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Accident on M62 junction 27
There has been a crash on the M62 after junction 27, Gildersome. On the westbound carriageway.
Congestion On M62 near Ikea
We are getting reports of queueing traffic on the M62 near junction 27 at Gildersome.
The congestion is being caused by drivers coming in and out of Birstall Shopping Park and Ikea.
Congestion at Great Northern Retail Park, Leeds Road
We’re hearing reports of long delays at Great Northern Retail Park right now.
The shopping park is known for bad traffic trying to get out at the traffic lights onto Leeds Road. Unless you hate yourself, swerve the sales shopping for another day.
Northen Rail among oldest trains in the UK
A study has found the average age of trains in Britain is 21!
And while our snail-paced Northern Rail carriages are among some of the oldest still running as regular services at 27 (that’s older than me!), the TransPennine Express was found to be the newest at nine years old.
Northern Line services were the sixth oldest on the country. Something to bear in mind next time you take a pew on the Penistone Line.
A Department for Transport spokesman said the Government was aiming to roll out 5,000 new carriages by 2020.
Twitter: Poll on Francis Bacon painting
On Twitter? Take part in our poll where we ask our readers whether or not they think Kirklees should sell a Francis Bacon painting which could be worth up to an estimated £60m. More than 350 people have taken part so far.
M62: Traffic cleared
The M62 looks to have cleared now following an accident on the eastbound carriage earlier.
2016's top shows of community spirit
What has been the moment that showed true community spirit for you in 2016?
It’s been a year of ups and downs, but now the Examiner is looking back at the highs and lows and (as it says on the tin) examining moments communities really came together.
It could be the response to the floods at the beginning of the year, communities coming together after the murder of Jo Cox or something that one individual has done. Drop us a line at email@example.com.
Poll finds 1 in 7 unhappy with Christmas presents
One in seven people received a Christmas present they didn’t want this year, a study has revealed.
Pollsters spoke to 13,5000 people across Europe finding that many unwrapped their presents to find something they didn’t like or couldn’t use.
Many of those passed the present on to someone else or sold it, while some even gave it back to the sender.
Accident causes tailbacks on the M62
Looks like there’s been a nasty accident on the M62 going eastbound.
One lane has been closed with heavy traffic due to the incident between junctions 22 and 23 on Rishworth Moor. Here is the scene currently at Scammonden Bridge.
Yellow warning for fog and ice
The Met Office have issued a yellow weather warning for fog and freezing conditions in Yorkshire.
The Office have issued the warning for tonight and tomorrow, saying: “Freezing fog patches will become more widespread and locally dense during Wednesday evening, overnight and through Thursday morning.
“Driving conditions will be difficult with journeys likely to take longer than usual whilst some delays to air travel are possible.”
Ethnic minority groups struggling to find employment
People from black and Asian Muslim communities are more likely to be unable to find work, a survey has revealed.
The report commissioned by the Social Mobility Commission also found that the same people are less likely to enter certain professions despite performing better at school.
The report claims young people from Asian Muslim backgrounds, particularly women, are experiencing a “broken social mobility promise” from the Government.
Man robbed at knifepoint on canal towpath
Detectives are appealing after a man was robbed at knifepoint on the canal towpath near Salterhebble Hill in Skircoat Green last night.
The victim was near The Watermill pub and McDonalds when two men assaulted him and threatened him with a knife before making off with his wallet. The man suffered minor injuries in the attack.
The suspects are both described as aged in their twenties and wearing dark coloured clothing. They spoke in a local accent. Any witnesses are asked to contact Calderdale CID on 101 quoting crime reference 13160755208.
Revealed: How much money our hospitals make from parking fines
Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust made £12,780 issuing hospital parking fines between 2015 and 2016, it’s been announced.
The figures have been released alongside 26 other hospital trusts in the country following a request by the Press Association.
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, who run Dewsbury Hopital and Pinderfields in Wakefield, revealed they have amounted £13,000 in fines in the same period.
Swan had fishing line stuck in its throat
This swan quite literally had his neck on the line when he was found with a lump in his neck that was causing him to starve.
The creature was rescued in Bradford by Yorkshire Swan Rescue Hospital and found to have a chinstrap and old bit of fishing line stuck in its throat. Luckily, he’s now fit and well and back hissing at youngsters feeding the ducks.
New Co-Op stores to create more jobs
The Co-Op plans to create new jobs by opening hundreds of new stores in the new year, and will be opening many more in Yorkshire.
The convenience store chain plan to create 1,500 jobs nationwide, with Yorkshire being one of its target areas for new openings.
Development director Stuart Hookins said: “We opened 100 stores in 2016, and we plan to open hundreds more new stores over the next few years.”
Ask Examiner: What can you buy in John's Books?
Ever wondered what treasures are to be found in the mysteriously named John’s Books on Manchester Road?
For those who aren’t already in the know, the little hut doesn’t sell the latest paperbacks and fancy colouring books. Have a look at our latest #AskExaminer to find out more about this little Huddersfield institution.
Warning over children's beds
Have you ever bought a children’s bed from Sheffield company Playtime Beds? The firm have issued a safety warning after a seven-month-old baby died.
The warning applies to cots, twin beds, bunks, cabin beds, high sleepers, triple and quadruple beds, as the firm say there is a risk of strangulation or crushing. The company has stopped trading since the incident in York.
Temporary traffic lights
A list of the temporary traffic lights currently in the area which could slow your jounre down today
- Colne Road, off Chapel Hill
- Park Road, Lockwood
- Walkley Lane, Heckmondwike
- Denshaw Road, Delph
- Barsey Green Lane, Halifax
Have a go hero came to robbery victim's aid
Police are appealing to speak to a brave bystander who chased robbers after they stole cash from a woman at an ATM.
The incident occurred when the female victim was getting cash out of the machine at Asda on Thrum Hall Lane in Halifax at about 4.45pm on Boxing Day. The suspect leaned over to grab the money and although the woman fought back she was pushed to the ground before the suspect made off.
A man is believed to have chased the suspect from the scene and officers are appealing for him to come forward.
Anyone else who can assist the investigation is asked to contact police at Halifax on 101, quoting crime reference 13160753944.
Kirklees website down
Just a note that the Kirklees Council website is currently down due to IT difficulties.
Fresh appeal after elderly man injured in collision
Police have re-issued an appeal after an elderly man is thought to have collapsed at the wheel and collided with a wall in Linthwaite.
The 75-year-old man is still in a serious condition in hospital after the accident on Blackmoorfoot Road on Boxing Day. Police are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision at 3.30pm, or who saw a silver Suzuki S4 around that time. Anyone who can help is asked to contact PC Paul Mara at the Safer Roads and Neighbourhood Support team on 101, quoting log 0841 of 26 December.
Today's front page
Here is today’s front page, with our lead story focusing on the question over whether Kirklees should consider selling a painting worth up to a possible £60 MILLION.
Francis Bacon’s Figure Study II was gifted to the ares decades ago and spends most of its time in storage - but it could solve a whole host of financial problems for Kirklees.
Sub zero temperatures
Very cold temperatures out there this morning with lows of -3 degrees! Remember not to leave your car unattended if you’re giving it a few minutes to thaw as thieves can’t resist an unlocked car with a key in the ignition.
All is calm
Good morning and I hope you all had a Merry Christmas. All is quiet on the roads this morning, even the M62 is clear, with many still off work.
Welcome to Wednesday's live blog
Good morning and welcome to the Huddersfield Examiner’s breaking news live blog for today. Between now and 6pm we’ll bring you the latest news from our town as well as regular traffic and travel updates. Our reporters will also take a look what’s happening with Huddersfield Town and the Giants. Plus we’ll keep our eye on social media and bring you anything we think is important or interesting so you’re always the first to know.
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