Sunday, August 20, 2017
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Police are warning drivers to be on their guard following a spate of thefts and robberies where elderly woman have been targeted at the wheel. 

Over the past few weeks, a number of incidents have been reported in Leeds, Bradford and Kirklees.

In the majority of cases the suspects have followed the victim in their car and bumped them at low speed with their vehicle. When both cars stop, they tell the victim their brake lights are not working and get them to leave their car to check. While the victim is distracted they steal their handbags and cash from the car and make off.

The victims have all been women in their seventies and eighties with incidents in Coteroyd Drive, Churwell; Croft House Avenue, Morley; Eastfield Crescent, Woodlesford; Kingsway, Bradford; Windsor Court, Morley; Bradford Road, Batley; and Penny Lane, Huddersfield.

Two men, aged 33 and 38, from Leeds, were arrested this week in connection with the investigation and were charged with robbery and theft in relation to two incidents.

It is thought the tactic may still be being used by other offenders.

Detective Inspector Neil Thompson, of Leeds District Crime Team, said: “This is a relatively unusual method for criminals to use to commit robberies and theft. While we don’t want to cause unnecessary alarm we do want to make people aware of what has been happening so they can be suitably on their guard.

“We would advise people to be vigilant and exercise caution if they are bumped while out in their car, and to keep their valuables safe and lock their car when they get out to speak to the other driver.

“We are continuing to carry out enquiries into these offences and have made arrests and charged two people but we will be continue to do everything we can to identify anyone involved in using this kind of tactic.

“If anyone has seen anything suspicious in relation to this type of incident or has any information that could assist in identifying those involved, we would ask them to contact us immediately.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District Crime Team at Elland Road via 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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.

sadcfCareers 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 be running will also be available.

Bradford College will be putting on a number of short courses over the summer aimed at 16 to 18 year olds who are interested in going to college but are unsure of what it involves or what courses to do.

The taster courses are free but places have to be booked. And with demand high, anyone interested is encouraged to book early.

Short courses are available in a range of subjects including music, performing arts, TV production, catering, construction trades, nail art and mechanical engineering.

Bradford College is one of the largest Further Education Colleges in the country offering GCSEs, AS and A-Levels, NVQs, diplomas, BTECs and apprenticeships.

For more information on the open day go to

Stars from the world of sport, stage and screen helped a crowd of thousands get into the festive spirit at tonight’s spectacular Leeds Christmas lights switch-on.

Around 15,000 people packed into Victoria Gardens for a memorable show, with Leeds Rhinos hero Danny McGuire given the honour of officially switching on one of the UK’s largest displays of city centre festive illuminations.

Danny, who was man of the match when the Rhinos secured an historic treble at Old Trafford last month, said: “It was a great honour to switch on the Christmas lights and it’s capped off an incredible year for myself and the club.

“Helping to kickstart the countdown to Christmas is also the perfect way for us to show how grateful we are to the people of Leeds for the amazing support they’ve given us this season.”

Also on stage for the big switch-on were Danny’s fellow Rhinos Stevie Ward and Josh Walters as well as the three trophies won by the team this season.

Entertaining the crowd tonight and performing some Christmas classics were 2014’s Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro and the city’s X Factor favourite Bupsi Brown.

Collabro’s Richard Hadfield said: “It’s been a fantastic night with such a brilliant atmosphere and we’ve really enjoyed entertaining the crowd and helping all these people get in the Christmas spirit.”

Bupsi added: “It’s been a real privilege for me to be back performing in my home city, there’s nothing like a Leeds crowd and it’s amazing to be part of kicking off the countdown to Christmas for everyone here tonight.”

Also part of the line-up were Cbeebies presenters Alex Winters and Cat Sandion, who led the crowd in a fun version of The 12 Days of Christmas and Lee Brennan from boyband 911, who is playing the title role in this year’s production of Aladdin at Carriageworks Theatre.

The spectacular Leeds Rock Choir also performed some fantastic hits along with a Christmas medley including original vocal arrangements.

And the cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, who are appearing at West Yorkshire Playhouse appeared on stage along with Breeze has Talent 2015 winners The Richards.

The evening’s entertainment was hosted by Dixie and Emma from Heart Breakfast.


Bradford – Following its West End success at London’s Leicester Square Theatre, The Simon and Garfunkel Story makes a welcome return to St George’s Hall in Bradford this November.

Currently one of the biggest and most successful touring theatre shows celebrating the lives and career of Folk/Rock sensation Simon and Garfunkel, The Simon and Garfunkel Story features seasoned West End, award-winning leading man Dean Elliott (Buddy Holly in ‘Buddy – The Musical’).

Together with a full cast of talented actor – musicians, this fantastic show takes the audience on a musical journey back through the ‘Groovy’ times of the 1960s. It tells the story of both Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel from their humble beginnings as Rock n Roll duo ‘Tom and Jerry’, right through their massive success and dramatic break-up, finishing with a stunning recreation of the 1981 Central Park reformation concert.

Using a huge projection screen, The Simon and Garfunkel Story features 1960’s photos and film footage whilst a full live band perform all their hits including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound, Sound of Silence and many more!

Tickets are available from Bradford Theatres Box Office on 01274 432000 or visit for tickets and more information.


Dog owners were able to take advantage of free microchipping with council dog wardens and The Dogs Trust today.

The service was being offered in Garforth ahead of microchipping for all dogs becoming compulsory in 2016.

Puppy being microchipped
Puppy being microchipped

Between 10am and 2pm at Barley Hill Recreation Ground 60 dogs were microchipped, increasing their chances of being reunited with their pet should they be lost or stolen.

Another four people updated details on their dog’s microchip and wardens were able to give two people free dog neutering vouchers.

According to dog warden Gavin Jarrett, microchipping is just the first step. He said:

“It’s great that people get their dogs chipped. It’s the first thing we check when we pick up a stray. But, sadly, in a lot of cases the information stored is out of date so we can’t get them home.

“Once your dog is chipped, please keep your contact details up to date if you move or change phone number.”

Cllr Mark Dobson’s dog Velma was just one of many at today’s dog chipping event in Garforth

Offering his support, along with his dog Velma, was Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for environmental protection and community safety. Councillor Dobson said:

“Velma has been chipped since she became part of our family as we want to give her the best chance of finding her way back to us if she got lost.

“Our dog wardens deal with hundreds of strays each year. That number is going down due to microchipping, the introduction of our dog control orders and social media playing an increasing part in lost or stray dogs being identified and returned without our intervention.

“For those animals that the wardens do pick up, a large proportion don’t have a microchip or identification at all, or worse, a microchip with the wrong information.

“People need to ensure they’ve taken all the necessary steps to be a responsible dog owner; that includes everything from a collar with identification, registering their pet with one of six national microchip databases and familiarising themselves with Leeds’ dog control orders.”

From April 2016, all dogs in England must be microchipped and registered on an authorised microchip database.

Dog control orders which make it an offence for a dog to be off its lead by the roadside in Leeds came into effect in 2011. If a dog is on its lead, owners are more likely to spot it fouling and pick up after them.

The dog control orders also make it an offence to allow dogs into some play parks, cemeteries and sports courts.

A full list of exclusion zones and information on dog control orders can be found at

Failure to comply with dog control orders carries a maximum £1,000 fine.


Bradford – Responding to accusations and smears being put about by George Galloway and Respect, Labour candidate, Mohammed Amran, called for all parties to run a clean campaign.

Mohammed Amran said:

Mohammed Amran
Mohammed Amran

“I can categorically deny that I, or any member of my team have been involved in any bullying or intimidation of any other party’s candidates”

“If the Respect candidate has concerns, she is absolutely right to contact the Police, as I did when I received repeated abusive phone calls recently. There should be no place for such behaviour in Bradford politics“

“I would also call on Mr Galloway to apologise for trying to smear the Labour Party in general and me in particular.”


New figures have revealed that Manchester resident’s are some of the most active in the country and that year on year more people are regularly taking part in sport across the city.

The findings come from Sport England’s national Active People Survey, the largest sports and recreation survey of its kind ever carried out in Europe.

010-largeThe Active People Survey has shown that 43.4 per cent of Manchester residents take part in at least 30 minutes of sport or active recreation per week – well above the national average of 36.8 per cent and a significant increase on last year’s figure.

The number of people undertaking at least 30 minuets of activity in the city is higher that anywhere else in Greater Manchester and higher than in any of the other core cites (the country’s largest cities outside of London).

The increase in regular sports participation continues an upward trend that has been seen since the 2010 survey – which found 33.7 percent of people took part in 30 minutes or more of sport per week.

The number of people undertaking 30 minuets of sport or active recreation three times a week or more has also dramatically improved – from 24 per cent in 2012 up to 28.9 per cent in 2014.

Cllr Rosa Battle
Cllr Rosa Battle

Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council executive member for culture and leisure, said: “The results of the Active People Survey are great news and go to show just how much we love all sport in Manchester.

“The benefits of regular exercise are huge and can make a real difference to quality of life by improving health, nurturing a sense of community and simply by being fun.

“With an inspirational sporting programme planned for 2015, not to mention Manchester’s world-class sport venues and community facilities, I am certain we can build on our success and see even more people begin to take part in regular activity this year.”

The Active People Survey looked at sport participation from October 2013 to October 2014.

For more information on the Active People Survey please visit:

Kirklees Council have achieved finalist status in the GO Small Business / Third Sector Engagement Initiative of the Year Award.

The awards recognise excellence in buying and providing public services and the Council’s Commissioning and Health Partnerships team won finalist status due to the innovative way it worked with the Third Sector when commissioning Carers Count and the success Carers Count has achieved supporting unpaid carers.

Carers Count gives help and support to adults in Kirklees who give time and energy, without being paid, to look after an adult family member or friend who can’t manage on their own due to a disability.  The service has been very successful and helped a lot of carers to keep on supporting people with disabilities.

The awards focus on those who are delivering more efficient and effective public services; they recognise the most exciting initiatives and innovations, as well as the inspirational people driving progress and change.

The National GO Awards are now in their 15th year and reaching the award finals recognises the crucial role that small businesses and the voluntary sector play in delivering public services in Kirklees. It highlights the outstanding partnership between the council and Carers Count.  The nomination recognises the work of the council to make sure there have been opportunities for small businesses and voluntary organisations, so they can contribute and share in the benefits of supplying to the public sector.

Cllr Viv Kendrick
Cllr Viv Kendrick

Cllr Viv Kendrick, Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Communities, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that Kirklees Council have reached the final as the level of competition for this year’s awards has been extremely high.  Although we won’t find out if we are winners until 26 February, achieving finalist status is a great commendation for our procurement activity.”

Grahame Steed, Government Opportunities Managing Editor and Lead Judge, National GO Awards 2015/16 said “The GO Awards are now in their 15th year and as you will see from this year’s chosen finalists, the profile of the entries has not only raised the bar once again, it’s set a benchmark that all those involved in public procurement within the UK should acknowledge, appreciate and strive for.

“This is our biggest awards ever! The standard this year was so high that the judges struggled to make the finalists’ shortlist. But they have and the competition for each category is fierce. Thank you to everyone who entered – procurement in the UK is in a good place.”

The GO Awards are the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards.

Ever wondered what it’s like to live and work in outer space? Blast off to Halifax this February half term to join the crew of Space Station Eureka! as the family attraction gets ready for a week of space exploration as part of their Reach for the Stars event running from 14 to 22 February 2015.

Attachment-1To make the event even more of a blast, visitors arriving after 2pm on weekdays (Monday 16 – Friday 20 February) will receive 15% off the price of admission, with opening hours extended ‘til 6pm!

The Eureka! crew will be investigating the planets and inviting children to have a go at a bit of rocket science with fun demonstrations. Older children can find out more about our nearest planetary neighbour, learning all about missions to the red planet as part of regular ‘Mission to Mars’ sessions. Come aboard Space Eureka!-OutsideStation Eureka! to dress up as an astronaut and find out what life is like for real astronauts on board the International Space Station.

Plus, visitors from Monday 16 – Friday 20 February can get a taste of how NASA astronauts prepare for zero gravity on the Gyroscope. What better way to launch your half-term holiday?

Reach for the Stars! activities are free with standard admission or your Eureka! annual pass.

Over 300 people from all faiths and backgrounds gathered outside City Hall to pay their respects to the victims and families of the Peshawar school tragedy. IMG_1799_resized

Braving the stormy weather, children, women and men, including members of all political parties united in a sombre candlelit vigil yesterday at 7pm.

The terrible events in Peshawar shocked the world to the core after the Taliban attacked a school in Peshawar, Pakistan killing 141 students and teachers. Bradford council flew the Pakistan flag at half mast in Centenary Square and 141 balloons were released in memory of all those who lost their lives.

Schools and colleges across the district have been holding a minute’s silence yesterday and today in memory of the victims.