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Service and silence to remember victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks

There will be a short service and a minute’s silence held at 5:30pm today, Friday 15th March 2019, in Centenary Square, Bradford, in remembrance of those who lost their lives and were injured in, or affected by, the dreadful terror attacks at the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The service will be attended by the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Zafar Ali, and led by The Very Reverend Jerry Lepine, Dean of Bradford.  The Lord Mayor’s Chaplain, Mufti Khurshid Alam Sabri, will also attend as will…

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Man Jailed for More Than Three Years For Dangerous Driving After Causing the Death of Ilkley Woman

A man who caused the death of an Ilkley pensioner by driving dangerously has been jailed for more than three years. Billy Horsfall, aged 25, was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday 13 March) after he pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing. He was jailed for 3 years 4 months and given a driving ban for 3 years and 8 months. Horsfall, of no fixed abode, was the driver of a silver Vauxhall Astra which was in collision with a Honda Jazz in Common Road, Bradford, on 24 February last…

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College lecturer found guilty of Blue Badge Fraud

A college lecturer has been found guilty of multiple fraud offences relating to blue badge misuse. Yasin Hussain, aged 35, of Woodfield Avenue in Batley appeared at Barnsley Magistrates court on 11 March for his trial. The former Kirklees College lecturer, was arrested on the college premises on 11 December 2017 for a fraud offence where a disabled blue badge had been used by him on a number occasions in the Huddersfield area. The badge he was using was not in force and had been withdrawn in 2016. He was…

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Nurses prepare to pedal to Paris for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity

Children’s nurses Catherine Grasby and Jennifer Gould are gearing up for the bike ride of a lifetime to raise money for a new scanner for their young patients. The clinical nurse specialists, who are based in Children’s Outpatients at St Luke’s Hospital, Bradford, will cycle from London to Paris this July. They will arrive in Paris on 28 July – the same day as the Tour de France ends in the capital. Catherine and Jennifer are hoping to raise £3,200 for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity – the official NHS charity partner…

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Immigration and no-deal Brexit: Free-movement at the cliff face

by Louis MacWilliam, Associate Solicitor, Business Immigration Team LMacWilliam@lawBlacks.com, 0113 322 2842, @LouisLawBlacks Amidst the Parliamentary furore, on Monday the Government quietly released the key immigration policy for a no-deal scenario, highlighting the chasm which now exists between the deal and no-deal outcomes. This restrictive policy adds to the long line of initiatives overseen by a Prime Minister preoccupied with ‘getting tough on immigration’. Deal Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, the free movement model is effectively maintained for those EU nationals and their family members currently here as…

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Over half of primary teachers in their second year in profession are thinking of quitting

Dissatisfaction worse than for new entrants, new research shows. Despite the Government’s proposals to tackle teacher recruitment and retention, new research shows that it still has its work cut out to keep young teachers in the profession. And while NQTs (newly qualified teachers) are often thought to be most at risk of quitting, new figures show that even more of those in their second year have their eyes on the exit. In January, Education Secretary Damian Hinds published a strategy to attract more teachers and address the high number quitting…

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Bradford apprentice shortlisted for national award

A Bradford apprentice has reached the final stages of the national PPMA Apprentice of the Year Award 2019. Sam Carritt, an apprentice revenue, benefits and payroll officer, has been short listed by the Public Services People Managers Association (PPMA) accolade along with sixteen other public sector professionals. He’s been invited to take part in an event held at the University of Warwick Business School for two days of personal coaching and development; where the overall winner will be decided. This year, the PPMA received their best ever number and quality…

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The Hapless Former State of Jammu Kashmir

Jammu Kashmir was the only one out of 565 princely states of British India that was allowed to expand as far as it could by military means, on its own as well as with British assistance. Thus, starting as a minor hill state of Jammu, by the middle of the 20th century, the state at its farthest limits had extended to the International borders with Tibet, the Chinese province of Xinjiang, and Afghanistan, and had come very close to the then Soviet Union, separated from it by the narrow Wakhan…

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Arts & Entertainment Urban Echo News 

Bradford band Kascarade release trilogy of music videos

Bradford band Kascarade have recently released the first of a trilogy of brand-new music videos set to be out online throughout March and April. The band are currently putting together the finishing touches to their second studio album which will be out in the early summer. The new album is an independently produced affair written and recorded at the bands central Bradford based studio. The latest online video track for brand new song ‘Dust Yourself Down’ is now online via the bands YouTube channel. The song and video were very…

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Ex-Labour peer Nazir Ahmed charged with sex offences

A peer has been charged with two counts of attempted rape and one count of indecent assault. Lord Nazir Ahmed, 61, is accused of attacks on two children under the age of 13 in Rotherham during the 1970s, the Times reports. It is believed he was aged between 14 and 17 at the time. Two other men were also charged yesterday as part of the same investigation, with Mohamed Farouq, 68, of Worrygoose Lane, Whiston, Rotherham, accused of four counts of indecent assault and Mohammed Tariq, 63, of Gerard Road,…

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