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.

The main story so far today is the sad news that a man in his fifties has died in a flat fire in Halifax. Police and fire investigators are at the scene today and a post-mortem is due to be carried out today.

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.

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If there's something you've noticed and want us to check out then please feel free to get in touch - you can call us on 01484 437712, email editorial@examiner.co.uk or tweet @Examiner. You can also find us on social media here .

Jogger witness to fatal motorbike crash urged to come forward

Police have urged a jogger, who is thought to have witnessed a fatal motorbike crash in Skelmanthorpe, to come forward.

Officers are continuing to investigate the crash on Ponker Lane, at around 4.50pm on Wednesday, in which a motorcyclist hit a tree.

Police believe a jogger saw the accident and stopped at the scene.

The accident happened when the rider of a yellow Suzuki GSXR heading towards Shelley Woodhouse Lane crossed onto the opposite side of the carriageway and hit a tree.

The rider, a man in his 20s, was treated by paramedics at the scene, but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team on 101, quoting log number 1398 of May 3.

Ponker Lane, Skelmanthorpe
Ponker Lane, Skelmanthorpe

Fire on Saddleworth Moor

Wanted man arrested on plane bound for Ibiza

A wanted man was arrested on plane bound for Ibiza moments before he was due to leave the country.

Police detained the 24-year-old Leeds man after stopping a plane on the runway at Leeds-Bradford Airport on Thursday.

Officers received information that the men, wanted for questioning over a robbery at a shop in Kirkstall and a burglary in Boston Spa.

The man was interviewed and released from custody in the early hours of this morning pending further enquiries.

Chf Insp Ian Croft, of Leeds District Police, said: “Every day our officers are out looking for wanted suspects but it’s not often that we arrest someone as they are just about to fly off on their holidays.”

A plane talks off from Leeds Bradford Airport as flights have been cancelled and commuters were warned they faced delays after Storm Doris reached nearly 90mph on its way to batter Britain.
Plane taking off at Leeds-Bradford Airport.

Nice American car restoration by Jackson Bridge classics business

Slow traffic heading to Halifax

Very slow traffic in the area at the moment. Very slow on the Elland Byspass westbound between Elland Riorges Link and Lowfields Way.

We also have the usual slow traffic on Halifax Road out of town from Blacker Road (Edgerton Cemetery) to Brighouse Road (Ainley Top). Travel time is ten minutes.

Traffic snarled up on Sunday afternoon on the Elland bypass
Traffic snarled up on Sunday afternoon on the Elland bypass

WATCH: Scene in Sheepridge where a fire has left one woman injured

Reporter Andrew Robinson has been in Sheepridge this afternoon where a bin fire spread to a house leaving one woman in hospital.

A man was also treated at the scene but did not need to be taken to hospital.

Warning over police scam artists

Police have warned about a spate of fraudsters in the area who are pretending to be officers to scam money from tourists.

Huddersfield may not be Barcelona, but there have been reports of victims being approached by a lone fraudster believing them to be unfamiliar with the area and engage them in conversation.

Others claiming to be police out of uniform then approach and ask to inspect the victim’s belongings. Police have warned the public of the scam and have urged people to remain vigilant.

If anyone experiences or witnesses something similar, please contact West Yorkshire Police via 101.

The victim was left terrified by this carjacking and police want your help
The victim was left terrified by this carjacking and police want your help

It's Bear-y Sheerman

If you go down into town today, you’re sure for a big surprise...

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman has been visiting the Yorkshire Children’s Centre at Brian Jackson House today. He posted this picture meeting one of the Centre’s many stuffed residents.

Police issue CCTV after burglary in Fenay Bridge

Police have released CCTV of two men after a burglary in Fenay Bridge.

It happened when a man entered a home on Station Road and stole a gold Summit watch and a gold pocket watch on a chain before they were disturbed by the resident.

CCTV - Station Road, Fenay Bridge
CCTV - Station Road, Fenay Bridge (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Officers want to speak to a man aged between 17 and 20 with short, dark hair wearing dark clothing and of medium build at 5ft 5in.

Similarly, any witnesses or people with information/who recognise either of the individuals are asked to contact Pc Carl Zemlik of Kirklees CID via 101.

CCTV - Station Road, Fenay Bridge
CCTV - Station Road, Fenay Bridge (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

CCTV appeal after woman had bank cards stolen on train

Do you recognise these two? Police want to speak to them after banck cards were stolen and fraudulently used at a train station.

It happened after a 27-year-old woman found her purse had been stolen while travelling on a train from London to Leeds on April 24 at 5.30pm. The purse contained credit and debit cards which have since been used at B&M Bargains and nightclubs in Wakefield.

Police have issued this CCTV of a man and woman they want to speak to in connection with the theft. If you recognise them, please call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.

Wakefield theft CCTV
Wakefield theft CCTV (Image: British Transport Police)

Woman taken to hospital after bin fire spreads to house

A woman has been injured after a bin fire spread to a house in Sheepridge.

A man and woman were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene on Leafield Close in Sheepridge earlier this morning after a bin set alight and spread to vents in the property.

Crews from Huddersfield and Slaithwaite Fire Stations attended after they were called at 11am. The woman has since been taken to hospital.

Leafield Close, Sheepridge
Leafield Close, Sheepridge

Neighbours in shock after man's death

Stephanie has been down at the scene this morning where neighbours are in shock following a fatal house fire.

The man has not yet been named and a post mortem will be carried out later today to determine the cause of his death.

Reporter live at the scene of Halifax fire

Reporter Stephanie Finnegan is at the scene of the fatal fire in Halifax at the moment.

Watch her live coverage here, or head to our Facebook page to catch up.

Leeds Bradford flight makes emergency landing after passenger taken ill

A flight from Leeds Bradford Airport has had to make an emergency landing in Paris after a passenger fell ill.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has reported that the Ryanair flight bound for Girona in Spain made an unscheduled landing at Paris Beauvais Airport earlier this morning.

A statement from Ryanair said:

“This flight from Leeds Bradford to Girona diverted to Paris Beauvais after a customer became ill on board. The crew called ahead to request medical assistance, the aircraft landed normally and the customer disembarked and was met by medics for further treatment. The aircraft will depart to Girona shortly and Ryanair apologised to customers for the short delay to their flight.”

Ryanair flight to Ireland
Ryanair flight to Ireland

WATCH: Footage from the scene where police investigate fatal fire

Some video from the scene on Savile Road in Halifax where a man has sadly died.

Investigations are still ongoing at the moment to determine the cause of the fire.

Coroners appeal for BBC worker who died at home

Coroners are appealing for relatives of a former BBC worker from Brighouse to come forward.

Malcolm Heaton, 76, was found dead yesterday at his home on Devon Way in Bailiff Bridge.There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

It’s believed Mr Heaton worked for the BBC for a number of years.

Anyone with information on any relatives of Mr Heaton’s is asked to contact Coroner’s Officer Stephen Hepplestone on 01274 373 721.

West Yorkshire Coroner's Office
West Yorkshire Coroner's Office

Man "in his 50s" found dead in flat fire

More information on this fire coming through - police have confirmed a man has sadly died.

Emergency services were called to a property in Savile Road at 5:37am and the body of a man, believed to be in his 50’s was found inside the address.

Detective Inspector Craig Lord, of Calderdale CID, said:

“Enquiries are ongoing today with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to determine the cause of this fire which has sadly resulted in a man losing his life. A post mortem will be conducted to determine a cause of death.”

Here is a picture from the scene this morning.

Fire on 21a Savile Road, Halifax.
Fire at Savile Road, Halifax.

Delays to Huddersfield-bound traffic on the A62

A couple of traffic incidents to make you aware of...

A lorry has broken down on the M606 nortbound - this has now been moved onto the hard shoulder awaiting recovering so traffic is coping well.

There are also reports of delays on the A62 Huddersfield Road at Birstall Smithies heading towards Huddersfield. This is due to another broken down lorry partially blocking the road and traffic is reportedly very slow.

Commuting times have been creeping up in West Yorkshire
Commuting times have been creeping up in West Yorkshire

One person has died in Halifax flat fire

A fire at a flat in Halifax this morning was fatal.

We don’t know anymore details at the moment, but the Examiner understands that one adult has sadly died. It’s not yet clear if this was a man or woman.

Police and fire investigators remain at the scene this morning and we are working to bring you updates as we get them.

police tape stock
police tape stock

Huddersfield academic writes book on Cottingley fairies

A Huddersfield lecturer has announced he is writing a book on the legend of the Cottingley Fairies.

Head of the University’s English department Dr Merrick Burrow has been studying the story and writing the book to commemorate the centenary.

Elsie Wright, 16, a with fake photograph which appeared to show fairies playing at the bottom of their garden in Cottingley near Bingley in 1917
Elsie Wright, 16, a with fake photograph which appeared to show fairies playing at the bottom of their garden in Cottingley near Bingley in 1917

For those of you unfamiliar with the tale, it happened right here in West Yorkshire when two young girls from Cottingley, near Bradford, took photographs of “fairies” in woodland behind their garden. The photos were published in newspapers worldwide, although were later exposed as a hoax.

Dr Burrows’ book focuses on how the tale fooled the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Dr Merrick Burrow
Dr Merrick Burrow (Image: University of Huddersfield)

Fire investigators at the scene of Halifax fire

Fire services have confirmed fire investigators are at the scene in Halifax this morning.

You can read what we know so far on the fire here. We are hoping for more news throughout the day.

Yorkshire rich are getting richer

Great news for Yorkshire millionaires today as the Sunday Time Rich List is out, and has revealed the region’s 20 richest have seen their wealth increase by a collective £403m since last year.

It seems the only person to lose out is Jet2 boss Phillip Meeson, who has seen his wealth drop by £90m. He is currently worth £269m. The Sunday Times are reporting his losses are due to the effects of Brexit on share values.

The richest person in Yorkshire is currently sporting estate owner Robert Miller, with £1.58bn. Robert, if you’re reading this, my car is currently due a service and my laptop is broken. No? Worth a try.

Money, cash stock
Money, cash stock

Road accident cleared

There are reports of an accident earlier this morning on Queen’s Road at Pellon Lane in Halifax.

Just to let you know this has now been cleared and traffic is now running smoothly again.

More roadworks misery announced for tonight

News of more potential delays due to roadworks later tonight. Northern Gas Networks say they will be carrying out works on Manchester Road at Longroyd Bridge from 7.30pm.

The repairs at the junction with St Thomas’ Road will be carried out under traffic management which is likely to cause some traffic congestion in the area, although teams will be working around the clock until the repair is complete in order to minimise inconvenience.

Motorists are being advised to avoid the area and allow extra time for their journey.

Aspley roadworks cause large traffic queues and chaos.
Roadworks cause large traffic queues and chaos.

Police are at the scene

Police have confirmed they have attended the scene and investigating the circumstances of the fire.

A spokeswoman said:

Emergency services attended an address in Savile Road, in Halifax at 5:37am this morning (5 May) to reports of a fire.

Enquiries are ongoing at the scene to establish the circumstances.

Serious house fire in Halifax

We’re hearing reports this morning of a serious house fire in Halifax.

Fire services, police and an ambulance were called to a property on Savile Road near the centre of Halifax shortly after 5.30am.

We’re being informed that this is a crime scene and police and fire investigators are at the scene.

Watch commander Gaz Tully from Halifax Fire Station, said:

“It was called in by a resident at the property.

“The fire was on the top floor of a house which has been converted into flats. The flat has been badly smoke-damaged.”

Emergencies remain at the scene this morning. We’ll bring you any updates on this as and when we have them.

Savile Road, Halifax
Savile Road, Halifax (Image: Google Street View)

Rush hour round-up

Good morning, all. The motorway is not looking too bad this morning - reasonably smooth with just the usual congestion in the usual spots eastbound at Ainley Top and Chain Bar.

Here’s a round-up of the trafficon the local roads so far this morning:


  • Slow traffic on Halifax Road heading into Huddersfield town centre from Ainley Top
  • Queues on Halifax Road in Hipperholme heading in both directions
  • Busy but moving on the Huddersfield ring road by the old Tech college
  • Heavy traffic on Wakefield Road through Mirfield
  • Also very busy heading towards Cooper Bridge on Wakefield Road from Brighouse/the M62
  • Slow on Ovenden Road in Halifax
  • Crawling traffic on Huddersfield Road at Salterhebble, Halifax
  • Busy on Whitehall Road, Wyke, heading towards the M62
M62 motorway.
M62 motorway.

Welcome to Friday'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.

Sunrise over Castle Hill taken from Beaumont Park
Sunrise over Castle Hill taken from Beaumont Park

You can also download our app to get news on the go and push notification for the latest breaking stories here .

If there’s something you’ve noticed and want us to check out then please feel free to get in touch - you can call us on 01484 437712, email editorial@examiner.co.uk or tweet @Examiner. You can also find us on social media here .