Urban Echo News 

Hefty fine for rogue private landlord who let unsafe house to vulnerable tenants

Leeds – A landlord and his property manager are counting the cost of letting an unsafe house to vulnerable tenants, following a successful prosecution by Leeds City Council. Property owner Mr Petar Mijakovac and his mother and property manager, Mrs Kosovka Mijakovac of Falkland Rise, Moortown, Leeds were prosecuted for breaching nine ‘House in Multiple Occupation’ management regulations. The pair were fined a total of £9,500 for the breaches at a property on Hilton Road in Chapeltown. The property, which had been split into flats and housed some vulnerable tenants,…

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Could you make a positive impact on a foster child’s life?

Bradford Council is calling for more people to become foster parents in a bid to offer even more children a home across the Bradford district. It comes as next week sees the launch of Foster Care Fortnight, which starts on June 1. People are particularly needed to provide homes for teenagers, children with physical, learning or emotional disabilities, children from Eastern European backgrounds and groups of brothers and sisters. As part of this year’s awareness campaign, which runs until June 14, Bradford Council is hosting a series of drop-in events in…

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Destinations Lifestyle 

British Airways celebrates passenger milestone at Leeds Bradford Airport

Leeds – British Airways is marking the 30-month anniversary of flights from Leeds Bradford® Airport with the 300,000th customer due to fly on the route to London Heathrow this week. Flights began in December 2012, and the milestone figure demonstrates the commitment of Yorkshire customers to the only air link between Leeds Bradford® and London. As well as providing direct access to the capital, many business and leisure customers are taking advantage of connections to more than 70 onward British Airways European and long haul destinations from the airline’s flagship…

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SkillsHouse Retail Academy is launched in Bradford

Bradford – SkillsHouse Bradford Retail Academy is being officially launched in the city centre on Monday, June 1, to link local people to the increasing number of job opportunities being generated in the city centre now that the Broadway shopping centre by Westfield is near to opening. The one-stop shop is being launched by Bradford Council with the support of businesses, JobCentre Plus, colleges and other training providers to ensure the District’s residents have the right skills to take up employment opportunities that become available, not just in the Broadway but in the wider Bradford…

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Arts & Entertainment Urban Echo News 

Alan Carr Yaps His Way To Bradford

Bradford – Award-winning comedian, author and chat show supremo Alan Carr, returns to his stand up roots with his hilarious new show Yap, Yap, Yap coming to St George’s Hall, Bradford on 25 July. No stranger to Yap, the star of Channel 4’s Chatty Man, brings his fast paced wit and charm to the stage as he takes a candid look at life. Tickets for Yap, Yap, Yap! at St George’s Hall on Saturday 25 July are selling fast. Available now from Bradford Theatres Box Office on 01274 432000 or…

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Community Tensions Online reporting facility

Kirklees – A new online reporting facility is now available on the Kirklees Council website for local residents to report community tensions to the authorities. Community tensions describe situations where residents feel concerned, anxious or fearful, either in response to or in anticipation of, events at local, national or international level. Some examples of community tensions may include a visit to Kirklees by a right wing group, international events such as the war in Syria, anti-social behaviour in specific areas, planning applications for change of use of community buildings or…

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Leeds backs World No Tobacco Day

Leeds – Following recent campaigns from Leeds City Council and local NHS organisations aimed at reducing smoking, experts in the city are backing World No Tobacco Day on 31 May 2015. This year the day focuses on eliminating the illicit trade in tobacco products. The World Health Organisation estimate Europe can benefit significantly from a reduction in the illicit trade in cigarettes which is estimated to account for 6–10% of the total market in the European Region. Leeds City Council tobacco control expert Paul Lambert said: “One in every 10…

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Arts & Entertainment Urban Echo News 

Jason Donovan makes a welcome return to the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Bradford – David Ian Productions and the Ambassador Theatre Group are delighted to announce that Jason Donovan will play the role of ‘Tick’ in the international smash hit musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford this autumn. Jason Donovan reprises the role of ‘Tick’, the part he played when the show originally opened in the West End and its subsequent tour in 2013. He has had a hugely successful and varied career as both an actor and world-wide recording artist, selling over 13 million albums to…

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The Curry Counter opens with a bang

Bradford – The eagerly awaited opening of Bradford’s newest eatery The Curry Counter has finally arrived. Situated in the heart of Bradford, The Curry Counter promises to give its customer a unique eating experience offering an array of dishes to cater for all appetites. Offering a sneak peak to its customers yesterday, the grand affair attracted visitors from across the country to catch a glimpse of things to come. A flamboyant balloon clad entrance accompanied by traditional Punjabi ‘dhol’ players to add to the occasion, Tariq Haq, the owner of…

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Arts & Entertainment Music 

Dance All Night Long With The Magic of Motown

Take a trip back to 1960s Detroit with The Magic of Motown as the smash hit concert show, direct from the United States, rolls into St George’s Hall in June. Fresh from sell-out shows at London’s O2 this all-star cast authentically recreates the harmonies, slick moves, stylish looks and legendary musicianship that were the making of this golden era. Featuring superb choreography and dazzling costumes the UK’s biggest Motown production celebrates 50 years of number one hits such as: Stop in the Name of Love, Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours,…

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