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M62 crash westbound at Chain Bar
Another crash on the M62 this evening - this one is westbound at junction 26 which is Chain Bar, Bradford.
One lane is closed and traffic is in a queue as a result.
West Yorkshire Police have issued this tweet:
Traffic update on M62
Traffic is now easing on the M62 eastbound following the earlier accident between Rishworth and Huddersfield.
Crash on M62
One lane is closed and there is queueing traffic due to accident on the M62 eastbound between Junction 22 Rishworth Moor and Junction 23, Huddersfield.
Lane three (of three) is closed.
West Yorkshire Police have also tweeted this, below.
Council meetings cancelled
Council waste meetings over the next week have been cancelled.
Kirklees say hearings scheduled for all of next week are no longer taking place due to the inspector being unable to attend for personal reasons. All meetings will be rearranged for a later date.
Picture of the day
This lovely shot was taken by Debbie Simpson at sunrise in St George’s Square, outside the station, this morning.
Look at that sky!
Huge pub and club project stalls
Work to transform a former theatre and cinema in Huddersfield into the largest pub in the UK complete with its own state-of-the-art nightclub has hit some snags.
Developers behind the Colosseum, in the former Sin nightclub on the ring road, are working to overcome the problems after claiming costs to get the project off the ground are going up. Read the full story here.
Services pay their respects
Emergency services in West Yorkshire have been paying their respects to the fallen this morning.
Police and fire services held a minute’s silence at 11am at their respective headquarters.
Here’s a round of today’s main headlines...
BARNIER: SOME PROGRESS IN BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS BUT MORE WORK NEEDED
The Brexit negotiations have made “some progress” but more work is needed on specific issues, the EU’s chief negotiator has said. Following the latest round of talks in Brussels, Michel Barnier said they still had to see “sufficient progress” on the arrangements for Britain’s withdrawal before they could move to the second phase of negotiations.
UBER LOSES CHALLENGE OVER TRIBUNAL RULING ON DRIVERS’ EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS
Taxi firm Uber has lost an appeal against a ruling on the employment rights of drivers. The GMB union said a ruling by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) was a “landmark victory” for workers’ rights, especially in the gig economy. Two drivers, James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam, won an employment tribunal case last year after arguing that they were “workers” and entitled to the minimum wage, sick pay and paid leave. Uber challenged the ruling at the Employment Appeal Tribunal in central London, saying it could deprive drivers of the “personal flexibility they value”.
MONSTER MAGIC FOR YOUNG BOY IN JOHN LEWIS CHRISTMAS AD
A young boy and his imaginary monster under the bed are the stars of this year’s eagerly anticipated John Lewis Christmas campaign. The two-minute tale of friendship that develops between saucer-eyed Moz the Monster and his seven-year-old host Joe is set to a cover of The Beatles song Golden Slumbers by Manchester band Elbow for what has become a fixture in the build-up to Christmas.
Efit released of Fartown knife attack suspect
Detectives investigating an attack on a man in Fartown have released an efit of the suspect.
The attack happened on Holly Terrace on Wednesday last week when the victim, a 53-year-old man, was approached by a man while returning to his car. He was attacked with a bladed weapon and suffered a head injury. He was taken to hospital but has since been discharged.
A male relative of the victim, who was in the car at the time, also received minor injuries in the attack.
The suspect is described as being about 30 years of age and clean shaven. He was wearing a black hooded top and grey baggy joggers. Anyone who recognises the man in the e-fit is asked to contact Huddersfield District CID on 101, referencing crime number 13170509753.
Roadworks to cause disruption throughout the day on the M62
Be wary of this if you’re using either the M62 or the M1 northbound today.
Road workers are carrying out emergency repairs on one of the slip roads between the M1 northbound and M62 eastbound which has been causing quite a bit of congestion so far this morning. HIghways England now say this is likely to continue throughout the day.
Officers tape off street in Springwood
A road in Springwood has been cordoned off by police.
Part of Back Spring Street is currently taped off with officers at the scene. We are waiting to hear from police as to what’s happened.
Follow our updates here.
Homeless charity forced to close due to lack of funding
A charity serving homeless people in Brighouse has announced it will fold.
BASH - Brighouse and Surrounding Homeless - is to close at the end of the month after they failed to secure grant funding. The cause made the announcement on social media, saying: “We are hoping that the Food Bank will be able to continue as a true legacy of the hard work over the past 2 years, with the continued support of the volunteers who have manned it from its inception.”
BASH have helped more than 150 people on the streets in the past two years, as well as support 87 people through drop-in sessions.
Felix the Huddersfield Station Cat is bringing out a chocolate advent calendar
I’m officially done with the world.
The town’s most famous feline has added a new string to her bow - and it’s got 24 doors with a little chocolate surprise behind each.
Our station cat and social media star (she’s only got 124,000 followers) has revealed she will be bringing out another year calendar for 2018, as well as the festive chocolate edition. Felix’s 2017 calendar broke the internet last year, after so many rushed to order one that the website froze.
Both calendars will be available to order online soon and the proceeds will be going to Cash For Kids.
Kings Cross service cancelled
Bad news if you’re planning on catching this service down to the big smoke for the weekend:
These roads in Huddersfield are closed today for roadworks:
Off to a bright start this morning but we’re forecast for some rain later on in the afternoon.
Temperatures of around 8 to 9 degrees.
A peek at our front page this morning - leading on yesterday’s court appearance of ten men charged with 100 sex offences relating to the alleged abuse of teenage girls in Huddersfield.
All men denied all charges At Leeds Crown Court yesterday.
Some idiot has left ladders on the M62
...this is near Ainley Top - take it slow.
What's happening on the local roads?
All looking fairly quiet so far - busy on the Huddersfield ring road at the Trinity Street traffic lights and on Halifax Road at Birchencliffe heading towards Ainley Top.
Cooper Bridge is also very busy.
Congestion at Lofthouse Interchange
Good morning, Huddersfield - happy Friday! Heavy congestion on the interchange between the M1 and M62 at junction 29 this morning due to a lane closure on a sliproad which has caused things to jam up a bit.
This is mainly affecting M62 eastbound and M1 northbound traffic.