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Rail chaos continues
It’s still bad on the region’s train lines after a train ‘uncoupled’ near Leeds earlier today with significant disruption expected until 9pm.
Our sister site Leeds Live is reporting that a Class 150 train ‘divided’ as it approached the station.
In other words part of the train got left behind.
The Rail Accident Investigation Bureau has launched a probe.
Latest on the train disruption
All lines have now reopened at Leeds railway station
Another crash at 'accident blackspot'
Police were called to a crash on Round Ings Road earlier this afternoon.
The crash, which blocked the road, is thought to have involved one car which collided with a wall.
Police were called to the scene at 3.37pm.
A police spokesman said no-one had been injured. The crash had left debris strewn across the road which had led to the road being blocked.
The crashed car was a Toyota Auris.
Local people and councillors have been calling for road safety measures on the road following a series of crashes, one of which claimed the life of a young driver.
Delays of 60 minutes on trains
Latest on the Leeds trains problems:
Delays to all these services
Delays, delays, delays:
Delays on the trains: latest
This is what our travel partners at Inrix are saying about the train problems centred on Leeds:
* Delays of up to 45 minutes and some cancellations on Transpennine Express at Leeds due to broken down train. Tickets being accepted on Cross Country and Northern services.
* Services at a stand on Virgin Trains East Coast at Leeds due to broken down train. Tickets being accepted on TransPennine services.
* Delays of up to 45 minutes on CrossCountry at Leeds due to broken down train. Tickets being accepted on Northern and TransPennine services.
Passengers stuck at Leeds station
Passengers stuck in Leeds are getting pretty irate following the incident earlier in which a train coach came uncoupled
Lots of trains affected:
Statement from Northern Rail on disruption
Here’s what Northern Rail are saying about the rail problems which are affecting trains in and out of Leeds:
Due to a broken down train at Leeds some lines are blocked. Train services through this station may be subject to disruption on all routes. Disruption is expected until 18:00 07/02.
Services may be able to divert around the broken train however cancellations will also occur.
Mutual ticket acceptance has been agreed with CrossCountry between Sheffield to York via Doncaster and/or Leeds.
Mutual ticket acceptance has been agreed with TransPennine express via any reasonable route.
For live information,please visitnorthernrailway.co.uk/stations and select the station you are travelling from or tweet us @northernassist
If you’ve been delayed by 30 minutes or more, hold on to your tickets and claim compensation by visiting northernrailway.co.uk/delayrepay
Problems on the trains
This is affecting trains heading to Leeds from Huddersfield
This is what one passenger had to say:
Police halt film to arrest kids inside cinema
Officers halted a film midway through the screening yesterday to arrest three boys inside.
A 14, 16 and 17-year-old were arrested at the Showcase Cinema at Birstall over an ongoing investigation into thefts of high-value vehicles in Huddersfield, Cleckheaton, Brighouse and Mirfield as well as various other areas in Kirklees and the rest of West Yorkshire.
The thefts were carried out between December and this month. Two other men aged 20 and 27 have also been arrested in connection and released pending further investigation.
The three youths remain in custody at this time.
Today's top stories
Here’s what people have been reading the most on our website so far today...
- A paedophile who paid a teenage boy with cigarettes and tobacco after “grooming” him over Facebook has been jailed for three years. See the full report from court here.
- Sports writer Rory Benson says “a win is a win” as he dissects last night’s FA Cup win over Birmingham City. See more here.
- A man was arrested after a cannabis farm was found in Huddersfield town centre this week. Read more on this here.
Da Vinci drawings coming to West Yorkshire
Artwork by one of the most famous artists in history is coming to the county next year, it’s been revealed today.
Drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci will be exhibited in Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester as part of a tour to mark the 500th anniversary of his death.
The collection comprises of 150 sketches, and will be simultaneously shown in various towns and cities across the UK before being brought together in May next year and displayed at Buckingham Palace.
The sketches will be on display at Leeds Art Gallery, the Millenium Gallery in Sheffield and Manchester Art Gallery between February and May next year.
Offender at risk of "being bullied"
A man who failed to comply with a community order was described as vulnerable because he lives near an area of Huddersfield notorious for crime.
Shane Smith, of Moor End Road in Lockwood, was convicted of using threatening behaviour in November last year. See the full story here.
Caught on camera
Do you recognise this man? Police want to speak to him after a public order offence in Huddersfield.
The incident in question happened on Saturday. Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101 quoting crime reference 13180056987.
MP quizzes May over cuts to Kirklees Council
Thelma Walker has been asking Theresa May about cuts to the council in PMQs this afternoon.
The Colne Valley MP asked: “Kirklees Council, who serve my constituency of Colne Valley, have already had their budget cut by nearly £200 million with a possible £45 million of cuts to come.
“Which of the following things would the Prime Minister recommend they cut? Care for an older person with dementia, gritting the roads, emptying the bins, providing hot school meals for vulnerable children, libraries, leisure centres or museums or supporting the 24% of children living in poverty?”
Fire services in Halifax
Just in case you saw this earlier and wondered what was happening - just a training exercise and nothing to worry about!
Here’s a round up of today’s main headlines:
JAMES BULGER’S KILLER ADMITS MORE CHILD ABUSE IMAGE OFFENCES
One of toddler James Bulger’s killers has admitted having more than a thousand indecent images of children and a “disgusting and sickening” child abuse manual. Jon Venables, who was released on licence in 2001 after serving eight years for the murder of two-year-old James, pleaded guilty to four charges at the Old Bailey on Wednesday. James’s mother Denise Fergus and father Ralph Bulger were in court for the hearing - the second time Venables has admitted offences linked to child abuse images.
PIONEERING RESEARCH REVEALS WHAT THE FIRST MODERN BRIT LOOKED LIKE
The first modern Briton, who lived around 300 generations ago, had “dark to black” skin, groundbreaking research has revealed. Britain’s oldest complete skeleton, known as Cheddar Man, was unearthed more than a century ago in Gough’s Cave in Somerset. But an unprecedented examination of his DNA, along with a facial reconstruction of the fossil, shows that the young man would have had a darker complexion than previously thought, along with blue eyes and dark, curly hair. Previous reconstructions of Cheddar Man, which were not based on DNA data, depicted him with a lighter skin tone.
TESCO FACING POSSIBLE £4BN BILL OVER EQUAL PAY CHALLENGE
An equal pay case is being taken against supermarket giant Tesco which lawyers estimate could lead to a bill of £4 billion. Law firm Leigh Day will take the first stage of the claim to the conciliation service Acas this week on behalf of 100 women, claiming they are paid less than men for work of equal value. The lawyers said the case could eventually involve 200,000 women, making it the largest equal pay challenge in the UK. Tesco said it works hard to ensure that all staff are paid “fairly and equally”.
Duke of York is in Huddersfield today
Prince Andrew is at the University today as part of the Pitch at Palace event where budding entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas to CEOs.
The Duke of York is the current Chancellor of the University and last visited in July.
Multi-vehicle accident on M621
Traffic currently stationary on the M621 due to a multi-vehicle accident between junctions 1 and 2.
All emergency services are currently at the scene on the eastbound carriage (heading towards Leeds city centre from the M62).
Scam warning over threatening messages
Criminals are trying to frighten motorists into giving away their personal details by posing as the DVLA.
Victims have been sent a message apparently containing the gov.uk logo and which reads ‘FINAL REQUEST: ‘DVLA Swansea have been trying to contact you, Click below for more information.’ Read more on this scam here.
Crash on M621
Reports of an accident on the M621 this morning which could cause some hold ups.
This is around junction 5 - it’s not clear which carriage at the moment but traffic reports show things are very congested on the approach to Leeds this morning.
Venables pleads guiilty
James Bulger’s killer Jon Venables has admitted having indecent images of children for a second time.
The 35-year-old - who now goes by another identity - has appeared at an undisclosed court over the charges this morning.
Police release Islamophobia hate crimes statistics
There were 96 reported Islamophobic hate crimes in West Yorkshire last year.
Data released by WYP reveals the number of racially or religiously aggravated cases of harassment, assault and criminal damage, or logs of hate crime.
The figure is a slight decrease from the year before when there were 101 reports of Islamophobic hate crimes.
Coldest night in five years
Freezing temperatures to continue throughout the day
The big freeze is set to continue today following a very cold start of -5 in some parts of Huddersfield.
The Weather Channel says the sun will stay out until lunchtime today, becoming cloudy at about 1pm. Read more here.
Increase in number of suicide call-outs
Numbers of calls made to police over people threatening to harm or kill themselves have risen by more than a third in the last three years.
Figures have shown a 39% increase in reports to West Yorkshire Police where the word ‘suicide’ was used between 2014 and 2017.
A total of 19,519 calls over the matter were taken in 2016, compared with 11,859 in 2014 and 15,045 the year after.
It's going to be really, really cold today...
...just in case that -3 on your dashboard this morning wasn’t enough of an indicator.
Tops of just 3 degrees today. You’ll be freezing your socks off but at least there’s no snow this time.
Major delays heading to Manchester
If you’re travelling towards Manchester this morning, there are big delays on the M60 going back onto the M62.
This is due to an earlier broken down lorry on the anticlockwise carriage at junction 17 and congestion is back to junction 19 on the M62. Delays are reportedly an extra 25 minutes.
Delays on A62 heading towards Huddersfield
Reports of very heavy traffic on Leeds Road coming from Liversedge this morning!
Huge fire in Pudsey
Firefighters in Huddersfield and across West Yorkshire have been helping their colleagues in Leeds tackle a huge fire in Pudsey overnight.
Police evacuated 20 homes in Kent Road at around 10pm last night as 15 fire crews tackled the blaze at Moulds Patterns and Models. No one was injured in the fire but there were hazardous materials in the building and firefighters were concerned about plumes of smoke which were billowing out.
Several fire crews remain on the scene this morning, Leeds Live reports, and the cause of the fire is due to be investigated.