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Bradford City Park wins top customer satisfaction rating

Bradford Council’s multi-award winning public space, City Park has received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website. The award which is only given to accommodation, attractions and restaurants which consistently earn positive reviews from travellers is considered to be the gold standard in customer satisfaction and is highly sort after by tourism businesses. Positive reviews include one written by ‘70ish’ from Worcester who says: ‘It is a lovely place to stroll through in the evening the coloured fountains are so beautifully reflected in the mirror pool,…

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Bradford Eid Festival is back this year… bigger and better!

The popular Bradford Eid Festival has been given the green light to return to the city this year, where people from around the region will come together in this free two-day event to celebrate Eid. Festival-goers will be able to enjoy a wide range of activities including live music, poetry performances, Henna art, market bazaars and fairground rides, along with a whole section dedicated to mouth-watering Halal food from around the world. Last year, the festival attracted over 12,000 people and this year, numbers are expected to be even higher…

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“We Stand Together”

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Dee Collins and Imam Qari Asim, Head Imam of the Makkah Mosque, Leeds are urging communities to stand together in the wake of the latest terrorist incident, in Finsbury, London earlier this week.  The Chief Constable said: “The Finsbury terrorist attack was dreadful, particularly as it targeted people leaving prayers in the holy month of Ramadan. “Naturally, this has raised concerns among our own Muslim communities and we have been providing highly visible reassurance and support, across the county, which will continue as long as…

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Crime Urban Echo News 

Woman Convicted After Stealing £240,000 From Employer

A Halifax woman who stole £240,000 from her boss has been sentenced to 5 years in prison.  Nikki Conway, 37, of Willowfield Crescent admitted taking the money from her boss, William Dickin, 74, who thought she was “like family” and a “trusted employee”, between 1 May 2016 and 1 October 2016. She had been employed as an Office Manager between 2010 and October 2015 Mr Dickin saw his business go into liquidation and almost lost his house too. The theft first came to light on 4 November last year when…

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Flamboyant street theatre programme headed for Bradford Festival

Bradford Council is set to stage a host of colourful and creative street theatre acts at this year’s Bradford Festival. In late July, City Park will burst into life with top quality acts from across the UK. Innovating street theatre company, Highly Sprung will stage a piece offering a glimpse of a possible future  Urban Astronaut. Problems surrounding air pollution have grown to a crisis point and the work askes audiences if there is ‘a way back?’ Combining stunning design and a unique travelling flying machine with simple storytelling and…

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Crackdown on litter and dog fouling

New anti-litter and anti-dog fouling enforcement officers will soon be seen on the streets of Bradford in a bid to prevent thoughtless people spoiling the environment. The eight officers will be empowered to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) to people who litter, urinate, spit or allow their dog to foul in public in the city centre and other litter hot spots. From 17 July when the new officers will be deployed, the litter penalty will be raised to £80 from £75 to match the figure for dog fouling, and the…

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One minute’s silence to remember those who have suffered in the Grenfell Tower tragedy

A one minute’s silence will be held this morning (Monday, 19 June) at 11am in Centenary Square to remember the victims of last week’s Grenfell Tower tragedy. The public are invited to join in remembering all those who have suffered as a result of the terrible fire that engulfed the tower block in west London and yesterday’s terrorist incident at Finsbury Park Mosque The silence will be led by the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Abid Hussain, and the Dean of Bradford Cathedral, the Very Reverend Jerry Lepine. Flags on…

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New sushi bar to open in The Broadway

New sushi bar Little Lotus is to offer a new exciting and healthy place to buy lunch in the Broadway shopping centre. Sushi is one of the fastest growing food trends in the country and Little Lotus is proud to offer hand crafted delicious meals from their kiosk. The company will receive a rate rebate to the tune of £15,000 under the City Centre Growth Zone scheme which offers applicants rate relief if they create jobs within the city centre. Little Lotus Sushi and Bento is creating six new jobs…

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Crime 

Attempted Robbery in Bradford

Police investigating an attempt robbery in Bradford have released an image of a male they would like to identify. The incident occurred in Peel Park at about 2.25pm on 30 April, when a man and woman in their sixties were approached by the suspect, who asked for the woman’s handbag. The woman refused and a scuffle ensued which resulted in the woman falling to the floor. She suffered an injury to her elbow which did not require hospital treatment. The man was uninjured. The suspect is described as Asian and…

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Bradford Solicitor Jailed For Conspiracy to Defraud

A Bradford solicitor and his brother have been jailed for more than six years after they were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud.  Chambers Solicitors’ principal partner Mohammed Ayub and his brother Mohammed Riaz were jailed at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday (9 June) in relation to payments made to a fictitious agency, Legal Support Services, which was set up by Riaz to claim thousands of pounds in interpreters’ fees from the Legal Aid Agency. The total cost of the fraud could never be established, but the prosecution estimated it to…

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