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Paula canvassing in traditional Tory country

UK's Messiest Bedroom winner admits staging domestic tip to win contest

A mum, who won the UK’s Messiest Bedroom competition, has admitted staging the mess to win the contest.

Kay Wilkins, who submitted a picture of the winning midden in her daughters’ bedroom, confessed that the mess was not entirely authentic following criticism on Facebook from other parents.

UK's Messiest Bedroom competition: the winner - Faith and Grace Wilkins, five and seven, from Marsden.
UK's Messiest Bedroom competition: the winner - Faith and Grace Wilkins, five and seven, from Marsden.

Model plane starts house fire

Batteries from a model airplane caused a house fire after they overheated while left on charge.

The lithium ion batteries had been left to charge in a metal bowl after a father and son used them to fly a model plane in Shepley last night.

Court dealing with final group of defendants

An update from court regarding this case: The court is dealing with the third and final group of defendants.

Obviously, due to the number of defendants, the case is taking a while to run through as it did when they appeared at Kirklees Magistrates’ last month.

We will have an update for you once the case has been adjourned.

Amere Singh Dhaliwal, Holly Road, Thornton Lodge
Amere Singh Dhaliwal, Holly Road, Thornton Lodge (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

Angry scenes outside Leeds Crown Court

There have been further angry scenes outside Leeds Crown Court today, where 29 people have appeared facing child sex charges.

BBC journalist Spencer Stokes posted this footage of the scenes outside court.

Halifax road closed due to sinkhole

Windle Royd Road in Halifax is expected to remain closed into next week after a sink hole opened up, it’s been confirmed.

Calderdale Council say that diversions have been put in place.

Roadworks in Milnsbridge

Dean Hoyle wants YOU!

...And on that subject! It’s the biggest week in the history of Huddersfield Town and chairman Dean Hoyle has been speaking exclusively to the Examiner about the play-off double-header with Sheffield Wednesday.

He told us: “I believe that every club gets moments that come along that you must try to capitalise upon and that this is an important moment in time for Huddersfield Town. Everyone has worked so hard and the players have managed a remarkable level of consistently high performances to get this opportunity.”

For more from Dean Hoyle and his personal message to Town fans, check out the Examiner Sport section from 4pm.

Dean Hoyle English Football League Sky Bet Championship Huddersfield Town v Burton Albion 01/04/17 (Pic by John Rushworth) Football Images are covered by DataCo licence agreements. For Editorial Use Only No Free Use permitted.
Dean Hoyle

Town fan stuck on oil rig

Spare a thought for Town fan Guy Bradley, who will be stuck on an oil rig when Town play Sheffield Wednesday.

At least there’s the view to admire!

Accident causing delays in Roberttown

Leeds Road in Roberttown is currently partially blocked due to an accident at Child Lane / Sunny Bank Road.

Motorists are being advised to avoid the area.

Police want to speak to witnesses of Brighouse crash

Did you witness a road collision involving a cyclist in Brighouse on Tuesday? Police want to speak to you...

The crash happened on the roundabout by the Wilko store at the junction between Elland Road and Halifax Road, when a white Ford Focus collided with a cyclist at about 5.40pm.

Anyone with information please contact PC 4541 Brimelow on 101 and quote log 1355 09/05/17.

Police are keen to speak to anyone travelling to and from West Yorkshire who may have seen the collision or either of the vehicles beforehand
Police are keen to speak to anyone travelling to and from West Yorkshire who may have seen the collision or either of the vehicles beforehand

Sink hole opens up in Halifax

We’re hearing reports that a road has been closed in Halifax after a large sink hole has opened up.

Engineers have been sent to assess the site at Windle Royd Lane just off Burnley Road. Motorists are being advised to use alternative routes.

We are looking into it... (sorry!)

Warning over increased risk of moor fires

West Yorkshire Fire have issued a warning following a spate of moor fires in recent weeks.

The warm, dry weather means there is an increased risk of fires and the service are asking people to avoid leaving barbeques and cigarettes up there.

That’s you told!

29 defendants facing child sex abuse charges to appear in court again

Defendants charged as a result of police’s Operation Tendersea will be in court again today.

Some 29 people, most of whom are from Huddersfield, have been charged with dozens of child sex abuse charges in the case. Out of the 29 charged, 26 are local, with 24 men and two women. One man alone, Amere Singh Dhaliwal, is charged with 21 counts of rape.

The case is due to be heard in a short hearing at Leeds Crown Court again today after they appeared at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court last month.

Stock Pic: Leeds Combined Courts, Crown Court.
Stock Pic: Leeds Combined Courts, Crown Court. (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

Kirklees police reveal results from nuisance bike clampdown

Police have hailed a ccampaign to crack down on nuisance bikers in Kirklees a success.

Officers in Batley say they have seized eight bikes, issued 11 warnings and reported four people for summons after a 20 patrol in the area to crack down on motorbikes and quads being ridden noisily and dangerously. The operation also resulted in numerous calls from the public to report anti-social bike riders. Sgt Chris Field, who led the operation, said:

“Nuisance bikes can cause distress and anti-social behaviour with noise nuisance as well as a danger to the public and their riders and since the operation began in April, we have had huge reduction in calls to the police regarding nuisance bikes.”

Operation Thricelake
Operation Thricelake (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Accident on M62: Traffic reportedly clearing

Reports of an accident on the M62 which has been causing delays westbound this morning.

The accident was between junction 28 and 27, heading towards Huddersfield from Leeds. Traffic does now appear to be clearing, but I thought I’d let you know anyway because I’m nice like that.

M62 motorway.
M62 motorway.

Memorial held to remember 56 victims of Bradford City fire

Remembering all the people who tragically lost their lives 32 years ago today in a fire at Bradford City’s Valley Parade ground.

Relatives of those who died will gather at the ground today to hold a memorial.

Some 56 people died in the fire at the stadium, thought to be caused by a dropped cigarette, on May 11 1985.

Elderly woman burgled of jewellery

Police have released an efit of a suspect who sneaked into a pensioner’s home and stole her jewellery.

The victim, a woman in her 80s, spotted the man in her garden at her Dalton home when he told her he was looking for his ball. Shortly after, entry was gained into her home and a number of items of jewellery were stolen. PC Zemlik of Kirklees CID said:

“I would appeal to anyone who may have been in the Dalton area on the afternoon of bank holiday Monday to think back to if they saw anything, or anyone acting suspiciously.”

Anyone who recognises the efit or has any information is asked to contact Kirklees CID via 101.

Efit from Dalton burglary
Efit from Dalton burglary (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Model airplane batteries cause house fire

Fire services were called to a house fire in Shepley last night, after batteries for a model airplane that were on charge combusted and caused extensive damage.

The lithium and iron batteries had been left in a metal bowl on charge when they overheated and burst into flames in a utility room on Abbey Drive. Fire services from Huddersfield Fire Station were called out at 8.10pm.

Luckily, there was nobody in the house at the time and nobody was injured, although fire fighters have warned of the dangers of leaving devices and batteries on charge unsupervised. Watch commander Robin Ferguson said:

“Unfortunately they overheated and set fire. The man had been flying the airplane with his son and had taken extra precaustions by leaving the batteries in a metal container, but they were unlucky.”

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Rush hour round-up

Here’s a round-up of the traffic incidents 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
Traffic on Halifax Road, Birchencliffe
Traffic on Halifax Road, Birchencliffe

What's happening on the motorway this morning?

Morning, friends. All’s looking fairly smooth on the M62 this morning - the usual congestion around junction 26 but nothing else to worry about so far.

All’s looking normal on the M1, too. I’ll let you know if this changes.

M62 sign
M62 sign

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 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.

First sunset of May over Victoria Tower, Castle Hill
Sun over Victoria Tower, Castle Hill

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 .