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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.

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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 .

School evacuated in fire alarm drama

Hundreds of parents and prospective pupils were evacuated from Colne Valley High School after a fire alarm sounded tonight.

Colne Valley High School, Linthwaite.

Fire engines from Slaithwaite and Huddersfield stations attended the school, which was hosting an open evening, after being called out at around 8.08pm.

The incident turned out to be a false alarm and fire crews left the scene at 8.24pm.

Hairdryer blamed for Leeds Road house fire

A hairdryer left on a bedroom floor is thought to have sparked a blaze which badly damaged a terraced house on Leeds Road.

Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the smoke-filled house near Red Doles Lane at around 10.20 this morning.

The fire, which had been smouldering for around two hours, damaged the main bedroom and cracked windows.

A hand-held hairdryer is thought to have started the fire. A fire service spokesman urged householders to turn off electrical appliances and close all doors when not at home.

No-one was at home at the time of the fire. A passerby alerted the fire brigade after noticing smoke coming from a bathroom window.

Man arrested over Dalton attack

A man has been arrested in connection with a serious attack in Dalton which left a 48-year-old man badly injured.

Police tape

Police arrested a man at around 7pm today following an earlier appeal to trace Henry Opoku.

The victim, a 48-year-old man, was attacked on Oak Avenue at Dalton at around 10.52am today.

The victim was taken to hospital by ambulance for medical treatment.

Increased high visibility police patrols were deployed in the area.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said a man had been arrested and they were no longer looking for Henry Opoku.

Assault suspect Henry Opoku sought by detectives

Police have named a man wanted over an attack which left a 48-year-old man with serious injuries.

Wanted man Henry Opoku (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Detectives are searching for Henry Opoku who is wanted in connection with a serious assault on Oak Avenue at Dalton at around 10.52am today.

The suspect fled the scene, leaving a 48-year-old man with serious injuries.

The victim was taken to hospital by ambulance for medical treatment.

Increased high visibility police patrols have been deployed in the area and enquiries are ongoing.

The suspect is described as a black man, aged 29 and was last seen wearing a long black coat and blue jeans.

Detective Inspector Mark Catney, of Kirklees CID, said: “We are appealing to the public for information as to the whereabouts of Henry Opoku.

“A male victim was assaulted earlier today and was is currently being treated for his injuries.

“I would like to reassure the public that there high visibility police patrols have been deployed to the area and also would urge the public not to approach the individual, but instead, please contact the police immediately.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police via 101 quoting log number *556 of 5 October.

Man dies following McDonalds attack

Detectives have launched a murder enquiry after a man who was injured in a violent attack outside McDonald’s died.

Graham Bell, 37, - described by police as a family man from Huddersfield - died after receiving serious head injuries following an assault outside the Kirkgate premises in the town centre at 12.40am on Sunday.

See more here.

Graham Bell, and the scene following his attack outside McDonald's in the early hours of Sunday October 1

Father and daughter died in fire started by 'burglar trying to destroy evidence', court hears

A man and his eight-year-old daughter died in a house fire set by a burglar who wanted to destroy evidence of a break-in across the street, a jury has heard this afternoon.

Daniel Jones, 29, was worried that CCTV footage from the home in Stanley, near Wakefield, would reveal the raid he carried out three days earlier, Leeds Crown Court has heard today. Andrew Broadhead, his wife, Sara, and their daughters, Mia and Kiera, were asleep in the early hours of October 19 last year when it is alleged Jones poured petrol through their front door letterbox and set it alight.

Leeds Crown Court(Image: UGC HDE)

Mrs Broadhead and elder daughter Mia managed to escape but Mr Broadhead, 42, and Kiera were overcome by the rapidly spreading smoke and fire and were later pronounced dead at the scene.

Jonathan Sharp, prosecuting, told jurors: “I make it plain from the outset that Daniel Jones did not set fire to the Broadheads’ house because he had some sort of grudge against them. He did it because he wanted to destroy evidence of another crime that he had committed a few days earlier.
“He had burgled a nearby house, he feared the consequences of him doing that and he thought that some CCTV from the Broadheads’ house might show him doing the burglary. He wanted to destroy that CCTV by setting fire to the house.”

Thieves tried to pull ATM from store by a car

An update from police on the attempted theft of an ATM in New Mill.

A police spokesperson said: “The incident occurred at around 2.40am when the suspects forced their way into a commercial premises. Once inside the suspects are believed to have attempted to remove the cash machine from the building using a vehicle, before the machine became stuck.

“The offenders then made off from the scene empty-handed.”

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Today's most read stories

Here’s what people have been reading the most on our website today...

  • The horrific moment a teenage thug repeatedly stamped on a man in a 4am attack outside McDonalds in the town centre. To see the shocking footage, read more here.
  • Sam Hunter escapes jail for attacking a woman and branding her a “wrinkly old s**g”. Read about the vile attack here.
  • The parents of Yassar Yaqub, the man shot dead by police on the M62, will take their campaign for justice to the top on Saturday. Find out more here.

Mohammed Yassar Yaqub, of Crosland Moor, who was shot dead by police on the M62 at Ainley Top.

Police still haven't identified body found at Shorehead

Mystery still surrounds the identity of the decomposed male body found at the back of Sainsbury’s car park, Shorehead last week, it’s been revealed.

See the latest on this story here.

A police officer guards the scene at the wooded area at Shorehead, Aspley(Image: Robert Sutcliffe)

We're getting a dog café!

Cannon Hall Farm have announced they will be opening their very own dog café.

Building work is currently underway at the popular attraction, and the farm revealed why.

In a Facebook post, the farm wrote: “You may have noticed building work going on around our farm - we are thrilled to reveal we are developing a brand new dog cafe especially for our furry friends!

“They can chill out around a real log fire, get free dog treats, and relax while their owners have a cuppa. We’re working on a name - any suggestions are welcome!”

How about Beagle Nash? No? Anybody...?

Cannon Hall Farm and farm director, Robert Nicholson.

Thieves try to steal Co-op ATM

Police are investigating after thieves attempted to steal a cash machine earlier this morning from the Co-op in New Mill.

A spokesman for Central England Co-operative said: “We can confirm that an incident took place this morning at our New Mill food store while it was closed.
“Offenders gained entry to the store, damaging a door in the process, as part of a failed attempt to try and remove the internal ATM.”

Police are currently investigating.

New Mill Co-Op, Holmfirth Road

Prisoner wanted on recall

Have you seen Shane Frayne?

Police want to locate him as he is wanted on recall to prison where he is meant to be serving a sentence for burglar. He is currently out on licence but has been recalled after breaching the conditions.

The 25-year-old from Wyke can be recognised by a tattoo on his right hand which says ‘Katie’. Officers are continuing enquiries throughout West Yorkshire to trace him, but anyone who sees him can contact police in Bradford on 101, quoting reference 13170447188.

Shane Frayne, wanted on recall to prison(Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Travel shop opens just hours after being raided by burglars

A one-woman travel agent says it is “business as usual” today (Thursday) - just hours after her shop was raided by burglars.

Read the full story here.

Burglars raided Tivoli Travel on Huddersfield Road, Mirfield

National news

A round up of today’s main headlines...


Former Conservative prime minister Sir Edward Heath would be questioned over allegations that he raped and indecently assaulted boys as young as 10 were he alive today, a controversial police report has said. A Wiltshire Police investigation, called Operation Conifer, concluded that seven of the claims would have been sufficiently credible to justify questioning Sir Edward, who was prime minister between 1970 and 1974, under caution. The report does not address the question of Sir Edward’s guilt or innocence because the remit of the two-year £1.5 million inquiry was to see whether there was enough evidence to interview the former MP for Bexley, who died at home in Salisbury in July 2005, aged 89.


Terminally-ill Noel Conway has vowed to appeal against a legal decision which has denied him a say over how and when he will die. The 67-year-old retired lecturer from Shrewsbury, who says he feels “entombed” by his motor neurone disease, is dependent on a ventilator and was not at the High Court to hear Lord Justice Sales, Mrs Justice Whipple and Mr Justice Garnham reject his case on Thursday. They dismissed his application for a declaration that the Suicide Act 1961 is incompatible with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which relates to respect for private and family life.


The family of a British climber who died shielding his wife from falling rocks at Yosemite National Park have described him as “our hero”. Andrew Foster, 32, was trapped when more than 1,000 tonnes of rock fell from the face of the El Capitan monolith on September 27. He was seen running back to the rockfall to protect his wife, Lucy Foster, 28, and dived on top of her - saving her life. The pair were returning from a climb when a sheet of granite around 131ft (40m) by 66ft (20m) plummeted from a height of 656ft (200m). Mrs Foster is now in a stable condition in a hospital in California.

Former Conservative Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath would be questioned over assault allegations, a controversial police report has said(Image: Toby Melville/PA Wire)

Fears for missing man

Officers are concerned about a missing Calderdale man.

Anthony Rutherford, 52, was last seen yesterday around lunchtime in Ripponden. He is described as a white male, around 6”0” tall with dark brown hair and of broad build. He may be wearing jeans and a brown jacket.

He is believed to have been travelling in a black Nissan Pixo, YK59 UET and may have travelled outside of district. He is known to have contacts in Burnley in Lancashire and North Yorkshire as well as in Calderdale. Officers are increasingly concerned for Anthony’s welfare, and appeal to anyone who has seen or heard from him, or who knows where he is now to get in contact.

Missing Anthony Rutherford(Image: West Yorkshire Police)

What police are doing to track down fake number plates

Police say the number of false number plates is on the rise.

More than 100 arrests were made by WYP this year. It comes after the force developed new techniques to detect plates that have been ‘cloned’ by criminals.

A report published this week said: “There is a technique developed to automatically detect this tyoe of offending which has resulted in over 100 arrests in 2017 and stolen vehicles recovered, burglaries detected or serious acquisitive crime solved.” The cameras work by detecting any discrepancies in the characters on number plates.

Extra staff have been taken on since April to help research ANPR camera footage.

(Image: Manchester Evening News)

Farmers thanked for help in missing man search

Officers have thanked Holme Valley farmers who helped them locate a missing man.

Police were searching up at Harden Moss, near Holmfirth, for a missing man at the weekend. Looks like they didn’t need to look that far though...

Police investigate after shots fired

Detectives are probing reports of gunshots fired in Gildersome last night.

Officers were called to Hawthorne Drive shortly after 11pm, where a car had rammed gates at an address and a shotgun had been discharged. Armed officers went to the scene and confirmed there was evidence of a shotgun being fired.

Shortly afterwards police were made aware of an incident on the Cottingley Springs caravan site where an Audi car had been set on fire.

Detective Chief Inspector Jaz Khan, of West Yorkshire Police’s Firearms Prevent Team, said: “Both these incidents are believed to be linked and are being treated as targeted attacks between parties known to each other. We are carrying out extensive enquiries to identify those involved and would like to hear from anyone with any information that could assist the investigation.”

Crews pictured filming League of Gentlemen in Slaithwaite

The filming for the new series is underway....and true to form crews from smash hit comedy League of Gentlemen has returned to Huddersfield.

The sitcom have previously filmed in Marsden, and were seen outside Globe Mills in Slaithwaite yesterday. Unfortunately these are the best pictures we have - we’ll just have to wait until it hits our TV screens later this year to see more!

Crews spotted filming for League of Gentlemen in Slaithwaite(Image: Shell Rowland)

Crews spotted filming for League of Gentlemen in Slaithwaite(Image: Shell Rowland)

Burglars raid travel shop in Mirfield

A travel agent has said she is “sickened” after thieves broke into her business and tried to steal cash last night.

Jo Richards has branded the burglars “pond life” after raiding Tivoli Travel on Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, in the small hours. Despite smashing the windows and making a mess, the thieves left empty handed.

Burglars raid Tivoli Travel, Mirfield(Image: Jo Richards)

Jo, 47, who lives in Shelley, only opened the business in May and says it is “sickening” for burglars to target independent businesses “trying to make an honest living”.

Police are now investigating the burglary and are to take fingerprints at the shop later today.

Burglars raid Tivoli Travel, Mirfield(Image: Jo Richards)

Weather warning still in place - but drier weather on the cards for today

Weather warnings remain in place across West Yorkshire this morning.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning over high winds overnight. This may affect traffic on the M62 over the tops with speed limits - although looks like there haven’t been any serious incidents to report so far this morning.

Otherwise throughout the day, expect things to be a bit dried and brighter than yesterday. Temperatures of around 13 degrees with a bit of sunshine.

Lane closed on M62

One lane closed on the M62 eastbound between junctions 30 and 31.

Arsonists strike twice overnight

Fire services attended two cars which had been deliberately set on fire last night.

A crew from Dewsbury fire station attended the first fire on Burnsall Road, Batley, where a VW Golf had been set alight. The service then attended another car fire on Moorcroft Road in Dewsbury Moor a short while later in the small hours.

Nobody was injured in either fire and it’s not known whether they are connected.

Today's Examiner

Here’s our front page today - our leading story is McDonalds stepping up security as CCTV shows the moment a man stamped on another outside their town centre restaurant last month.

We also have the lowdown on Sam Hunter’s court appearance yesterday, as well as an update on the Yassar Yaqub investigation.

Traffic update

Slow traffic on Godley Lane, Halifax, this morning due to an accident by the Stump Cross Inn, so please be wary of this.

The M62 eastbound is very slow around Ainley Top. Other than this no major incidents to report.

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

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.

Shrivelled Sunset in Greenhead Park - by Manpreet Singh

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