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Traffic returns to normal following motorcycle crash

The road has been cleared and traffic returned to normal after a motorcycle accident on the A628 Woodhead Pass in both directions, near the A6024 Holmfirth turnoff.
The accident was located just after the Woodhead Bridge and was affecting traffic between Hollingworth and Langsett.

Location of motorcycle accident

Woodhead Bridge, Woodhead, Derbyshire
Woodhead Bridge, Woodhead, Derbyshire (Image: Google)

Motorcyclist flown to hospital following accident on Woodhead Pass

The accident happened at around 3.10pm at Woodhead Bridge, near the turnoff for Holmfirth.

Derbyshire and South Yorkshire police are attending as is the Air Ambulance.

Idiotic driving in Mirfield

We all know the school run can bring out the worst displays of idiotic driving and inconsiderate parking.

But as this shocking footage shows, things have got a whole lot more serious as motorists are driving on pavements to escape the gridlock – despite school children trying to walk safely along the path to school.

This footage was captured in Wellhouse Lane, Mirfield near Crossley Fields School.

Watch our video of the renovation of historic Piece Hall

Transforming a building more than 230 years old was never going to be an easy task.

So it’s little surprise that the multi-million pound project to turn the Piece Hall into the Milan of the North has overrun by 18 months.

See full story here.

Tributes paid to Huddersfield war hero

Rail improvements

If you are heading off to Hebden Bridge or Todmorden there is bus replacements services still in place to rail improvement works.

Ambulance delay

An elderly man was left lying injured in the road in the rain for an hour and ten minutes after falling and breaking his leg.

The 78-year-old from Holmfirth, who does not want to be named, slipped and fell at the Meltham Scarecrow Festival on Bank Holiday Monday.

The pensioner collapsed in agony at the junction of Wessenden Head Road and Holmfirth Road, forcing members of the public and police to divert traffic.

NHS Kirklees set for meeting over under-performing ambulance service
NHS Kirklees set for meeting over under-performing ambulance service

A Yorkshire Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “The emergency call was received during a particularly busy period on Bank Holiday Monday and we were doing our best to respond as quickly as possible to all patients who needed our assistance.

“The police were informed of this incident as per normal protocols due to the patient being in the road and traffic congestion.

“Two off-duty paramedics and a doctor were able to care for the patient until the arrival of ambulance resources on scene.”

Vigil tonight for murder victim Joe McCafferty

A candel lit vigil is set to be held tonight in memory of a little boy who died in a house fire in Huddersfield 20 years ago.

Joe McCafferty, seven, was killed when petrol was poured through the letter of his aunt’s home in Haywood Avenue, Marsh, and set alight.

Joe Mcafferty
Joe Mcafferty

He was staying in the house with his cousins whilst his mum was working away and later died in hospital from his injuries.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Joe’s death and a candlelit vigil has been organised at the house for 7.30pm this evening.

His mum Tracey said: “It was the worst day of my life.

“It will stay with me for the rest of my life. It’s with me every day but I will never give up and keep fighting for justice for my son.”

Yassar Yaqub shooting: No misconduct notices issued against police officers

A watchdog investigating the shooting of Yassar Yaqub has responded to criticism from the deceased man’s father.

Mohammed Yassar Yaqub
Mohammed Yassar Yaqub

Mohammed Yaqub, 59, whose son Yassar died after being shot by armed police at Ainley Top, said his family will no longer co-operate with the Independent Police Complaints Commission team investigating the incident on January 2.

Not for the faint hearted! Cheeky display in Dewsbury

Motorists got an eyeful when five naked men were seen wandering down the street near a Dewsbury park in broad daylight.

David Flather was driving past Crow Nest Park heading towards Dewsbury at just about 6.30pm (the time on the camera is wrong) on Saturday when he turned a corner and captured the startling sight on his dash cam.

See the full story here.

Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth makes #HRI pledge

Our reporter Robert is at the announcement in Batley bringing us all the latest on #HRI

Batley and Spen Candidate Tracy Brabin speaking in Batley ahead of Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth’s announcement.

Speaking at a Labour NHS rally in Batley alongside Tracy Brabin, Paula Sherriff and Barry Sheerman, Mr Ashworth, will say: “Labour will put the best interests of patients at the heart of our NHS so today I’m announcing we will halt planned closures to hospitals and other services. We will have a moratorium on the STPs.”

Latest on Labour announcement

Our reporter Robert Sutcliffe is awaiting the Labour party announcement which could has massive implications for HRI.

Labour will today announce that if they win the election they will immediately halt the proposed closure of A&E’s in England and carry out a full scale review of all proposals.

HRI hospital campaigners have arrived in Batley

Campaigners have arrived in Batley this morning ahead of what could be a major announcement for the future of HRI.

Labour are expected to announce that if they win the election they will immediately halt the proposed closure of A&E’s in England and carry out a full scale review of all proposals.

This would lift the threat to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and the downgrade plans across Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust.

2.2 million turned out for The Tour de Yorkshire

A staggering 2.2million spectators enjoyed watching the the Tour de Yorkshire.

Fans in Brighouse, Cleckheaton, Honley and Holmfirth packed the streets to cheer on the cyclists.

And organisers Welcome to Yorkshire are looking at the possibility of a four-day race with a two-day women’s race next year.

Traffic diversions in Almondbury

Almondbury Bank is closed between 9-5 this week due road resurfacing.

Bus service 341 will be diverted. Check Metro Travel News for more info.

Has your motorbike been stolen?

West Yorkshire Police have recovered this stolen motorbike. Are you missing one?

Local politicians' bust up in Parliament is exposed

Colne Valley candidate Jason McCartney has admitted he had a bust up with Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff in the House of Commons.

Jason McCartney
Jason McCartney

The incident last January has been revealed following comments yesterday (Thurs) by Huddersfield candidate Barry Sheerman.

Mr Sheerman raised an issue in the Commons saying the Speaker of the House should intervene over the case of “bullying” by a Conservative MP against a female Labour MP, which he said was “shameful.”

He declined to name the individuals in Parliament but the Examiner has since learned that the two MPs are Mr McCartney and Ms Sherriff.

Delays on M1

There’s queuing traffic due to earlier accident on M1 Northbound before junction 42 M62 Lofthouse, congestion to J40 A638 Ossett / Wakefield.

All lanes have been re-opened.

West Yorkshire's 4G signal is in the top 5 in the country

We’ve all been there, waiting for emails or pages to appear. It’s frustrating as we lead such busy lives and expect instant technology.

But the average 4G availability across the UK is 65%, which means that users have access to 4G less than two-thirds of the time.

Smart phone, mobile phone
Smart phone, mobile phone

This puts the UK’s coverage a staggering 54th in the world, behind Estonia and Peru!

Now research by consumer group Which? and analyst OpenSignal measured data from mobile phones across 20 cities in the UK.

And Ofcom said its rules meant “virtually all” UK premises would have to receive a 4G signal by the end of the year.

So the good news in all this is that Leeds was ranked fifth for biggest cities based on its 4G availability.

It ranked 20 of the biggest cities from top to bottom based on their 4G availability.

Here’s the top five:

  • Middlesbrough/Teesside - 82.7%
  • Sheffield - 79.3%
  • Sunderland - 79%
  • Leicester - 78.6%
  • Leeds/West Yorkshire - 78.2%

Good morning Huddersfield! Louise here on the live blog. I’ll check the latest news, weather and travel for you now.

Welcome to Wednesday'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 Huddersfield and the rest of 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.

Picture of the Week: Storm brewing over Huddersfield by Gary K Sykes
Picture of the Week: Storm brewing over Huddersfield by Gary K Sykes

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