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Travel round-up

Here’s the latest on the roads as rush hour gets underway:

M62:

Heavy traffic on M62 Westbound between J28 A650 / A653 (Tingley) and J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome).

Holmfirth:

Heavy traffic on A6024 Woodhead Road in both directions at Thong Lane / Miry Lane. In the roadworks area.

Temporary traffic lights are in operation.

Huddersfield:

Very slow traffic on A62 Castlegate at A640 Trinity Street Traffic Lights.

Usual delays on A629 Halifax Road out of town from Blacker Road (Edgerton Cemetery) to A643 Brighouse Road (Ainley Top). Travel time is 15 minutes.

Halifax:

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

Welcome Centre needs volunteers

Can you volunteer at the Welcome Centre in Huddersfield?

The centre, which is the home to the town’s food bank, needs collection driver volunteers, warehouse volunteers and phone referral volunteer.

Click on the link below for more details:

Top work by town's young gymnasts

Young people in our town do some pretty amazing things.

Look at these photos showing the talent at the White Rose Gymnastics Club.

Click here to see more photos

White Rose Rythmic Gymnasts demonstration at All Saints Catholic College Gym. Young gymnasts perform in the gym.
White Rose Rythmic Gymnasts demonstration at All Saints Catholic College Gym. Young gymnasts perform in the gym.

Bird's eye view

Can you tell where in Huddersfield this is?

Bradford address raided by National Crime Agency

A website linked to millions of cyber attacks across the globe, including on some of the UK’s biggest banks, has been shut down, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

An address in Bradford, West Yorkshire, was searched as authorities targeted six members of a gang behind a website called webstresser.org.

As well as the search, arrests were made on Wednesday in Scotland, Croatia, Canada and Serbia.

The NCA said: “As part of the operational activity, an address was identified and searched in Bradford and a number of items seized.

“NCA officers believe an individual linked to the address used the webstresser service to target seven of the UK’s biggest banks in attacks in November 2017. “They were forced to reduce operations or shut down entire systems, incurring costs in the hundreds of thousands to get services back up and running.”

Palace for pampered pooch

A dog-loving Lottery winner has commissioned a replica of Windsor Castle - complete with red carpet, throne and hot tub - so her pampered pooch can enjoy the Royal Wedding as much as her.

Susan Crossland, 53, of Mirfield, has spent more than £5,000 having a 2m high, hand-painted version of the castle built for her 10-year-old Lhasa Apso dog Archie.

Lottery winner Susan Crossland with her dog Archie the Lhasa Apso and his new kennel, a replica of Windsor Castle, which she has installed at her home in Mirfield, West Yorkshire. Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Lottery winner Susan Crossland with her dog Archie the Lhasa Apso and his new kennel, a replica of Windsor Castle, which she has installed at her home in Mirfield, West Yorkshire. Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Wire

And the pooch is set to enjoy Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle dressed in his tuxedo and top hat, sitting in his velvet-lined castle.

Mrs Crossland said: “I love royal weddings and I love the royals. I just thought it might be a bit quirky to have something nice for Archie so I had him a Windsor Castle made and he absolutely loves it.”

She said she is planning to host a barbecue on the wedding day and says Archie will “just be pottering about in his Windsor Castle”. “It’s worth it,” she said. “He’s my dog at the end of the day. Why not spoil your dog?”

Mrs Crossland and her husband Michael, 49, from Mirfield, won £1.2 million on Lotto in 2008.

Jail for driver who failed to stop twice

A dangerous driver who fled the scene of two serious injury collisions has been jailed for seven years.

Waqas Hussain, of Spencer Road in Lidget Green was sentenced today (Wednesday) at Bradford Crown Court for two incidents, including a fail to stop for Kirklees police.

Waqas Hussain, aged 23, of Spencer Road in Lidget Green jailed for seven years over fail to stop for Kirklees police
Waqas Hussain, aged 23, of Spencer Road in Lidget Green jailed for seven years over fail to stop for Kirklees police

Hussain, 23, was the driver of a Volkswagen Golf which crashed in the Clayton area of Bradford on 17 July last year, causing serious injury to his passenger who required a lengthy stay in hospital for treatment.

Enquiries into the collision established that Hussain was the driver of the Golf and police carried out extensive enquiries to trace him, which led to a public appeal for information on his whereabouts.

Then in the early hours of 26 February this year he was involved in another collision in the Shearbridge area of the city.

After failing to stop for police in the Kirklees area officers followed his Volkswagen Golf into Bradford, where it collided with two pedestrians in Summerville Road, seriously injuring one of them.

Hussain tried to run from the scene of the collision but was quickly detained by officers.

He was charged with two counts of causing injury by dangerous driving, drink driving and driving without a licence or insurance and was remanded in custody following his appearance at Bradford Magistrates on 27 February.

He then appeared before Bradford Crown Court on 28 March, where he pleaded guilty to all charges.

Following sentencing, PC Richard Hirst, of the Western Area Roads Policing Unit, said: “The fact that Hussain fled both collisions shows how little concern he had for the people he seriously injured through his dangerous driving.

“He now has some time in jail to think about the hurt he has caused and I hope this will be of some comfort to those who have been affected by his reckless behaviour.

“This case demonstrates the consequences of what can happen when a vehicle is driven in a dangerous manner and I hope it will serve as a warning to other motorists.”

Traffic alert

There’s heavy traffic on A6024 Woodhead Road in both directions at Thong Lane / Miry Lane.

It’s in the roadworks area and there are temporary traffic lights in operation.

Blue light services join forces

West Yorkshire’s three blue light services are joining forces to call for new laws that give staff better protection against attacks on duty.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, West Yorkshire Police and Yorkshire Ambulance Service are backing a ‘Protect the Protectors’ Bill going through Parliament that will introduce tougher penalties for those who attack police, fire and ambulance workers.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is launching a campaign, called More than a Uniform, after seeing a spike in violent incidents towards crews in the last year.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is launching a campaign, called More than a Uniform, after seeing a spike in violent incidents towards crews in the last year. (Image: submit)

The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill 2017- 2019 is set for debate on Friday, making it a stop closer at becoming law if it gets support of MPs. In the 12 months to April firefighters from West Yorkshire have come under attack almost 100 times, and non-operational staff suffered six incidents of violence towards them. West Yorkshire Police recorded 1,741 assaults on employees, whilst 840 incidents of verbal and physical abuse against Yorkshire Ambulance Service staff were reported over the same period.

M1 travel alert

There’s an issue on the M1

Today's top stories

Here’s our most read stories so far today

1) Teen drug dealer found shot in face on doorstep

Iranian Marley Gharani says he got involved with drugs after getting bullied at a local school

Police at the scene in Nether Crescent, Rawthorpe
Police at the scene in Nether Crescent, Rawthorpe

2) Man died on M62 after he left his crashed car and crossed the motorway

Tragic incident saw large part of M62 closed off from East Yorkshire

3) Teen’s dog bit postie ... from inside its house

Bizarre court case shows how dogs can be dangerously out of control in your own home

Weather watch

Wondering if you’ll need a brolly or sunglasses this week?

Weather for Wednesday April 25
Weather for Wednesday April 25

Wednesday will be a mixture of sunshine and scattered showers through the day with blustery westerly winds. The showers will be heavy at times with a risk of hail and thunder by the afternoon. Maximum temperature 14 °C.

Tonight the showers will ease in most parts overnight leaving clear spells. The occasional shower may still affect the Pennines. Chilly in the westerly wind.

Thursday will see a mix of sun and showers, with the latter heavy and thundery, particularly in the north before easing through the evening.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday: Less windy on Friday although with showers or longer spells of rain. Scattared showers again on Saturday before a drier day Sunday, although with rain possible in the south later.

Appeal after man found dead at wheel of HGV

Police are appealing for witnesses following the death of a man in Bradford.

Officers were called at 12:40am on Tuesday 24 April to reports of a male unresponsive at the wheel on Station Road, at the junction with Highfield Terrace in Bradford.

An articulated lorry was completing a U turn in the road and the vehicle came to a stand still.

The driver, a man in his 50s, was found unresponsive.

Paramedics attended and the driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Anyone with any information about this incident or saw the HGV prior to the incident, is asked to contact the police via 101 quoting log number *818 of 24 April.

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

Tragedy on M62

A man died on the M62 last night.

The 49-year-old was driving a white Ford Kuga on the eastbound carriageway close to the Ouse Bridge when he was involved in a collision with an HGV.

There’s more on this at our sister paper in Hull

Gas works means bus diversion

If you use buses in the Almondbury area this will affect you:

M62 alert!

There’s queueing traffic due to earlier broken down vehicle on M62 Westbound before J29 M1 (Lofthouse).

All lanes have been re-opened but traffic was being held until around 08:35 so it means there are some delays.

Giants cup draw

The draw for the sixth round of the Challenge Cup has just been made on Radio 2 and Huddersfield Giants have got...

Travel update

The A635 Barnsley Road between Denby and Upper Cumberworth is closed in both directions due to a fallen tree.

There are also reports of slow traffic in the usual places on the M62, and congestion around junction 40 of the M1 at Ossett.

Welcome to Wednesday

Morning all, welcome to Wednesday’s live blog; 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.

Spring walk in Beaumont Park, Huddersfield.
Spring walk in Beaumont Park, Huddersfield.

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 .