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M62 west closure tonight
The main carriageway will be closed due to roadworks during the night on M62 Westbound at J26 Chain Bar from 9 tonight, until 6am tomorrow.
Drivers will be able to follow clearly signed diversion routes.
ANOTHER 100mph driver
And another 100mph driver - same spot on the M1.
Pigs with no blankets
There’s certainly a twist in this tail - police attended after NINE pigs escaped from their field in Holmfirth and followed a group of ramblers.
The walkers had begun to approach the main road and grew concerned to called the local bobbies for assistance. Officers from Kirklees Rural Policing team, along with others at the nearby Holme Valley Caravan Park, managed to coax the piggies back into their field and secured the fence.
A spokesperson for the police said: “Thankfully some of us watch Countryfile!”
David Sheard writes to Governement over austerity concerns
Kirklees leader Clr David Sheard has revealed he has written to Secretary of State for Local Government Sajid Javid following concerns over cuts to the latest funding settlement and the effect it’s having on local services.
Clr Sheard claims Kirklees is the eight lowest of local authorities, and second lowest metropolitan authority, on the national funding payroll. He said: “Consequently, we have limited opportunity to to address the very real pressures we face in adults [sic] and children’s social care within the resources of the 4 year settlement.”
Update: Missing teenager
Missing teenager Charlotte Beasley from Outwood has now been found safe and well.
99mph speeder caught
Be warned, the roads policing cops are busy today (and every day)
In case you don’t know, the non-emergency number is 101.
A Huddersfield mosque is hosting a ‘food and dessert’ fundraiser for a charity which is helping victims of the crisis in Aleppo, Syria.
The family funday on Thursday, December 22, is taking place from 10am to 2pm at Masjid Bilal, 245 Yews Hill Road, Crosland Moor, HD4 5DE.
There will be food stalls, hot and cold drinks, face painting, sweet stalls. Money raised goes to Ummah Welfare Trust.
Ton-up driver nabbed
Police are out and about on West Yorkshire’s motorways and are warning people to cut their speed.
Too late for this ton-up driver.
Youngster in the festive spirit raises hundreds for hospice
A big well done to seven-year-old Maddie Swift from Netherton, who has raised more than £400 in under a week for Kirkwood Hospice.
The South Crosland Juniors pupil got into the festive fundraising spirit after packing bags at Sainsburys with her friends at Brownies for the Forget Me Not Hospice.
But eager to go the extra mile, Maddie, along with little brother Ben, six, decided to organise a raffle and sell tickets. The tickets were sold on Friday with a target of raising £50, but five days later and she smashed her target by eight times!
TOWIE star visits Huddersfield
If you’re a telly junkie, this face may be familiar to you. Dan Osborne, star of The Only Way is Essex, came to the Briar Court Hotel in Birchencliffe to hand out awards to staff from the Titanic Mills Spa in Linthwaite.
Dan, a dad-of-two, gave awards to celebrate hard-working staff members. One staff member Warrick Burton said: “It has been great to have Dan here to help and celebrate and end 2016 on a high.”
Below is Dan with Lauren Hamer, who was named Employee of the Year.
Some useful travel information if you’re heading down south on the train for Christmas this afternoon. Virgin East Coat Trains and Grand Central are both reporting delays of up to 40 minutes once you get past Doncaster.
It’s thought the issue should be dealt with within the hour.
Closures on the M62 tonight
An advance warning has been issued over closures on the M62 tonight. The westbound carriageway at Chain Bar and the entry sliproad at junction 28 for Tingley will be closed tonight between 8pm and 6am tomorrow. These same closures will also take place tomorrow night at the same times.
Christmas flights to go ahead despite strikes
All flights over the Christmas weekend from Leeds Bradford to go ahead, despite Swissport strikes:
Man assaulted on night out
Police are appealing today after a man was assaulted at the Stone Roses bar at Leeds Station.
The victim had been out for the evening in the early hours on November 12 when he was hit in the face with a glass bottle, by another man, causing a cut to his eyebrow. The bottle narrowly missed his eye and as a result he was taken to hospital.
The suspect is described as a white man, over 6’ tall, wearing a white top and dark trousers. He had dark hair, cut short to the back and sides. Anyone with information is urged to call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 citing reference 168 of 21/12/2016.
Warning to cut grapes after children choke
Parents have been warned to cut grapes up when giving them to children after two youngsters choked to death.
The warning comes from the British Medical Journal, with one cited case including a 17-month-old boy who choked to death on the fruit.
Grapes are the third most common cause of death among children who die in food-related choking incidents - behind hot dogs and sweets.
Rastrick fire crew at Calderdale Royal to donate toys
Fire fighters from Rastrick fire station are down at Calderdale Royal Hospital this morning to donate toys and gifts to sick children.
The crew members have been collecting donations from the public to give gifts to youngsters spending the Christmas season in hospital. Here’s a short clip of their jolly faces...
ATM concerns at Honley petrol station
A small warning that has been raised to our attention over Facebook. A Holmfirth resident claims she used the ATM at the petrol station on Woodhead Road, Honley, yesterday and that her card has been cloned. Please be very vigilant and take care which cash machines you use. No-one wants to find themselves victims of crime so soon before Christmas (or any other time of year....but especially at Christmas!)
Wind warning for Christmas Day (and it's nothing to do with Brussels Sprouts)
A yellow weather warning for wind has been issued for Yorkshire for over the Christmas weekend.
The Met Office say strong winds are expected in the area from Friday through to Christmas Day. It shouldn’t be anything to worry too much about, you’ll stay wake up on Sunday with your roof intact. Just keep a strong grip if you’re loading the car with presents!
Gomersal's Red House Museum closes today
A sad day for Kirklees’ museums, as Gomersal’s Red House Museum will shut its doors for the final time.
The Museum, where Jane Eyre author Charlotte Bronte visited and used as inspiration for the novel Shirley, was named as one of the three centres to close under Kirklees Council’s austerity cuts. Dewsbury Museum shut last month, while the Tolson Museum at Ravensknowle Park will also soon close its exhibitions to the public.
Coroner's appeal for relatives of Shelley man
Coroners are appealing for relatives of a man from the Thunderbridge/Shelley area to come forward.
John Smith, 69, passed away from natural causes on December 16 in hospital. It is thought Mr Smith had a brother in Huddersfield, while his sister is thought to have moved to America.
Any relatives are asked to contact Coroner’s Officer Jayne Dawson on 01274 373 754.
Clr Cooper praises community following Newsome fire
Clr Andrew Cooper appeared on BBC Radio Leeds this morning discussing the Newsome Mill fire.
The Newsome ward councillor was invited on following news that arson attacks in the county are on the rise. He said: “There are lots of reasons behind it - one of which is ‘just kids’, as some people put it.
“The Mill was deeply integrated in people’s psyche it means as much to some people as Castle Hill, just up the road. It’s had a very deep effect - people have rallied round in a really amazing way to fight to save the clock tower that remains. We are working with the planning conservation team at Kirklees Council and there is a very active Facebook group. The demolition group is being watched by the community 24 hours a day.
“Hats off to the community. They’ve become the eyes and ears of the whole site.”
M62 westbound at Chain Bar is now clear.
Today's front page
Here is today’s paper; our leading story today is the news that one Lepton family cheated death after being stood just yards from the terror lorry attack in Berlin. Also, get your hands on a copy for your chance to scoop £150.
Have you seen missing Charlotte? She has been described as a white female, 5ft 4in, with shoulder length brown hair and was weaing a black Barbour jacket, black leggings, black and white trainers and silver hoop earrings at the time she went missing.
Update on the M62
The M62 is currently busy but moving westbound around the Chain Bar junction.
Small bit of traffic in Hipperholme
Arson attacks on the rise
And while on the subject of Newsome Mills, it’s been revealed this morning that the number of arson attacks in West Yorkshire has seen a steep rise over the last six months.
The number of suspicious fires is up by 28% compared with the same period last year. Fire services say that while big fires grab the headlines, the number is pushed up by the occurrence of smaller vehicle fires.
Councillor live on radio
Cllr Andrew Cooper will be on BBC Radio Leeds this morning to talk about the Newsome Mill Fire - tune in to hear what he has to say.