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Flockton accident affecting bus services

Accident causing traffic problems near Flockton

The A637 Bar Lane is closed in both directions, very slow traffic due to accident between B6117 Stocksmoor Road and Hardcastle Lane.

Double celebration for Emmerdale star

Emmerdale star Lucy Pargeter has given birth to twin baby girls.

The actress - who already has an 11-year-old daughter with her partner Rudi Coleano - welcomed her new arrivals last week.

Chas Dingle [LUCY PARGETER]
Chas Dingle [LUCY PARGETER]

The actress - who already has an 11-year-old daughter with her partner Rudi Coleano - welcomed her new arrivals last week.

A spokeswoman for the show said: “Lucy Pargeter and Rudi Coleano are delighted to announce the birth of their twin girls who were born on Thursday April 13.

“All are happy and healthy and Lola is delighted to have finally become a big sister.”

Pargeter, 40, has played village favourite Chastity Dingle in the ITV soap since 2002. The actress’s character has been temporarily written out of the Yorkshire Dales-set soap while she is on maternity leave.

Fire service urges teens to stay safe in water this summer

Firefighters will be launching their water safety campaign, and will be at the River Aire tomorrow.

Sad news from South Yorkshire

A 16-year-old girl has died after she was struck by a train at Meadowhall.

The teenager was struck by a train at Meadowhall station at around 8pm last night.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Trains in South Yorkshire were halted for a number of hours while emergency services dealt with the incident.

Calling all festival lovers - and possibly those who like a mud bath!

Leeds Festival has announced five legends and new acts hitting the stage for the first time.

Liam Gallagher
Liam Gallagher

Bramham Park has played host to some stellar acts over the years but 2017 will still see a few notable Leeds Fest debuts.

These are some of the legends and new talents appearing for the first time this August bank holiday weekend.

See our story here for all the latest.

Huddersfield student Josh Morby (right) and Owen Ridell of Kirkburton, make the most of the mud on the final day of the Leeds music festival at Bramham Park in a photo by Freddy Catchpool
Huddersfield student Josh Morby (right) and Owen Ridell of Kirkburton, make the most of the mud on the final day of the Leeds music festival at Bramham Park in a photo by Freddy Catchpool

Missing girl appeal

A 15-year-old has gone missing from the Halifax area.

Ester Taruvinga, who also goes by the name Amazing Grace, was last seen on the 13 April and police are growing concerned for her welfare.

Ester has links to the Wortley and Beeston areas of Leeds and it believed she may be in one of those areas.

Ester is described as black, approximately 5ft 3 tall, with shoulder length wavy hair, brown eyes and a small scar on her chin. She was last seen wearing a long black leather jacket and white Nike trainers, and was carrying a blue leather handbag.

Acting Detective Inspector Toby Facey, of Calderdale District Police, said: “Clearly our concerns are growing for Ester and I would appeal to anyone who may have seen her in the last seven days to get in touch with police.

“We believe Ester may be in Leeds and, equally, I would appeal directly to Ester to speak to police to let us know she is okay.”

Anyone with any information on Ester or her whereabouts is asked to contact police via 101.

Owners of fire-hit textile company share relief that fire didn't spread

Huge fire in Spring Grove Clayton West
Huge fire in Spring Grove Clayton West

Joint Managing Director Charles Bosley said: “A lot of people know myself and my brother and someone rang me to say our building was on fire.

“I raced up there as I live in Wetherby and could see the smoke as I was driving. As I arrived I heard an explosion and firefighters were already on site. When I realised it was trailers at the back of the site and not the main building it was a huge relief.

“We were also lucky the wind wasn’t strong and so there was no risk of it spreading.”

He said they are open as usual today but the area damaged by the fire is cordoned off.

Will you be watching the Tour de Yorkshire?

It’s almost time to get the yellow bunting out!

Around 5,000 amateur cyclists are expected to take part in the Tour de Yorkshire Sportive race – including 56 riders from Huddersfield – when it passes through Kirklees next Sunday.

The entire Stage 3 Tour de Yorkshire, which travels from Bradford to Sheffield via Brighouse, Huddersfield and Holmfirth, will travel through Kirklees in the afternoon – from around 3.20pm (Cleckheaton) to 4.15pm (Hade Edge).

See our full story here.

Help combat litter at iconic Castle Hill

Can you give a bit of time tomorrow to help clean-up Huddersfield’s most iconic landmark and the Examiner’s own masthead!

Car blaze

Fire crews from Huddersfield tackled a car fire in Thewlis Lane, Crosland Hill last night.

The Saab car was 100% alight when fire crews arrived and brought it under control.

The police are investigating the cause which is believed to suspicious.

That's what the crunch was!

It’s after breakfast time so we are safe to share this latest story without putting you off your toast.

An Indian takeaway has been shut down after a cockroach infestation and mouse droppings were found.

Environmental health officials found huge cockroaches in food storage and preparation areas at Ravensthorpe-based business Hot Grill.

The premises resembled a “building site” and was riddled with holes, providing easy access for the pests.

Hot Grill, Huddersfield Road, Ravensthorpe.
Hot Grill, Huddersfield Road, Ravensthorpe.

National

There are 640 more firearms officers protecting the public in England and Wales than this time last year.

The increase is largely financed by a £143 million Home Office programme with forces paying for additional officers.

The plan is to recruit around 1500 extra officers in total by the end of 2018 across the 43 Home Office forces – some of which will be highly specialised in responding to ongoing terrorist incidents.

With armed policing a voluntary role, recruiting, training and retaining officers remains a challenge for all forces.

Watch out scammers are about!

Calderdale Council is warning residents to be vigilant after an apparent scam email has been sent out.

They are advising anyone who receives an email from a Calderdale.gov.uk email about a PayPal transaction to report it to action fraud.

Busy night for fire crews

Good morning Huddersfield. A busy night for fire crews last night after a huge fire in Clayton West.

We’ve just spoken to fire crews and they have confirmed fortunately no-one was injured. We’ll update you further on this and all breaking news as it happens.

Welcome to Thursday's live blog

Welcome to the Huddersfield Examiner’s breaking news service.

Stay with us throughout the day to be the first to know everything that’s happening across West Yorkshire.

We’ll be bringing you updates on crime, health, sport, politics, education and more live from the Examiner team.

And remember to check back before you travel as during peak times we’ll provide you with all of the latest traffic updates on the M62 and roads around the region.

Kevin Mclean captured this stunning shot

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