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Court hears teaching assistant taped pupil to chair

A West Yorkshire mother has described the moment her seven-year-old daughter told her a teaching assistant had taped her to a chair as "heartbreaking".

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told Bradford Crown Court how the young girl "clung" to her "for dear life" with tears streaming down her face after the incident at school.

Rachael Regan, a classroom assistant, and Deborah McDonald, a teacher, are accused of carrying out a five-month campaign of bullying against the girl at a school in the Calderdale area.

The trial has heard how the pair carried out a catalogue of incidents against the pupil, including shutting her in a storeroom, tying her shoes on with string, sticking post-it notes on her thumbs, calling her a nickname, kicking her chair, goading her with a biscuit, hiding her doll and tearing up her photograph.

The girl's mother told the jury that her "bubbly and outgoing" daughter started to make excuses to not go to school but she did not understand why.

She described the moment the girl, who is now nine years old, told her about being taped to the chair.

She said: "(My daughter) just came rushing out and hugged me and tears were just rolling down her face.

"It was just so heartbreaking to see her like that because (she) is so bubbly and outgoing and I have never seen my daughter so upset. She just clung to me for dear life."

The woman said her daughter had tears in her eyes as she told her about being taped to the chair.

She told the court: "(My daughter) said one of the teachers had Sellotaped her to the chair and that all her class friends were laughing at her.

"I said 'How did you feel?' and she said 'Very upset'."

She continued: "She said 'They all thought I was funny. I was the clown. They all laughed at me'."

The woman said her daughter did not find the incident funny and believed she was intimidated by what happened.

The girl's mother said she had previously spoken to the school after her daughter told her a teacher had stuck Post-it notes to her thumbs to stop her sucking them.

She told the court her daughter also claimed that one of the teachers tied her pumps on with string and put her favourite doll in a storeroom.

She said the girl became increasingly clingy and told her mother she wanted to change schools.

The defendants deny the charges.

Two women rescued after gas explosion in Bradford

Two women were trapped after a gas explosion in Bradford - but suffered minor injuries.

Part of a warehouse collapsed on Parry Lane this afternoon.

"At 4.37pm today, the emergency services were called to a report of a gas explosion at a warehouse in Parry Lane, Bradford.

"On attendance, it was found that part of the building had collapsed, causing two employees to be temporarily trapped.

"The employees, two women aged 19 and 35, were taken to safety and treated for shock at the scene.

"Search and Rescue dogs were deployed to the scene, as well as a structural engineer to assess the stability of the building.

"A total of 40 people were led to safety from adjoining premises.

"The cause of the explosion is still being investigated, but is not believed to be suspicious at this stage.

"Fire crews are expected to remain at the scene overnight and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

"Road closures at the junction of Parry Lane and Sticker Lane are also expected to remain in place overnight."

– Chief Inspector Suzanne Akeroyd, Bradford District Police

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Bingley by-pass set for weekend closure

The Bingley by-pass is to be closed this weekend for resurfacing work.

Bingley by-pass set for weekend closure Credit: Press Association

Bradford Council say it will be shut between the roundabout at Crossflatts and the roundabout at Victoria Park, Keighley, from 5am Saturday 22 November to 5am Monday 24 September.

Diversion signs will be in place and traffic will be able to use the B6265 between Crossflatts and Keighley through Riddlesden.

Aireworth Road and Wenning Street will remain open at all times with traffic travelling through the works under temporary traffic control.

Arrangements will be made for access to Marley Activities and Coaching Centre, and will be signed on the day.

We realise this work will cause people considerable disruption but the work is essential and we would ask people to be patient or choose an alternative route.

– Cllr Val Slater

Football to mark 30th anniversary of Bradford fire

The Barclays Premier League and Sky Bet Football League will hold a minute's silence to mark the 30th anniversary of the Bradford fire disaster in April.

Football to mark 30th anniversary of Bradford fire

All games over the weekend of April 24 to 27 will be preceded by a minute's silence in tribute to the 56 supporters who lost their lives and the hundreds who were injured.

The date coincides with Bradford's last home match of the season, against Barnsley in League One, when the club traditionally marks the anniversary of the disaster which occurred on May 11, 1985.

This period of silence will give fans across the country the opportunity to remember the terrible events that occurred at Valley Parade back in 1985 and, in particular, the supporters of Bradford City and Lincoln City that lost their lives.

– The Football League's chief executive Shaun Harvey

The Bradford fire was one of the most terrible tragedies ever to strike English football. It will be forever remembered by all football fans not only for the loss of life but also for the many acts of bravery by the emergency services and the fans themselves.

– Premier League chairman Peter McCormick

The Football Association, the Premier League and the Football League will also support efforts to help raise £300,000 for the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit (PSBRU) at the University of Bradford.

Bradford doctors warn people to 'choose well' in accessing health care

Local people are being asked by hospital doctors to think twice about going to the Bradford Royal Infirmary’s Accident and Emergency Department for non-emergency conditions this winter.

Bradford doctors warn people to 'choose well' in accessing health care

The public are being reminded to ‘"choose well" when accessing health care and only attend Accident and Emergency in the case of an emergency such as a serious illness or major injury.

Over the past few days, the number of non-emergency patients attending the BRI’s A&E department has been rising and recent attendances of 405 and 412 people a day are well above what we would typically expect at this time of year.

By visiting A&E without a serious condition or injury, you could delay medical attention for people who really need it. Attending with conditions like cold and flu, when you're otherwise healthy, can spread illnesses to vulnerable people for whom these viruses can be life-threatening.

It's really important that you make the right choices with your healthcare, because it can help the NHS treat people in the most effective way.

– Dr Brad Wilson

Dr Wilson added that by making the right choice about where to get help, people could ensure that they receive the best possible treatment, allowing busy services such as A&E to concentrate on helping those most in need.

Read: Patients urged to use Scunthorpe A&E only for serious illnesses

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Bradford marks ninth anniversary of shooting of policewoman Sharon Beshenivsky

It is nine years to the day since Bradford policewoman Sharon Beshenivsky was shot dead during a robbery in the city .

Bradford marks ninth anniversary of shooting of policewoman Sharon Beshenivsky

Three men were jailed for her murder - but one suspect is still on the run .

Today The Lord Mayor of Bradford will be among those laying flowers in her memory.

Major milestone reached for Bradford's Broadway

A shopping development in Bradford marked a major milestone today with a topping out ceremony. Work started in January this year on The Broadway and developers Westfield say it is on time and on budget. Today's event marked the moment when the building reaches its highest point of construction. The £260 million project is due to be completed at the end of next year.

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