Crime 

Bradford Crash for Cash Fraudsters Sentenced

Two men have been sentenced after they were spotted by a member of the public staging a car crash in Keighley, West Yorkshire. Local police officers then attended the scene and after suspecting the men were planning to put in fraudulent claims, contacted the insurer to tip them off. The case was referred to the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) by Aviva and when detectives interviewed the pair, they admitted they planned the whole thing in order to submit the fraudulent claims so that their cars…

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Crime 

Legal Highs: New legislation comes into force

Today (Thursday 26 May 2016) legislation has come in to force changing the law around the production and distribution of psychoactive substances, commonly known as ‘legal highs’. From today it is now illegal to produce, supply, offer to supply, possess with intent to supply, import or export psychoactive substances. The new legislation targets those who sell these potentially lethal substances and provides the police with greater powers to take action against those who produce or supply them. Detective Chief Inspector Warren Stevenson said; “The change in legislation affects all retailers,…

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Arts & Entertainment Urban Echo News 

Colourful acts announced for Bradford Festival

Bradford Council has confirmed the first acts for the 2016 Bradford Festival which will be staged in July. Known for its colourful range of street theatre, music, dance and activities, this year’s festival (8-10 July) should have something for everyone. Dance lovers will be treated to a quirky new piece by celebrated New Zealand choreographer, Corey Baker. Featuring an iconic vintage red telephone box, an athletic solo performer and an exhibition of precarious manoeuvres, Phone Box promises to be vibrant and energetic, surprising and fun, with lots of opportunity for…

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Urban Echo News 

Social media success for Bradford

Bradford College is Yorkshire’s leading college in terms of digital performance. A study into how well UK colleges perform across web and social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, places Bradford College in top spot for Yorkshire for the current academic year. The figures, from digital data specialists Edurank, also rank the college, whose past students include artist David Hockney, the fifth best performing out of the 430 colleges nationally. The next best performing Yorkshire colleges are in 19th and 31st spot respectively for the period September 2015 to…

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Urban Echo News 

New jobs and economy boost promised in 20-year regional plan

Bradford district is to benefit from a revised regional plan which sets out a strategy to create thousands of new jobs created over the next 20 years. The revised Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) for Leeds City Region (of which Bradford Council is a member), launched this week, outlines how the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and West Yorkshire Combined Authority (CA) will transform the local economy over the next 20 years with the creation of 35,700 jobs across the region and work to grow the economy at a faster…

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Football Sport 

‘A New Era In The History Of Bradford City Football Club’

Following the announcement on Sunday that Bradford City Football Club has been sold, the new owners Stefan Rupp and Edin Rahic are now in full control of the club marking a new chapter in its history. The joint owners have been friends and business associates for a number of years and see their investment as a long term commitment to the club. Edin (Chairman/Chief Executive) will move to the UK with his family and base himself permanently at the Coral Windows Stadium working alongside Chief Operating Officer James Mason to…

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Urban Echo News 

Bradford reaps benefits after foreign investors attracted to the region

Bradford is reaping the benefits of increased foreign investment in the region. The latest EY Attractiveness Survey – a study carried out by international auditors Ernst & Young to measure how attractive a location is to investors – has revealed that Yorkshire and Humberside has had more foreign investment projects than any year since 1997. A record 83 projects were recorded, eight of which were in Bradford (the rest were in Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Barnsley, Wakefield and Rotherham). For the region this represents a 69 per cent increase in foreign…

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Politics 

Registration required to vote in the EU referendum

Bradford Council is warning people they need to be registered in order to take part in the European Union referendum on Thursday, 23 June. Anyone who isn’t registered by Tuesday, 7 June won’t be able to participate in the referendum to decide on whether Britain will remain in or leave the EU. People who are already registered do not need to take any action. For example, if you were registered for the recent local council and West Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner elections you are already registered for the referendum….

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Uncategorized Urban Echo News 

Bradford College to hold open evening

Bradford College will hold an open evening on Thursday, May 26, to showcase the options open to 16 to 18 year olds including school leavers. The Next Steps Open Evening runs from 5.30pm to 7.30pm in the College’s David Hockney Building on Great Horton Road. Careers advisors will be on hand to give guidance on what you can study and staff from the Student Services Team will be around to explain what financial support might be available, such as bus passes. Details of the free summer activities the College will…

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Urban Echo News 

Bradford hosts annual Daughters of Eve Conference, with an international flavour

Muslim Women’s Council (MWC) officially launches its fundraising strategy a year after plans were announced for the Women led Mosque. Over 200 women from across the UK including Glasgow, Leicester, Doncaster, Halifax, Rotherham, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Blackburn, Manchester, Luton, Woking, Watford, Oxford, and London attended the conference. As well having a national presence, the conference also had an international flavour. Speakers at the conference were from the US, Germany, Denmark and the UK. The conference that took place over three days (20 -22 May), is held annually and provides an opportunity…

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