is now flowing on the M62 westbound near Lofthouse (junction 29) as vehicles involved in the earlier crash are recovered.
Just one lane is now closed.
Avoid the M62 junction 29
Quite a few drivers are getting caught up in the M62 tailbacks now. It’s following a crash between a car and a HGV on the westbound carriageway near junction 29, Lofthouse.
Serious disruption on M62 after HGV crash
Three lanes of the M62 are now closed between junctions 28 and 29, Lofthouse.
A crash between a van and a car is causing serious disruption.
West Yorkshire Police say that no-one has been injured but that the crash is causing serious rush-hour disruption.
Here’s a photo from the scene.
Crash on M62
Problems on the M62. Westbound at Lofthouse.
Council providing beds for the homeless in wintery weather
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It's looking very wintery out there...
If you think the weather is grim down in town today, check out the conditions in some of the higher, rural areas.
This was Scapegoat Hill earlier this lunchtime.
Jealous ex jailed for life for murdering young mother
A jealous 28-year-old who strangled his partner to death at the Calderdale home where she lived with their two young children has been jailed for life for her murder today.
Drug-user Jordan Thackray had been in a volatile “on-off” relationship with Jessica King, but he murdered her last August after she tried to end it and he discovered that she had a new boyfriend. He pleaded guilty to the murder charge last month and today the Recorder of Bradford Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC sentenced him to life in prison with a minimum term of 17 years before he could be considered for release by the Parole Board.
Labour take Wooldale ward in by-election
Labour have made a gain with the Wooldale ward in the Holmfirth Parish Council by-election.
Accident causing delays on M62
Oh dear. Queues on the M62 around Huddersfield this afternoon.
An earlier accident has been moved onto the hard shoulder but is still causing delays westbound around junctions 24 and 23.
Inquest opens into man who fell from Scammonden Bridge
A husband who told his wife he was going downstairs to make a drink instead drove to a 120ft high bridge over the M62 where he fell to his death.
David Milner, a 51-year-old driver of Fir Grove House, Krumlin Hall, Barkisland, drove to Scammonden Bridge on Sunday morning, an inquest opening at Bradford Coroner’s Court heard. Read more on this tragic news here.
Here’s a round up of today’s main headlines...
TEENAGER DENIES PARSONS GREEN TERROR ATTACK CHARGES
A teenager has denied responsibility for the Parsons Green terror attack which injured 30 Tube travellers. Iraqi Ahmed Hassan Mohammed Ali, 18, was charged with attempted murder and using the chemical compound TATP to cause an explosion that was likely to endanger life on September 15 last year. He allegedly built and placed an improvised explosive device on a train and at or around Parsons Green train station which partially exploded.
GOVERNMENT WILL NOT PURSUE LEGAL CHALLENGE OVER JOHN WORBOYS RELEASE
Black-cab rapist John Worboys could be freed within weeks after the Government opted not to challenge his release. Justice Secretary David Gauke said it would not be appropriate to seek a judicial review of the case after taking “considered and expert” legal advice. An outcry erupted earlier this month after the Parole Board directed the release of Worboys, 60, after a decade behind bars.
NEW ZEALAND’S PRIME MINISTER JACINDA ARDERN ANNOUNCES PREGNANCY
New Zealand’s prime minister has announced she is expecting her first child in June. Jacinda Ardern, 37, wrote on Twitter that she and her partner Clarke Gayford were expecting a child, and that Mr Gayford would become a stay-at-home father. “We thought 2017 was a big year! This year we’ll join the many parents who wear two hats. I’ll be PM & a mum while Clarke will be ‘first man of fishing’ & stay at home dad,” she tweeted.
M62 down to two lanes
One lane is closed on the M62 eastbound near junction 20 due to a lorry having a tyre changed. This is reportedly causing heavy traffic in the area.
Funeral for Katelyn announced
A service to remember tragic crash victim Katelyn Dawson will be held at the end of the month, her family have announced.
The funeral for the 15-year-old who died in last week’s horrific crash in Moldgreen will be held at Huddersfield Parish Church on January 31st. Her family have asked those attending to donate to Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.
Books of condolence in Katelyn’s memory will be available for people who knew her before and after the service.
Weather warning extended into tomorrow
...aaand another day of bleak weather!
The Met Office have carried the week’s weather warnings for snow and ice into tomorrow. Temperatures are set to plummet to -2 degrees tomorrow.
Two collisions in the space of an hour in Lockwood
Six cars were involved in two collisions near a school in Lockwood this morning.
Officers were called to Armytage Crescent at 7.45am where two cars crashed near to the junction with Victoria Road, near Mount Pleasant Primary School. One person was injured in the collision.
While that was being recovered, reports came in of another collision involving four cars nearby. No-one was injured in this and police say the local roads have now been cleared.