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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 also 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.

You can also download our app to get news on the go and push notifications 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 or tweet @Examiner. You can also find us on social media here .

Full story on crash near Sovereign Crossroads

A woman has had to be cut out of her car after colliding with a timber wagon at a notorious accident blackspot.

The nasty smash close to the Sovereign Crossroads at Shepley took place just after 2pm on Wednesday.

A white Volkswagen Polo was in a collision with an HGV owned by Huddersfield firm Garrards timber merchants at the junction of Cross Lane and the A629 Lane Head Road.

Motorist injured in crash on Penistone Road, Shepley(Image: Simon Morley)

Motorcyclist hit by school bus outside crematorium

A motorcyclist suffered minor injuries in a collision with a school bus, police said.

The accident happened on Fixby Road, outside Huddersfield Crematorium, at around 4pm.

The incident was attended by police and ambulance crews.

Road accident outside Huddersfield Crematorium(Image: Robert Sutcliffe)

Robber tries to change fake £20 notes - then steals cash

A robber forced a supermarket cashier to change five fake £20 notes.

The robbery took place at Farm Foods, Leeds Road, on September 22 at around 3.15pm.

The suspect tried to change the notes but when the cashier spotted they were fakes, he threatened the cashier with violence.

After the cashier changed the notes the suspect ran off.

Police want to speak to a man in connection with the incident. He is described as 5ft 6in with short brown hair. He had a slim face with some stubble and was wearing a burgundy coloured hooded top (zipped up) and light grey skinny fit tracksuit bottoms.

PC Mark Kitchingman said: “This happened at a busy time of day and there were other shoppers in the store at the time who might have seen what happened.

“I am particularly keen to speak to the man who may have either witnessed the incident or the build up to it and may remember the male who said he was waiting for someone.”

Call Kirklees CID on 101 quoting crime reference 13170439565.

WATCH: Fire fighters at the scene of Shepley crash

It looks like a car has collided head on with a truck and ended up on a grassy verge on Penistone Road.

Motorist injured in crash on Penistone Road, Shepley(Image: Simon Morley)

Rescue services are at the scene and have been releasing a person inside the silver Renault hatchback after it collided with a red timber merchant truck. An ambulance also attended and a person is being treated for their injuries. No information yet as the extent of their injuries.

Crash by the Sovereign junction in Shepley

Reports in of emergency services attending a serious crash up by the Sovereign.

Officers were called to the scene at Penistone Road at 2.15pm at the junction with Cross Lane.

Initial reports are of a collision between a van and another vehicle with one person injured. More on this as we get it.

Penistone Road, Shepley

Caught on camera appeal by police investigating serious offence

Do you recognise this man? Kirklees police have released his picture and want to speak to him over a serious offence.

Police have not provided any details about the offence, which occurred on Saturday, September 16.

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Today's top read stories

These are the top three stories being read on our website today...

  • Two men attacked in Moldgreen had been filmed in a nearby park and wrongly accused of ‘acting suspiciously’ on Facebook, police have said. Read the full story here.
  • A man died after falling from a bridge over the M62 near Huddersfield yesterday - less than a month after a similar death on the motorway. Read more here.
  • A superstorm from the remains of Hurricanes Maria and Lee are heading towards the UK, forecasters have warned. See what weather experts are saying on this here.

Police incident on M62. September 26, 2017.(Image: Motorway Cameras)

Congestion on Halifax Road

Very busy on Halifax Road through Edgerton/Birchencliffe this afternoon.

Traffic is very slow heading towards Ainley Top.

Traffic on Halifax Road, Huddersfield

More than '100 hours' spent making tea per year

We couldn’t think of a better way to spend it, to be honest...

A study has revealed British workers spend more than 100 hours a year making cups of tea. A staggering 87% of British employees say regular tea breaks aids their productivity, with the optimum time for a tea break specified as seven minutes (of heaven?)

The research by Appliances Direct found us Brits take on average four tea breaks in a working day outside of lunchtime, meaning 28 minutes a day are spent making and drinking tea.

Excuse me while I put the kettle on...

The great British cup of tea

Cops seize uninsured van near town centre

Police seized this van at Aspley today after it was found to be uninsured.

The van, towing a huge trailer, was stopped by police at the bottom of Somerset Road. Looks like a long walk home and a lesson learned the hard way for the driver.

Summer campaign to tackle nuisance bikers ends

A seven-week crackdown on noisy off-road bikes has culminated in a number of arrests and confiscations.

The summer campaign was to warn anti-social bike riders of the misery caused to local communities. Kirklees District Police worked in partnership with Kirklees Council and launched the operation on 20 July following a high volume of calls to service from the communities about off road bikes.

Increased patrols were conducted across the Kirklees District the seven weeks of the operation which concluded on 6 September.

The following results were achieved during the operation:

  • 12 bikes seized
  • 8 Section 59 warnings issued
  • All riders reported for summons
  • One arrest of a rider trying to obstruct an officer

One of the off-road bikes seized by Kirklees Police in the summer campaign(Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Inspector Mohammed Rauf of Batley and Spen PWA, said: “This was a proactive policing operation as a direct response to concerns and reports from the communities about the misuse of off-road bikes in Kirklees. It has proved a huge success and I’m delighted with the results and would like to extend my thanks to the community who have assisted us with information about the riders and also out partner agencies.

Moldgreen assault linked to Facebook post

Police say an attack on two men at a flat in Moldgreen is connected to a social media post shared by people in Huddersfield.

A video posted on Facebook showed two men in Ravensknowle Park, with the post saying they had been seen acting ‘suspiciously’.

Following the post, which has now been taken down from social media, there was a violent assault on Sunday 24 September at Elmfield Terrace in Moldgreen where three suspects entered a property brandishing weapons and assaulted two men aged 29 and 50 inside. Police have confirmed the incidents are linked and the people in the video were identified as the victims of the assault.

Elmfield Terrace, Moldgreen

Det Insp Mark Catney of Kirklees CID, said: “I would like to reassure the public that as soon as the social media footage came to light we conducted a thorough investigation into the matter. Following on from this it has been concluded that no crimes have been committed by these two individuals.”

National news

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

The Prime Minister has been accused of being “asleep at the wheel” after the US slapped a punitive import duty on planes made by one of Northern Ireland’s biggest employers. Unions have warned that thousands of jobs could be in jeopardy after the US Department of Commerce (DoC) imposed an interim tariff of nearly 220% on a new model of passenger jet manufactured by Bombardier. More than 4,000 people are employed in Belfast by the Canadian multinational and thousands more jobs in Northern Ireland are supported through the manufacturer’s supply chain, according to trade unionists.


Grenfell Tower stands as a symbol of a failed political system which has held sway in Britain for the past three decades and which Labour will replace, Jeremy Corbyn is set to declare. In his keynote speech to Labour’s conference in Brighton, Mr Corbyn will say that the fire in which around 80 people perished in west London in June was the product of a “brutal” system of rampant inequality, hollowed-out public services and disdain for the powerless and the poor.

A 16-year-old girl will appear in court later charged with attempted murder after a welfare officer was stabbed at a school. Joy Simon, 61, was injured following the incident at Winterton Community Academy, near Scunthorpe on Monday morning. The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is due before Grimsby Magistrates’ Court today charged with attempted murder and carrying a blade or pointed article on school premises.

A 16-year-old girl will appear in court later charged with attempted murder after a welfare officer was stabbed at Winterton Community Academy in Scunthorpe(Image: Nigel Roddis/PA Wire)

Two men arrested over involvement in far-right terrorist group

Two people from West Yorkshire have been arrested as part of a national sting on a neo-Nazi group.

National Action are an extreme far-right group who incite hatred, homophobia and publicly celebrated the murder of Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox. They were proscribed as a terrorist organisation by Home Secretary Amber Rudd last year.

Police have confirmed this morning that 11 people have been arrested nationwide in connection with suspected involvement with the group. One is a 23-year-old man from Sowerby Bridge, the other a 26-year-old man from Leeds.

Both were arrested on suspicion of membership of a proscribed organisation under Section 11 of the Terrorism Act.

National Action demonstrators pictured at an event in Greater Manchester. Photo credit : Joel Goodman(Image: © Joel Goodman)

Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu for The Metropolitan Police, said: “Today’s arrests, while resulting from two separate investigations, have been coordinated by our officers across a number of forces. This maximises operational effectiveness for police and minimises disruption for the local communities.”

Investigation launched into festival ticket fraud

Police say they are investigating stolen and fraudulent wristbands at a popular West Yorkshire music festival.

It’s after people were refused entry into this year’s Bingley Live event earlier this month. Officers are appealing to any of these people who bought tickets but weren’t allowed in to get in touch with Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or report it online at and obtain a reference number and then email your contact details to

A man in his forties from the Manchester area was arrested in connection with this matter and was later released pending further enquiries.

Crowds at Bingley Music Live

Date set for cat café's opening

Here’s some paw-some news to get excited about!

West Yorkshire’s very first cat café will open in Leeds on December 11, it’s been announced this morning.

Kitty Café will open on Kirkgate at the old Yorkshire Bank building (just behind Debenhams). Alongside serving delicious food and ca-purr-cinos, it will also feature furry residents to stroke and cuddle. Don’t worry though - they’re not allowed in the kitchen!

Kitty Café to open in Leeds(Image: Kitty Café)

Neighbours helped alert couple in Flockton house fire

More information to this incident on Barnsley Road last night.

Fire fighters were called at 1.30am after neighbours noticed the fire next door. The fire is believed to have started on the ground floor of the house with the elderly residents asleep upstairs.

The neighbours called the fire service and tried to alert the elderly couple, who were eventually led to safety just as a crew from Huddersfield fire station arrived. Onlookers had already started tackling the fire with garden hoses when they arrived, and the fire was brought under control.

The couple luckily did not need hospital treatment.

Barnsley Road, Flockton

Fantastic Harold Wilson sculpture at Royds Hall School

This is brilliant! Spotted by Kirklees Pc Sally Baines at Royds Hall school in Paddock yesterday.

Today's weather

The forecast looks fairly mild and uneventful today.

Dry and cloudy with the chance of some showers later in the evening which will turn to heavy rain later. Temperatures of around 16 to 17 degrees.

Coroners appeal to trace relatives

Coroners have issued an appeal to trace the relatives of a Calderdale woman.

Anne Ferins, 77, from Halifax, died at her home address on Ovenden Way of natural causes on 24 September. Anyone with information on the relatives of Ms Ferins is asked to contact Coroner’s Officer Cat Sanderson on 01274 376 772.

West Yorkshire Coroner's Office

WATCH: Huge shed fire causes damage to house

This was the moment a huge fire let rip outside a home in Thornhill Lees last night.

Crews from Dewsbury fire station were called out to the blaze on Lees Holm shortly before 11pm last night when a shed caught fire. The fire has spread to surrounding bushes and caused external damage to the house.

Shed fire at Thornhill Lees(Image: Komal Latif)

The watch commander who attended the scene said: “It was quite a huge blaze considering it was just a shed fire. It caused a lot of damage - the shed was completely destroyed.”

The cause of the fire is unknown although police are currently looking into it.

Today's Examiner

Here is our front page this morning - our leading story today is the family of soldier Michael Hampshire, who are still searching for answers after their son died in a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2015.

House fire in Flockton

We’ve had reports in of a house fire in Flockton last night.

The fire on Barnsley Road was called in at 1.32am. There is currently no more information available on this but we will let you know if we get any updates.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Morning traffic update

Busy as per on the M62 this morning eastbound at junction 25-26. The carriageway is now reopen following yesterday’s tragic incident where a man fell to his death near junction 22. You can see more on this here.

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 from Saddleworth Bridge, going over Rishworth Moor (file picture)(Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

Good morning, Huddersfield

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 also 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.

The full moon rises above the trees over Shepley and Cumberworth taken from Thurstonland.

You can also download our app to get news on the go and push notifications 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 or tweet @Examiner. You can also find us on social media here .

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