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1940s weekend:

Brighouse 1940s Weekend is almost upon us!

And organisers say it is going to be their biggest 40s weekend yet.

Visitors to Brighouse 1940's weekend - Linda Page.
Visitors to Brighouse 1940's weekend - Linda Page.

And as someone who has enjoyed covering this weekend for several years now I can honestly say it deserves its recognition as one of the best in the country.

There will be dancing in Bethel Street Car Park and Park Street courtyard, vintage military and civilian vehicles as well as miniature steam train rides, a
full size replica Spitfire as well as a Real ale and Pimm’s Tent.


And as a special treat there will be Blackadder Goes Forth - the play on Friday and Saturday night

Well done, Judy!

A former Lepton woman has been elected to one of the most prestigious societies in the world. Fifty eminent scientists have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society and ten as new Foreign Members for their exceptional contributions to science.

Former Lepton girl, Dr Judy Hirst, who has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society - one of the most distinguished societies in the world
Former Lepton girl, Dr Judy Hirst, who has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society - one of the most distinguished societies in the world (Image: Mary Hirst)

She did a D. Phil at Lincoln College, Oxford and then worked at The Scripps Research Institute in California for two years on a Wellcome Trust Fellowship, before moving to Cambridge in 1999. She is now deputy director of the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit at The University of Cambridge.

The Royal Society is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. It published Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica, and Benjamin Franklin’s kite experiment demonstrating the electrical nature of lightning.

Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society, said: “Our Fellows are key to the Royal Society’s fundamental purpose of using science for the benefit of humanity.

“From Norwich to Melbourne to Ethiopia, this year’s newly elected Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society are testament that science is a global endeavour and excellent ideas transcend borders.

“We also recognise the cutting edge innovation taking place across industry, with many of this year’s Fellows coming from the thriving tech industry. For their outstanding contributions to research and innovation, both now and in the future, it gives me great pleasure to welcome the world’s best scientists into the ranks of the Royal Society.”

The ceremony will be held at the Royal Society, London, on Friday, 13 July.

M62:

Traffic returned to normal following earlier accident on M62 Eastbound between J26 M606/A58 (Chain Bar) and J27 M621/A650/A62 (Gildersome).

Brass band:

Emley Brass Band will play a programme of popular music in the second of three concerts being held in the Heritage Memorial Garden, behind the museum in Ravensknowle Park on Wakefield Road.

Emley Brass band entertain the crowds
Emley Brass band entertain the crowds (Image: PhotoEye.co.uk)

The concert will take place from 2pm to 4pm, on Sunday 10 June, and is free to attend. There are some seats in the garden but people are asked to bring their own if possible.

Refreshments will be available before the start and during the interval.

For further information, contact the museum by calling 01484 223240.

Rapist sentenced:

A man from Bradford has been jailed for nearly 13 years for sex attacks on three young girls.

Richard Halliday, of Wrose Road in Shipley, near Bradford, was sentenced to 12 years and nine months at Bradford Crown Court for the offences which occurred between 2013 and 2017.

They came to light in May last year when police investigated reports of concerns about the 36-year-old and his friendship with an 11-year-old girl.

Richard Halliday who has been jailed for nearly 13 years for sex attacks on three young girls
Richard Halliday who has been jailed for nearly 13 years for sex attacks on three young girls (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

She told officers that Halliday had raped her in his car and at his house in Bradford.

Following his arrest two other girls aged 11 and 12 came forward and said he had sexually assaulted them.

Halliday was later charged with counts of rape and sexual assault and appeared before Bradford Magistrates, where he initially pleaded not guilty to all offences and was released on bail.

Earlier this month he appeared at Bradford Crown Court, where he pleaded guilty to charges of rape and sexual assault and was bailed ahead of his sentencing on Thursday where he was also dealt with for drugs offences.

Five car crash causing hour long delays on M62

Five cars were involved in the crash on the M62. West Yorkshire Police described the accident as a ‘shunting’ and said nobody is believed to be seriously injured at this stage.

Queues are now trailing back over 10 miles and adding more than an hour to journey times.

Queues back to Brighouse

Our reporter at the scene has said queues are stretching back to junction 25 for Brighouse on the M62 after the accident between junction 22 and 23.

Queues of 40 mins on the westbound M62 after accident

Traffic was held while a vehicle near to the central reservation on the grass verge was moved to the hard shoulder.

Queues on the Westbound carriageway between J23 A640 / A643 (Huddersfield) and J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor). All lanes have now been re-opened and traffic was released at 11:35.

Wheelie bin on the M62

Highways England have been alerted to a wheelie bin on the inside lane of the eastbound M62 near junction 24 for Ainley Top.

Poundland just dropped a bathbomb on Lush

You could say Lush’s campaign has backfired somewhat. Poundland have clearly spotted an opportunity to capitalise:

West Yorkshire Police officers react to Lush 'anti-police' campaign

The campaign is promoted in the window of a Lush store
The campaign is promoted in the window of a Lush store (Image: gazbaz2894/Twitter)

High street store Lush has been blasted for its new campaign, launched today, which appears to be anti-police.

The cosmetics shop has today filled its shop windows, website and social media channels with slogans such as “paid to lie” and “spying” on innocent people.

They demand changes to an inquiry into “intrusive, abusive, political policing” which has seen female protesters being tricked into sexual relationships by undercover officers.

The campaing has faced a massive backlash though with calls to boycott the store from individual officers and public figures.

West Yorkshire Police officers have been similarly shocked this morning and have taken to twitter to express their dismay:

Elland bypass fully open

All lanes of the Elland bypass are now open after repair work to a damaged gas main.

The damage was caused by a third party contractor late on Tuesday night.

The A629, which links Huddersfield to Halifax, was closed for all of Wednesday and then partially opened on Thursday morning.

This morning all lanes were fully opened after Northern Gas Network engineers completed work t fix the problem.

Woman cut from car after M62 crash

A woman had to be cut from her car and taken to hospital following a crash on the M62 on Thursday night.

Fire crews from Huddersfield and Rastrick cut the roof off a black Fiesta to free the woman, who sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries.

West Yorkshire Police said they received a report of a crash on the M62, between junction 24 for Ainley Top and junction 25 for Brighouse, at 9.04pm.

The only vehicle involved in the accident was the black Fiesta and only the female driver was in the car at the time. An ambulance arrived to take her to hospital but her injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

Emergency services respond to an accident on the M62 in which a woman had to be cut from her car
Emergency services respond to an accident on the M62 in which a woman had to be cut from her car

Risk of thunderstorms today

A Yellow weather warning is in effect for Huddersfield from 9am to 10pm today.

The Met Office predicts scattered thunderstorms and occasional heavy showers could batter the area amid

At the moment it’s a grey and foggy start to the day.

Good morning!

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We’ll be bringing you updates on news, weather and traffic and travel as we get them.

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