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'Sudden death' police investigation
Police were called to investigate a sudden death in Linthwaite.
Officers attended an address on Tudor Street at around 11am today after reports of a sudden death of a male. The ambulance service alerted police after being called to the scene.
A police spokesman said the death was not being treated as suspicious. The coroner’s office has been informed. The age of the person involved has not been released.
FREE 'mindfulness' session at art gallery
A ‘mindful art’ session is taking place at Huddersfield Art Gallery on Thursday at 12.30.
The 40 minute session will explore an artwork in detail, using mindfulness techniques to relax and engage.
The session aims to provide a break from the stresses of everyday life and an opportunity to take time out in an inspiring setting. The session is free but please book a place in advance.
Can you put a name to the face?
Do you know this woman? Calderdale police are investigating an incident of ‘making off without payment’. Can you help?
The incident happened on Wednesday June 21. The crime reference is CD476.
Pictured: Cable for Premier League broadcasting being implemented
Now this is exciting!
HTAFC sign Tom Ince
New signing klaxon! You can read more here.
Police horses on patrol in Springwood
There’ll be neigh bother in the town centre this afternoon with these fine police members on patrol. The officers riding them are doing a good job, too.
The two horses were spotted up by Huddersfield Leisure Centre.
Pictures reveal damage to car after charging laptop sets it alight
Fire fighters have released pictures revealing the extent of a car fire which happened when a laptop was left charging on a passenger seat.
It happened on Friday morning when the man driving left his car parked outside Dewsbury Station for a few minutes to pick someone up. The motorist returned to his car to find it ablaze. Fire fighters said the laptop’s ventilation had been blocked due to it being on the seat, leading to it overheating and igniting the upholstery.
The car was completely written off.
Colne Valley road remains closed to roadworks
Radcliffe Road between Golcar and Slaithwaite remains closed today after a water pipe burst yesterday.
Buses in the area are being rediverted - more information in the link in the tweet below.
Former WYP Authority chairman jailed for possessing child abuse images
A former chairman of West Yorkshire Police Authority has been jailed for 32 months after building up what a judge described was a “library” of child abuse images.
The reputation of Neil Taggart, 65 is left in tatters today after he was ordered to register as a sex offender for life. Leeds Crown Court heard officers executed a search warrant at his home in Garforth, Leeds on September 23 last year while he and his family were abroad on holiday.They seized a desktop computer, five hard drives and two USB memory sticks on which more than 35,000 indecent images had been downloaded.
Jailing Taggart, Judge Robin Mairs said his offending had gone on for a prolonged period, adding: “Those images are made and distributed because people like you want to see them and want to see them for your own sexual gratification. These are not offences of fantasy they are offences that cause real pain and real suffering.”
Four men jailed for shooting at house
Four West Yorkshire men have been jailed for 54 years for repeatedly shooting at a house while the resident was inside.
Michael Gardiner, 30, Liam Gardiner, 32, Cameron Rumney, 27 and Martin Evans, 29, all from Pontefract, were found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life at Leeds Crown Court on Friday. A judge today has jailed them for a combined total of 54 years.
Detective Superintendent Nicola Bryar of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, who led the investigation, said: “The Gardiners, Rumney and Evans are clearly very dangerous men, and our streets will remain safer with them in prison.
“Considering multiple shots were fired through the window of a room in which the victim was sitting it is a miracle he wasn’t injured, let alone killed.”
Plea to save lamb's life with just six days left
There are just six days left to save a little lamb from being put down after he was hit by a car near Marsden.
Munchkin the lamb was found left for dead with a broken leg by the road by Rianna Mir, and the family have been raising money to get him the life-saving surgery on his limb.
They need just another £370 to save his life, otherwise Munchkin will have to be put down. You can donate here.
Here are the main headlines this lunchtime...
NORTH KOREA ANNOUNCES MISSILE SUCCESS
The country has hailed a successful test on a powerful missile launch. A state television announcement claimed the missile, which landed in the Sea of Japan, travelled 933km in under 40 minutes reaching an altitude of 2,802km. North Korea say the missile has potential to reach Alaska, although experts have cast doubt on this.
COURT RULES IN FAVOUR OF TEENAGE OFFENDER’S APPEAL OVER HUMAN RIGHTS BREACH
The human rights of a 16-year-old boy kept in solitary confinement at a Youth Offenders Institution were breached, a judge has ruled. The boy, referred to as AB, was unlawfully denied education while at Feltham YOI, the High Court has heard, although the judge rejected claims his treatment was “inhuman and degrading”.
YOUNGEST VICTIM OF MANCHESTER TERROR ATTACK REMEMBERED ON HER NINTH BIRTHDAY
The family of Saffie Roussos, the youngest victim of the bomb attack at Manchester Arena in May, are marking what would have been her ninth birthday today. Father Andrew Roussos gave an emotional interview paying tribute to Saffie. He described the moment her mother Lisa woke from a coma after being injured in the attack, saying ‘she’s gone, isn’t she?’.
Jake Mamo will be off for the rest of the season, Giants confirm
Giants full-back Jake Mamo is off for the rest of the season following foot surgery, it’s been announced.
The 23-year-old has had surgery on an injury but has been told he can’t play for the next six weeks. Rick Stone told BBC Radio Leeds this morning that scans had showed it was a 16-20 week injury.
Find out more here.
WATCH: Shed explodes after petrol vapour ignites
This shocking clip shows the moment a man’s shed exploded due to petrol stored inside.
West Yorkshire Fire Service have issued the footage taken the man - who does not want his location disclosed - when his CCTV picked up the explosion caused by petrol vapour.
Petrol stored inside the garden shed had leaked, and it’s believed the vapours ignited by a faulty fluorescent light fitting.
The fire service have issued a warning in light of the explosion and are urging homeowners to store petrol in well ventilated areas in approved containers with correctly-fitted lids.
Concerns over spate of bike thefts at train station
This is something to be aware of if you’re a local cyclist and commute to Calder Valley.
Police say there has been a spate of bike thefts at Todmorden Station recently. Officers began investigating the first bike theft in April this year, since then approximately twelve bikes have been taken from the station.
In addition to the bike thefts, two vehicles have also been broken into at the station, with a number of personal items being taken from within. Det Con Rory Durant from British Transport Police said:
“Unfortunately, bikes remain a popular target for opportunist thieves and I would like to remind cyclists of bicycle security.
Police horses heading to Huddersfield
These two are riding to town for a visit today...
Council receive funding to bring in electric taxis
West Yorkshire’s supercouncil have secured six-figure funds to bring in more electric taxis.
The electric cabs are more eco-friendly than petrol and have already been adopted by some cities, but the cars are reliant on spots to charge up.
Some £1.9m cash has been netted by West Yorkshire Combined Authority with a view of adopting more of the low-emission taxis by funding more charging spots across the county.
Kirklees Light Railway tracks damaged by fire
Arsonists have targeted Kirklees Light Railway in Clayton West, police have revealed.
The family steam train attraction was hit when someone lit a fire on the tracks yesterday, causing damage and endangering its users.
Kirklees Rural policing team have reiterated that the land is private and that pedestrians should stay away from the tracks.
Mardsen homeowner offers their cottage for holiday for Grenfell fire fighter
A fire fighter who worked on the Grenfell Tower blaze will be given a week’s free holiday in Marsden to recuperate with his family, it’s been revealed.
It’s part of a move from members of the public across the UK, offering up their homes and holiday homes for the fire fighters who worked on the tragedy.
The cottage in Marsden is one of the places offered, which has been accepted to a male fire fighter for a week’s holiday with his partner and two children. Other offers have been made in Devon, Cyprus and Spain.
More than 70 fire fighters dealing with major blaze
Fire fighters from across West Yorkshire have been working through the night tackling a huge fire.
Crews from all main local fire stations were called out to the blaze at a storage building near to Bradford city centre last night, with 70 firefighters on the scene. Residents within a quarter mile radius of the fire have been advised to keep their doors and windows shut due to the heavy smoke.
The service have been using an aerial platform to douse the flames from above. The callout was received at 9.30pm last night but fire fighters remain at the scene this morning.
M62 incident: Separate live updates
We are running separate live updates for the incident on the M62 which is likely to cause major disruption this morning.
Severe delays on M62 eastbound
There are serious delays if you’re heading to Huddersfield on the M62 from Greater Manchester this morning - three lanes closed due to a lorry crash near to junction 21 for Milnrow. Congestion is back to junction 20 and travel time is an added 30 minutes. Traffic is also slow on the westbound carriage due to people slowing down to look.
Elsewhere, here’s what’s happening.
- 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
Here’s the scene at Milnrow...