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Video: Footage of smoke which affected M621

The M621 has now reopened - but this is what drivers were faced with earlier.

All lanes are now open on the M621

M621 now OPEN

Smoke plume snapped from a distance

Very short video of M621 fire

Photo shows extent of smoke which is preventing traffic moving on M621

Close up of the fire causing standstill on M621

M621 now closed due to tyre fire

Traffic standstill around Leeds due to tyre fire

The dark red shows traffic stopped or barely moving on the M621.

This has been caused by black smoke from a tyre fire, at a business next to the motorway, billowing across the carriageway.

Congestion caused by tyre fire smoke next to M621
Congestion caused by tyre fire smoke next to M621 (Image: Google)

Smoke from burning tyres blowing across M62

Some of the M621 westbound is closed as black smoke from burning tyres is drifting across the carriageways.

Visibility has been reduced between J5 (Tunstal Road) and J4 (Hunslet Distributor).

Lanes one and two (of three) have been closed.

The fire is coming from a nearby business.

Fire from tyres causes black smoke to billow over M621
Fire from tyres causes black smoke to billow over M621 (Image: Highways Agency)

Rush Hour Round-up

Slow traffic on the following roads:

  • A62 Leeds Road heading from Bradley to the Three Nuns roundabout
  • A629 Calderdale Way heading from Elland to Salterhebble
  • A62 Leeds Road heading from Mirfield to the Three Nuns roundabout
  • A644 Wakefield Road from the M62 (junction 25) to the Three Nuns roundabout.

M62 OK but a little slow from junction 27 (Birstall) to 26 (Chain Bar).

Examiner Save HRI A&E Battle Bus journey to Calderdale Royal Hospital - traffic queueing on Calderdale Way.
Examiner Save HRI A&E Battle Bus journey to Calderdale Royal Hospital - traffic queueing on Calderdale Way.

Homeowner threatened by four armed robbers

Four armed robbers threatened two residents in their own home.

The incident occurred at a property on Greenfield Road, Holmfirth on Sunday, April 2, at around 11.30pm.

Four suspects entered the property and confronted the homeowners; they were believed to be carrying a knife and a screwdriver.

The suspects threatened the victims, but eventually fled the scene.

The first suspect is described as a white man with a tan, around 17-years-old, 5ft 6in. He was wearing a dark grey Adidas hoodie with the hood pulled tight around his face.

The second suspect is described as a white male, around 17 or 18-years-old, 6ft and he was wearing a black waterproof jacket with the hood up round his face.

The third suspect has been described as a white male, 5ft 6in who was wearing a light grey waterproof hoodie with his hood pulled up.

The final suspect is described as a white male, 5ft 6in and was wearing a blue waterproof coat with the hood up and wearing black tracksuit bottoms.

Det Con, Craig Foulkes of Huddersfield CID, said: “This was a distressing incident for the victims, but thankfully no-one was injured.

“I would like to appeal to members of the public if they have any information about this incident, or recognise the description of either of the four men to come forward to assist with our investigation.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Huddersfield CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13170149989 or alternatively information can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Publicity stunt puzzles Kodi box users

Football fans who had been hoping to watch a Premier League match for free via their Kodi boxes were left puzzled and disappointed on April 1.

Instead of access to numerous free streams, visitors to Kodi.tv found that the website had been ‘seized’ by the US authorities.

Users were greeted by a message claiming to be from the US Department of Justice, Homeland Security and the National Intellectual Property Right Coordination Centre.

Kodi boxes
Kodi boxes (Image: Handout)

Cutesy corner

PC Jayne of Kirklees Rural Police with a spring chicken.

New law to clamp down on child sex offenders

A new law has come into force today meaning that anyone caught sending messages of a sexual nature to a child will be questioned.

The new guideline - section 67 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 - is a means for the police to crack down on sexual grooming in its early stages. The offence relates to all communications including text messages, emails, letters and all communications on social media.

A spokesperson West Yorkshire Police said: “We welcome any new legislation which helps to protect children and for help and advice to spot the typical signs of child sexual exploitation and what to do visit https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/cse.”

People in Huddersfield are being warned about four scams on the increase.
People in Huddersfield are being warned about four scams on the increase. (Image: PA)

Customer branded "ignorant" after leaving lukewarm Tripadvisor review

A customer bit off more than she could chew after leaving a lukewarm Tripadvisor review of a Skelmanthorpe tapas bar.

Genna Thorpe left the three-star review of Volare, saying the dishes had failed to leave her and her husband full. But management were quick to respond, writing: “If you ordered five of the lighter dishes no wonder you were still hungry. Silly you! “I know the Spanish would be outraged if they heard your description of their beloved tapas dishes as ‘little dishes of picky food’ - you clearly need to educate yourself.”

Ouch.

Volare tapas restaurant, Skelmanthorpe
Volare tapas restaurant, Skelmanthorpe
Tripadvisor review of Volare tapas restaurant, Skelmanthorpe
Tripadvisor review of Volare tapas restaurant, Skelmanthorpe

Bus delays in Hebden Bridge

And on the subject of local travel, expect delays if you’re travelling to or from Hebden Bridge this afternoon.

New station providing services to London

A new station has opened in Low Moor, between Brighouse and Bradford, today, which provides rail links to London.

The station on the Calder Valley Line will provide hourly services between Halifax and Bradford and four trains a day to Kings Cross.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority are expecting more than 500,000 passengers to use it every year.

train ticket, rail fares, train, stock
train ticket, rail fares, train, stock

Road accident in Stainland

Reports of a road accident in Stainland this lunchtime. No closures but one lane is blocked which is slowing down traffic.

Study reveals fire fighters' risk of heart attacks

Exposure to heat and extreme physical exertion is putting our firefighters at risk of heart attacks, a study today has suggested.

The British Heart Foundation research found that tackling fire puts a strain on the heart, increases blood clotting and worsens the function of blood vessels.

Warm weather in store this afternoon

Things are looking good, weather-wise today. With highs of 15 degrees, today looks to be the warmest of the week.

Pity it’s a Monday.

Check out what Mother Nature has in store for Easter here.

Overnight closure planned for M62 sliproard

Just a heads up that the entry sliproad at junction 27 of the M62 eastbound will be closed overnight on Wednesday.

This is the bit connectingf the M62 and the M621 heading towards Leeds. It will be fully closed overnight for technology works.

The closures will take place between 8pm and 6am, and drivers will be able to follow clearly signed diversion routes.

M62 junction 27
M62 junction 27

Huddersfield researchers develop virtual reality sets to train surgeons

Researchers at the University of Huddersfield are developing new ways of training surgeons - with virtual reality goggles.

The technology would provide close-up 3D views of procedures on the operating table meaning trainee surgeons can get up close without crowding the operating theatre in real-life. The research has been led by PhD student and qualified dental surgeon Yesh Pulijala, Professor Minhua Ma and Dr David Peebles.

Dr Peebles said: “A lot of training of surgeons is about the nuts and bolts of doing the surgery. But there is a whole aspect of their expertise that is called situation awareness, which is about developing a mental model of the whole task and the whole environment.”

Dr Yesh Pulijala with the Virtual Reality technology
Dr Yesh Pulijala with the Virtual Reality technology (Image: University of Huddersfield)

Delays on the M60/M62

Very slow traffic on the M60 at the moment if you’re heading over to Manchester.

One lane is blocked due to an accident on the anti-clockwise carriage around junctions 17 and 16, which congestion stretching back onto the M62 at junction 19.

MP's anger as tampon tax cash used to fund anti-abortion group

Dewsbury and Mirfield MP Paula Sherriff has hit out after a “tampon tax” on female hygiene products she has led protests against was used to fund an anti-abortion group.

A quarter of a million pounds raised from a controversial levy on sanitary products - which the Government promised to give to disadvantaged women’s charities - was donated to Life, a charity that campaigns against terminations.

Paula said this weekend it was “bitterly ironic” that women were being taxed over their biology and the money given “to organisations that don’t even believe we should have control over our own bodies”.

MP Paula Sherriff speaking in the House of Commons on what Brexit means for the tampon tax
MP Paula Sherriff speaking in the House of Commons on what Brexit means for the tampon tax (Image: Parliament TV)

Football fan's shameful parking on pavement

And winner of the worst parking of the week goes to...

This cobalt estate was spotted outside Nicola Earnshaw’s home near the John Smith Stadium on Saturday. It’s thought the driver was going to the match.

I’m not one to be petty, but I hope he was sat behind someone with a huge Mexican hat. It’s not nice going about your daily business only to be obstructed by other people’s stupidity...

Terrible parking spotted in Huddersfield on match day
Terrible parking spotted in Huddersfield on match day (Image: Nicola Earnshaw)
Terrible parking spotted in Huddersfield on match day
Terrible parking spotted in Huddersfield on match day (Image: Nicola Earnshaw)

Train service won't be calling at villages on Penistone Line

Changes to the Sheffield to Huddersfield train service this morning meaning many in local villages will see delays to their journey.

New reduced-sugar Kitkats hit the shelves

New Kitkats containing less sugar will hit the shelves today after its producers have agreed to do their bit in tackling the nation’s increasing sugar intake.

The bars will have 10% less sugar and more milk and cocoa. Nestlé, who make them, say they hope it will have an impact on public health. Do you agree?

The move is its first major recipe change since sugar rationing in the Second World War.

New recipe KitKat. Iconic chocolate bar KitKat has had its first major recipe change since the Second World War as maker Nestle has added more milk and cocoa. The tweak to the ingredients comes as the confectionery giant cuts sugar to meet new Government targets. New look bars with a revamped wrapper will hit shelves next week but Nestle claims even diehard fans won't be able to taste the difference.

Traffic update

Rush hour traffic is easing on the M62 at the moment. Elsewhere we have slow queues on Manchester Road at Longroyd Bridge and on Trinity Street heading towards the town centre.

M62 motorway.
M62 motorway.