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West Yorkshire Police refers itself to watchdog over Bradford City fire disaster

West Yorkshire Police has voluntarily referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), in relation to matters raised in recent correspondence, surrounding police action at the Bradford City fire disaster of 1985.

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In a statement the force said that serious issues had been raised, both in a book by Mr Martin Fletcher, who lost relatives in the fire, and subsequently by Mr Fletcher’s legal representatives.

A senior officer met with them both this week, to discuss those matters in detail.

They say the issues relate not just to West Yorkshire Police, but to a number of other agencies and organisations.

Since publication of Mr Fletcher’s book, West Yorkshire Police has been working to identify what material was still available from the original enquiry and has found that, despite the passage of time, a lot of material had been retained.

West Yorkshire Police fully understands that this will bring back painful memories for people who were there or who lost loved ones 30 years ago, but it is important that the concerns raised by Mr Fletcher are addressed. We are awaiting a decision from the IPCC on the referral.

– West Yorkshire Police


Torrential rain calls off all-Yorkshire cup clash

Bradford City's Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash against Yorkshire rivals, Barnsley, was abandoned five minutes before kick off due to the heavy rain that swept across the country last night.

Match officials ruled that parts of the Valley Parade pitch were left unplayable after the downpour, with the ball neither rolling or bouncing when tested.

Referee, Trevor Kettle, made the decision shortly before 8pm, after the kick off had been delayed in the hope the weather would clear, and that the waterlogged pitch would have a chance to drain.

Phil Parkinson signs new Bradford City contract

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson has signed a new three-year contract as manager of the West Yorkshire club.

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Parkinson, whose original deal was due to expire at the end of this season extends his association with the football club until the end of the 2017/2018 campaign.

Assistant Manager Steve Parkin, Head of Sports Performance Nick Allamby and Goalkeeper Coach Lee Butler have also agreed new contracts with the football club until the end of June 2018.

This club is clearly moving in the right direction under Phil and the current management team, and it is important we keep the wheels moving forward.

The momentum has been with us since Phil arrived at the football club and he deserves this new contract.

– Joint-Chairman Mark Lawn

I'm very proud of my record here at Bradford City so far but I have been very lucky to receive the backing I've had from the chairmen and the board.

You always need good people around you as a manager, and I think we have a very good team both above me at boardroom level and around me at the training ground.

– Phil Parkinson
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