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JJB Sports chief's son cleared of fraud

The West Yorkshire-based son of the former executive chairman of the now-defunct JJB Sports chain has been cleared of helping his father to use a forged bank statement, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has confirmed.

Stuart Jones (left) with his father Sir David Jones Credit: Press Association

Stuart Jones, 40, of Bingley, had been on trial at Leeds Crown Court charged with aiding and abetting Sir David Jones in his use of a false instrument.

According to the SFO, Mr Jones, who was the former head of marketing of JJB Sports, was found not guilty on Wednesday of one count of aiding and abetting the use of a false instrument, contrary to Section 3 of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981.

A closed JJB Sports shop Credit: Press Association

The jury was told at the start of the trial that Sir David, who has Parkinson's, would not face trial due to his ill-health.

On Wednesday, the SFO said that Mr Jones gave evidence in the trial that he did not know the bank statement in question was a forgery but suggested that his father, amongst others, could have been responsible.

The case against his father involved loans he received while "heavily in debt" of £1.5 million each from Mike Ashley, owner of the Sports Direct chain, and Dave Whelan, the original founder of JJB Sports and owner of DW Sports.


Police appeal after driver dies in Bingley crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a driver died in a crash on Otley Road in Bingley in West Yorkshire.

It happened at 3.55pm on Friday October when a Porsche Boxster was being driven towards Eldwick and was in collision with a Mercedes Sprinter lorry parked in a layby. The Porsche ended up in a wooded area.

The 38-year-old Porsche driver suffered serious head injuries and died a short time later. Police said no one else was injured in the crash.

Glastonbury acts to come to Bingley Music Live

This year, Bingley Music Live boasts a lineup of 55 acts, 10 of whom appeared at Glastonbury 2014. So the council says anyone who didn't get the chance to enjoy them there will have the chance to see them for a fraction of the price.

Nick Mulvey appeared twice at Glastonbury, including the Pyramid Stage. He has joined the Radio One playlist with his track 'Fever to the Form' and will now appear on Bingley's main stage on Saturday 30 August.

Headliners at BML are The Pet Shop Boys, Example and Shed Seven.

West Yorkshire roots for Wimbledon grass

The world's most famous tennis tournament gets underway next week. The balls will be fizzing across the grass at Wimbledon at speeds close to 130mph.

But did you know the grass in question has been sown, cultivated and nurtured by scientists from Bingley in West Yorkshire? How do they keep it in such tip top condition?

Our correspondent Alison McKenzie has been finding out with the help of the Wimbledon head groundsman.

Police seek witnesses to fatal car crash

A man from Bradford has been killed in a car crash in Bingley.

West Yorkshire Police

Police would like to speak to anyone who might have seen the accident at about 3.55pm on Tuesday April 22 on Otley Road, Bingley, adjacent to the Graincliffe Reservoir.

An MG ZR car travelling one way and a VW Crafter van travelling the other crashed. Initial enquiries suggest the MG had crossed into the opposite lane just prior to the collision.

The driver of the car, a 33-year-old man from Bradford, died at the scene.


Parents warned about drunk teenagers at music festival

Parents of children going to this year's Bingley Music Live festival have been warned it won't just be the youngsters in trouble if they are found to have purchased alcohol for them.

They say parents could end up facing charges if they buy alcohol for their children or allow them to get drunk.

Bingley Music Live 2013 takes place at Myrtle Park in Bingley from Friday to Sunday and at last year's festival a small number of drunk teenagers turned up to the event.

This isn't about young people drinking a small amount of alcohol socially.

It is about them drinking to excess so that they become disruptive to the other festival goers and put themselves at risks.

Some parents appear to be condoning under-age drinking by supplying alcohol to their children and their friends before they attend the event. At last year's festival they seemed to be turning a blind eye to their children getting drunk.

We are urging parents not to purchase alcohol for their children. It is not only against the law, but it can put them in situations where they are unable to look after themselves.

– Superintendent Gary Baker, West Yorkshire Police

Test purchase operations will be taking place in the area this week and Safer Schools police officers will be talking to children at the event. Organisers Bradford Council will also be putting extra security into the bars on the site.

We're not being killjoys. We just want people to be able to come to Bingley Music Live and enjoy themselves and the entertainment without putting themselves and others at risk.

– Superintendent Gary Baker, West Yorkshire Police
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