Crime Urban Echo News 

Men Jailed In Landmark Crackdown On Leeds Drugs Trade

Prison sentences totalling more than 40 years have been handed down to 10 men convicted as part of a landmark crackdown on the organised supply of heroin and cocaine in Leeds. The men were arrested in a series of raids at addresses across the city in May this year as a result of an investigation by specialist officers from Leeds District Serious Organised Crime Unit and West Yorkshire Police Protective Service Crime. It followed months of painstaking work to gather detailed and comprehensive evidence on those involved in a number…

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Rohingyas: The Wretched of the Earth

Who are the Rohingya? According to my own understanding, they could truly be called a species of uncertain taxonomic position. People who lived for centuries in the bordering region of Myanmar (Burma) and Chitagong, a hilly tract of East Bengal, one time East Pakistan, now Bangladesh since December 1971, but they are vehemently refused citizenship of either of these two countries. That is why no one else but only they deserve most the title “wretched of the earth”. They are mostly concentrated in the Burmese state of Arakan; the Rohingya…

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FortyFive: York’s First Vinyl Café Opens

Based in the heart of York, the newly opened FortyFive Vinyl Café is becoming the talk of the town. The aim of the FortyFive Café is to create a friendly, relaxed atmosphere where customers can enjoy fantastic coffee, good quality music on vinyl and a selection of simple, honest and tasty food. They want to be your daytime home away from home. A place to relax, unwind and escape the stress of the daily hustle. FortyFive Café source their coffee from local, independent Yorkshire roasters to ensure the journey from…

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Bradford district’s Economic Growth Strategy

Bradford Council’s Executive will be given an update on the development of the new Economic Growth Strategy for the district. The new strategy is being designed with Bradford’s economic partnership, Producer City, to support the growth of the district’s economy and provide a focus for activity. The strategy will be discussed at the meeting of the Executive on Tuesday, 10 October. Bradford’s new Economic Growth Strategy will focus clearly on the economy of the whole district with an ambition for growing a more productive forward looking economy. The Executive will…

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Man Sought In Connection With Rape Allegation

Police investigating the rape of a woman in Bradford are appealing for information on the whereabouts of Nicolae Fratutescu.  Mr Fratutescu, who is 47 and a Romanian national, is being sought by officers in connection with the alleged offence, which is said to have occurred in May 2016. He is described as being of slim build and around 5ft 7ins tall. He is also known to wear glasses. Detective Inspector Victoria Lawrance, of the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit, said: “We have made extensive enquiries to trace Mr Fratutescu and are…

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WOW – Women of the World Festival – Bradford is back!

WOW – Women of the World Festival is set to return to Bradford on the 18 – 19 November which celebrates and recognises the achievements of women and girls and takes a frank look at what stops them from achieving their potential. Full details of the festival programme will be announced next week. Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World Festival is supported by Spirit of 2012, and hosts WOWs across the globe, including in five cities across the UK, of which Bradford was the first northern city. From…

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Two schoolgirls reported missing in Bradford

Police are appealing for information to trace two schoolgirls reported missing in Bradford. Bradford District CID would like to speak to anyone who has seen or has information about Denisa Kotlorova (15) and Maria Tokorova (13) who are both from the Lidget Green area. The girls were reported missing on Monday morning (18/9)  after failing to attend school and extensive enquiries have been ongoing to find them since. Both girls are Slovakian and white European, with dark skin. Denisa is described as 5ft tall, slim with long black hair and…

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Murder Investigation Launched in Bradford

A second man has been arrested on suspicion of murder as part of an ongoing investigation in Bradford. Specialist teams including the Police Underwater Search Unit have been searching a number of locations in the Denholme area including, Doe Park Water Activities Park, as part of the inquiry. Detectives are now linking the murder investigation to reported missing person 29-year-old Tyron Charles from Denholme. Mr Charles was last seen on the afternoon of Wednesday September 6 and reported missing by his family. Officers have been proactively investigating Mr Charles’ disappearance…

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Future Labour candidates suspended for backing rival candidate in Bradford West during General Election

Bradford West never fails to entertain me. In a turn of events, the Labour Party has expelled three of its members for supporting Independent candidate Salma Yaqoob ahead of Labour’s Naz Shah in this year’s General Election. But is this a surprise? Absolutely not! The three expelled members are former Bradford councillor Faisal Khan, Abad Hussain and Adil Hussain (also known as Adil Shaan). In documents leaked to the Telegraph & Argus, the three identical letters from Labour headquarters read: “It has been brought to our attention with supporting evidence…

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Spectacular mini festival to Illuminate Bradford

Bradford Council is to stage several world class acts as part of its Illuminate Bradford mini festival in October. The free event promises three days of spectacular outdoor evening entertainment including large scale multimedia performances, interactive light installations and colourful street theatre. Cutting edge 3D projection specialists, the Colour Project will tell the fascinating story of Bradford’s incredibly rich and fascinating history through a high tech light, movement and sound show. The Luminariun, which has been created specifically for Bradford, will be cleverly beamed into the front of Bradford City…

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