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Latest on Snake Pass

Snake Pass has been reopened following the crash earlier.

Snake Pass crash update

This is the scene on the Snake Pass earlier today which led to its closure:

It appears to have involved a BMW:

Shop staff threatened by two men

A store in Newsome was robbed earlier today by two men who fled with alcohol.

The store on Church Lane, which has not been named by police, was robbed at about 3.45pm.

A police spokesman said: “It took place after two men entered the store, threatened female staff inside and then fled with items including alcohol.

“No-one was believed to have been injured and initial enquiries are ongoing by detectives.”

Woodhead Pass and Snake Pass closed

The Woodhead Pass AND the Snake Pass have been closed due to separate accidents.

The A628 Wooodhead Pass has been closed in both directions between A57 Mottram Moor (Gun Inn Traffic Lights, Mottram in Longdendale) and A6024 (Holmfirth Turn Off).

Here’s the latest from Highways England:

Tribute to teenage boys killed in car crash

The families of two teenage boys who died in a collision in North Yorkshire have paid tribute to them as police continue to appeal for information.

George Turner
George Turner

George Thomas Turner, 17, from Sowerby, and Mason Pearson, also 17, from Thirsk, died in a collision on the A61 near Thirsk on March 7.

George and Mason, who were rear seat passengers in a VW Bora involved in the collision, died at the scene.

George’s family said: “George was a beloved son and brother, taken far too soon.

“He always had a smile on his face, he was a happy cheeky chappie.

“George was a popular lad and had several very good friends, he was intelligent and highly thought of by work colleagues.

“He was a sporty lad and played football at Thirsk Falcon Football Club and cricket with Thirsk Cricket Club.

“He enjoyed a bet, and was looking forward to his 18th birthday, when he would be able to place his first official stake with a betting operator.

“George was an avid Leeds United fan, just like his dad.

“He enjoyed eating pizza and was Milano Pizza Place’s best non-paying customer.

“George was such a bright light, who will continue to shine.”

Mason Pearson
Mason Pearson

Mason’s family said: “Mason, our beautiful son and brother, was a fun-loving teenager with a zest for life.

“He was a hard worker who was making plans for his future, hardly able to contain his glee at soon becoming 18.

“He loved being with his friends, and an ideal Saturday was going with them to watch his one love, Middlesbrough Football Club.

“The void that has been left in our life is unbearable and beyond repair.

“Our hearts are shattered, we just want our boy safely back with us.”

Another two passengers in the VW Bora, an 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy, remain in hospital in a critical condition.

The driver of the VW Bora, a 22-year-old local man, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He has been released on police bail whilst enquiries continue.

Officers are continuing to appeal for information about the collision, which also involved a black Ford Focus and resulted in seven people, including two children, being taken to hospital.

Incident on Woodhead Pass

This is just emerging:

Travel round-up

Here’s the latest from the roads:

1) Heavy traffic and one lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M62 Westbound between J28 A650 / A653 (Tingley) and J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome). Lane one (of four) is closed.

2) Heavy traffic on M62 Eastbound between J28 A650 / A653 (Tingley) and J29 M1 (Lofthouse).

3) Slow traffic on M606 Southbound at M62 J26 (Chain Bar). Travel time is five minutes.

4) Usual delays on A629 Halifax Road out of town from Blacker Road (Edgerton Cemetery) to A643 Brighouse Road (Ainley Top). Travel time is 11 minutes.

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

6) And we expect delays as a result of roadworks in Rastrick, on the main road between Fixby roundabout and the Sun Inn. Click here for more on it

Road works on Clough Lane, Rastrick near to Rastrick fire station.
Road works on Clough Lane, Rastrick near to Rastrick fire station.

Incident in Dewsbury

There has been an unusual incident in Dewsbury.

An HGV has collided with a scaffolding tower, which was holding live electric cables.

It has happened on Mill St East Dewsbury.

There are no injuries, and fire crews from Dewsbury and Technical Rescue Unit from Cleckheaton is in attendance.

M62 update

No sooner was a lane of the M62 closed, now it’s open again:

M62 alert

There’s heavy traffic and one lane of the M62 is closed due to broken down vehicle.

It’s westbound between J28 A650 / A653 (Tingley) and J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome).

Lane one (of four) is closed.

Major road plans being unveiled

There is big news coming out of today’s Local Plan hearing.

Kirklees Council wants to push through development on Bradley Park Golf Club, but opponents say the roads aren’t up to it.

It’s emerged today that Kirklees hopes to fast-track road improvements which could top £70m.

Our reporter Nick is covering the meeting and we’ll have more later today on MAJOR proposals which will be unveiled in full this summer.

But it includes:

- £70m alterations to the A62 and A644 - that’s the Bradley and Cooper Bridge area towards the M62 at Junction 25.

Roundabout at Cooper Bridge, Huddersfield.
Roundabout at Cooper Bridge, Huddersfield.

- Kirklees says work could begin on the A644 Wakefield Road in June 2020,

- Bradley Junction Improvements by February 2021.

- And the A62 Improvements and Cooper Bridge Roundabout work is set for completion by July 2021, with other work due to be done by 2023.

Kirklees won’t unveil a map of the plans just yet, but we understand it involves land Kirklees doesn’t own.

We’ll have more on this later today.

Suspicious incident appeal

Police investigating a report of a woman who was allegedly seen in a distressed state in a vehicle in Keighley are appealing for information.

The woman, who is thought to have been in her late teens or early twenties, was reported to have been seen getting into a silver or white vehicle of similar size to a people carrier, close to the post office in Central Drive at about 7.30pm last Friday.

As the vehicle drove off towards Brackenbank Grove a woman’s voice was heard to shout for help.

The vehicle is believed to have had tinted or blacked out windows and a sliding door.

Detective Inspector Matt Walker, of Bradford District CID, said: “The incident was allegedly witnessed by children who were quite upset about what they saw.

“The woman is described as white and of slim build.

“She was described as having shoulder length black hair and black leggings and got into the vehicle with a male, who was described as Asian.

“Police have not received any matching missing person reports, but we are keen to locate this woman and make sure she is safe and well.”

Anyone who can assist this investigation is asked to contact Bradford District CID on 101, quoting log 1775 of 9 March.

Plan to boost highways around Cooper Bridge

Our reporter Nick is at the latest Local Plan meeting.

The Local Plan will set out what developments can be built and where in Kirklees.

Discussions today relate to Bradley Park Golf Club but it’s emerged Kirklees wants to speed up highways improvements around Bradley and Cooper Bridge.

Click here for background on what the Local Plan may mean for you and your neighbourhood

Rastrick roadworks

A week of roadworks has got underway today.

And there’s already congestion.

Map of congestion at Rastrick
Map of congestion at Rastrick

Click here for more on this story

Travel round-up

Here’s an overview of what’s happening on the roads right now:

1) Slow traffic on A58 Leeds and Halifax Road at A644 Brighouse Road (Christ Church traffic lights).

International Market comes to Huddersfield this week

Food and drink from Lithuania to Morocco will be among 50 stalls at this week’s Huddersfield International Market which gets underway this week.

Visitors will be spoilt for choice with delicacies from France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Greece, Morocco, as well as Indian, Lithuanian and Thai foods.

Click here to read more on this event

Crowds at the International Market on 2015
Crowds at the International Market on 2015 (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

National headlines

Here’s a round-up of the national headlines this lunchtime:

Tributes to Sir Ken

Sir Ken Dodd, creator of the Diddy Men and one of the most popular comedians of his time, has died aged 90.

On Friday, he had married Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years, at their house, the same one he grew up in, in the Liverpool suburb of Knotty Ash.

Ken Dodd. Photo by Colin Lane
Ken Dodd. Photo by Colin Lane

Stars from Dawn French to David Walliams, Sandi Toksvig, Brian Conley, Les Dennis and Dara O’Briain paid tribute following his death.

Dawn French said: “What a wonderful day for sticking a cucumber through your neighbour’s letter box and shouting ‘the aliens have landed!’ Tatty bye Doddy. And thanks”.

Statement on nerve agent attack due

Prime Minister Theresa May will make a statement to update MPs on the nerve agent attack on a Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia at around 4.30pm today.

Sergei and Yulia Skripal remain in a critical but stable condition.

The 66-year-old retired Russian military intelligence officer and his daughter, 33, were found slumped on a bench in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 4 March.

Brexit talks:

Efforts to break the Brexit deadlock between Theresa May’s government and the Scottish and Welsh administrations will continue this week, Downing Street said. Whitehall, Holyrood and Cardiff Bay are at loggerheads over how to handle the repatriation of powers from Brussels following Brexit. UK ministers are tabling amendments to their Brexit bill to deal with the issue despite opposition from the Scottish and Welsh Governments.

Woman in her 90s robbed at home

Police are appealing for information after an elderly woman was the victim of a robbery in Bradford.

At about 12pm yesterday (Sunday, 11 March) the woman, aged in her 90s, was entering her house in Hollingwood Lane, when a man followed her through the door and pushed her over.

He took her purse, which contained around £30 in cash, and then left.

The woman was uninjured.

The suspect is described as a tall white male, who was thought to be in his forties.

He was described as having dark hair and a moustache.

Bradford District CID is investigating and anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area or can assist the investigation is asked to call them on 101, quoting crime reference 13180116191.

Information can also be reported anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

West Yorkshire Police appeal

Police are investigating reports a shot was fired at the window of a house in Bradford last night.

Officers were called to an address in Wansford Close, Holmewood at around 10.20pm yesterday (Sunday, 11 March) after receiving a report of damage to a property and a vehicle leaving the scene.

Officers found damage to a window frame which appeared to be consistent with the discharge of a firearm.

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

Enquiries are at an early stage, but it is believed to be linked to a series of incidents in Holmewood over the weekend involving damage to vehicles and an aggravated burglary.

Five males aged between 17 and 32 have been arrested in connection with these incidents and are currently in custody while enquiries continue.

Detective Inspector Andy Farrell, of the Firearms Prevent Team, said: “We would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area around the time of this incident.

“We believe this was a targeted attack which is possibly linked to a local dispute and are investigating this and the other incidents to identify possible suspects.

“Patrols are being increased in the area to reassure residents, although we do not believe there is a wider risk to the public.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Firearms Prevent Team on 101, quoting log 1978 of 11 March.

Information can also be reported anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Man, 24, seriously injured in M621 crash

A 24-year-old man from Liversedge was seriously injured in a crash on the M621 this morning.

Police are appealing for witnesses to a road traffic collision in Leeds which has left a driver in a serious condition.

At 3.40am today (12/3) a black Renault Megane Coupe was being driven on the M621 from Junction 27 of the M62 towards Leeds city centre when it left the carriageway and overturned before colliding with a large motorway sign causing extensive damage to the vehicle.

The driver, a 24-year-old man from Liversedge, was seriously injured and is currently being treated at Leeds General Infirmary.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who saw the vehicle in the area in the time leading up to the collision is asked to contact PC 571 Richard Whiteley of Safer Roads and Neighbourhood Support East via 101 quoting log number 145 of March 12.

The M621 remains closed for accident investigation work:

Jail for binman

A Huddersfield binman,who was confronted by a self-styled paedophile hunter on his own doorstep and who admitted a child sex charge, has been jailed.

Our court reporter, Stephanie Finnegan, has just tweeted this from Leeds Crown Court.

We’ll have a full story soon but you can read background in the link below

Mill fire 'suspicious'

The fire in Marsden is being treated as suspicious, the fire servcie says.

Huddersfield watch commander Andy Wooler from Huddersfield Fire Station said crews could not explain why the fire started where it did - meaning the circumstances are suspicious.

Click here for the full story

Fire, Bank Bottom Mills, Marsden. Emergency services at the fire at Crowther's Bank Bottom Mills
Fire, Bank Bottom Mills, Marsden. Emergency services at the fire at Crowther's Bank Bottom Mills (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

M62 access re-opens

Highways England say access from the M62 eastbound to the M621 clockwise at J27is now open.

It’s still closed from the A650 roundabout at this stage. Lane 1 closure remains in place at the scene of the accident on the M621.

Rastrick roadworks

There’s congestion on local roads due to drivers avoiding the M62.

And to add to the problems, workers are setting up camp on Clough Lane, Rastrick for the week.

It’s causing some delays between the Sun Inn at Rastrick towards Fixby roundabout.

Map of roadworks area on Clough Lane, Rastrick
Map of roadworks area on Clough Lane, Rastrick

M62 update

The M62 is a little broken this morning & it’s having an impact on local roads.

Here’s what we know so far:

1) the M621 Eastbound is closed, and there’s queueing traffic on the M62 due to accident investigation work.

It’s causing delats between M62 J27 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome) and J1 A6110 (Beeston/Farnley), congestion on A650 to M62 J28 / A653 (Tingley).

The accident happened around 4am with the road closing at 4.45am.

Diversions from the M62 J27 take the A62 northbound to the A6110, turning right to head to the M621 and re-join at J1.

Traffic is a lot heavier along A62 Geldred Road and A643 Elland Rd, plus drivers trying to avoid the M62 are using local roads.

M62 Junction 23 - nearest carriageway is westbound. Traffic slow on eastbound
M62 Junction 23 - nearest carriageway is westbound. Traffic slow on eastbound

2) There’s slow traffic and lane closed on entry slip road on M62 Westbound before J29 M1 (Lofthouse).
Lane one (of two) is closed.

It was closed at 9.35am.

3) There’s one lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M62 Westbound between J26 M606 / A58 Whitehall Road / A638 Bradford Road (Chain Bar) and J25 A644 (Brighouse).

Lane one (of four) is closed. It was closed at 8.33am

4) Eastbound traffic is slow from Junction 22 at Denshaw towards Huddersfield.

There is no single incident causing thsi, but we believe it’s a combination of heavy rain and delays from further along the M62.

Traffic slow

The furthest carriageway is the M62 eastbound and we’ve had reports traffic is down to 10mph.

We can’t see details of an incident yes, so it could be due to the heavy rain in the area.

M62 Junction 23 - nearest carriageway is westbound. Traffic slow on eastbound
M62 Junction 23 - nearest carriageway is westbound. Traffic slow on eastbound

M62 delays

There are delays on the M62 still after an earlier accident.

It happened westbound J24 to 23 and speed was set to 30mph.

The accident has now been cleared but delays continue.

Weather watch

Rain, rain, rain!

Forecasters say rain will stay with us for most of Monday, with some longer outbreaks of rain, perhaps heavy in places throughout Monday.

It will be misty at times with some coastal and hill fog, and feeling cool in the northeasterly breeze. Maximum temperature 7 °C.

Tonight the rain will become lighter and more patchy overnight.

Tuesday, will be drier with a few cloud breaks developing in the west.

Forecast for Monday March 12
Forecast for Monday March 12

One lane closed

One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M62 Westbound between J26 M606 / A58 Whitehall Road / A638 Bradford Road (Chain Bar) and J25 A644 (Brighouse).

Busy at Chain Bar