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A629:

Reports of heavy traffic on A629 Salterhebble Hill and Huddersfield Road at the roadworks near the hospital by A646 Dryclough Lane.

Job mania:

It’s quite incredible but the former children’s home cum boutique restaurant Manor House, Lidget Street, Lindley, has received more than 1,000 job applications!

The Manor House development off Acre Street, Lindley.
The Manor House development off Acre Street, Lindley.

It is set to open soon as a wedding venue shortly following a £4.5m redevelopment with 11 individually designed guest rooms, bars and boutique restaurant open to the public, landscaping, glorious roof terrace and a large car park.

Kids worried over terror threat:

Nearly half of all parents in Yorkshire and the Humber say their children are anxious about the threat of terrorism.


A new survey from researchers YouGov has revealed that 45% of parents in our region with children aged 5-18 say those children are anxious about possible terrorist attacks.

Terror attack at London Bridge
Terror attack at London Bridge (Image: PA)

That’s slightly higher than the national average - across England, 41% of parents said their children were either fairly or very anxious about terrorism.


The survey was commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation to uncover the impact world events could be having on children, and equip parents to respond.

Housing:

It looks like a further 17 homes or thereabouts may soon be built on land next to Yew Tree Road, Birchencliffe following a planning application received by Kirklees Council.


The land forms part of the same allocation as the Harron Homes development for 95 houses that was approved last year. It is proposed traffic will access the site from Burn Road.

Colne Valley Lib Dem candidate Cahal Burke.
Colne Valley Lib Dem candidate Cahal Burke.

Kirklees councillor Cahal Burke, (Lindley, Lib Dem), said: “Somewhere around 17 houses may be possible although the layout will be subject to assessment at a later stage.


“I believe there are major highway and access issues not withstanding the loss of our green fields. Our open land needs to be protected.”


M1 accident:

We’re getting reports of queueing traffic due to an accident involving a lorry and a car on the M1 Southbound between J39 A636 (Wakefield /Durkar) and J38 A637 (Darton/Huddersfield).

Lane one of three in the roadworks area is closed.

M62:

All lanes now open after a broken down vehicle was removed on M62 Westbound at J30 A642 (Rothwell).

Protest meeting:

Huge crowds of #HandsOffHRI Campaigners and members of the public from Greater Huddersfield and Calderdale are organising to gather once again outside the gates of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary at midday on Saturday, 3 February, to express opposition to the plans to remove vital hospital services from Kirklees and Calderdale.

Natalie Ratcliffe, of Unison and #HandsOffHRI
Natalie Ratcliffe, of Unison and #HandsOffHRI

M62:

One lane has been closed due to a broken down vehicle on M62 Westbound at J30 A642 (Rothwell). Traffic is coping well. Lane three (of three) is closed.

Commemoration:

A special Bicentenary Service of Commemoration in memory of the 17 young people who perished in the terrible fire at Colne Bridge on 14 February 1818
will be held at St John’s Church, Kirkheaton on Saturday, 10 February at 11am.

Clr Christine Iredale, Mayor of Kirklees with her Consort and husband Robert Iredale.
Clr Christine Iredale, Mayor of Kirklees with her Consort and husband Robert Iredale.

A plaque will be unveiled by Kathy Butterworth, a descendant of one of the few survivors, Sarah Moody, (11 years old when she escaped from the blaze).

Kirklees Mayor, Christine Iredale, who is originally from Kirkheaton and representatives of West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority and the trade union, Unison, will also attend

Morrisons manager roles at risk

Morrisons is to axe 1,500 shop floor workers as it becomes the latest supermarket to announce large-scale job cuts.

The supermarket giant said the shake-up is part of a restructure that would see more customer service staff and fewer managers.

Under the proposals, roles such as warehouse manager are set to be culled.

Morrisons
Morrisons (Image: Chris Radburn/PA Wire)

Gary Mills, Morrisons retail director, said: “Our aim is to serve customers better with more front-line colleagues in stores improving product availability and helping customers at the checkouts.

“Very regrettably, there will be a period of uncertainty for some managers affected by these proposals and we’ll be supporting them through this important process.”

Weather latest

Kirklees Winter team have responded indirectly to claims roads weren’t gritted properly last night.

In a series of tweets the @Kirkleeswinter account states they rely on weather forecasts to apply their resources.

The tweet reads: “We base our gritting actions on the forecast, but also weather stations across the area and often a night patrol.”

Teenage girl and two others threatened with bread knife

A teenage girl was threatened with a bread knife as robbers tried to drag her from a car.

The terrifying ordeal happened last night when she was in a car with two other women when it was parked in Darley Street in Heckmondwike at around 7.30pm.

Two men approached the car and tried to open the car doors and demanded that the occupants of the car to get out and tried to drag the young girl from the car.

Both males were carrying what is described to be bread knives.

The girl refused to move and they managed to drive off unharmed.

The suspects made off on foot towards Claremont Road.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Kirklees CID via 101 quoting crime reference number 13180052065 or information can be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

National news lunch-time round up

Debt

Nearly one in five people retiring in 2018 will be doing so in debt - owing £33,900 on average - a report suggests. Some 19% of people planning to retire in 2018 say they will be carrying some form of debt with them, with credit cards and mortgages the most likely sources of borrowing still left to pay off, Prudential found.

One in seven people are hiding their debt problems from a partner, a study has revealed
One in seven people are hiding their debt problems from a partner, a study has revealed (Image: Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Schools

Improving schools in the North of England should be “at the top of the in-tray” for the new Education Secretary, it has been suggested.

A new report argues there is still a significant North-South divide in education, with too many northern young people, especially those from disadvantaged homes, falling behind other parts of the UK. Disadvantaged teenagers in the North of England score around a grade lower on average in their GCSEs compared to their better-off peers, according to the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) study.

The new £1 coin
The new £1 coin (Image: Getty)

Quids in...

A new ‘error’ £1 coin looks like it’s been released - with three examples having been seen already by ChangeChecker - and they’re selling for hundreds reports our sister site The Mirror.

This time it looks like the new £1 coin design has been stamped on one of the old £1 coin blanks.

The first one that came to light, sold for £205 on eBay after receiving 22 bids, a second is being sold at auction next month.

The third coin has been reported by another user on Change Checker.

Police appeal

Have you seen this man? He is wanted for sentencing over violent disorder at a boxing event at Leeds United last year.

Lucky escape after crash on Scapegoat Hill

A mum has told how her 11-month-old daughter and her father became stranded in a car when it skidded in the snow.

Lauren Vain said: “It was a nightmare!

“My 11-month-old was with her dad and he was driving her home when his car skidded side ways and got stuck in the middle of the road up in Scape.

“He rang me in panic as he feared that someone could go straight into them and his phone was also on 1% battery, I had no idea where they were.”

Lauren decided to go and try and find them but then got stuck herself.

In a desperate move, she even put out an appeal on a community facebook group to ask for anyone with a 4x4 to help.

But it was her step-dad who eventually managed to reach them.

She added: “My step dad ran to the top of the hill to try and bring them to safety.

“I feared the worst but 20 minutes later he managed to finally get here safe and sound.”

Sheds and gardens searched for missing man - update

Around 25 volunteers from Calderdale Valley Mountain Rescue braved the bitter weather last night as part of a search for a missing Elland man Alan Carrol.

The 72-year-old was last seen in the Elland area at 7.16pm last night and officers are concerned for his welfare.

At 9pm last night police asked for Calderdale Valley Mountain to assist their officers and West Yorkshire Fire Service to search Elland around the areas near Mr Carrol’s home.

Missing man Alan Carrol
Missing man Alan Carrol (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Tim Ingram, spokesman for Calderdale Mountain Rescue said: “We had around 25 volunteers tasked to Elland within a mile radius from his home.

“We go en-mass and tick off areas as we go. We searched green spaces and in people’s gardens and sheds.

“Police were also searching near the river.”

Volunteers stood down at 3am and the search continues today.

One for Harry Potter fans!

Looking for something to keep the kids entertained?

Holmfirth Library is hosting a Harry Potter event tomorrow night (6-8pm) for a special Harry Potter book night

More snowy scenes

Scapegoat Hill was affected by the wintry weather last night.

Missing Calderdale man

Police in Calderdale are urgently appealing for information as to the whereabouts of missing man Alan Carrol.

The 72-year-old was last seen in the Elland area at 7.16pm last night and officers are concerned for his welfare.

Missing man Alan Carrol
Missing man Alan Carrol (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

He is described as white around 6ft tall and has grey hair.

He was wearing a black hat, a blue coat with fur around the hood, blue Jogging bottoms, white trainers.

He also has a tattoo on his left arm and was carrying a black and white walking stick.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the non-emergency number 101 quoting the reference 1595 of the 31/01.

Second supermoon in a month

Stargazers were in for a treat last night as a second supermoon appeared in a month - known as a blue moon.

The first supermoon was the full moon on the evening of January 1 into the early hours of January 2.

Native American tribes called January’s full moon the Wolf Moon as it was the time when packs of wolves could be heard howling with hunger.

It’s also known as the Moon After Yule because it’s the first full moon following Christmas.

The second supermoon was last night and Examiner reader Betty Calderley from Lindley sent us this stunning image.

It’s not actually blue in colour and appears every three years.

But on other occasions, the moon can appear blue because of the way light bounces off large dust particles thrown into the atmosphere by a volcanic eruption.

It has given rise to the phrase ‘once in a blue moon’, referring to something that doesn’t happen very often.

School bus blocked in Scapegoat Hill

Scapegoat Hill resident Alex Stappard said: “The roads are okay this morning, a bit frozen but no more snow fell.

“An abandoned car has blocked the road for the 303 bus when I left at 7am. Its very local to that altitude.

“It was at the High street just past the junction of Pike Law lane and School road by the Scape House Inn.

School bus disruption

Colne Valley High School bus was diverted from Chain Road and Mount Road due to road conditions and instead took the Manchester Road route. Passengers had to go to Fall Lane roundabout instead.

Golcar worst hit

Residents have taken to social media and twitter to share concerns over lack of gritting.

Another woman posted on Facebook: “Station road has not been gritted, cars are going up and down but it’s very icy and looks dangerous. Barely any grit in the grit box just off Scarhouse Lane too.”

Kirklees official winter account on Twitter said gritters were out again at 5am this morning on certain routes.

Snow at Scapegoat Hill

Snowy scene from Scapegoat Hill last night which caused traffic problems for many trying to get home.

Flockton travel concerns

A concerned motorist has captured this video of a lorry in Flockton to help gain momentum for a bypass campaign.

Villagers say enough is enough after a spate of near misses, HGVs flouting the rules by using the main road through Flockton as a short cut, plus an increase in housing will lead to more vehicles on the road.

Residents are now collecting signatures and hope to top 3,500 to force a debate at Kirklees Council. The petition can be signed HERE

Mental health awareness day

Mental health problems affect one in four of us yet people are still afraid to talk about it.

For people with mental health problems not being able to talk about it can be one of the worst parts of the illness. So by getting people talking about mental health we can break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all. Today a campaign is challenging the attitudes with a #timetotalk campaign

And it is also a problem which affects young people:


Celine Bickerdike, 20, from Wakefield, experienced anxiety and depression while at secondary school.

She said: “My first experience of being judged because of having a mental health problem was when a group of girls took my anti-depressants from my bag and started reading out the side effects in front of everyone, laughing. Not only was this humiliating but it made me feel completely isolated and alone. They gossiped and said I was attention seeking and would say things like, ‘you can’t be depressed because you’re so bubbly. Surely a doctor wouldn’t believe you.’

“If you’re worried that a friend or classmate’s acting differently or has stopped hanging out with you all together, reach out to them and ask if they’re ok and want to talk about it.”

Road crash

We’re just checking out the details with emergency services but we’ve been told there’s been a crash on Mill Bank Road, Meltham.

Witnesses say there is debris in the road as well as black ice.

School start delayed

Golcar Junior and Infant School will be starting at 10am this morning due to black ice to allow parents, carers and children more time to make the trip safely.

Road blocked in Almondbury

It’s a frosty start for many this morning so mind how you go.

And it’s affecting the roads in Almondbury as Long Lane is blocked due to ice between Briggate and Crossley Lane.

The only other traffic update currently showing is queuing traffic on A644 Brighouse and Denholme Road at A644 Brighouse Road (Christ Church traffic lights). Current travel time is about six minutes.

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.

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park at West Bretton
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park at West Bretton

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 .