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Search for family of 'Bradford Jesus'

Coroner's officers in Bradford are appealing for any relatives of Geoffrey Brindley, known locally as 'Bradford Jesus', to get in contact.

Mr Brindley - aged either 87 or 88-years-old - died at Bradford Royal Infirmary on Monday, 24 August, following a fall at his home in Langley Lane, Baildon. The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Mr Brindley was born in the Buxton area and it is possible that he still has relatives living in that area or elsewhere in the country.

Any family members of Mr Brindley, or anyone who knows of any potential relatives, is asked to call Coroner's Officer Malcolm Dyson on 01274 475230.

Crews remain at Bradford nightclub fire

Old Warehouse Nightclub, Bradford Credit: @traceannr

Two fire engines are still at the scene of a nightclub fire in Bradford, damping down and carrying out salvage work. Fire crews were called to the Old Warehouse Nightclub, Sackville Street at 2.09am today.

The fire was on the second floor and in the roof void of the three storey building. The roof has been severely damaged by fire and areas of the ground floor, occupied by a number of bars have been water damaged.

“The whole of the roof was involved in the fire, which was well developed when crews arrived. The roof has been extensively damaged but fire crews have managed to stop the spread of the fire to adjacent properties and no-one has been injured as a result of the fire.”

– Station Manager Dave Cookson, who was Incident Commander

The nightclub was completely closed to the public at the time and no people were inside.

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Fire overnight at nightclub in Bradford

Eight fire crews were called out to deal with a blaze overnight at a three storey nightclub on Sackville Street in Bradford.

West Yorkshire Fire Service says the blaze broke out on the second floor and in the roof void. Five pumps and two aerial platforms were initially called out but another three brought in to assist. A salvage operation is now underway.

Sackville Street is closed between Sunbridge Road and Westgate.

Nuisance caller jailed for 8 months

A man who made over 2000 nuisance calls to police, ambulance, council and his landlord has been sent to prison.

The 46-year-old appeared at Bradford Crown Court charged with making unnecessary calls over a period of 6 months. He was given an 8 month prison sentence.

Police appeal to find missing Amanda

Amanda Lundy who is missing in Bradford Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Police are appealing for information to trace missing Amanda Lundy from Bradford.

Amanda, 39, was last seen in Bradford city centre at about 10am yesterday Saturday August 22.

She is described as white and slim with blonde hair and was last seen wearing black and white leggings with her hair tied up.

"We do have concerns for Amanda's safety and welfare and would ask her, or anyone who may have seen Amanda over the past 24 hours, to call Bradford District CID on 101 referencing log number 601 of 22 August."

– Detective Inspector Alan Flynn of Bradford District CID

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New appeal for information on 3rd annivesary of Bradford muder

Police are making a fresh appeal for information about the murder of Bradford man, Clement Desmier, on the 3rd anniversary of his death.

Clement Desmier Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The body of Clement 'Butch' Desmier, who was 68, was found in his home in Bradford, on Thursday, 23rd August 2012. Tests revealed he died from multiple injuries.

It is now three years since the murder of Clement Desmier but this is still an ongoing investigation. We want to identify and bring to justice those responsible for his brutal murder.

I believe that those responsible will have confided in others at some time and, because of the location of the offence, that those responsible have links to the local community. I would appeal to anybody who has information about the people who are responsible for the murder of Butch Desmier, or why he was killed, to contact West Yorkshire Police."

– Det Supt Mark Ridley, West Yorkshire Police

Two men arrested earlier this year - a 19 year old and a 32 year old - remain on bail pending further enquiries.

Work set to begin on new train station in Bradford

Construction work is set to be begin on a new £10.8m rail station in Bradford.

Credit: Press Association

Low Moor station will be on the Calder Valley Line between Bradford Interchange and Halifax and will serve passengers in Low Moor, Oakenshaw and Wyke. The station will also serve the surrounding residential and industrial areas and be located within convenient access of the M62 / M606 junction to attract park & ride users.

It’s the third new station to be built in West Yorkshire over the coming months, following on from Apperley Bridge and Kirkstall Forge.

The new station is expected to be open in spring 2016.

Bradford Council 'too slow' in improving district's education standards

Bradford Council has been too slow in driving improvement in the attainment, progress and attendance of pupils in schools across the district, government inspectors have concluded.

A new report by Ofsted also says that the local authority has failed in narrowing the gaps between disadvantaged and other pupils.

Nick Hudson represents the education standards body:

Bradford City fan banned from games for three years after headbutting rail employee

A Bradford City fan who headbutted an off-duty rail employee, has been given a 12-month suspended sentence and has been banned from attending any game for three years following a British Transport Police investigation.

41-year-old Paul Whitehead received the three year football banning order at Sheffield Crown Court for the attack, which resulted in his victim having his two front teeth broken.

Whitehead had been returning by train from Bradford City’s game against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, on Friday 3 April, shortly before 10.30pm.

He was one of a group of disorderly fans approached by an off duty Virgin Trains East Coast staff member who asked them to calm down.

Whitehead first threatened his victim before headbutting him in the face.

Whitehead was handed a 12 month custodial sentence suspended for two years, 120 hours of unpaid work, 40 hours of anger management and must pay £2,500 compensation to his victim. He was also issued with a three year Football Banning Order, which severely restricts his use of the railway.

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