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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.

A minutes silence for transgender prisoner

A group have gathered in Bradford to remember a transgender woman who died in Leeds Prison.

Vicky Thompson & boyfriend Robert Steele Credit: Robert Steele

Twenty one year old Vicky Thompson from Keighley was found on the 13th November. She had lived as a female since her mid teens and her friends say she had threatened to kill herself if she was sent to an all male prison.

A minutes silence for Vicky Thompson Credit: ITV

A minutes silence was hed at midday in Centenary Square, where afterwards her boyfriend, Robert Steele, described Vicky as a wonderful person. Campaigners are now hoping for a change in the law.

Motorcyclist suffers serious injuries in Bradford collision

A motorcyclist has suffered serious injuries after being in a collision in Bradford.

The 23-year-old rider from Shipley was riding a red Yamaha motorcycle along Huddersfield Road towards Wyke at about 7.30pm on Thursday when he was involved in a collision with a black Renault Laguna.

He was taken to hospital suffering a serious head injury.

The driver of the car was uninjured and is helping police with their inquiries.

Pensioner dies after collision with bicycle

Police are appealing for information after a woman who was injured in a collision with a bicycle in Bradford earlier this month died in hospital.

The 71-year-old pedestrian from Bradford was taken to hospital with serious injuries, after she was in collision with a white and green Scott Foil bicycle at the junction of Church Street and Halifax Road at about 11.52am on Sunday, 1 November.

She sadly passed away in hospital earlier today.

The 48-year-old male rider was uninjured and is helping police with their enquiries.

Sadly the woman's injuries in this incident proved to be fatal and we would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision, or the movements of the rider and the pedestrian prior to it.

– Detective Sergeant Carole Greaves


Investigation launched into cause of Prospect Mill fire

An investigation has been launched into the cause of a fire at a disused mill in Bradford. The blaze at Prospect Mill in Thornton broke out just before 3pm yesterday.

At the height of the blaze, 45 firefighters were on the scene

At its height, 45 firefighters were on the scene with six fire engines and supporting appliances coming from across the brigade to the incident.

The second and third floors of the four storey building were completely engulfed in flames.

The fire was brought under control by 8.30pm, but teams stayed in place damping down overnight.

The remains of Prospect Mill

Prayers and vigils planned for Paris terror attack victims

Prayers and vigils for victims of the Paris terror attacks will be held today, a week on from the atrocities.

Credit: Press Association

Imams part of the Council for Mosques in Bradford have announced a show of solidarity with victims during Friday prayers at mosques across the city.

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association in Huddersfield will holding a minute's silence in memory of those caught up in the attacks.

In North Yorkshire a candleight vigil will be held at the Cenotaph in Harrogate.

House fire spreads to five other properties

A woman and two children had to be taken to hospital after a house fire in Bradford which spread to five adjoining properties.

Five fire crews tackled the blaze at Edlington Close in Holmewood. It broke out last night at 8.30pm in the roof void and then spread to the other five houses.

The woman and children were checked over in hospital as they were affected by smoke.

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