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M62 crash update

Highways England says the accident on the M62 is expected to clear between 7.15pm and 7.30pm when normal traffic conditions should resume. There are two of three lanes closed.

M62 crash

Two lanes are closed and there is heavy traffic due to an accident on the M62 Westbound between J28 A650 / A653 (Tingley) and J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome). Lanes two and three (of three) are closed. There was also a broken down vehicle on this stretch of motorway.

Travellers move on

Litter left by travellers at River Steet, off Scar Lane, Milnsbridge
Litter left by travellers at River Steet, off Scar Lane, Milnsbridge

Travellers have moved on from a busy Colne Valley village.

But a group of travellers have now pitched up at a former mill site in Cleckheaton.

The travellers who arrived at River Street, off Scar Lane, Milnsbridge, a week ago have now left.

Three caravans were parked in the cul-de-sac off Scar Lane, which leads to the Aldi store car park.

However, rubbish has been left at the scene, including general litter, an empty gas bottle and bin liners full of rubbish.

Meanwhile, travellers have encamped at the site of the demolished St Peg Mill at St Peg Lane, Cleckheaton.

M62 breakdown latest

Queueing traffic 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. People were slowing to look at the earlier accident that occurred on the M62 Eastbound carriageway.

M62 latest

Traffic easing following an earlier accident on M62 Eastbound between J26 M606 / A58 Whitehall Road / A638 Bradford Road (Chain Bar) and J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome). Lane three (of four) was closed.

Colne Valley car crash

A 74-year-old woman was attended by paramedics after her Vauxhall Astra car collided with a parked vehicle at Linfit Fold, Linthwaite. The road was closed for a short time following the incident, which happened at 10.50am today.

National headlines

Suspicious package found at Parliament

Police are investigating an incident in the Houses of Parliament amid suggestions a suspicious package has been found.

A House of Commons spokesman confirmed the investigation was ongoing but the building was not in lockdown.

A Commons spokesman said: “The police are currently investigating an incident on the Parliamentary Estate.

“While their investigation is ongoing, any questions should be directed to the Metropolitan Police press office.”

A Met Police spokeswoman said: “We are still looking in to it.”

A police vehicle leaves the Palace of Westminster where police say that they are "investigating an incident" in the Houses of Parliament. Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
A police vehicle leaves the Palace of Westminster where police say that they are "investigating an incident" in the Houses of Parliament. Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

Scottish trip for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have visited Edinburgh Castle at the start of their first official joint appearance in Scotland.

The trip is part of their public engagements in the run-up to their wedding on 19 May.

They visited social enterprise cafe, Social Bite, which distributes 100,000 items of food and hot drinks to homeless people across Scotland each year, as well as employing staff who have experienced homelessness themselves.

Harry and Ms Markle then went to the Palace of Holyroodhouse for their final public engagement.

The couple are attending a reception to celebrate youth achievements as part of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 13: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their visit Social Bite on February 13, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 13: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their visit Social Bite on February 13, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

2 arrested after Moldgreen crash

Two people have been arrested after a number of offences in the Moldgreen area.

Police were called at 11.36pm last night, Monday February 12, to a collision on Ravensknowle Road in the Moldgreen area of Huddersfield.

A Silver Golf had collided with two parked cars causing damage.

The occupants of the car, a male and a female fled on foot, but they were quickly detained by officers.

The 19-year-old female assaulted two police officers and was arrested.

The driver, a 32-year-old male from Holmfirth, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Gritters ready for another run out

Kirklees gritters will be doing another priority grit run tonight:

Accident in Slaithwaite

There is heavy traffic and the road is partially blocked due to accident on A62 Manchester Road (Linthwaite) southbound at John Haigh Road.

Police seize uninsured car

Another car being driven without insurance has been taken off the road today:

£109m taken from criminals

Items seized from criminals by police have topped £109m in a decade.

And it includes £1m of cash taken from a Huddersfield house.

Criminal kingpins have been counting the cost across Yorkshire and Humber after being stung for over £109-million in a decade of Proceeds of Crime Act confiscations. In the latest confiscation West Yorkshire Police’s Economic Crime unit seized assets valued at £115,314 from Nicholas Adair (28) and Cassie Nay (29) at Leeds Crown Court on Friday.

Adair and Nay, from Crossgates in Leeds, were convicted and jailed in January 2018 for money laundering and drug offences.

The couple were judged to have benefited from crime to a value of £156,879 and will be liable to repay that amount in full if they possess the means to do so.

The confiscation means that police have confiscated over £64,115,000 in cash and assets since 2008, while the Regional Asset Recovery Team has seized £45million.

Major investigations from the past decade included the seizure of £860,000 in cash from the house in Bradford, £1 million cash from a property in Huddersfield.

Other investigations resulted in the seizure of various high value items including watches, jewellery and motor vehicles, antiques and even a book worth £2,000. Assets confiscated over the years include jet skis, boats, sports memorabilia, and a collection of Sci-Fi merchandise consisting of Star Wars toys.

Ferrari seized by police under the Proceeds of Crime Act
Ferrari seized by police under the Proceeds of Crime Act

Teens cause £11k of damage to KFC branch

More than £11,000 of damage was caused to a branch of KFC by a group of teenagers.

At about 8pm on Thursday, 1 February a group of between 15 and 20 teenagers were asked by staff to leave the KFC in Odsal Road because they were using bad language.

This led to disorder in the premises where objects were thrown and large windows were smashed before the suspects ran off.

No injuries were reported.

Local officers are continuing enquiries to identify who was involved and are working with the company to prevent further disturbances.

Bradford South PC Tom Dockerill, said: “We know that there were other people in the premises at the time, including a woman with young children, and we would like to speak to her and anyone else who may have witnessed this incident as part of our enquiries.”

Anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to contact the Bradford South Area Neighbourhood Team on 101, quoting crime reference 13180053926.

Appeal after 3 involved in crash

Witnesses are sought after three people were involved in a road traffic collision in Heckmondwike.

It took place on Halifax Road in Heckmondwike at 9.55pm on Thursday February 1.

A Black VW Golf was travelling towards Dewsbury and District Hospital when it left the road and collided with a wall and a sign post before flipping onto its roof.

The three occupants of the vehicle were helped out of the car by members of the public.

One of them was taken to hospital for treatment to minor injuries. Anyone who saw the collision, or the manner in which the vehicle was being driven prior to the incident, is asked to contact PC 5463 Moore of the Roads Policing Unit using the non-emergency 101 number.

Halifax Road, Heckmondwike
Halifax Road, Heckmondwike

Strong winds forecast

Weather fronts will sweep across Britain bringing a potent cocktail of strong winds, rain, sleet and snow in many areas before clear skies bring an overnight ice threat.

An occluded front - when a colder snap catches up with warmer conditions lifting the milder air from the surface - moved over the country during Monday night.

Rain is expected to be widespread on Tuesday morning with sleet and snow combining in western and northern areas.

A series of yellow official weather warnings are in place for large areas of the country during Tuesday morning.

Up to 20mm of rain is possible within two to three hours in some places, with flooding predicted on the roads.

The weather alert stated: “A band of heavy rain, along with the possibility of hail and some hill snow, will move eastwards across Wales and south-west England early on Tuesday morning.

“It will also be very windy, with the southerly wind expected to gust 50-60mph widely and as high as 65-70mph along some exposed coasts and over high ground.”

Forecaster Sarah Sammy, of The Weather Channel, added: “As the front continues to move eastward, it will affect western Britain initially and, by Tuesday morning,​ cover the whole of Britain.

“Throughout Tuesday, rain is expected to be widespread with sleet and snow mixing in​. “By evening, the front will clear into the North Sea and the British Isles will be under clear skies.

“Temperatures will drop below freezing over some areas and this could result in icing forming on wet surfaces.”

Snow pics: Feed being taken to animals in the fields around Crosland Edge.
Snow pics: Feed being taken to animals in the fields around Crosland Edge.

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Purple sky

For you early risers there was an amazing sunrise this morning. The sky had a purple hue to it. It only lasted a couple of minutes but it was certainly weird and wonderful. Lots of pictures around on social media like this one below from Dave Zdanowicz.

A red sky in the morning. Pic by: Dave Zdanowicz
A red sky in the morning. Pic by: Dave Zdanowicz

Here’s another cracking image too from Twitter.

M62 alert

Slow traffic due to earlier broken down vehicle on M62 Westbound around J30 A642 (Rothwell), congestion on M62 to J32a A1(M). I

It’s happened in the roadworks area. Travel time is around 30 minutes but all lanes have been re-opened.
Lane one (of three) was closed until around 08:05.

Leeds Festival headliners announced

The first big name acts playing at this year’s Leeds Festival have been announced.

Thousands heading to Braham Park for the event, taking place between Friday, August 24 and Sunday, August 26 will see Kendrick Lamar, Kings of Leon, Panic at The Disco and Fall Out Boy.

Our colleagues at Leeds Live have the latest on this which you can see by clicking here

Delays on Huddersfield-Halifax road

There’s queueing traffic on A629 Salterhebble Hill and Huddersfield Road at the roadworks near the hospital by A646 Dryclough Lane.

Travel time is 16 minutes.

5,000 tonnes of soil has been removed to widen Salterhebble hill, near Calderdale Royal Hospital
5,000 tonnes of soil has been removed to widen Salterhebble hill, near Calderdale Royal Hospital

Weather watch

Here’s the weather forecast for today:

After a largely dry but breezy start, patchy rain will arrive from the west, this likely falling as sleet or snow over high ground, and perhaps briefly to lower levels as it clears east during the afternoon.

Maximum temperature 5°C.

Tonight the winds will have eased and skies will clear by early evening leaving a cold night to come, with a widespread frost forming by morning Minimum temperature -2 °C.

Snow scenes accross the region, dogs enjoying the snow
Snow scenes accross the region, dogs enjoying the snow

Good morning Huddersfield

Good morning Huddersfield it’s been a quiet night for our firefighters, with just a false alarm going off at a Golcar school.

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

1) One lane blocked and slow traffic due to broken down car on M60 clockwise at J18 M62 / M66 (Simister Island), congestion on M60 to J16 A666 (Pendlebury).

Lane one (of four) is blocked.

2) Heavy traffic on M62 Eastbound at J24 A629 (Ainley Top).

3) Queueing traffic on A58 Leeds and Halifax Road at A644 Brighouse Road (Christ Church traffic lights). Travel time is four minutes.