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Hands Off HRI at HoC

The Hands Off HRI campaigners are at Parliament today.

Colne Valley MP Thelma Walker has said they’ll met Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Gritters on the M1

Gritters are on the motorway due to the amount of snowfall

Teen charged with firearms offences is named

We can now name the 17-year-old as Javarni Cato.

West Yorkshire Police appeal for man

Police are appealing for information on Nicholas Rhodes, who has been reported missing from Bradford.

Nicholas, who is 49, was last seen at about 4.40pm yesterday (Tuesday) walking towards Pasture Lane in the Clayton area of the city.

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He is described as being of slim build and around 5ft 7ins tall.

He is bald and wearing a green parka-style jacket and black bottoms. He may also be wearing a grey woolly hat.

It is believed he may have travelled towards Allerton.

Officers are continuing enquiries to locate him and anyone who can assist is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log 1188 of 27 February.

National news

Here are the main headlines today:

HEAVY SNOW BRINGS SCHOOL CLOSURES AND WIDESPREAD TRAVEL DISRUPTION
Thousands of schools have been closed and there is significant disruption on the road and rail network as a result of heavy snow. Police are urging people not to travel unless necessary, while a red warning has now been issued for parts of Scotland. The highest level of warning is rarely issued and warns that the risk to life from the weather is likely.

EUROPEAN COMMISSION SETS OUT NORTHERN IRELAND ‘COMMON REGULATORY AREA’ PLAN
The European Commission has published a draft UK withdrawal agreement which would establish a “common regulatory area” between the EU and Northern Ireland after Brexit. The plans envisage an area spanning the whole island of Ireland with no internal borders and free movement of goods. It also suggests that EU and UK customs authorities should jointly oversee movements between Northern Ireland and the British mainland, while Europe would retain control over aspects of taxation and state aid in the six counties.

MAPLIN COLLAPSES INTO ADMINISTRATION ON BLACK DAY FOR HIGH STREET
Electronics company Maplin has become the second retailer on the same day to collapse into administration, putting another 2,500 jobs at risk. The group, owned by private equity firm Rutland Partners, called in PwC on Wednesday after attempts to rescue the chain failed.
It comes after Toys R Us also fell into administration, affecting 3,200 staff. Maplin has 217 stores in the UK, and PwC is still attempting to find a buyer for the group.

Woman left shaken after 4x4 overturns

An expensive four wheel drive car has been left badly damaged in a crash on a rural road above Slaithwaite.

It’s thought the Land Rover Discovery - believed to be worth around £40,000 - clipped a wall before flipping over on narrow Holme Lane at 9.30am. The car is then thought to have slid on its roof for some way before grinding to a halt.

The woman driving the car was badly shaken up and given medical assistance although it’s not thought she has been seriously injured.

Woman badly shaken after her Land Rover Discovery clipped a wall, overturned and slipped down the road on Holme Lane above Slaithwaite
Woman badly shaken after her Land Rover Discovery clipped a wall, overturned and slipped down the road on Holme Lane above Slaithwaite

Teen charged with firearms charges to be named

A judge has cited the “significant” problem with drugs and firearms in Huddersfield.

Reporter Stephanie Finnegan is in court. More on this to follow.

Armed robbers threaten man

A man was threatened with knives when two thugs tried to rob him in Newsome.

Police have released details of the incident, which happened on Malvern Road in the early hours of Friday, February 16. The victim, a man in his twenties, was walking along the street when two unknown men approached him from behind and demanded his belongings while wielding the weapons.

A small silver car then drove past and the victim flagged it down and it slowed, causing the would-be robbers to flee.

Police now want to hear from anyone that witnessed the crime at around 1.40am. Anyone with any information should contact DC Debbie Montgomery at Kirklees CID via 101.

Malvern Road, Newsome
Malvern Road, Newsome

Tougher sentences announced for knife crime

New guidelines are to be published for sentencing people caught with knives.

The report will be published tomorrow stating a minimum requirement of six months in jail for anyone who threatens someone with a knife or other dangerous weapons. The guidelines have also been amended to include acid as an offensive weapon.

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Toys R Us go into administration

Thousands of jobs are at risk as the toy superstore files for administration this morning.

The retailers have stores in Birstall and Bradford, and have previously had a pop up store in Kingsgate. It’s thought that 3,200 jobs are at risk.

Toys-R-Us opens its pop-up store in Huddersfield Kingsgate Centre.
Toys-R-Us opens its pop-up store in Huddersfield Kingsgate Centre.

Hour by hour forecast

More snow on the way today with sub zero temperatures - apparently the warmest it will get is -3 degrees!

Changes to Holme Valley buses

Roadworks continue at Armitage Bridge

This is causing slow traffic along Woodhead Road as you come out of Honley heading towards town:

Major congestion in Mirfield

Traffic is almost at standstill along Huddersfield Road in Mirfield this morning so be prepared for some serious delays.

Latest on the motorways

Traffic is very slow on the M62 eastbound at junction 28 due to the hazardous conditions.

The M1 northbound is also very slow around junction 36 for Sheffield North for the same reason.

Stock pic: Wintry conditions M62 snow, sleet.
Stock pic: Wintry conditions M62 snow, sleet.

Lots of RTCs this morning

Today's Examiner

This is our front page today, leading on the story of Marcin Rychlewski who stole three poppy appeal boxes on Remembrance Sunday.

Examiner front page 28/02/18

Changes to school bus

Traffic update and separate updates for snow

Once again we are running separate updates for all the latest on travel, traffic and weather as the Beast from the East brings more snow to Huddersfield this morning. Stay up to date here.

There are a few road closures this morning, namely Holme Moss Road and the Woodhead Pass at Langsett.

Snow at Holme Moss Summit.
Snow at Holme Moss Summit.

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.

Snow pics: Christ Church Helme.
Snow pics: Christ Church Helme.

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 .