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Unique Predator inspired masks stolen

Two unique masks, inspired by the film Predator, were stolen from a car in Leeds city centre.

The masks, designed by an artist from Cambridge, were snatched on Kirkgate in the early hours of this morning.

Anyone with information about the items or anyone who is offered the items is asked to contact police on 101, quoting crime reference 13170436272.

Stolen Predator masks
Stolen Predator masks (Image: WYP)
Stolen Predator masks
Stolen Predator masks (Image: WYP)

Arrest for drug dealing outside school

Concerns grow for missing vulnerable woman

Concerns are growing for a vulnerable woman who was last seen nearly weeks ago.

Police have release image of who they believe may be Cathryn Holdsworth, at Tesco, in Halifax Town Centre, at approximately 5.20pm on September 9.

The last confirmed sighting of Ms Holdsworth, 72 from Illingworth, Halifax, was at Calderdale Royal Hospital on September 8.

Cathryn is described as being vulnerable, and police are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare.

Missing woman Cathryn Holdsworth
Missing woman Cathryn Holdsworth (Image: WYP)

When she was last seen she was wearing distinctive pink earmuffs, a dark coloured coat, pink gloves and using her walking frame.

She is around 5ft 2in and of medium build.

She has very short speckled grey hair and dark glasses.

It is believed that she may have family in Cornwall, but also has links to Blackpool, Lancashire.

Cathryn may also have contacts across Calderdale, West Yorkshire and the UK.

Anyone who has seen or heard from Cathryn since September 8, or who knows where she is now should contact police via 101, quoting 1520 of 19/09.

Missing Cathryn Holdsworth
Missing Cathryn Holdsworth (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Fancy a pint after work?

The Grove at Springwood has a selection of these beauties.

Delays on M1 following lorry fire

Two lanes closed and queuing traffic due to lorry fire on M1 Southbound between J35 A629 (Rotherham / Chapeltown) and J34 A631 (Meadowhall), congestion on M1 to J36 A61 (Birdwell / Sheffield North).

Lane one and two (of four) are closed.

Rail replacement bus running on Penistone Line over weekend

Rail replacement bus services will be running on Northern Rail services between Huddersfield and Penistone, on Saturday and Sunday.

This is due to engineering works.

Burglar posed as relative of pensioner's neighbour

A burglar posed as the relative of a pensioner’s neighbour before stealing her purse.

The suspect, described as having neck length, slicked back hair, convinced the elderly woman to let him in her house before distracting her and stealing her purse.

The incident happened on Hazel Grove, Linthwaite, on Wednesday 13 September, at around 2.30pm.

The suspect is also described as about 20 and a blue-grey vertically striped shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Huddersfield CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13170044509.

Hazel Grove, Linthwaite
Hazel Grove, Linthwaite (Image: Google)

National news

Here’s a midday round up of the main headlines today...


Moors Murderer Ian Brady died of natural causes, a coroner has ruled. Christopher Sumner, senior coroner for Sefton, made the conclusion at an inquest at Bootle Town Hall in Merseyside on Thursday. The 79-year-old serial killer, also known as Ian Stewart-Brady, died at 6.02pm on May 15 at Ashworth High Secure Hospital in Maghull, Merseyside. See our live updates on this here.


Chancellor Philip Hammond remained on track to hit his fiscal targets after rising tax receipts helped Government borrowing hit its lowest level for a decade in August. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that public sector net borrowing, excluding state-owned banks, unexpectedly dropped last month by £1.3 billion to £5.7 billion in contrast to last year. The figure came in shy of economists’ expectations of £6.4 billion and marked the lowest net borrowing figure for the month since August 2007.

Theresa May will brief senior ministers on her plans for Brexit before a major speech aimed at helping to break the deadlock in the negotiations with Brussels.The Prime Minister will chair a special Cabinet meeting after returning from New York, where she used the gathering of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly to hold talks with key EU counterparts. The Cabinet meeting will be an opportunity for Mrs May to attempt to unite her team behind her strategy after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson published his personal Brexit manifesto, triggering a round of infighting within the senior ministerial ranks.

General view of Ashworth high-security Hospital, in Maghull Liverpool
Ashworth Hospital: A coroner has ruled today that Moors Murderer Ian Brady died of natural causes

Researcher finds way to avoid jury bias in rape trials

A Huddersfield academic has created a ‘Juror Decision Scale’ to prevent jurors being led by bias in rape trials.

Dominic Willmott says the attitudes and psychology of jury members and affect the outcome in such trials. IT revolves around the taboo surrounding rape cases, such as attitudes that a woman must be consenting to sex if she goes home with a man.

As a result of simulated trials he carried out, Dominic has been able to devise his Juror Decision Scale. It has the potential to be a tool used to screen out jurors who were liable to making up their mind on their verdict before hearing all the evidence.

He said: “What I was really interested in was whether attitudes and psychological constructs would enable us to predict the outcome. And we found that they did.”

Tour de Yorkshire extended to four-day event

The Tour de Yorkshire has been extended to a four-day event, it’s been announced.

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive hailed the news as “absolutely tremendous” after it was announced by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

The race will run next year from Thursday May 3 to Sunday May 6. Whether it runs through Huddersfield again remains to be seen - the route will be announced in the new year.

Tour de Yorkshire coming through Holmfirth.
Tour de Yorkshire coming through Holmfirth. (Image: Huddersfield Daily Examiner)

Ian Brady's inquest to be held today

The inquest into the death of Moors Murderer Ian Brady will be held today - despite questions raised over what to do with his body remaining unanswered.

Brady died at Ashworth Hospital in May aged 79. Councils and funeral homes have refused to pay for or carry out his cremation.

A hearing will be held at Sefton Coroner’s Court in Merseyside to examine the circumstances of his death.

Brady was serving five life sentences for the horrific murders of five children - four of which were buried on Saddleworth Moor. We will have updates from the hearing later today.

Ian Brady
Ian Brady

Today's weather

A rather wet and blustery day in store for Huddersfield today.

The Met Office say there is an 80% chance of rain with temperatures slightly lower than yesterday of around 13-15 degrees. YOu can find out what the rest of the month will have in store for us weather-wise here.

Arrests made in connection with suspicious package found in Leeds

Two men have been arrested after a terror scare in Leeds city centre yesterday.

Leeds Kirkgate Market and the surrounding roads were cordoned off yesterday afternoon after a suspicious package was found. The Army bomb disposal unit were brought in and the item was declared safe shortly before 3.30pm.

Chief Superintendent Paul Money, Leeds District Commander, said: “We always treat any incident of this nature very seriously, particularly given recent events and the nationwide heightened focus of the threat of terrorism. Clearly this caused significant disruption to people living and working in the city centre and to local businesses and we would like to thank everyone for their patience and support.”

A 26-year-old and 30-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of going equipped to steal in relation to the contents of the bag.

Police are looking for an Asian male, aged 25 or 26-years-old, about 6ft, with short dark hair

Today's Examiner

Here is today’s front page. Our main story today is about a pensioner who has complained to his GP surgery claiming private patients were given ‘plush’ chairs while NHS patients had to make do with uncomfortable wooden ones.

Car catches fire after arsonists set pile of tyres alight

Fire services attended a garage in Batley last night after arsonists set fire to a pile of tyres.

The fire at the Top Spec Autocare garage on Bradford Road caught a car and surrounding trees, but luckily didn’t spread to the building.

Two fire engines from Dewsbury Fire Station were called to the scene at around 9pm and were there for 45 minutes extinguishing the blaze. Luckily nobody was injured and there was nobody on the premises at the time.

The fire is believed to have been started deliberately and has been reported to police.

Top Spec Autocare, Bradford Road
Top Spec Autocare, Bradford Road

What's happening on the roads this morning?

Very congested on the M62 eastbound this morning - between junctions 25 and 27 heading towards Leeds.

Other than this no major disruptions to let you know of. Here’s what’s happening on the local roads:

  • Slow traffic on Halifax Road heading into Huddersfield town centre from Ainley Top
  • 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
  • Busy on Whitehall Road, Wyke, heading towards the M62
M62 between Junction 26 and 27
M62 between Junction 26 and 27