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Arson suspected at former Kirklees College

Firefighters from Huddersfield and Rastrick attended the fire at the former Kirklees College complex in New North Road. The fire, which broke out on the first floor of the building, is being treated as arson.

Two fire engines from Huddersfield and one from Rastrick attended the fire, which was spotted at about 5pm by police officers in a passing patrol car.

Former college building fire update

Here’s the latest from the incident at the former Kirklees College

Firefighters at former Kirklees College

Reporter Nick Lavigueur is on the scene of the fire at the former Kirklees College complex

Lane reopens on M62

All lanes open and traffic easing following the removal of a broken down vehicle on M62 Eastbound between J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome) and J28 A650 / A653 (Tingley). Lane one (of four) was closed.

Appeal to trace missing Huddersfield woman

Police are appealing for help to trace a Huddersfield womanwho has gone m missing after a visit to a hospital emergency department.

Greater Manchester Police said 33-year-old Emma Doherty had been staying with family in the Oldham area.

Yesterday evening (Thurs, March 8), she turned up at the A&E department at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester. She was in pain and in need of treatment. However, she left a short time later at about 8.05pm and has not been seen since.

Missing Huddersfield woman Emma Doherty, 33
Missing Huddersfield woman Emma Doherty, 33 (Image: handout)

She is described as white, about 5ft 6in, of medium build with mousey brown hair and blonde highlights, cut in a short bob. She was wearing a dark coloured jacket, dark trousers and black shoes.

Insp John Picton of GMP’s City of Manchester Division, said: “We don’t know where Emma is or if she is still in pain so need people to look at her photograph, familiarise themselves with what she looks like and get in touch with us if they see her.

“As people will imagine, her family are extremely worried about her and we are doing everything we can to find her but need the public’s help to do so.”

Anyone who sees Emma or knows where she is should contact police on 0161 856 6031.

Former college building 'on fire'

We’re getting reports of fire breaking out at the former Kirklees College building at New North Road, Huddersfield. We’ll keep you posted.

M62 breakdown brings delays

One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M62 Eastbound between J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome) and J28 A650 / A653 (Tingley).
Lane one (of four) is closed.

Traffic latest

Slow traffic on A62 Gelderd Road at A643 Leeds Road traffic lights at Birstall. Travel time is seven minutes.

M62 alert

Heavy traffic on M62 in both directions between J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome) and J29 M1 (Lofthouse).

M621 traffic alert

One lane is closed eastbound on the M621 exit slip at junction 2 due to a broken down vehicle. The incident is expected to clear between 4.30pm and 4.45pm when traffic is expected to return to normal. One of two lanes are closed

M62 van fire

Highways England has reported that a van fire eastbound on the M62 just before junction 28 has been extinguished. The occupants were able to get out of the vehicle and are safe. Fire crews are leaving the scene. All lane closures have now been removed.

Accolade for Colne Valley pub

Cheers to The Sair pub at Linthwaite, which has been named Camra’s Rural Pub of the Year 2018 for the Huddersfield district.

Mark Davies, Huddersfield Camra chairman presented the award to licensee Jim Crabtree, who said: “My wife Joanne and I, are obviously very proud to receive the award and received many compliments from Camra on how the beer has improved even more.

Sair Inn, Linthwaite
Sair Inn, Linthwaite

“This award will be added to the collection of many achieved by my father, Ron Crabtree, and we would like to dedicate it to him and his legacy - The Sair Inn/Linfit Micro Brewery and his idea of a true British real ale pub.”

The pub reinstated its famous brew, Enoch’s Hammer (ABV 8%) in the new year after 15 years off the menu. The beer will continue to appear from time to time on the pumps.


Pensioner sentenced for historic kidnapping and sex offences

A 74-year-old man has been sentenced for offences committed against a 4 year old girl 40 years ago.

""George Frankland

George Frankland, now aged 74, was sentenced to 3 years in prison for the kidnap and indecent assault of a young girl that took place in 1978.

Frankland of Bradford was investigated by West Yorkshire Police’s Cold Case Team who worked closely with forensic partners and the Crown Prosecution Service throughout the investigation.

Detective Superintendent Jim Dunkerley who oversees the Cold Case Team said; “This is yet another example of the tenacious nature of West Yorkshire Police’s cold case team who, working closely with partners, were able to satisfy the charging standards for serious offences which was committed 40 years ago.

“Advancements in forensic science assisted in leading the investigation team and forensic scientists to identify Frankland and I would like to reassure the public that West Yorkshire Police will continue to explore all avenues of opportunity when investigating historical heinous crimes.”

Traffic delays

Queueing traffic on A58 Leeds and Halifax Road at A644 Brighouse Road (Christ Church traffic lights) in Hipperholme. Travel time is eight minutes.

M62 update

All lanes open following the removal of the broken down vehicle on M62 Westbound between J30 A642 (Rothwell) and J29 M1 (Lofthouse).
Lane one (of four) was closed.

Winter woes for Marie Curie charity

The wintry weather has hampered the efforts of volunteers raising cash for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal this year as numerous street and supermarket collections had to be cancelled or postponed.

(Image: Marie Curie)

To help the charity reach its fundraising target for 2018 local people are being urged to help by giving two hours of their time to help with future collections; make a donation online www.mariecurie.org.uk/donate/urgent-appeal or text DAFF to 70099 to donate £5.; sign up to the Step into Spring challenge (10,000 steps per day; organise their own fundraising event or take part in the Let’s Go Yellow Day

Traffic update

Heavy traffic on A629 Salterhebble Hill and Huddersfield Road around the hospital by A646 Dryclough Lane. Travel time is six minutes.

M62 lane closure

One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M62 Westbound between J30 A642 (Rothwell) and J29 M1 (Lofthouse). Traffic is coping well.
Lane one (of four) is closed.

Toys R Us stores set for closure

The administrator to collapsed retailer Toys R Us - which has an outlet at Birstall Retail Park is expected to begin closing stores and making staff redundant as early as next week as hopes for finding a buyer for the stricken business fade.

 A general view of the exterior of a branch of the toy store Toys R Us
A general view of the exterior of a branch of the toy store Toys R Us

Moorfields said it would begin an “orderly wind-down” of stores and it is now understood that the insolvency specialist is poised to close the first batch as it runs down stock, with hundreds of jobs set to be lost. It is thought Moorfields will begin with the closure of at least 26 loss-making stores

Police dog and handler search property after Rajas takeaway shooting

Police statement in full

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “Detectives investigating the firearms discharges at a takeaway on Bradford Road earlier this week have arrested three men.

“The incident happened in the early hours of Monday 5 March outside Raja’s takeaway on Bradford Road. A 24-year-old man suffered serious injuries and has been treated in hospital.

“A 24-year-old man has been arrested for attempted murder and two further men aged 20 and 22, have been arrested for assisting an offender. All remain in police custody.

“Enquiries remain ongoing.

“Anyone who has any information about the incident is asked to speak to the police via 101 quoting crime reference number 13180105070.”



BREAKING: Man arrested over Rajas shooting

Detectives investigating the shooting at Rajas pizza takeaway in Hillhouse have arrested a 24-year-old man for attempted murder.

The 24-year-old is in police custody and two others, aged 20 and 22, have been arrested for assisting an offender.

Adil Mahmood, 24, was shot three times at his father’s takeaway, Rajas in Bradford Road, in the early hours of Monday.

More as soon as we have it.

Police teams search the area of Rajas take away on Bradford Road, Hillhouse.
Police teams search the area of Rajas take away on Bradford Road, Hillhouse.

Another house raided?

We’re hearing that another house appears to have been raided. Around eight or nine police officers went into a house in Bradley Boulevard.

Police search land in Deighton after takeaway shooting

Digging underway

Police have been in Deighton since the raids two days ago - they’ve maintained a presence 24/7 as we understand it.

Officers are now hand-digging a field behind some houses. It’s not clear what they are looking for.

Dig now underway

Large scale searches still underway in and around Riddings Close. Police believed to be starting to dig up a field.

We have a reporter on the scene and we hope police will release a statement to update the public soon.

Two homes were raided by police investigating the shooting at Rajas takeaway in Hillhouse. More as we have it.

Ginnels still taped off

There’s obviously a major investigation underway in Riddings Close - and lots of police tape being used.

Police presence in Sheepridge

Still a lot of police activity in Riddings Close at Sheepridge after the police raids a couple of days ago. Reports, too, that police carried out a search with dogs on fields this morning.

We have asked police for an update on the investigation. The searches are linked to the shooting at Rajas takeaway in Hillhouse.

Man arrested over laser pen attack

A statement from West Yorkshire Police on the laser pen attack on the force helicopter.

“Enquiries are ongoing after police arrested a man in the early hours of this morning after a laser device was used towards a National Police Air Service helicopter in the Horsforth area of Leeds.


West Yorkshire Police helicopter
West Yorkshire Police helicopter


“The 49-year-old was arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft and remains in police custody at this time.”