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George Galloway quizzed over 'Israel-free zone' speech

Galloway said he didn't want Israelis coming to Bradford.
Galloway said he didn't want Israelis coming to Bradford. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Respect MP George Galloway has been interviewed under caution by police after making a speech in which he announced Bradford was an "Israel-free zone".

The left-wing MP stated in the speech that Israelis were not welcome in the city where he has a constituency.

West Yorkshire Police said it would investigate after footage of the speech, made in Leeds, circulated online.

He has now been interviewed voluntarily and the Crown Prosecution Service will decide whether any charges should follow.


Yorkshire Muslims raise £6 million for charity during Ramadan

Civic leaders are meeting in Bradford tonight to recognise the efforts of people in Yorkshire who raised around £6 million for charity during Ramadan.

The Bradford Council of Mosques, estimates that more than £200,000 was raised every day throughout the holy month.

Guests invited to the event include senior Yorkshire Imams, scholars and community leaders as well as the Charity Commission and the Department for International Development, which has already pledged £600 million in aid towards the Syrian crisis.

The event is co-hosted by the Bradford Council of Mosques and Faith Associates; a non-theological organisation which works with ethnic minority faith-based communities across the UK.

We have been overwhelmed by the unprecedented response of local communities across the UK. Bradford is the second in a series of special events celebrating local community fundraising efforts and is also a platform to discuss what more can be done to help the humanitarian relief efforts on the ground in conflict zones.

– Shaukat Warraich, Faith Associates

Illegal cigarettes seized

A large quantity of illegal cigarettes were discovered following visits in Bradford. West Yorkshire Trading Standards service were following up on information provided by members of the public.

The seizure included over 1100 packets of suspected counterfeit cigarettes which cannot be legally sold in the UK.

Illegal cigarettes seized by trading standards in Bradford
Illegal cigarettes seized by trading standards in Bradford Credit: West Yorkshire Trading Standards

The KEEP IT OUT campaign was launched last month across West Yorkshire and York to tackle the trade in illegal tobacco and stop dealers who sell to children.

David Lodge, Head of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, said “The public must take a more active role to ensure that young people in our communities are protected and can no longer access illegal tobacco. Those that trade in illicit tobacco are exposing young people to unidentified substances that can be contained within illegal tobacco but also encouraging them to take up the habit of smoking as illicit tobacco is more accessible and affordable.”

Bradford City Council is determined to identify and bring to justice those who are involved in this trade. Offenders need to know that they will face consequences if they choose to deal in illegal tobacco.

Councillor Val Slater, Chair of the West Yorkshire Trading Standards Committee, said “Those that trade in illegal tobacco target children and young smokers, the people making money out of this do not care who they sell to. This campaign is about raising awareness amongst local communities and all intelligence received from the public is welcome.”

Bradford police probe serious sex assault

Police are appealing for information following a serious sexual assault in Bradford.

At about 3.35am on Monday, 11 August, a 40-year-old woman was approached by a man close to licensed premises in Westgate.

The pair then walked to the rear of the premises, where he subjected her to a serious sexual assault.

The suspect is described as Asian, in his early 20s and about 5ft 10ins tall.

He had longish black hair and was wearing a light grey hooded top, a black or dark blue hat with flaps on the side and dark grey tracksuit bottoms.

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, of Protective Services (Crime), said: "This must have been a harrowing ordeal for the victim, who is now being supported by specially trained officers.

"We would appeal for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Westgate area, either before or shortly after the incident to contact the police with any information they may have.

"We would also like to speak to two men who we believe were seen with the suspect that evening.

"Both men are believed to be Asian and in their late teens or early twenties. One was of quite stocky build, wearing a hat, a grey hooded top, grey tracksuit bottoms and dark blue trainers.

"The second man was wearing a blue hooded tracksuit top, which was made out of shiny material, tracksuit bottoms and dark trainers. He was riding a blue or silver mountain bike."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.


Smash and grab robbers caught on cctv

A gang of robbers has been filmed on CCTV deliberately crashing into the car of a businessman before snatching thousands of pounds from his car.

The ambush happened on Monday morning as the victim was driving in Horton Grange Road, in Bradford.

He is seen remonstrating with an Asian man in his 20s who then grabbed a bag of money from his car and then running after the silver Volkswagen Golf as it made its getaway.

It is thought the robbers struck again at noon when they grabbed cash bags from two women shop employees in the street.

Detective Inspector Tony Nicholson today issued a warning to businesses who transport cash.

Daylight robbery gang snatch £20,000

A gang of robbers have been filmed on CCTV deliberately crashing into the car of a businessman before snatching thousands of pounds from his car.

The robbers are thought to have struck twice in the Lidget Green area of Bradford on Monday morning.

In the second mugging, the robbers snatched bags of cash from two female shop workers as they walked to the local post office to deposit the takings. One of the women was punched in the face as she gave chase.

It is thought more than £20,000 has been snatched in the two robberies.

The first attack happened shortly after 10.20am on Monday as the 65-year-old owner of a local business was driving in Horton Grange Road. He was driving slowly when a silver Volkswagen Golf hit the back of his car.

The victim got out and an Asian man got out of the Golf, talked to him, then struck him in the chest. Another man then grabbed a bag of money from the victim's car.

Police believe the robbery gang are targeting business people taking cash to be deposited.

One of the robbers is described as in his mid 20s, of medium build, about 6ft tall and was wearing blue jeans and possibly a black and grey hooded top.

Detectives want to trace a silver saloon-type car with a 52 registration plate, as well as the people who were travelling in it.

They are urging businesses to review how they transport their cash takings, varying the times and routes of their trips.

College sends old furniture to deprived Pakistan schools

Bradford College is sending unwanted furniture following the closure of the college's McMillian Building to deprived schools in Pakistan.

Furniture being sent to schools in Pakistan
Bradford College is sending furniture to schools in Pakistan Credit: Bradford College

Dr. Amjad Shaikh from the charity Rehabilitation Response and Jack Doyle from Bradford Rotary Club and 15 colleagues from removal firm, Business Moves Group, were on hand to load the lorry full of furniture.

The furniture which was mostly tables, chairs and drawers is now on its way to Chiniot, a small town in Pakistan.

“The furniture is going to a place that really needs it. When I visited the schools there were thousands of children sat on the floor trying to study. It was deeply upsetting to see the poor standards of their education environment, especially when these children are so keen to learn,” said Dr Shaikh.

“We involve local Rotarians here and in Pakistan, so they can ensure that the furniture is not being misused."

With the vast redevelopments currently going on at Bradford College, the closing of their old buildings means over 160 containers have been sent to Pakistan and will continue to be sent over the upcoming months.

“Although we are lucky to be undergoing so many redevelopments at the college, we must remember that schools in these less developed countries have very little and it really is pleasing to know our old furniture is going to good use,” said Ian Fox, Project Officer at Bradford College.

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