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'Hypercars' racing on the M1 near Bretton

Did you see this on the M1 today? A McLaren 570s, a Lamborghini Aventador and a Ferrari - all capable of near 200mph - were seized by police after they were caught racing between J38 near Bretton and J37 today.

South Yorkshire police said the drivers blocked up the motorway to clear a space for a drag race.

A police spokesman said: “They were travelling side by side across all three lanes and brought traffic to a very slow speed.
“When they had created a big enough section of clear road, they accelerated away, some might say racing one another. They then repeated this process.”
The spokesman said the cars had been hired by the drivers and warned others that vehicles seen driving in an anti-social manner would be stopped and impounded.

He added: “We are pretty sure (the cars) won’t be crushed and turned into tin cans, but you never know.”

Travel

All is calm out there as far as I can see. There’s not a single major incident on our roads according to the Highways England website.

No major worries on the trains coming through Huddersfield either.

May is on the horizon but it's turning cold

A cold wind is blowing in from the north and it’s set to become increasingly un-spring like as the week goes on.

Here’s what weatherman Paul Stevens is predicting.

Rugby league

The Giants may be having a poor run but they’ve managed to get one player in the England squad nevertheless.

There’s also some new faces from Australia for the match against Samoa in two weeks. Find out who’s in here.

Key player doubtful for Town's Wolves trip

David Wagner has held the pre-match press conference for Town’s key match at Wolves.

And he has revealed Elias Kachunga is still doubtful for the crunch fixture.

Will the Wolves scupper the Terriers play-off drive as they did Leeds’?

News

A Kirklees resident has today admitted trying to join terrorist group Daesh, commonly known as Islamic State.

Ghulam Hussain, 30, of Track Road, Batley, has pleaded guilty to two terrorism offences.

Hussain was arrested on November 2, 2016 following an investigation by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit after he disclosed to an undercover officer his plan to fight in Syria.

An investigation discovered that he had made travel arrangements including purchasing airline tickets and had obtained credit cards fraudulently to fund the trip.

Hussain will be sentenced on Friday, May 12 at Leeds Crown Court.

Cops seize car after uninsured driver caught

Looks like it’s a long walk home for one Cleckheaton driver...

LIVE: Duke of York opens the Oastler Building

Reporter Andrew is live at the Oastler Building where the Duke of York is officially opening it after months of construction.

Watch it below live or head to our Facebook page if it’s finished to have a look...

Collision was "damage only"

Police also attended the scene after they were called at 1.27pm to reports of a two-vehicle collision.

A spokeswoman said a Mazda 6 and Toyota Avensis were in collision on the eastbound collision near to junction 25.

The collision resulted in damage only and there were no reports of any serious injuries - so looks like the two people taken to hospital are just receiving a check up.

Police car
Police car

M62 now fully re-opened

The road is now fully re-opened.

A few tailbacks still back onto Scammonden Moor but these should soon clear.

Two people taken to hospital following M62 accident

Yorkshire Ambulance Service say two patients have been taken to hospital.

A spokesperson for the service said they were called following reports of a collision and sent two ambulances, two rapid response vehicles, a ahzard area response team, a doctor and a clinical supervisor.

Two people were taken to Leeds General Infirmary via ambulance. The seriousness of their injuries are not yet known.

Ambulance, emergency, stock, NHS
Ambulance, emergency, stock, NHS

Glimpse inside Oastler as Duke of York pays visit

Reporter Andrew Robinson is at the University this afternoon where the Duke of York is visiting to unveil the new Oastler Building.

The Prince has also been awarding students in the IDEA (Inspiring Digital Enterprise) Awards. Westborough High School in Dewsbury are one of the big winners at the awards today.

Here’s another glimpse inside the Oastler...

M62: How things are looking

Here’s how things are looking according to Google Traffic maps...

And here’s how it’s looking on the cameras...

"Delays building"

Lanes expected to be shut for the next hour

Highways England have confirmed that two lanes have been closed on the eastbound carriage following the accident - which happened around half an hour ago.

Recovery is on route and the lanes are expected to remain shut for the next hour. Here’s the scene at Ainley Top at the moment.

Multi-vehicle collision causes queues on M62 eastbound

Reports of heavy traffic on the M62 eastbound at the moment due to a multi-vehicle collision.

Two lanes are closed between Ainley Top and Brighouse - emergency services are currently at the scene. We’ll keep you posted on this.

Armed police deployed after man seen carrying suspicious weapon

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was spotted holding a mysterious weapon on Riddings Road in Deighton yesterday.

Officers were called at 3.50pm after a member of the public called to say they’d seen a man carrying something suspicious - although police have been unable to ascertain what this was.

Armed officers were deployed to the scene but were unable to locate either parties and found no evidence of a weapon being used. A black BMW and a white Audi car were seen driving in the area at around this time, and officers would like to speak to the drivers of these vehicles or anyone who witnessed these vehicles in the area. A witness also reported seeing a white male, dressed in a grey hooded top, which he was wearing under a black coat. He was accompanied by three mixed race or black males.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kirklees CID on 101, quoting log number 1119.

Shots fired on Riddings Road

Peek inside new Oastler Building

A sneak peek inside the flashy new Oastler Building at the University, which is being opened today by the Duke of York.

Hunt for missing pensioner who was last seen going for a walk

Have you seen missing Peter Silson? The 80-year-old went missing after going for a walk in the West Yorkshire countryside near Leeds Bradford airport on Saturday.

He is described as white, 5ft 9ins tall, medium build, with a shaved head. He was last seen wearing a dark-coloured waterproof jacket, dark blue short trousers, and a flat cap. He had a walking stick and was carrying a rucksack and a camera/binocular case. He often wears sunglasses.

Det Insp Paul Hobson, of Leeds District CID, said: “Peter is said to be fit for his age and is a regular walker, but it is unusual for him not to have returned at the end of the day and his family are concerned for his welfare.” Anyone with information is asked to contact the Special Operations Room at Elland Road via 101 quoting log number 972 of April 23.

Missing Peter Silson
Missing Peter Silson

Carjacking suspect had distinctive compass tattoo

Police have released more information about a robbery in Dewsbury at the weekend.

It happened when a young couple were forced out of their car at knifepoint by scar-faced robbers who ambushed them in the early hours of yesterday morning on Knowles Hill Road. The victims stopped to offer help when a car stopped in the road, before they were forced out of their car in which the three men drove off.

The first suspect is described as white, in his mid-twenties to early thirties, with scars down his cheeks and he spoke with a local accent. He was wearing a blue jacket and had a tattoo on the back of his left hand, which resembled a compass. The second man is described as mixed race, early thirties, 5ft 7ins tall and of skinny build. He had short, black, scruffy hair and short stubble. He was wearing a black jacket. The third man was white, 5ft 7ins, of slim build and in his late twenties to early thirties. He had a scar on his face near to his chin and was wearing a bright blue jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC 1165 Chris Eglen at Kirklees CID on 101, quoting crime reference 1317018654.

Knowles Hill Road in Dewsbury Moor, scene of a knifepoint robbery
Knowles Hill Road in Dewsbury Moor, scene of a knifepoint robbery (Image: Google)

Riders' 'mare as rescuers called to help horses stuck in canal

This is the moment firefighters rescued horses George and Willow after they got stuck in the canal in Marsden over the weekend.

The crew from Cleckheaton were dispatched after the horses became stuck. The two were being ridden along the towpath when the horses jumped in - both with their unamused riders still on their backs.

The canal had to be drained and a wooden ramp built into the mud in order to get the horses to safety. What a total ‘mare!

Horses rescued after getting stuck in the canal in Marsden
(Image: Estelle Blackburn)
Horses rescued after getting stuck in the canal in Marsden
(Image: Estelle Blackburn)
Horses rescued after getting stuck in the canal in Marsden
Horses rescued after getting stuck in the canal in Marsden (Image: Estelle Blackburn)

Duke of York in Huddersfield to open new University building

The Duke of York is in Huddersfield today to open its newest building.

The Oastler Building (the big shiny one on the Shorehead roundabout, to you and me) will be officially opened by Prince Andrew today.

The Duke is the current Chancellor at the University and also hosts its Young Entrepreneur Awards.

The Duke of York visits University of Huddersfield to present his Young Entrepreneur Awards.
The Duke of York visits University of Huddersfield to present his Young Entrepreneur Awards.

Study finds Facebook has negative impacts on mental health

Is Facebook making you miserable? That’s the most recent claim made by scientists investigating the effects of social media on the brain.

A study found that each little blue thumbs up on a post releases a hit of dopamine in the brain - a chemical associated with happiness. But the research has also found that those tiny bursts of happiness can have a detrimental effect over time.

The research showed that for every 1% increase in likes, clicks on links and status updates on the social network, participants reported a decrease in self-reported mental health of between 5% and 8%.

It also found a strong correlation between the use of Facebook and a higher BMI (Body Mass Index).

Facebook
Facebook

Cristiano appeal shared by host of celebrities

An appeal to raise cash for a terminally-ill Huddersfield boy has been shared by a string of celebrities over the weekend.

Singer Pixie Lott, Sinitta, One Show presenter Alex Jones, Lorraine Kelly, Corrie star Kym Marsh and Emmerdale actress Sheree Murphy have all shared the appeal to help nine-year-old Cristiano Sousa.

The celebs have all retweeted links to the story about Cristiano, which you can read here. So far, an incredible £23,900 has been raised for treatment which could save his life.

Cancer sufferer Cristiano Sousa with his mum Ewa Sitkowska
Cancer sufferer Cristiano Sousa with his mum Ewa Sitkowska

Delays on the M62 westbound

Reports of very slow traffic on the M62 westbound currently following a collision near to Rochdale.

One lane has been closed due to the accident involving a car and a lorry between junction 20 and 19.

M62 sign
M62 sign

Halifax and Dewsbury announced as battleground seats

Halifax and Dewsbury - those are two of the battleground seats which could swing the General Election according to political pundits.

The two were both narrow wins for Labour in 2015 - with Halifax MP Holly Lynch only winning by a slim majority of over 400 votes. It’s thought it will be a prime target by pro-Brexit Tories after the constituency voted to leave the EU last June.

Dewsbury is also thought to have voted to leave the EU. The seat was formerly held by Tory Simon Reevell, which was lost to Paula Sherriff in 2015. It’s thought the Conservatives are optimistic about reclaiming it in June.

The General Election is just seven weeks away
The General Election is just seven weeks away

WATCH: Moment kids run into road and pull bus emergency stop button

This is the moment caught on dashcam where two teenagers ran into the road to pull a stop button on the back of a bus.

The footage, captured on High Road in Dewsbury, shows the two running out as the bus paused at a junction and pulling open the back hatch to pull an emergency stop button.

Have a watch and see what you think.

National news

What’s going on in the national news this morning? Here’s a round up of today’s main headlines...

  • The top story this morning is the news that Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen have been announced as the two candidates to go head to head in the French elections. Former banker and centrist Macron currently polls in the lead above far-right Front Nationale leader Le Pen.
  • Police investigating a man knocked down and killed with his own car have arrested a man on suspicion of murder. Michael Samwell, 35, was killed as he confronted thieves outside his home in Greater Manchester in the early hours of yesterday morning.
  • Labour have been asked to confirm their stance on Trident following criticisms on Corbyn’s take on defence. The leader went on the Andrew Marr show yesterday and was asked on the subject, before a Party spokesman stated this morning that the Party are in favour of Trident.
French centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron waves before he addresses his supporters at his election day headquarters in Paris , Sunday April 23, 2017. Macron and far-right populist Marine Le Pen advanced Sunday to a runoff in France's presidential election, remaking the country's political system and setting up a showdown over its participation in the European Union. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
French centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron (Image: AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

MPs take to our streets to fight for your votes

MPs kicked off their election campaigns this weekend.

On the trails were Dewsbury and Batley MPs Paula Sherriff and Tracy Brabin, who were canvassing in Denby Dale and Batley respectively.

Joining Mrs Brabin was Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson, while Paula was joined by Sheffield MP Louise Haigh.

I expect you’ll see plenty more of all our candidates over the coming weeks.

Barry Sheerman, Paula Sherriff, Jason McCartney and Tracy Brabin
Barry Sheerman, Paula Sherriff, Jason McCartney and Tracy Brabin

Third person charged over jury tampering allegations

A third person has been charged with tampering with a jury in the case of a fatal ‘cash for crash’ collision, police have said this morning.

Jamie Lawson, aged 28, of Bayswater Grove, Leeds, is due to appear at Leeds Magistrates Court this morning charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Jonaade Hussain, aged 27, and a 15-year-old girl appeared at Leeds Magistrates Court on Saturday charged with the same offence. The case was adjourned and Hussain was remanded in custody and the girl was bailed.

The charges relate to a trial earlier this year in which four men were jailed for a total of 37 years for offences including manslaughter and conspiracy to commit fraud in relation to a ‘cash for crash’ incident in Leeds in September 2014 which caused the death of 88-year-old Betty Laird.

Leeds Magistrates' Court
Leeds Magistrates' Court (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)