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Bradford hospitals join NHS Quest initiative

Bradford Teaching Hospitals has been selected to join a privileged group of hospitals working together to provide the best available care for patients as part of the NHS Quest Initiative.

As a part of the NHS Quest network, the hospitals will work with 14 other member trusts on improvement programmes Credit: Bradford Teaching Hospitals

By joining the scheme, the hospitals will now participate in the deteriorating patient initiative, with specific focus on sepsis, cardiac arrest and medication safety.

As a part of the NHS Quest network, the hospitals will work with 14 other member trusts on improvement programmes.

I am delighted that we have been approved as a member of the NHS QUEST network. It brings together like-minded people who continuously strive to better patient safety and the quality of care they deliver.

It is a testament to the success of our own internal patient safety campaign. Our staff are determined and dedicated to delivering the best possible clinical and nursing care every day.

– Professor Clive Kay, Chief Executive

Woman wins award for helping homeless people and pets

A woman from Bradford has received an award for her charity work with homeless people and their pets.

Sarah Fretwell was given the prestigious award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare at the House of Lords.

It was for her charity "Heart-hounds" which helps homeless owners with medical and respite care for their dogs. Sarah set it up two years ago after meeting a homeless man who's pet had a tumour which vets refused to treat without payment.

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Bradford family say government is underplaying Ebola threat

A family from Bradford, who says the government is not taking the threat of the Ebola virus seriously, have stocked enough supplies to keep them going for a year.

The Tiler family have collected long-life food, water, and bottles of gas in case there is a widespread Ebola outbreak in the city.

The Government says the risk in the UK is low but screening of passengers will be extended to Manchester and Birmingham airports, as well as Heathrow and Gatwick. Victoria Whittam reports

Bradford makes history after being crowned UK's curry capital for fourth year

Bradford has made history after winning curry capital of UK for the fourth year running.

Bradford wins curry capital for fourth year in a row Credit: Paul Seheult/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

Having already won the national competition three years in a row, this year's entry included a number of initiatives and activities like poppadom challengers, an Asian afternoon tea and a healthy-style Asian cookbook created in connection with the NHS.

"We're delighted to have won this prestigious competition for the fourth consecutive year. When we won last year, we didn't think it could get any better. No one has ever won the competition three times in a row let alone four.

The standard of entry this year was extremely high and I know that all cities who took the time to enter the competition have devoted a lot of time and effort in creating their bids. "

– Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford City Council.

The Curry Capital of Britain is an annual competition which sees cities from all over the UK compete to be crowned the nation’s Curry Capital.

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UK family 'stockpiles food and gas' in case of Ebola

A family of six takes the threat of a "handful of cases" of Ebola in the UK so seriously they have stockpiled a year's worth of supplies should the worst happen.

Despite the rare chance of a full scale Ebola outbreak in the UK over the coming months, but the Tiler family are taking no chances.

The Bradford based family of six have already collected long-life food, water, candles, toilet roll and even bottles of gas for a stove in case there is a widespread Ebola outbreak across the UK.

Mum Emma and Dad Chris already have their four children trained to put on military suits and gas masks in case the hemorrhagic fever spreads across the country.

Chris Tiler admitted the family "worried about it quite a lot" and accused the government of "not taking it seriously enough".

Emma told Good Morning Britain:

It's definitely not over the top. It's better to have more than not have enough. If there were riots in the streets and you couldn't go outdoors and couldn't go out and get anything, then you've got something saved.

– Emma Tiler

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Court seize £10,000 from Bradford money launderer

A man from Bradford convicted for money laundering has had £10,830 seized by police.

£10,000 seized from convicted money launderer Credit: Press Association

This is the second time Michael Standing from Shipley has has assets seized.

The 52-year old was jailed for eight and a half years at Bradford Crown Court in February 2010 after he was found guilty of charges of money laundering and possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

In the first round of court proceedings in 2011, he was ordered to repay over £400,000.

Standing previously told officers that he had 'thousands' of pounds stored in a biscuit tin in a secret location, but this money was never found.

Our enquiries found that last year he had sent £10,830 to his bank asking for the cash to be paid into his account. This was promptly seized.

We are pleased that this forfeiture has been granted, as it demonstrates that even after we have stripped the ill gotten gains of criminals through the courts, we can look to make further seizures of associated cash and assets through Proceeds of Crime legislation.

– Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner

The money will be re-invested in projects aimed at tackling crime.

Time lapse video of Bradford's Broadway project

Time lapse videos of Bradford's long awaited Broadway project have been released monthly on Youtube.

The £260 million development was delayed for several years but work finally began in December 2013 and contractors say it is running on time and on budget.

The latest time lapse video of the build has been released on Youtube, following the process as it takes shape in Bradford City Centre:

No further action following Galloway's Israel speech

Respect MP George Galloway will not be prosecuted over remarks in a speech during which he declared that Bradford was "an Israel-free zone".

No further action following Galloway's Israel speech

The comments, made by the Bradford West MP in August, caused an outcry on social media and complaints were made to West Yorkshire Police. Today, the force said the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) did not believe there was sufficient evidence to support charges but also said it had logged it as a "hate incident".

West Yorkshire Police received a number of complaints about the content of a speech made by Bradford MP George Galloway on August 2 this year. A full investigation has been carried out, which included Mr Galloway being voluntarily interviewed under caution. A file was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service for advice on whether any offences had been committed and they have now concluded that there is insufficient evidence to support any charges. West Yorkshire Police always takes complaints of hate offences seriously and wants victims and witnesses to come forward with confidence knowing that any reported incidents will be thoroughly investigated. West Yorkshire Police has recorded this matter as a hate incident.

– Chief Superintendent Paul Money, Leeds District Commander

In one part of his speech which can be seen online, Mr Galloway said: "We have declared Bradford an Israel-free zone.

"We don't want any Israeli goods. We don't want any Israeli services. We don't want any Israeli academics coming to the university or college.

"We don't even want any Israeli tourists to come to Bradford even if any of them had thought of doing so.

"We reject this illegal, barbarous, savage state that calls itself Israel. And you have to do the same."

Mr Galloway was filmed in front of the Palestinian flag.

Rabbit found in Bradford with broken leg and ears cut off

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a white rabbit was found with both ears cut off and a broken back leg in a Bradford park.

The rabbit was found straying in the park near Dirkhill Road, Bradford on 12 October by a member of the public, who took the rabbit home and called the RSPCA.

This animal has suffered incredibly and I want to hear from anyone who has any specific information that might lead me to who is responsible. What happened to this rabbit’s ears can’t have been an accident. We actually believe they have been cut off using scissors. The rabbit’s back left leg was also badly broken. The rabbit is on pain relief at the vet’s as they’re going to amputate the broken leg, but the poor creature isn’t out of the woods yet.”

– RSPCA inspector Joanne Hartley

The rabbit was not microchipped so at the moment there is no way of tracing the owner.

It’s inconceivable that someone could do something so terrible to a living thing. I’ve been an RSPCA inspector for 15 years but I’m constantly shocked by the things I have to deal with in this job. If anyone recognises this rabbit, or saw anything specific that might help my investigation, please call me.

– RSPCA inspector Joanne Hartley
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