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Leeds Imam congratulates Bake Off winner

Imam Qari Asim at Leeds Makkah Mosque Credit: Press Association

Imam Qari Asim of Leeds Makkah Mosque has praised Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain as a “great reminder of who British Muslims are”.

Writing on the website Imams Online, Imam Asim praised positive role model for young people, in particular British Muslims.

“Despite being a Muslim, child of migrant parents, she isn’t accused of cooking up any kind of shariah flavoured sponge cakes or jihadi cookies... There has been a huge sense of relief amongst British Muslims that one of their own has not talked about without negative connotations.

British Bake Off has been a great advert of Britain’s multi-cultural melting pot. Whether we like it or not, Britain is a multi-cultural society with people of diverse backgrounds, views and abilities.

Nadiya has proven that Islam and Muslims have not subjugated their women or treat them as ‘second class’ citizens. She has defied every stereotype apportioned to Muslims. Further, she has proven that wearing a scarf or being a mother does not mean it’s the end of achieving one’s dreams."

– Imam Qari Asim, writing on Imams Online


Crossing named in honour of hit-and-run victim Jasmyn Chan

Campaigners Marie Gratton and Sandra Bradley at the new £350,000 crossing at the spot where Sheffield schoolgirl Jasmyn Chan was killed Credit: ITV Yorkshire

New safety measures have been introduced on a notorious Sheffield road - almost 18-months after teenager Jasmyn Chan was killed in a hit-and-run accident.

The improvements on Normanton Hill include illuminated road signs and the removal of bushes which hampered the sight of pedestrians who crossed into Richmond Park.

There is also a new crossing, which campaigners say the crossing will be named in honour of 14-year-old Jasmyn. It will be officially opened on October 19th.

Bake Off champion 'trying to soak it all in'

Nadiya Hussain from Leeds was crowned champion on the Bake Off last night Credit: BBC / GBBO

Great British Bake Off champion Nadiya Jamir Hussain has revealed her relief at finally being able to talk about her win.

"I can't even say it, because we've spent so long keeping it a secret. I feel like I'm doing something wrong."

– Nadiya Hussain

But there were times when the 30-year-old from Leeds was "teetering on the edge" of giving it away before Wednesday night's final, she said.

She added:

"I haven't slept for the last 24 hours. It's been mad. It's really hard to sleep when you're on a high. I'm trying to soak it all in, enjoy every moment, and then take it as it comes."

– Nadiya Hussain

Speaking at a photocall and book signing for hundreds of fans at Waterstones in London's Piccadilly, she said:

"Now that people stop us and chat with us - it's weird, it's surreal, but it's so much fun to know there are people out there supporting you."

– Nadiya Hussain


Jailed rapist brags about 'long earned holiday' behind bars

Thomas Holmes from Scarborough is serving 13 years in Hull jail Credit: Ross Parry pictures

Prison officials are investigating after a jailed rapist bragged on Facebook he's enjoying a "long earned holiday" behind bars.

Thomas Holmes from Scarborough is serving 13 years in Hull jail for repeatedly raping a woman, but on social media he has mocked the taxpayer for paying for his meals.

A post on Thomas Holmes' Facebook page Credit: Ross Parry pictures

He posted an article about his conviction, along with the caption: "Sorry all not been in touch and won't be for a while but I'm on a long earned holiday in Hull."

A post on Thomas Holmes' Facebook page Credit: Ross Parry pictures

The Prison Service says it has taken immediate action to have the Facebook profile removed.

Holmes could be stripped of his privileges and face a longer sentence.

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