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M62 update:

Slow traffic and one lane closed due to accident on M62 Eastbound between J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome) and J28 A650 / A653 (Tingley).
Lane one (of three) is closed.

A former Victorian mill owner and philanthropist’s residence in the Huddersfield village of Lindley has undergone a £4.5m investment to transform a Grade II listed Georgian period property, known as Manor House, into a boutique restaurant with rooms.

Manor House has undergone a radical transformation, restoring the building to now include 11 individually designed bedrooms, two restaurants and three bars.

A roof terrace bar has also been created, allowing for views of neighbouring St. Stephens Church.

The fantastically stylish presentation which comes automatically when you take refreshment at Manor House, Lindley
The fantastically stylish presentation which comes automatically when you take refreshment at Manor House, Lindley (Image: Manor House)

The opening of Manor House sees 30 jobs being created, with a further 20 recruits expected to join the business by the end of the year. Already the venue has attracted high profile staff, many with backgrounds in luxury hotels across the UK.

Expected to be one of the leading boutique events venues in the north of England, multiple weddings and events for 2018 and beyond have been booked months in advance of the Manor House’s official opening.

Manor House recently opened its Clock Tower Lounge, a nod to the local landmark commissioned by Manor House’s former owner James Nield Sykes, to a welcome reception from local residents.

The gloriously lit up Manor House, Lindley
The gloriously lit up Manor House, Lindley (Image: Manor House)

The Lantern Room restaurant and rooms open from the 15th April and the Coach House, which will host weddings and events, will be fully operational from May.

Mark Ayre, General Manager at Manor House commented: “It is a pleasure to open our doors to such a wonderful reception from the local community who have been exceptionally patient and supportive during the renovations.

“We are extremely proud of what has been created at the Manor House and with such a unique offering, we expect to welcome visitors from far and wide to the area.”

M62 latest:

Traffic easing, earlier broken down vehicle on M62 Eastbound between J26 M606 / A58 Whitehall Road / A638 Bradford Road (Chain Bar) and J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome).


Lane one (of three) was closed to assist with the breakdown, however residual delays remain.

Murder update:

Together Housing, the operators of the Whinney Hill Park estate in Brighouse, where the body of a 29-year-old man, Carl Wood, was found yesterday afternoon (Thursday) have issued a statement.

Police revealed they have begun a murder investigation today.

Amanda Garrard, Director of Neighbourhoods at Together Housing, commented: “Together Housing understand that a police investigation is taking place at one of our properties in Brighouse, following a fatality.

“In tragic cases like these, our thoughts are always with the family and friends of the deceased, however we are not able to comment further at this stage as the police investigation is ongoing.”

Read my full story here

Queues on A644:

Queueing traffic on A644 Brighouse and Denholme Road at A644 Brighouse Road (Christ Church traffic lights).

M62 problems:

One lane closed and heavy traffic due to broken down vehicle on M62 Eastbound between J26 M606/A58 Whitehall Road/A638 Bradford Road (Chain Bar) and J27 M621/A650/A62 (Gildersome).


Lane one (of three) is closed to help with the breakdown.

Coroner's plea:

Coroners are appealing for information to trace relatives of Barry Tarran who died recently.

Mr Tarran, aged 68, from Lidget Avenue in Bradford, died on Saturday, 7 April.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact coroner’s officer Cat Sanderson on 01274 373716.

Party time!

The tiny village of Highburton is getting ready to party like never before shortly!

Read my full story here.

Murder update:

A man whose death has sparked a murder investigation has been named locally as Carl Wood.

Detectives launched a major probe following the discovery of the 29-year-old’s body early yesterday afternoon at a flat in Whinney Hill Park, Brighouse.

Read my full story here.

Predator jailed for sex crimes against young girls

A vile predator has been jailed for the sexual abuse of four girls over a period of nearly 20 years.

Maurice Rhodes, 61, has been sentenced to 15 years for the abuse which took place at various addresses and a hotel in Bradford between 1984 and 2003. Rhodes was also found guilty of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence after it was heard he held a gun to one of his victims’ heads when she was aged just 13.

Maurice Rhodes, jailed for two decades' worth of abuse against four girls
Maurice Rhodes, jailed for two decades' worth of abuse against four girls (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Detective Constable Polly Jackson, of the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit, said: “Rhodes not only sexually abused his victims over many years, he was also prepared to threaten them with violence to ensure he got what he wanted. We would like to praise their bravery in coming forward and hope today’s outcome will give them some closure.”

Motorway accident near Brighouse

This is why there have been queues on the M62 this afternoon:

Weekend's weather

You’ll be pleased to know there is no rain forecast for Huddersfield this weekend!

Both tomorrow and Sunday look to stay dry and overcast with temperatures of around 10-14°C.

Accident blocks three lanes at Brighouse

More trouble on the M62 this afternoon.

Three lanes are blocked and there is queuing traffic eastbound due to an accident and debris in the road near the Hartshead services between junctions 25 and 26.

Traffic is currently down to just one lane, so as you can imagine it’s all gone a bit chicken oriental. Here’s one of the motorway cameras showing the scene. We’ll bring you more on this as we get it.

Queues on the M62 at Brighouse
Queues on the M62 at Brighouse

Lane closed on M62

One lane is closed on the westbound carriage at junction 20 on the entry sliproad due to a broken down lorry. Traffic is reportedly coping well.

National news

Here’s a round up of the main headlines so far today:

RUSSIA: SYRIA CHEMICAL ATTACK ‘FABRICATION BY FOREIGN POWER’
Russia’s foreign minister has claimed a suspected chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma last weekend was fabricated with the help of an unspecified foreign intelligence agency. Sergey Lavrov said Russian experts have inspected the site of the alleged attack in Douma, just east of Damascus, and found no trace of chemical weapons. He said Moscow has “irrefutable information that it was another fabrication”.

PARENTS OF YOUNG ALFIE EVANS TO BRING NEW CHALLENGE FOR HIS LIFE-SUPPORT
The parents of a 23-month-old boy who has been at the centre of a life-support treatment battle are set to mount another legal challenge. Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, are preparing to ask Court of Appeal judges to allow Alfie Evans to continue to receive treatment. Appeal court officials say a hearing has been listed for Monday. The couple, who are from Liverpool, have already lost fights in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.

DONALD TRUMP YET TO MAKE ‘FINAL DECISION’ ON SYRIA MISSILE STRIKE
President Donald Trump has emerged from a meeting with his national security team without a “final decision” on how to respond to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr Trump held a meeting on Thursday afternoon with his team to discuss the situation. But she said “no final decision has been made”.

Family photo of brain-damaged boy Alfie Evans, whose parents are challenging a court ruling to switch off life support
Family photo of brain-damaged boy Alfie Evans, whose parents are challenging a court ruling to switch off life support (Image: Alfies Army/Facebook/PA Wire)

Two women in nasty crash at Grimescar

Two women were lucky to escape unhurt after a car rolled over in Huddersfield.

The Toyota Yaris was the only vehicle involved in the incident on Grimescar Road at 5.50pm yesterday. They had managed to scramble out before emergency services arrived. The road was blocked while the damaged hatchback was recovered.

Police patrol car
Police patrol car

Funeral announced for M62 crash victim

A service to remember one of the victims of a tragic crash on the M62 over the Easter weekend has been announced for next week.

Adam Afsar, 34, was tragically killed alongside friend Jason Wilby after a car was seen travelling the wrong way on the M62. He leaves behind children Caiden and Mylie.

An announcement from the family today states that Adam’s funeral will take place on Tuesday next week at Dewsbury Moor Crematorium at 2.45pm.

Adam Afsar, who was tragically killed in the M62 crash on Easter Monday
Adam Afsar, who was tragically killed in the M62 crash on Easter Monday

Do you recognise burglary suspect?

Kirklees police have released an efit of a suspect in a house burglary.

The burglary occurred on Saturday last weekend, although no further information has been given. Anyone who recognises the man is asked to contact police via 101 quoting crime reference 13180163816.

Murder: Separate updates

We’re running separate updates on the murder investigation in Brighouse here.

Whinney Hill Park, Brighouse, where a man's body was found on Thursday. Police have launched a murder investigation into the incident
Whinney Hill Park, Brighouse, where a man's body was found on Thursday. Police have launched a murder investigation into the incident

Murder probe launched in Brighouse

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man’s body was found in Brighouse yesterday.

The 28-year-old man was found dead at a house on Whinney Hill Park after officers were called at 14.04 yesterday. A 38-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death and remains in police custody at this time.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team via 101 quoting crime reference number 13180172665 or information can also be given to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police, stock, crime scene

Five men arrested in Primrose Hill raid

A bit of information from police on the incident in Primrose Hill last night.

Officers arrested five men in the raid on Plane Street after finding drugs and knives in a car.

A spokesperson said: “Armed police officers stopped two vehicles on Plane Street in Huddersfield yesterday (12 April) at around 18:15.

“The occupants of the cars, five males, all in their 20s, were all arrested.

“A quantity of Class B drugs were seized from the vehicle, along with some knives. All arrested persons remain in custody at this time.”

Plane Street, Primrose Hill
Plane Street, Primrose Hill

Today's Examiner

Here is our front page today, leading on yesterday’s inquest into the tragic passing of talented footballer Lauren Brown.

Road closed in Heckmondwike

Armed police in Primrose Hill

Reports of armed police in Primrose Hill last night. We’ve contacted West Yorkshire Police and will let you know if we get anymore information.

Out and about with the new Police Community Action Team(CAT). Specially picked police officers from around West Lothian join part funded by council team for more community minded policing.
(Image: West Lothian Courier)

Update on the roads

Moor Bottom in Cleckheaton remains closed in both directions this morning due to a burst water main.

No other closures or incidents on the roads to report so far but we’ll let you know if this changes.

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.

Stunning image of the M62 at sunset taken from Saddleworth Bridge by Darren Waite from Lindley
Stunning image of the M62 taken from Saddleworth Bridge by Darren Waite from Lindley

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 editorial@examiner.co.uk or tweet @Examiner. You can also find us on social media here .