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Bradford Man Jailed For Sexual Offences Against Child

A Bradford man has been jailed after he was found guilty of sexual offences involving a child.  Frederick Holmes, aged 60, of Cordingley Close, was jailed for eight years at Bradford Crown Court last Thursday after he was found guilty of incitement and sexual activity offences involving a five-year-old girl. An investigation was launched last October when the girl’s mother reported the offences to police. Holmes was arrested and later charged with both crimes. He was given eight years for the sexual activity offence and two years for the incitement….

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Five-year-old Boy Commended For Taking Missing Toddler to Safety

A five-year-old boy who took a missing toddler to safety after spotting him alone in the street has been commended by police for his quick-thinking actions. Diego Grabowski was playing on his scooter near to his home in Cottingley, Leeds, when he noticed the two-year-old boy wandering about on his own. The child had managed to get out of the back garden of his home further up the road by unwinding a bike lock that was securing the gate and squeezing through the gap while his mother was momentarily distracted…

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Bradford Carjacking Duo Sentenced

Two males who took part in violent carjacking robberies in Bradford have been given sentences totalling 18 and a half years.  Waqas Hussain, 20 (pictured right) was given 12 years after he was found guilty on five counts as well as possession of a firearm, while a 15-year-old boy from Bradford, who cannot be named for legal reasons was given six and a half years at Bradford Crown Court yesterday (Thursday). Among the offences Hussain was sentenced for was a robbery in St Matthew’s Grove in Wilsden last October, where a…

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Jon “Bones” Jones ready to dethrone Cormier in UFC grudge match

On July 29, in the main event of UFC 214, light heavyweight great Jon Jones will attempt to reclaim the title he once guarded so ferociously when he takes on the reigning champ and his biggest rival, Daniel Cormier. In advance of this fight, Jones’ striking coach Mike Winkeljohn says that Jones – who has always been an innovator when it comes to technique – is still adding new weapons to his arsenal. Winkeljohn, guarantees the former UFC light heavyweight champion will not only show up for his UFC 214…

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Green Flag Awards for district’s parks

Bradford parks are Clean and Green! Five Bradford Council parks have once again been awarded the Green Flag Award. Peel Park, Undercliffe, Harold Park, Low Moor, Lister Park, Manningham, Roberts Park, Saltaire and Central Park, Haworth have been awarded the prestigious accolade. The Green Flag Award scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government, and is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK. Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Sports…

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Trailblazing girls’ cricket team launches academy for younger players

A BRADFORD school’s girls’ cricket team who were crowned Yorkshire champions in their first year together have now launched their own academy to help younger pupils to follow in their footsteps. The girls’ cricket team at Carlton Bolling, in Bradford, have been on a rollercoaster ride since coming together just three years ago. In their first tournament the newly formed team won seven out of seven matches against some of the best school sides in Yorkshire to be crowned county champions and they have not looked back. They have now…

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Stop the overthinking!

This month we will explore overthinking – it is what psychologists call self-focused rumination. This means thinking too much, usually negatively – needlessly, passively, endlessly and excessively pondering the meanings, causes and consequences of your character, your feelings and your problems. I find doing it uncomfortable and painful so when looked into how to stop doing it, I learnt about several strategies, that I use and the result is that I rarely ruminate now. Research shows that overthinking sustains or worsens sadness, fosters negatively biased thinking, impairs a person’s ability…

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Tackling Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse

Ahead of the start of the school summer holiday, West Yorkshire Police is launching its new campaign highlighting the issues forced marriage and honour-based abuse. The Force’s focus on this issue coincides with the third annual national day of remembrance for victims of “honour” killings today, Friday 14 July. The 14 July was the birthday of Shafilea Ahmed, originally from Bradford, who was killed by her parents in Warrington after suffering honour-based violence and an attempted forced marriage. From June 2014 it became a crime to force someone to marry against…

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Free entry for Bingley Music Live volunteers

Volunteers at the Bradford Council-run festival will receive free entry for the whole festival weekend, a free festival programme and food and drink while on shift. A number of volunteering roles are available at the three-day festival including Gate Team, Programme Selling, Recycling Team, Campsite Team, Meet and Greet and Information Team. Diana Greenwood, from Bradford Council who is co-ordinating the volunteering team, said: “Our festival volunteers play a big part in creating a great atmosphere and help festival goers have a fantastic time. “Volunteering at Bingley Music Live is…

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Appeal for arson attack on Manningham Lane, Bradford

Police investigating an arson attack on a Bradford business have released images of some males they would like to identify. It happened at Manningham Fisheries in Manningham Lane in the early hours of Sunday, 21 May, when suspects entered the premises and used accelerants to start a fire inside, causing extensive damage. The suspects are believed to have used a grey Audi S3 car (also pictured). Detective Inspector Ria Holmes, of Bradford District CID, said: “This was a reckless and deliberate attack on a local business which could have resulted in far more serious consequences…

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