Crime Urban Echo News 

Safeguarding children in West Yorkshire

I launched an innovative animation project in January which is specifically designed to safeguard children in West Yorkshire from exploitation and abuse. Called ‘Mister Shapeshifter’, it has been funded through £36,000 of grant money from my office and was premiered at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford with the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield also attending. It uses a modern ‘fairy tale’ to depict how some adults’ can abuse children’s trust and highlights ways in which they can protect themselves. Based on the acclaimed GW Theatre Company…

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Lifestyle Urban Echo News 

Living with Fibromyalgia

By Janette Ward and Sophia Hello folks, this month I will be writing about fibromyalgia… what it is and Sophia’s story of how she lives with it. Fibromyalgia Action UK describe it as a chronic condition of widespread pain and profound fatigue. The pain tends to be felt as diffuse aching or burning, often from head to toe and it may be worse at some times than others. The fatigue ranges from feeling tired, to the exhaustion of a flu-like illness. It may come and go and suddenly people feel…

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Crime Urban Echo News 

Criminals Hit With £25k Proceeds of Crime Bill

Two men who were jailed last year following a money laundering investigation have been ordered to repay more than £25,000. Confiscation orders were granted by Bradford Crown Court last week against Khalid Mahmood Khan and Sajid Khan, who were sentenced to 16 months and 13 months respectively for transferring criminal property in relation to a quantity of around £32,000 in cash which was recovered from a vehicle after police stopped it on the M62 in February 2016. The cash was believed to be linked to the supply of Class A…

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Urban Echo News 

Resurfacing work planned for Toller Lane

Bradford Council is planning major resurfacing work on a main road in to the city. The work on Toller Lane (B6144) is scheduled to take place from Monday 18 to Friday 22 February between 9.30am and 3.30pm on each of the days. The road will be closed during these times from its junction with Carlisle Road (A6177) to its junction with Farcliffe Road. Diversions will be in place via Carlisle Road, Church Street, St Mary’s Road, Oak Lane and Lilycroft Road. People are advised to expect delays and disruption and…

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Politics Urban Echo News 

Bradford MP slams government for cuts to police funding

Bradford South Labour MP, Judith Cummins, has slammed the government for cuts to police funding in a parliamentary debate on the 2019/20 Police Grant. “The thin blue line is getting thinner,” she told Parliament, and, “On top of cuts to police funding, our police face extra demands on their resources because of cuts to other services. Her Majesty’s inspector of constabulary has stated that the police are distracted from dealing with crime because they are too busy dealing with the tens of thousands of cases resulting from a mental health…

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Arts & Entertainment Urban Echo News 

Discover the music of the Sufis with a captivating Qawaali performance this February at Kala Sangam

On Saturday 9 February at 7.30pm, Kala Sangam welcomes Zahir Abbas Qawaal for a powerful performance of devotional music. In high demand for their mesmerising performances, Zahir Abbas Qawaal is a leading Sufi Qawaali group, who have performed widely across the UK and internationally. Trained by his father Tazim Khan and performing since the age of 11, Zahir Abbas has built up a reputation for the high level intensity of his performances of this sacred art form. Originating in the thirteenth century, Qawaali is the music of the Sufi tradition,…

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Uncategorized Urban Echo News 

Detectives Arrest 33 Men In Connection With Non-Recent Child Sex Abuse in Halifax

Police investigating non-recent allegations of child sexual exploitation in Calderdale have arrested 33 men as part of an ongoing operation. The men, aged between 30 to 40 years, were arrested and a number of addresses in Calderdale, Bradford and Kirklees were searched following an extensive policing operation (which commenced on 9 October 2018). All of those arrested have been released under investigation pending further enquiries. The investigation centres on allegations made by one woman of sexual abuse committed against her as child predominantly in the Halifax area between 2002 and…

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Politics Urban Echo News 

Which way will the Brexit wind blow?

The debate goes on throughout the UK after the Brexit vote in the commons as to what would happen to their country, so far as her position in the European fraternity is concerned. There are views and views over the subject being discussed but nothing pragmatic to take out the country from the quagmire of this uncertainty. There is hardly any sane voice who could dare to express without mincing the words that if “Theresa May’s deal is unacceptable and not a single soul wants to pull out without a…

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Crime Urban Echo News 

City Centre Ban For Bradford Beggar

A man from Bradford who pretended to be homeless in order to obtain money from others has been banned from Bradford city centre for five years. Roy Rhodes, aged 38, of Boldshay Street, has been given a Criminal Behaviour Order after officers from the Bradford District Anti-Social Behaviour Unit presented evidence to Bradford magistrates relating to instances of begging, anti-social behaviour and threatening behaviour. He is prevented from entering the city centre unless attending court, or planned appointments with legal representatives, or housing or substance misuse agencies. Any breaches of…

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Appeal to Find Missing 16-Year-Old Mohammed Khan From Dewsbury

Police appealing for the public’s help to find a missing teenager from Dewsbury have released a new photo of him. Mohammed Umar Khan, 16, was last seen in Dewsbury at around 4.30pm on Monday (21 January) and was reported missing later that night. It is thought could be in the London area. It is thought he travelled to London on Monday night. He is described as Asian, 5ft 8ins tall, of slim build, with short, black hair which is shaven at the sides, and brown eyes. He was last seen…

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