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Manager of Bradford shopping centre quits less than a month after opening

The manager of The Broadway shopping centre in Bradford has resigned - less than a month after it opened.

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Sue Anderson-Brown had been appointed earlier in the year.

Westfield, the company which runs the centre, did not give any reasons for Anderson-Brown's resignation but confirmed the process to recruit her successor has started.

The £260 million Broadway opened its doors to shoppers on November 5.

We wish Sue all the best and look forward to announcing our new centre manager in due course.

– Westfield


Chef: I'm backing the sugar tax

The growing problem of child obesity is being discussed Parliament today - as some MPs are calling for a sugar tax and restrictions on advertising when children are watching.

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In Bradford, chef Andie Laidlaw, who work's for Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food, said:

I'm all for the sugar tax. The NHS is in crisis, it's virtually bankrupt, because it's dealing with illnesses which are completely preventable. If you put bad things inside you like fizzy drinks and crisps and snacks and pop stuff like that it's going to have an effect on your life.

– Andie Laidlaw

Dentist Nigel Rosenbaum fron Dronfield said:

There has been a benefit in countries which have have adopted sugar tax they have seen a significant ten per cent drop in the numbers of people consuming these drinks.

– Nigel Rosenbaum

Travel: M606 in Bradford closed due to flooding

The M606 in Bradford is closed in both directions between the exit and entry slip roads at junction 3 due to flooding.

A diversion is taking drivers off and then back on the motorway at the junction. The road is likely to remain closed during the evening rush hour.

Highways England contractors are currently on-site and are working to clear the flood water from the carriageway as quickly as possible.

Drivers using this section of the M606 are advised to plan their journeys and allow some extra time to reach their destinations.

Dangerous sex offender last seen in Doncaster

A dangerous sex offender who absconded from a mental health hospital in Bradford is now believed to be in Doncaster.

Elwin Cuffy escaped from Cygnet Hospital Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Elwin Cuffy is believed to have been sighted in Doncaster Town Centre at around 5pm yesterday.

South Yorkshire Police is now working alongside West Yorkshire Police to trace him after he absconded from Cygnet Hospital in Bierley yesterday.

Mr Cuffy has mental health issues and could pose a risk to himself or others. We would urge anyone who sees him to not approach him but to contact police immediately.

– Superintendent Paul McCurry, leading the South Yorkshire investigation

Man escapes from mental health hospital

A man has absconded from a mental health hospital in Bradford.

Have you seen Elwin Cuffy? Credit: West Yorkshire Police

49-year-old Elwin Cuffy was last seen at 3.55pm on Saturday at Cygnet Hospital in Bierley Lane.

He is described as black, 5ft 9ins tall, of medium build, with dreadlocks to the back of the head and a beard and moustache. He was last seen wearing a black and white T-shirt, black jacket, black jeans, black and white trainers.

Mr Cuffy is from Doncaster and has links to Leeds.

Mr Cuffy has mental health issues and could pose a risk to himself or others. We would urge anyone who sees him to not approach him but to contact police immediately.

– Detective Sergeant Craig Mckay, of Bradford District CID


Police patrols increased after children approached by men

Police in Bradford are investigating several reports of school-aged children being approached in suspicious circumstances by unknown men.

Increase in police patrols

The incidents have occurred in the Killinghall Road area of Bradford Moor over the last week. Police say they are treating them seriously and have increased patrols in the area. They are asking for people, especially parents, to be vigilant.

Enquiries into these incidents are at an early stage, but I would ask for people to keep these incidents in mind and report any suspicious activity to police on 101.

– Detective Inspector Ryan Brag

Bradford mother-of-six contracts mystery illness

Friends and family are rallying to help a Bradford father who has been left to bring up six children after his wife contracted a mystery illness.

Donna Ormondroyd, 35, has been left in a constant vegetative state - confined to a hospital bed with brain damage.

She will need 24-hour care when she does eventually return home. Her husband Gregg, a bus driver, says they have been offered a care package but he says he will need all the help he can get.

An appeal fund has already reached £3,000.

Chris Kiddey reports:

Second appeal after missing Leeds woman is spotted in Bradford

Police looking for a woman missing from Leeds say she has been spotted in Bradford.

Dagmara Holanova Credit: West Yorkshire Police

A second appeal has been put out for Dagmara Holanova, 34, who has been missing since Tuesday 3 November. She was last seen in the Armley area of Leeds between 5pm and 7pm. She is known to have links across Leeds, Bradford, Dewsbury and Rotherham.

Ms Holanova is described as a Slovakian woman, of Eastern European appearance, 5"7" tall, slim build with brown eyes and brown shoulder length hair. She was last seen wearing a pink jacket, black and white check trousers and white trainers.

There has been a sighting of Dagmara near to Bradford City Centre last week, and I would appeal to anyone in who has seen Dagmara, or knows where she is now to get in touch. Enquiries are ongoing.

– Detective Inspector Chris Gibson

Mother appears in court charged with children's murder

A mother from Bradford appeared in court this morning charged with murdering her two daughters in a women's refuge.

Samira Lupidi Credit: Ross Parry

Samira Lupidi is accused of stabbing to death one-year-old Jasmine Weaver and three-year-old Evelyn Lupidi who were found at a property in Bradford, on Wednesday, November 17.

The 24-year-old appeared via video-link, looking drawn and pale, for her 11 minute hearing on Monday at Bradford Crown Court.

One-year-old Jasmine Weaver and three-year-old Evelyn Lupidi were found with multiple stab wounds Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Dressed in a grey tracksuit top and bottoms, looking pale, and with her long black hair tied back in a plait, Lupidi spent the whole time on screen staring at her hands, which were on her lap.

She spoke only to confirm her name, confirm that she could hear the judge and when she was told she will remain in custody.

Answering each question, Lupidi, of Bradford, replied "yep" or "yes", with the trace of an accent.

Although not needed at this time the court heard an Italian interpreter will be needed in further hearings.

A timetable for the upcoming trial was mapped out today, with a plea and case management hearing diaried for February 15 and a trial date set for May 9.

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