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Mirfield autism campaigner picked for official Labour campaign

Dad-of-five Martin Kilgallon, who has two sons with autism, gave a passionate speech at the launch of the Labour general election 2017 manifesto.

Mr Kilgallon, a friend of the late Spen MP Jo Cox, said the lack of help for his family had driven him to drink and even suicidal thoughts, the Mirror reports.

The business owner said cuts in the NHS and social services hit his family hard which also includes his son Mason who has brittle asthma.

Jo Cox (centre) with autism campaigners Martin Kilgallon (far left) and wife Anne-Marie (second left)
Jo Cox (centre) with autism campaigners Martin Kilgallon (far left) and wife Anne-Marie (second left)

Man run over then hit with hammer

A driver mounted a kerb and ran over a man before he and a passenger jumped out of their vehicle and hit the victim with a hammer.

The 23-year-old victim was walking along Cow Heys, Dalton, between 12.15am and 12.45am yesterday when he was hit by the grey Volkswagen Golf.

Anyone with any information should contact PC 2827 Bonnie Bore at Kirklees CID by calling 101 and quoting crime reference 13170218315. Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Fairnfunky is Five

The Holmfirth-based Fair Trade education group was set up by teacher Helen Robinson and artist Sophie Bebb in 2012.

In those five years they have championed environmental causes and have brought Fair Trade farmers from Colombia, Africa and across the world to Holmfirth.

Here they are celebrating with Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney.

Star struck by Mr Corbyn's visit to Beaumont Park

Barry Sheerman conspicuous by absence during Corbyn visit

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman was conspicuous by his absence as the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn addressed crowds in Beaumont Park.

Mr Sheerman, who backed a motion of no confidence in the Labour leader last year, said he was campaigning in his own constituency while Mr Corbyn was in the neighbouring Colne Valley constituency.

Blairite Mr Sheerman backed Labour leadership challenger and centrist Owen Smith last year over the more left-wing Mr Corbyn.

But Mr Sheerman said of Mr Corbyn’s Huddersfield appearance: “I’m delighted it has been a well-attended event.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at Beaumont Park.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at Beaumont Park. (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)
Barry Sheerman in 2015, speaking after retaining his seat
Barry Sheerman in 2015, speaking after retaining his seat

More rail strikes

Three rail companies are to stage strikes on 30 May, the RMT union has said.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Southern Railway, Merseyrail and Arriva Rail North will walk out on May 30.

Arrival Rail North runs Northern Rail services

M62 alert - again.

There is currently one lane of the M62 closed and heavy traffic due to broken down vehicle on M62 Eastbound between J25 A644 (Brighouse) and J26 M606 / A58 (Chain Bar).

Lane one (of four) is closed.

There’s slow traffic on A628 in both directions near A616 at the Flouch roundabout.

It’s caused by the roadworks.

Make your own headline up!

Police investigating a serious assault on a man in Leeds city centre are appealing to trace a group of men, one of whom was wearing a distinctive fancy dress outfit.


The victim, a 26-year-old man, was attacked at the junction of Albion Street and Boar Lane in Leeds city centre by a man who was part of a group of about ten men - one dressed as a giant penis (similar to the costume pictured).

The victim received a shattered shin bone, dislocated and cracked knee and torn ligaments. He underwent an operation at the time and further surgery will be required in the future.

The attacker was described as white, about 6ft tall, with a shaved head. He was wearing a beige or white top. Another of the group involved was described as shorter and of stocky build with black hair. He was wearing red and white T-shirt.

The incident happened at about 3am on Sunday, April 2.

Anyone with any information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact DC 3146 Burt at Elland Road via 101 quoting crime number 13170151315 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

This hospital worker certainly deserves to enjoy his retirement:

Don't be held to ransom

Experts from across the cyber security arena will be speaking at a seminar in West Yorkshire about ransomware and providing guidance on how to mitigate the risk of it.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software which takes control of its victim’s device and encrypts information including client data, making it unobtainable. The criminal then demands a ransom in exchange for returning the data.

Businesses and their representatives are welcome to attend the event as are members of the public and it follows on from the first ever Yorkshire and the Humber Cyber Protect Conference which was held in Leeds in February.

Detective Chief Inspector Vanessa Smith of the Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit, said:“Some businesses are now treating ransomware as an inevitable cost of doing business and we believe that the true extent of the crime is under reported because businesses fear negative publicity.

“There is no guarantee that if payment is made that data will be released – after all you are dealing with criminals. The impact to business can be costly and some have gone out of business so it is important we do everything we can to prevent it.”

The seminar, on Friday 19 May, is at the AQL building on Hunslet Road, Leeds, and include David Emm (Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab), Professor David S Wall (Professor of Criminology at Leeds University), Stuart Hyde, QPM (member of the Europol Internet Security Advisory Board and the aql and regional ambassador for CISP and acting Detective Sgt Matthew Fleming of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Team.

Visit http://www.yhrocu.org.uk/ for details.

Hustings for Batley & Spen

Candidates wanting to be the next Batley & Spen MP will be taking part in a hustings.

It will be a the Al-Hikman Centre on Track Road, Batley, on Monday May 22 at 7pm.

It’s a public forum for people to hear from the candidates and ask questions.

Invited is the previous Labour MP Tracy Brabin, plus Alan Freeman (Green), M Kasif Hanif (Indp), John Lawson (Lib Dem), Aleks Lukic (Indp) and Dr Ann Myatt (Tory).

Tracy Brabin at PMQs Wednesday January 11, 2017
Tracy Brabin at PMQs Wednesday January 11, 2017 (Image: Parliament TV)

So all lanes of the M62 have re-opened (how many times I said that today?) after the earlier flooding.

But traffic is slow Eastbound between J27 and J28.

There remains some surface water and the matrix sign set to 40 mph.

Flood alert

Just avoid the M62!

Two lanes are closed and there is slow traffic due to flooding on M62 Eastbound between J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome) and J28 A650 / A653 (Tingley).

Lane two and three (of three) are closed.

Highways England are now clearing the scene & say delays are likely.

No-one hurt in M62 accident

The incident on the M62 happened on the eastbound section of the M62 between Scammonden and Junction 23.

It happened at 10.20am and involed a black peugeot car.

Highways England have been dealing with the incident and say the occupants were not injured.

Traffic was stopped and two lanes were closed off while the vehicle was moved on to the hard shoulder.

Van breaks down near M62 accident

We know lanes Two and Three (of three) were closed due to a multi-vehicle accident, with a rolling road block being implemented.

A van has also broken down in the queues, blocking lane three approx. 200 yards back from the collision location.

Scene on the M62

Traffic England say they expect normal conditions to return to the M62 eastbound by 12.30pm.

Here is the scene at Scammonden now:

M62 incident
M62 incident

M62 accident

Two lanes of the M62 are currently closed off due to an accident between J22 and J23 eastbound.

M62 alert

There is queueing traffic due to earlier accident on M62 Westbound between J21 A640 (Milnrow) and J20 A627(M) Rochdale.

All lanes have been re-opened.

Lane three (of three) was closed and a rolling block was put in place while the vehicle were moved out of lane three. Traffic has just been released.

Corbyn in West Yorkshire

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has picked West Yorkshire as the place to launch the party’s manifesto.

He will be in the county all day setting out why we should elect his party at the June 8 General Election.

Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn making a speech at Brudenell Social Club in Leeds while on the general election campaign trail. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 15, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Labour Rally. Photo credit should read: Nigel Roddis/PA Wire
Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn making a speech at Brudenell Social Club in Leeds while on the general election campaign trail. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 15, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Labour Rally. Photo credit should read: Nigel Roddis/PA Wire

He’s expected to promise a Labour government will be “radical and responsible”, as the party sets out its programme for the next five years.

The children whose lives were cut short

It’s heartbreaking to see these photos and know they were children who never got the chance to grow up.

These are the victims of evil Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

The Moors murders were carried out by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley between July 1963 and October 1965. (From left) John Kilbride, 12, 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey Edward Evans, 17, Pauline Reade, 16, and 12-year-old Keith Bennett.
The Moors murders were carried out by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley between July 1963 and October 1965. (From left) John Kilbride, 12, 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey Edward Evans, 17, Pauline Reade, 16, and 12-year-old Keith Bennett.

These are the people whose names should be remembered - Pauline Reade, 16, John Kilbride, 12, Keith Bennett, 12, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17, were the victims of evil Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

100k for Jo's Great Get Together

More than 100,000 community events are expected to take place to mark the first anniversary of the murder of Jo Cox.

Mother-of-two Mrs Cox was shot and stabbed by neo-Nazi Thomas Mair in her Batley and Spen constituency days before the EU referendum last June.

Street parties, barbecues and coffee mornings will be held across the country as part of the Great Get Together between June 16-18.

Jo Cox with husband Brendan Cox
Jo Cox with husband Brendan Cox (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

Organisers have said they hope the celebrations will be the biggest since the street parties held to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, with the number of events registered on the Great Get Together website passing into six figures.

Widower Brendan Cox tweeted: “Over 100,000 #GreatGetTogethers planned and still a month to go. Amazing response and not too late to pull something together.”

Mrs Cox’s death, on June 16 last year, came just over a year after her maiden speech in the Commons, in which she said “we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us”.

Problems on the buses

Roadworks in Almondbury will be causing a few issues for the buses until May 23:

Thieves can bog off!

Thieves have struck at a Greetland cafe - and they’ve stolen a gold-plated toilet roll holder.

Cafe Thai on Stainland Road say someone has unscrewed the toilet roll holder from the ladies loos.

Facebook post by Cafe Thai
Facebook post by Cafe Thai

As beautiful as it is, why would anyone do this? And who takes a screwdriver to a restaurant with them?

Go back for your brolly!

If you are about to head out of the door without an umbrella think again.

Today will see outbreaks of heavy rain this morning, with the rain gradually clearing southeastwards this afternoon. Brighter, generally dry and warmer conditions will follow, along with perhaps a few light showers.

The brisk winds will ease later.

M62 alert

If you’re heading into Manchester be aware of slow traffic on M62 Westbound between J21 A640 (Milnrow) and J18 M60 / M66 (Simister Island).

There are patches of congestion between this stretch.

Ian Brady dead

Many will have woken to news that Ian Brady, who murdered five children and buried their bodies on the moors around Saddleworth, has died.

The evil child killer, 79, was a patient at the high-security Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside, and had fallen seriously ill in the last few days with cancer.

Staff at Ashworth Hospital confirmed that Brady has died last night.

We’re working on a story on the victims - the people who should be remembered and whose young lives were cut short.

Morning traffic round-up

Good morning, here’s a round-up of what’s happening on the roads:

1) Usual congestion on A629 Halifax Road into town from A643 Brighouse Road (Ainley Top) to Blacker Road (Edgerton Cemetery).

2) Slow traffic on A629 Cow Green at Bull Green Roundabout in Halifax.

3) Very slow traffic on A644 Brighouse and Denholme Road in both directions around New Park Road.