Crime Urban Echo News 

Hundreds of Guns and Knives Surrendered In West Yorkshire

More than 200 firearms, knives and swords including a large number of shotguns have been taken out of circulation after a force wide weapons surrender. The surrender, which started on 13 November and finished on Sunday (26 November) was in support of the national firearms surrender to rid the streets of guns. Members of the public were encouraged to take firearms into police stations.   Across Yorkshire and the Humber forces also accepted other weapons including knives, ammunition and other offensive weapons. During the surrender period 215 items (firearms, knives and…

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Politics Urban Echo News 

Mugabe: Rise and Fall of the Saviour Turned Despot

The 93 years old Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe resigned and until his resignation he was the world’s eldest leader. Earlier he had refused to resign nevertheless the military took over mid-November and there were large scale protests against him in the capital city. Analysing his rise and fall requires to see his 37 years rule as the one which developed this person into a system. He was indeed a system, an idea and the way of dealing with things. We are now left with a chance to see whether his…

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Arts & Entertainment Urban Echo News 

World renowned Bollywood singer Kavita Krishnamurthy Subramaniam to perform in Bradford

Kala Sangam and Picturehouse at the National Science and Media Museum present a rare opportunity to see not one, but two superstars of world music in Bradford. Ahead of a concert by the greatest classical Indian violinist Dr L Subramaniam, Mrs Kavita Krishnamurthy Subramaniam will make a special guest appearance to perform a welcome song to open the event. Kavita Krishnamurthy Subramaniam is the recipient of four Filmfare Best Female Playback Singer awards. Accolades for her include the “Best Singer of the Millennium” award at the Stardust Millennium 2000 Awards,…

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Urban Echo News 

New campaign launched to raise awareness on rough sleeping and begging in Bradford

A new campaign – commissioned by the Safer and Stronger Communities Partnership and led by local charities – has launched to raise awareness and support for local organisations that help those who are rough sleeping and begging across the Bradford District. Known as #BradfordCares, the initiative makes it straightforward and convenient to give money, items and time to local charities through a through a new website – www.streetsupport.net/Bradford The website acts as an online hub where people can find information about all the services available in Bradford, adverts for volunteers…

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Crime 

Reckless drivers commit 60 driving offences during 5 day operation in West Yorkshire

Reckless drivers have been taken to task in a joint operation aimed at targeting the illegal use of mobile phones and other driving offences. Sixty offences were recorded during the five-day operation after 59 vehicles were stopped in West Yorkshire. Last week’s operation is part of Operation Tramline, a national joint initiative between police forces and Highways England. Officers from West Yorkshire Police’s Safer Roads and Neighbourhood Support Team were out on the county’s roads in a HGV (heavy goods vehicle) filming the driving habits of other road users. During…

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Urban Echo News 

Bradford to lead high tech health start-ups

A new Bradford-based enterprise support programme is set to attract and develop innovative health and social technology companies in the region thanks to funding from Bradford Council and the European Regional Development Fund. The Northern MAX (short for Northern Market Access Accelerator) is an intensive development programme designed to unlock regional potential by providing innovative start-ups with the latest technological advice, product development and business modelling support. The programme was launched at the Smart Cities World Congress, a world-leading innovation conference in Barcelona this week, putting Bradford firmly on the…

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Crime 

Robbery at Off-Licence on Otley Road, Bradford

Detectives in Bradford have released a number of CCTV stills and an e-fit image of a number of individuals they would like to speak to in connection with a robbery at an off licence. The robbery happened at a store on Otley Road, Bradford, at around 11.15am on 16 October. One suspect made threats of violence towards a member of staff before stealing cash from the till; while another suspect held open the shop doors. The two suspects were seen in the company of a third person who is not…

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Does Your Business Need Social Media?

Does your own or any business need social media to be successful, have you considered using social media as source of marketing? Social media for business’ can be an essential way to reach your desired clientele, gain valuable insights and expand your companies brand with little to no cost! Having an online presence as we all know is one of the easiest and most successful ways for people to connect together. Social media within a company has many proven benefits, however there can be a downside too! Some Advantages +…

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Crime 

Tackling mental health and raising awareness of domestic abuse

October was a busy month of awareness raising with partners around safeguarding and hate crime. Tackling mental health, raising awareness of domestic abuse and providing awareness on doorstep crime and scammers targeting the vulnerable were all topics covered as part of West Yorkshire’s Safeguarding Week. It started on Monday October 9 and involved all the local safeguarding boards and community safety partnerships across the region with myself and West Yorkshire Police. Workshops and events were held aimed at informing the public and professionals about how to protect the most vulnerable across…

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Urban Echo News 

Bradford backs the White Ribbon campaign

Bradford Council is backing a global campaign to end male violence against women. The council is aiming to become a White Ribbon accredited Local Authority and is working with local businesses and organisations to make Bradford a ‘White Ribbon District’. Bradford will be marking international White Ribbon Day on November 25, encouraging men and boys to pledge that they will “never commit, condone or remain silent about male violence towards women.” The Council will become a White Ribbon accredited Local Authority at an event on December 5 and has organised…

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