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Rail strike:

If you travel by train you need to read this!

Commuters travelling around Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Greater Manchester next week can expect fewer, busier trains as railways workers go on strike.

Rail strike. Huddersfield railway station. An unusually empty platform at Huddersfield railway station last year (2017)
Rail strike. Huddersfield railway station. An unusually empty platform at Huddersfield railway station last year (2017)

RMT members are set to strike on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (January 8, 10, 12) which means many Northern Rail services will be cancelled or replaced with bus services. Read our full story here

Missing person appeal:

Police in Calderdale are appealing for information to trace 17-year-old Truong Nguyn.

He was reported missing on 19 November and was last seen on Boothtown Road in Halifax.

Missing teenager Truong Nguyn
Missing teenager Truong Nguyn (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

He is described as a Vietnamese youth, aged 17, medium build, around 5ft 7ins tall with short black hair and brown eyes.

Police are concerned for his welfare and are appealing to members of the public who may have seen him or know his whereabouts to contact them.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the police via 101 quoting log number 1497 of 19 November.

Accident update:

There is queueing traffic due to an accident on A644 Huddersfield Road in both directions near B6117 Temple Road/Broad Street.


We understand the accident is reported to be not far from Shepherds Boy Bar and the people involved are awaiting recovery.

Unplanned power cut:

190 properties have been left without power in the Dewsbury area.

(Image: Ben Maffin)

Engineers are working hard to restore power and hope to do so by 7pm.

Accident in Dewsbury:

We’re getting reports of an accident on A644 Huddersfield Road near B6117 Temple Road/Broad Street.

Breaking News:

Four men have been jailed after pleading guilty to the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition following an investigation by the National Crime Agency’s Armed Operations Unit (AOU).

Ali Adnam Khan from Hartman Place, Bradford and Ikhlaq Hussain from Chesham Fold Road, Bury, Greater Manchester – both 29 – were arrested on the 16 December 2016 in the New Leeds area of Bradford, following a police pursuit after the vehicle they were driving failed to stop during which a number of Police vehicles were rammed.

 Loaded handgun thrown from car during police pursuit
Loaded handgun thrown from car during police pursuit (Image: National Crime Agency)

During the chase, a Walther handgun loaded with seven rounds of ammunition and 46 separate rounds of 9mm ammunition were thrown from the vehicle. Both Khan and Hussain were charged with the illegal possession of a Section 5 firearm and ammunition and Hussain was additionally charged with dangerous driving.

Investigations showed Khan and Hussain had met with two other individuals prior to the police pursuit and officers believe this was when the handover of the weapon and ammunition took place.

As a result, Kyle Stewart (24) was produced from HMP Armley and Umar Mahmood (31) was produced from HMP Lindholme and charged with conspiracy to supply a prohibited weapon and conspiracy to supply ammunition without a certificate and remanded into custody.

In July, Ikhlaq Hussain pleaded guilty to all charges he faced. Stewart, Mahmood and Khan appeared at Leeds Crown Court on 4th December 2017 for the start of their trial and all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transfer a prohibited weapon.

Today at Leeds Crown Court, Khan, Stewart and Mahmood were sentenced to five years and ten months, six years and three months and five years respectively. Hussain was sentenced to six years and will also be subject to a five year driving ban.

A629 queues:

Heavy traffic on A629 Salterhebble Hill and Huddersfield Road at the roadworks near the hospital by A646 Dryclough Lane.

Breaking News:

Police say a 29-year-old man from Huddersfield has been arrested in connection with two robbery offences.

Detectives are investigating two knifepoint robberies at convenience stores in Huddersfield last night.

West Yorkshire Police logo/badge
West Yorkshire Police logo/badge

Staff were held at knifepoint at the Co-op in Almondbury and the One Stop store on Broad Lane, Moldgreen.

Both robberies are thought to be linked. Read our original story below:

http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/staff-robbed-knifepoint-two-huddersfield-14117208

Survey shock!

This must be about the least surprising survey result of all time.

Women are more likely to find men attractive if they think they have a wallet with plenty of £50 notes in it.

British bank notes and coins, money, cash stock
British bank notes and coins, money, cash stock

And equally inevitably for men it’s still a woman’s looks that matter.

The study suggests that women are four times as sensitive to salary when considering a male partner as men are when choosing a female partner.

The study, published in Evolution and Human Behaviour, used photos of men and women alongside information on the subject’s annual salary to see how it influenced their attractiveness ratings on groups in America, China and Europe.

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Licensing row:

A date for the hearing into plans to licence Manor House, a former children’s centre set to become an upmarket wedding venue and restaurant, has been announced.

Clr Cahal Burke
Clr Cahal Burke

The plans have been opposed by some residents who fear the early hours of a weekend will become filled with the antics of inebriated customers.

Bankgate, the company behind the scheme, have applied to Kirklees Council for a licence to serve alcohol at Fieldhead, a Grade II listed property at Lidget Street.

The chairman of the Kirklees Licensing Panel, Carole Pattison, said the hearing would be held on 25 January at 1.30pm.

Kirklees councillor Cahal Burke, (Lib Dem, Lindley), said: “I welcome the work that has taken place to restore the buildings and bring them back into use.

“I am hopeful that a resolution can be found to alleviate fears expressed by residents and I am confident the Manor House will work with residents to minimise any negative impact that may occur as a result of the opening hours.”

A629 queues:

We’re getting reports of heavy traffic on a well-known bottleneck, A629 Salterhebble Hill and Huddersfield Road at the roadworks near the hospital by A646 Dryclough Lane.

Venables charge:

Breaking News: Jon Venables, one of the killers of toddler James Bulger in 1993, has been charged over indecent images of children.

Jon Venables
Jon Venables

In November the 35-year-old was recalled to prison and is set to be tried in private at an unnamed court, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Venables served eight years for the murder of James, aged two, in 1993 in a crime which shocked the nation.

He and Robert Thompson tortured and killed James in Liverpool, when they were both aged 10.

After serving theirr sentences they were granted lifelong anonymity that saw them released under new identities in 2001.

Police success:

West Yorkshire Police logo/badge
West Yorkshire Police logo/badge

Congratulations to West Yorkshire Police after it moved 129 places to 144th in the @stonewalluk Workplace Equality Index - a universally respected benchmark for employers to measure their progress on lesbian, gay, bi and #trans inclusion in the workplace.

Licensing row:

Some Lindley residents have complained about plans to licence Manor House, a former children’s centre set to become an upmarket wedding venue and restaurant.

Bankgate, the company behind the scheme, have applied to Kirklees Council for a licence to serve alcohol at Fieldhead, a Grade II listed property at Lidget Street.

Building work at Field Head, Lindley
Building work at Field Head, Lindley (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

One resident said: “We would like to oppose the application of license by The Manor House to sell/provide alcohol and play music until 2am on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The Manor House is in the heart of Lindley’s residential area and is surrounded by homes.


“It is not appropriate that a venue in a residential area is allowed to be open, sell alcohol and play music until the early hours of the morning.


“There are now a number of late night venues in the heart of Lindley which are causing problems for the residents in the early hours of the morning, i.e after midnight, including anti social behaviour by intoxicated people; beeping of taxis etc.


“Lindley is a mixed use locality for living, shopping and socialising however, it seems that some late night businesses forget that people also live here. Due to the location of our home, we are already disturbed most weekends by noise associated with people who have drunk far too much alcohol.”




M1 Update:

All lanes open, broken down vehicle removed on M1 Northbound between J40 A638 (Ossett / Wakefield) and J41 A650 (Carrgate).

Rail reminder:

A reminder to all rail users in the Kirklees area that the latest work to upgrade signalling in Huddersfield and Dewsbury will take place later this month as part of the Great North Rail Project, with passengers advised to check before they travel.

A rail expert analysing train flows
A rail expert analysing train flows

On Saturday, 20 January and Sunday, 21 January, workers from Network Rail will carry out the next stage of the project, which will see old signalling technology ‘recontrolled’ from local lineside signal boxes to the state-of-the-art Rail Operating Centre in York.

No trains are able to run in, out or through Huddersfield and Dewsbury stations.

Bus replacement services will be in operation to keep passengers travelling between Leeds, Manchester, Manchester Airport, Halifax, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Stalybridge and Bradford on the move.

M62:

One lane closed due to broken down car on M62 Eastbound between J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome) and J28 A650 / A653 (Tingley). Traffic is coping well.


Lane one (of four) is closed.

Broken down car causing delays on M62

One lane closed on the M62 on the approach to Leeds.

This is due to a broken down car between junctions 27 and 28. This may be causing a few delays if you’re heading that way this afternoon.

M62 between Junction 26 and 27

Shop owner convicted of selling fireworks to child

The owner of a fireworks shop at Thornton Lodge has been convicted of selling them to a 15-year-old boy.

Kahlid Ahmad was fined by Kirklees Magistrates this week after it was proved the A2Z Fireworks store on Manchester Road sold the six Moonshot Rockets to a teenage test purchaser. The purchaser was posing as a member of the public when he was sold the items the day before Bonfire Night in 2016.

Trading Standards found that Mr Ahmad had failed to train his staff adequately regarding the law in relation to the sale of fireworks to minors. On the night in question WYTSS attempted seven test purchases with a 15 year old test purchase volunteer, and only Mr Ahmad’s premises sold the items to the child.

Mr Ahmad was fined £500 and also ordered to pay £1500 legal costs and a £50 victim surcharge.

Stock pic: Kirklees Magistrates Court.
Stock pic: Kirklees Magistrates Court.

Pensioner denies child sex abuse

Reporter Stephanie Finnegan is in court.

More on this story on our website later.

Police investigating 'linked' armed robberies

Detectives are looking into two knifepoint robberies at convenience stores in Huddersfield last night.

Staff were held at knifepoint at the Co-op in Almondbury and the One Stop store on Broad Lane, Moldgreen. Police say both robberies are linked.

Almonbury Co-op on Northgate, Almondbury.
Almonbury Co-op on Northgate, Almondbury.

The male suspect entered to Co-op on Northgate at 9.20pm threatening three staff with a large kitchen knife and demanding money from the tills, fleeing with cash. The Moldgreen store was then targeted in a similar incident just an hour and a half later, when a man with a large kitchen knife threatened staff and escaped with cash from the till.

No one was hurt in either incident although staff members were left considerably distressed.

Paramedic blows whistle on reality of waiting times in Kirklees

A Kirklees paramedic has blasted hospital capacity and revealed the past week has been the worst for A&E delays in their 36-year career.

The winter crisis has prompted a frustrated ambulance worker to blow the whistle on poor care in Yorkshire. Read what they had to say on the matter here.

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Accident & Emergency Dept. Acre Street, Lindley, Huddersfield.
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Accident & Emergency Dept. Acre Street, Lindley, Huddersfield.

National news

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

PAROLE BOSS SORRY OVER FAILURE TO TELL VICTIMS OF CABBIE RAPIST ABOUT RELEASE
The chairman of the Parole Board has apologised “unreservedly” over the failure to inform the victims of serial rapist John Worboys of his imminent release.
Professor Nick Hardwick said he fully accepts there was a problem with the parole system, and that it was believed the victims had been informed before the decision was issued. Worboys was jailed for life and told to serve a minimum of eight years in 2009.

DONALD TRUMP SAYS BOOK ON WHITE HOUSE IS ‘FULL OF LIES’
US president Donald Trump has said an explosive new book about the first year of his presidency is full of “lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist”. Mr Trump was writing on Twitter a day before the release of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House - a book which is said to paint the businessman as a leader who does not understand the weight of the presidency. Although Mr Trump did not name the book’s author Michael Wolff by name, he wrote that he “authorised Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times).”

DIESELS HARDEST HIT AS FALL IN CONSUMER CONFIDENCE PUTS BRAKES ON NEW CAR SALES
New car sales fell 5.7% last year amid falling business and consumer confidence, industry figures show. Some 2.54 million new cars were registered in 2017 compared with 2.69 million the previous year, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said. This marks the first fall in sales for six years. December saw an even sharper decline of 14%, while demand for diesel models fell by 31% last month and 17% over the year.

President Donald Trump speaks at the House and Senate GOP lawmakers at the annual policy retreat in Philadelphia
President Donald Trump has called an explosive new book on life inside the White House 'full of lies' (Image: AP)

New batch of Town season ticket prices revealed

Huddersfield Town season cards will be priced at £249 for adults next season, it’s been revealed this mrning.

The club are likely to have the cheapest season tickets about with only one other club cheaper in the top two leagues. Fans will be able to renew their tickets later this month.

Read more on this latest news here.

Huddersfield Town fans celebrate the victory over Manchester United
Huddersfield Town fans celebrate the victory over Manchester United

Lane shut for emergency repairs on M62

One lane is closed on the M62 eastbound this morning due to emergency repairs being carried out near Leeds.

This is between junctions 30 and 31 in the roadworks area so be warned traffic will be even slower than usual.

Junction 26 of the M62
M62 (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

Couple forced to sit on bed at knifepoint as robbers raided their home

Police have released CCTV after a couple were threatened in their home in a terrifying robbery.

The victims were at home on Howley Mill Lane in Batley on December 6 when the three men broke in. When they were disturbed by the female resident they threatened the couple with knives and forced them to sit on their bed as they raided the house for property to steal.

They then made off with mobile phones, jewellery and car keys. The man and woman were uninjured in the terrifying robbery, but understandably left very distressed.

Suspects in terrifying Batley robbery
Suspects in terrifying Batley robbery (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

The three fled the scene in one of the victims’ cars, a white Audi convertible with the registration RP04 DAN. Police are appealing for any information on the robbery, and particularly want to hear from the occupants of two vehicles seen nearby at the time. These are a a small white coloured van, and a small dark coloured car (also pictured in CCTV images).

Vehicles pictured on CCTV following Batley robbery
Vehicles pictured on CCTV following Batley robbery

Serial burglar charged

Another criminal being put through the courts...

Landlord due in court over fatal Fartown house fire

A man is due at Leeds Crown Court today charged with causing the deaths of two boys in a house fire.

Logan Taylor, three, and two-year-old Jake Casey died in the blaze at their home on Alder Street in February 2016. Landlord Kamal Qumar Bains has since been charged with two counts of corporate manslaughter in connection with the tragedy.

Bains, 51, of Stableford Gardens, Birkby, has denied the charges and is due before a judge in Leeds today.

Kamal Bains at Kirklees Magistrates Court, Huddersfield
Kamal Bains at Kirklees Magistrates Court, Huddersfield (Image: Huddersfield Daily Examiner)

Man hurt in Holmfirth crash

A driver was injured when his car flipped onto its roof after colliding with a parked car in Holmfirth last night.

Car lands on its roof after collision on Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth
Car lands on its roof after collision on Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth

The man was travelling in a Peugeot 207 when it crashed into another vehicle on Huddersfield Road near to the Murco petrol station just after 9pm.

Police said: “The male driver suffered minor injuries and recovery was arranged for the vehicle. Enquiries are ongoing.”

Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth
Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth