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Could Tracy Brabin be the shortest serving MP if she's defeated in the general election?

Tracy Brabin was elected as MP for Batley and Spen less than seven months ago in a by-election following the murder of her predecessor Jo Cox.

And the former Coronation Street actress may be among the many Labour casualties expected in next month’s snap general election.

Labour candidate for Batley and Spen Tracy Brabin preparing to enter the meeting
Labour candidate for Batley and Spen Tracy Brabin preparing to enter the meeting

Thomas the Tank Engine car stopped by police

Adorable picture of spring lamb born at Cannon Hall

If all today’s news is getting a bit too much, here is a picture of a spring lamb and his mum. Because, well, need I give a reason?

This cutie was born at Cannon Hall Farm.

Tommy Robinson "arrested" after filming defendants outside court

Former EDL frontman Tommy Robinson has reportedly been arrested after attempting to “video Muslims” outside a court - weeks after doing the same here in Huddersfield.

Robinson claims he was arrested at his home after going to Canterbury Crown Court where a number of men appeared in court on child sex charges. The far-right protester posted a video on his Facebook account in the early hours of this morning where he claimed police had turned up to make an arrest.

Defendants arriving at Kirklees Magistrates court. English Defence League (EDL) co-founder Tommy Robinson attends outside the hearings.
Defendants arriving at Kirklees Magistrates court. English Defence League (EDL) co-founder Tommy Robinson attends outside the hearings. (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

Police in Bedfordshire have confirmed a 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of contempt of court.

Robinson similarly visited Kirklees Magistrates last month where 29 people appeared on suspicion of dozens of child sex offences.

Publication of material suggesting a defendant’s guilt while a court case is ongoing is illegal under the Contempt of Court Act 1981. This is why the Examiner is unable to publish any material on ongoing court cases on Facebook.

Cash seized from criminals donated to rescue team

A sum of money seized from criminals has been donated to Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team, police have announced.

A total of 10 specialist harnesses have been bought by CVSRT from the ill-gotten cash returned under the Proceeds of Crime Act (PoCA). The harness will be used to help save lives of people injured and stranded on moorlands around Calderdale. Superintendent Vince Firth of Calderdale Police, who presented the harnesses, said:

“This money is going directly back to support the wider community and the fantastic work the CVSRT do each and every day.”

From left to right: Superintendent Vince Firth, Partnership Funding Officer Lisa Raynor with Equipment Officer Richard Smith and Deputy Team Leader Jonathan Cole from CVSRT.
(Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Police announce arrests made following string of armed raids in Huddersfield

A total of 18 people have been arrested in a series of raids across Huddersfield and Dewsbury over the past few days, police have announced.

A number of arrest warrants were executed in relation to firearms offences, and various weapons and drugs were seized from the properties raided.

Many residents have contacted the Examiner over this in the past few days. The raids are thought to be done but police will continue to investigate any lines of enquiry over firearms and drugs offences.

The 18 people have all since been questioned and released.

Armed police attend a siege at a property in Senior Road, Moldgreen.
Armed police

Driver leaves car parked in front of doctors' car park entrance

We have another contender for the most inconsiderate parking in Kirklees.

This Ford driver left their vehicle right in the middle of the small car park right in front of its entrance at a GP surgery in Mirfield earlier. I do hope it was a medical emergency...

Inconsiderate parking at GP surgery in Mirfield
Inconsiderate parking at GP surgery in Mirfield

Safety fears after hazardous pesticide capsules stolen from Holmfirth farm

Police say they are concerned after hazardous capsules used for gassing rabbits were stolen from a farm in Holmfirth.

The burglary occurred in the early hours of this morning when thieves broke into the farm outbuilding on Cliff Road. Capsules of phosphine were taken from a secure metal safe in the burglary. The capsules are highly toxic, particularly if they come into contact with water, and are typically used in vermin control. A quad bike was also stolen. PC Jayne Robertson, of Kirklees Police, said:

“We would urge anyone who knows where these capsules are or finds the container of capsules, not to handle them or dispose of them, but to contact police.”

Anyone who comes into contact with the capsules is urged to seek medical attention immediately, and anyone with information on the burglary should contact West Yorkshire Police via 101.

Talunex pesticide
Talunex pesticide (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Chocolat author joins MP on campaign trail

Barry Sheerman has teamed up with Chocolat author Joanne Harris as part of his election campaign to defend his seat.

The veteran Huddersfield Labour MP was joined by Joanne, who is from Almondbury, and her husband Kevin earlier this morning.

Barry Sheerman joined by author Joanne Harris and husband Kevin
(Image: Barry Sheerman - Twitter)

Shelley now has 4G service

The network EE have announced 4G is now available in Shelley.

Crikey, we are going up in the world!

Police officer attacked while pursuing wanted man

A West Yorkshire Police officer is recovering this morning after being attacked while pursuing one of the region’s “most wanted” men.

The unnamed officer was injured yesterday evening following a chase through woods near Keighley, Bradford. Despite the attack, the wanted man was detained and arrested reportedly being at large for six months.

A police spokesperson said: “At approximately 5.20pm on Tuesday, May 9, police attended a residential address in the Long Lee area of Keighley and arrested a male wanted for a serious domestic assault. During the arrest an officer received minor injuries and received hospital treatment.” It follows news a Huddersfield man was jailed for 14 years yesterday after he launched a brutal attack on officers in a police car on the M62. You can read more on this here.

No criminal charges for Tory MPs accused of election expenses fraud

The Crown Prosecution Service have stated that no criminal charges will be brought over the 14 police inquiries into Conservative Party election expenses, including a file from West Yorkshire Police, it has just been announced.

Two MPs in West Yorkshire were named online as possible politicians under investigation. One file from Kent Police remains under consideration.

Fire fighters tackle bus blaze

Fire fighters in Dewsbury and Ossett were called out after a bus caught fire.

Luckily all the passengers managed to get off okay and nobody was hurt. The single decker caught fire during last night’s rush hour on Highfield Road in Horbury.

Bus fire in Horbury
(Image: West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service)

Jeremy Corbyn visits West Yorkshire

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is in West Yorkshire today - one day after the Prime Minister visited herself yesterday.

Corbyn will be speaking at Leeds City College on the campaign trail. It’s thought he will be making promises to increase spending on education if Labour win the election.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (Image: PA)

M62 motorist caught 'reading newspaper' while driving

A motorist has been papped - appearing to be reading a newspaper on the M62.

Now, we all like to catch up with the day’s headlines in the morning, but this is ridiculous! The picture was posted on Twitter this morning by Karen Stead, who grabbed a shot from the passenger seat she was in.

Town fans get their hands on tickets to the play-offs

We’ve been down at John Smith’s Stadium this morning where Town fans have quite literally queued out overnight to get their hands on tickets for the play-offs next week.

Supporter Jordan Ellis, 28, from Tandem, said he queued for seven hours to get one of the 2,000 tickets for sale for Town’s match against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough in the second leg of the play offs.

Huddersfield Town supporters queue early for the Sheffield V Huddersfield, second leg play-offs. Jordan Ellis 28 from Tandem, queued seven hours for the ticket office to open at 9am.

The winners will go on to play the winner of the match between Reading and Fulham at Wembley on May 29 for a chance of promotion.

Huddersfield Town supporters queue early for the Sheffield V Huddersfield, second leg play-offs.
Huddersfield Town supporters queue early for the Sheffield V Huddersfield, second leg play-offs. William Marshall 84 from Brighouse, fan of 64 years with his tickets.
Huddersfield Town supporters queue early for the Sheffield V Huddersfield, second leg play-offs. William Marshall 84 from Brighouse, fan of 64 years with his tickets.

Pictured: Officer helps elderly lady with her handbag

A picture of a police officer helping an elderly lady in Uppermill has been shared on Twitter.

This heartwarming moment was captured yesterday. Proper community spirit!

CPS receive file from West Yorkshire Police over alleged Tory expenses fraud

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) are expected to announce today whether Conservative politicians will face criminal charges over allegations of electoral expenses fraud, as they confirm they have received a file from West Yorkshire Police.

In March the Conservative Party was fined a record £70,000 by the Electoral Commission for “numerous failures” in reporting its expenses for the 2015 General Election, and three by-elections in 2014. A spokesman for the Party has said: “This is the first time the Conservative Party has been fined for a reporting error.”

Conservative Party supporter wearing a rosette in support of the party
Conservative Party supporter wearing a rosette in support of the party (Image: Hannah McKay/PA Wire)

Pedestrians spotted on M1 southbound

Reports of pedestrians on the M1 southbound in the Ossett area - take care if you’re using it this morning.

Holmfirth cat has thousands of social media followers

Move over Felix the Station Cat, there’s one cat in Holmfirth that could well de-throne you as the town’s favourite feline.

Meet Princess Betty, a ragdoll rescue cat who is a social media star.

Betty’s owner James Pearson has created Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for her using different hashtags every day. Betty has more than 7,600 followers on Twitter. This comes with news this morning that one in five pet owners has created them a social media account. Read into that what you will.

Town fans queue for six HOURS to get play off tickets

Fans have reportedly been queueing since 3am for Huddersfield Town play off tickets!

This batch of tickets are for the second leg, with only 2,000 tickets for Town fans. There’s going to be a bit of a scramble as the tickets go on sale at 9am, with expectations that online sales may cause the website to crash.

Good luck if you’re trying for tickets!

Severe delays on M62 westbound

There are reports of severe delays on the M62 westbound in the Leeds area this morning if you’re heading towards Huddersfield.

One lane is blocked with very slow traffic due to a broken down vehicle between junctions 29 and 30.

M62 sign
M62 sign

Rush hour round-up

Good morning all. The M62 is busy in the usual spots this morning eastbound at Chain Bar and Ainley Top. Here’s a round up of the traffic on the local roads...


  • 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
Stock pic: M62 Junction 24 to 25 section, Ainley Top area.
Stock pic: M62 Junction 24 to 25 section, Ainley Top area. (Image: Stock picture)

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.

Sun setting on Blackmoorfoot Reservoir - Ateeq Hussain
Blackmoorfoot Reservoir - Ateeq Hussain

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 .