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Fire:

More on the fire at the back of Spenborough Baths, off Bradford Road, Liversedge.

Police were called by the fire service to a skate park behind the Kirklees Council-operated sports centre on Bradford Road, Liversedge at 4.52pm. Enquiries into the incident are ongoing.

A West Yorkshire Fire Service engine
A West Yorkshire Fire Service engine

Cleckheaton Watch Commander Colin Brownsaid the fire engulfed a large section of a 20 sq m timber fence.

He said the incident took place today at 4.30pm and took just a few minutes to control and another 30-40 minutes to damp down.




Fire:

Arsonists have been blamed for a fire which engulfed a large section of a timber fence at the back of Spenborough Baths, off Bradford Road, Liversedge.

Cleckheaton Watch Commander Colin Brown said the incident took place today at 4.30pm.

A West Yorkshire Fire Service engine
A West Yorkshire Fire Service engine

He said police had been called to investigate and was hopeful CCTV footage would show who the perpetrators are.

M62:

Traffic heavier than normal on M62 Westbound at J24 A629 (Ainley Top), congestion to J25 A644 (Brighouse).

All aboard!

All Aboard for SMART Public Meeting in Marsden!

Local train services are changing from May.

This will have a particular effect on services to and from Slaithwaite and Marsden.

Marsden Rail Station
Marsden Rail Station (Image: :Mr Mark/Flickr)

A public meeting has been arranged by Slaithwaite and Marsden action on Rail Transport to highlight and discuss these changes and their potential impact on Wednesday, 9 May.

The event is taking place at Marsden Parochial Hall at 7.30pm.

The changes include:

* A reduction in morning and evening peak time services towards Manchester impacting on daily commutes

* Services terminating at Piccadilly rather than Victoria making journeys to Spinningfields and Salford Quays longer

* Regular through trains to Leeds Busier services coming from and going to longer distances potentially resulting in overcrowding

* Later last services from Manchester, and from Leeds on Fridays & Saturdays

* Decreased accessibility at Marsden due to increased usage of Platform 2

Traffic:

Heavy traffic on A62 Manchester Road in both directions between A616 Chapel Hill and Yew Tree Lane. In the roadworks area.

Police appointment:

West Yorkshire Police is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Assistant Chief Constable - former Huddersfield police officer Tim Kingsman.

Due to the retirement of Assistant Chief Constable Andy Battle in late May , West Yorkshire Police says it is pleased to announce that Chief Superintendent Tim Kingsman has been successfully selected to be an Assistant Chief Constable - one of the highest positions in the Force.

ACC Tim Kingsman will take over responsibility for Operational Support across West Yorkshire from 14 May.

Tim Kingsman
Tim Kingsman (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “I wish ACC Andy Battle all the best for his retirement and I thank him for his service to the communities of West Yorkshire.

“I am very pleased to have appointed ACC Tim Kingsman as his replacement. Tim is an experienced officer who is committed to serving the communities of West Yorkshire and will take over from Andy at a time of heightened operational pressure on our resources.”

Most recently, as Chief Superintendent, Tim held the post as District Commander in Kirklees - now held by Steve Cotter - before returning to lead Operations Support in the autumn of 2015, with several periods of acting up to Assistant Chief Constable.

He is married with three children.

Beer joy:

Lord’s Brewery operations director John Slumbers tells me it has enjoyed its best month ever for April with “thousands of pints of beer sold all over the country from London to the Lake District to Newcastle.”

Lord's Brewery and Tap House, Heath Lane, Golcar.
Lord's Brewery and Tap House, Heath Lane, Golcar.

The company which is based at a former mill in Golcar is new in its third year and is looking for new investors. John says: “If we got fresh investment we could get where we would like to in six months whereas it will take us two years as presently constituted.”

After a recent successful beer festival he is planning a summer one probably to be held in July.

Delays:

Delays on A629 Halifax Road out of town from Blacker Road (Edgerton Cemetery) to A643 Brighouse Road (Ainley Top). Travel time is 16 minutes.

Police appeal:

Police are appealing for witnesses to a road traffic collision which occurred last night on Long Lane in Huddersfield.

At 11.12pm, a Vauxhall Astra collided with a Suzuki motorcycle around 15 yards from the junction with Longfield Avenue.

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

The 28 year old driver of the bike suffered serious injuries and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary for treatment.

Anyone who saw the incident happen or the lead up to the collision, should contact the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference 2068.

Polling time:

There’s still time to vote!

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 03: Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn poses by a sign after voting in local elections at a polling station at Pakeman Primary School on May 3, 2018 in London, England. Voters are heading to the polls today for council and mayoral elections across England. These polls will be the first test of electoral opinion in England since last year's general election. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)***BESTPIX***
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 03: Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn poses by a sign after voting in local elections at a polling station at Pakeman Primary School on May 3, 2018 in London, England. Voters are heading to the polls today for council and mayoral elections across England. These polls will be the first test of electoral opinion in England since last year's general election. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)***BESTPIX***

Elections are being held in 150 local authorities across the country spanning metropolitan and district councils, unitary authorities and London boroughs.

Polling stations around England opened at 7am and close at 10pm.

Chess Congress:

Huddersfield Chess Congress will be held over the weekend of Friday-Sunday,( 25-27 May), at Huddersfield Ukrainian Club, Edgerton Road, Edgerton.


There will be sections for players of all abilities ranging from the Minor to Open and hundreds of pounds of prize money on offer. The cost of entering ranges from £20-£25. Contact organiser, Nigel Hepworth on 07903 548675.


Further details: http://congress.huddersfieldchess.org.uk/

Chess players from all over the country joined Huddersfield Chess Club’s 10th annual congress
Chess players from all over the country joined Huddersfield Chess Club’s 10th annual congress

Royal wedding:

Royal wedding fever is set to break out in Huddersfield shortly when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot in a star-studded ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

And the wedding of the year on Saturday, May 19, will draw tens of thousands of people from across the world to Windsor and pull in a worldwide TV audience totalling hundreds of millions.

Brother and sister act: Daniel and Sarah Bousefield, steward and stewardess at Lindley Liberal Club
Brother and sister act: Daniel and Sarah Bousefield, steward and stewardess at Lindley Liberal Club (Image: Bousefield)

Best of all the wedding which takes place at noon will be followed just a few hours later by the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United, making it a day to remember.

And the timing means that keen football fan, The Duke of Cambridge who is Harry’s best man, will have to miss the final to be at his brother’s side.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte are expected to be page boy and flower girl.

Lindley Liberal Club, a private club on Occupation Road, is expecting hundreds of members to turn up for its special day of celebrations with bacon butties being served from 10.30am and the bar opening at the same time. The wedding will be screen on its large monitor in the concert room.

Cannabis raid:

Police have executed two warrants on addresses seizing huge amounts of cannabis.

The warrants were carried outat two addresses on Winton Street and Moor Bottom Road in Huddersfield.

At Winton Street in Lockwood, the property was searched and six plants were found along with cultivating equipment.

A 52-year-old man was arrested for cultivation and production of cannabis. At Moor Bottom Road, a cannabis farm was discovered upstairs in the address and 15 plants were seized and removed from the property.

Huddersfield town centre Inspector James Kitchen, said: “This week, the team has conducted two warrants and seized a substantial amount of Class B drugs. We would always encourage members of the public to contact us if they have information about possible drugs production in our communities.

“We will always investigate any information received and take the appropriate action to rid our streets of drugs. “Any information can be given to your local NPT direct via 101 or anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”

Cooper Bridge Road:

Slow traffic on A62 Cooper Bridge Road heading out of Huddersfield before A644 Wakefield Road (Cooper Bridge Roundabout).

Full story on arrest of alleged rapist and kidnapper

Here is the full story of the arrest of an alleged rapist and kidnapper ant eh rescue of his female victim.

The operation last night took Kirklees police across county borders from Huddersfield to Oldham as they pursued the man and woman.

FULL STORY HERE

Kirklees police arrested an alleged rapist and rescued his female victim last night

Kirklees CID were involved in the arrest of a alleged kidnapper and rapist and the rescue of his female victim last night.

A now deleted tweet by Kirklees CID read: “A long shift but yet another instance of phenomenal teamwork tonight resulting in a timely rescue and arrest/s made... It maybe a while before we can give any details though, sorry!”

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police confirmed: “Police were called to reports of a concern for safety about the welfare of a woman in Huddersfield yesterday evening (2 May).

“Officers located a woman and a male suspect in the Delph area of Oldham.

“The 55-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of rape and kidnap. He remains in police custody at this time.

“Enquires are ongoing.”

We will have more on this for you soon.

Local election poll

It’s local election day!

How are you going to vote? Have you voted already?

Vote in our poll to see where Examiner readers have said their votes are going today.

North Road in Ravensthorpe back open

North Road in Ravensthorpe, which had been shut while firefighters dealt with a blaze at a takeaway, is back open.

The fire ravaged Roosta King chicken grill and was eventually put out when firefighters aimed jets of water through the building’s roof.

Ravensthorpe fire updates

Head here for updates on the fire at a takeaway on North Road in Ravensthorpe.

Otherwise, stay here for general news and traffic updates.

Ravensthorpe road closed due to a fire

North Road in Ravensthorpe is closed in both directions due to a fire.

This has resulted in heavy traffic between Huddersfield Road and Shill Bank Lane.

That's one determined dog

Pupils from Royds Hall School are enjoying their day with Kirklees police as part of the Prince’s Trust mentoring programme - particularly PC Huntington’s novel way of demonstrating the strength of police dog Macy’s bite.

Arrested man headbutted police van doors

Student Officer PC Sharp, based in Huddersfield, tweeted this shocking photo from his shift last night. A man who had allegedly caused damage to a window with his head, fists and a large metal table became aggressive and headbutted the doors of the police van when officers tried to arrange treatment for his injuries.

Latest on Bradford Road accident

Police have confirmed a motorcycle and a pedestrian were involved in an accident on Bradford Road, near Mumbai Spice.

The rider and the pedestrian are both male in their 40s and late 20s respectively. Both have been taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Police were called to the scene at 7.28am and closed the road to allow for clean-up.

The road was reopened at 8.44am.

Follow the latest on this here.

Unconfirmed reports of two people knocked over on Bradford Road

The accident on Bradford Road is opposite Mumbai Spice, heading towards the centre of town.

It seems like two people have been knocked down but this is not yet confirmed. A witness described a woman lying in the middle of the road.

One ambulance is currently on the scene and two police cars are directing traffic around the accident.

At the moment the road is still open.

Accident near Bradley Bar roundabout

We are hearing reports of an accident on Bradford Road in Bradley, near Fixby Road (Bradley Bar). More on this when we get it.

M62 slow moving eastbound

The M62 is increasingly slow moving eastbound between junction 24 for Ainley Top and junction 26 for the M606 turn-off towards Bradford. No incidents have been reported but be aware your commute may take slightly longer than usual as average speed is around 25 mph through some sections.

Huddersfield weather today and beyond

Today is the last day before the bank holiday sun hits us. Temperatures will hover around 12 degrees today with some cloud covering the sun towards the end of the morning.

Tomorrow starts much the same but by midday the sun will be breaking through and temperatures will start to rise. By the time everyone charges out of work for a long weekend it will be 17 degrees and sunny.

That good weather will continue over the weekend and into next week.

Good morning!

Hello Huddersfield on a bright and crisp morning.

Everything is looking smooth on the roads. A bit of slow traffic eastbound on the M62 at junction 24 for Ainley Top but nothing major.

We’ll have a weather forecast for the day ahead and beyond coming very soon.