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Tributes at Valley Parade for Bradford City fire victims

Football matches across the country fell silent today to pay tribute to the 56 people who died in the Bradford City fire 30 years ago.

England manager Roy Hodgson led tributes at Valley Parade where a minute's silence was held before their final home game of the season. Meanwhile Bradford's kit man John Duckworth and his friends arrived at the stadium completing their seventy-three mile walk from Lincoln.They took on the challenge to raise money for Bradford City's Burns unit appeal.

Pensioner pleads guilty in botched cocaine plot

A pensioner who skippered a yacht across the Atlantic in a £150 million cocaine smuggling plot has pleaded guilty to his part in the botched plot.

An Irish Navy Rib leads in the yacht Makayabella into Haulbowline naval base in Co Cork Credit: Press Association

John Powell, 70, of Silsden, West Yorkshire, entered a plea of guilty to two charges ahead of an expected trial at Cork Circuit Court in Ireland.

He is to be sentenced later today at the same court along with Benjamin Mellor, 35, of Bradford, West Yorkshire, and Thomas Britteon, 28, of Grimsby, north-east Lincolnshire.

All three were arrested on board the luxury yacht Makayabella, which was found last September in poor condition in the Atlantic Ocean, 200 miles (322km) off the south-west coast of Ireland.

Investigators in the UK also seized a 25ft (7.6m) motor boat called Sea Breeze, moored in Pwllheli, North Wales in connection with the smuggling ring.

Judge Sean O Donnabhain adjourned the sentencing until later.


Police release CCTV images after assault and racial abuse at Bradford train station

British Transport Police have released cctv images of two men they want to identify after one member of staff was assaulted and two others threatened and racially abused at Bradford Interchange railway station.

Do you know this man? Police would like to speak to him. Credit: British Transport Police
Do you know this man? Police would like to speak to him. Credit: British Transport Police

The incident happened after they were challenged when one of the men attempted to tailgate his friend through the ticket barriers.

One of the men threatened and pushed the station suspervisor while the other man launched a tirade of racial abuse at the barrier staff and pretended to shoot them by imitating a gun with his hand.

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