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Syrian community hold vigil in Bradford

A vigil has been held in Bradford to mark the anniversary of one of the deadliest chemical weapons attacks in almost three decades.

Syrian refugees and members of the Syrian Association in Yorkshire gathered in the city this afternoon to remember the victims of the atrocity in Ghouta- when rockets containing the chemical Sarin - were fired. It is thought it claimed the lives of up to seventeen hundred people, many of them civilians.

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Galloway released from hospital after attack

Controversial MP George Galloway has been released from hospital after he was battered and bruised in a street attack, police have said.

Galloway
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The pro-Palestine MP suffered a suspected broken jaw and rib as well as facial bruising when a man leapt at him and punched him after shouting about the Holocaust, his spokesman said.

A 39-year-old man arrested shortly afterwards on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm remained in police custody, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

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Bradford MP attacked in street

Controversial Bradford West MP George Galloway has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw after he was attacked in the street.

Bradford West MP George Galloway on his way to hospital last night
Bradford West MP George Galloway on his way to hospital last night Credit: Respect Party

The Respect MP, who also suffered a suspected broken rib and severe bruising to his face and head, was posing for pictures with people in Golborne Road, Notting Hill, west London, last night, when a man shouted a comment about the Holocaust and allegedly attacked him. Police were quickly on the scene and made an arrest.

Mr Galloway was taken to St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, where he remained overnight.

His spokesman said: "George was posing for pictures with people and this guy just attacked him, leapt on him and started punching him.

"It appears to be connected with his comments about Israel because the guy was shouting about the Holocaust."

Mr Galloway was interviewed earlier this month by West Yorkshire Police following a speech in Leeds in which he claimed Bradford was an Israeli-free area.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Police were called at approximately 1940 hours to Golborne Road, W10, after a man was assaulted in the street.

"Officers attended. The suspect was found a short time later and stopped. He was arrested on suspicion of ABH (actual bodily harm) and taken to the south London police station where he remains."

Syrian community to hold vigil in Bradford

Members of The Syrian Association in Yorkshire (SAY) are holding a vigil in Bradford today to mark the first anniversary of chemical attacks on Syrian people by the Assad regime.

It's believed around 1,500 people died in the attacks, said to be the among the deadliest chemical attacks in recent history.

Displaced Syrian boy
Displaced Syrian boy Credit: PA

The atrocities in Syria are still ongoing with civilians being killed on a daily basis. Humanitarian crises are on the rise and the number of homeless, displaced and refugees is on the increase, with no international will to help. Thousands of children are lacking the most essential means of living, not to mention adults and the elderly.

– SAY Spokesperson

Relegated Bulls turn to youth signings

Relegated Bradford have announced the re-signing of promising teenagers Alex Mellor, Nathan Conroy, Sam Bates and Adam Brook ahead of their Championship campaign in 2015.

The Odsal side now have an 18 man squad for the upcoming Championship season
The Odsal side now have an 18 man squad for the upcoming Championship season Credit: Press Association

Back-row forward Mellor and hooker Conroy, both 19, have signed new 12-month deals, while 18-year-old prop Bates and 19-year-old half-back Brook have secured two-year contracts.

Mellor has made nine substitute Super League appearances over the last two years and is tipped by Bulls coach James Lowes for a bright future.

Alex is an exceptional young player who has risen through the club's academy ranks in recent years. He has all of the attributes and potential to become a key player here.

– James Lowes, Bradford Bulls coach

Parkinson: Leeds victory to be season platform

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson says he hopes last night's victory over Leeds can kick start a successful season for his team.

Phil Parkinson celebrates victory over Leeds United
Phil Parkinson celebrates victory over Leeds United Credit: Press Association

The Bantams were beaten finalists in the same competition two seasons ago and went on to secure promotion from League Two.

Manager Phil Parkinson believes the victory against Leeds can be the platform for another successful season.

We went up against a very good Leeds side, there's no doubt about that. I've watched their games this season and they have some very good players.

One or two people made us favourites going into the game but it was always going to be tough against higher opposition, and we handled ourselves very well.

We've got some very good players here and I'm glad that they were able to sample the sort of atmosphere those fans can generate here when we play in the manner that we did. I was delighted for everyone.

– Phil Parkinson, Bradford manager

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Uniform shops tailor-make clothes for obese children

New fears around childhood obesity have been raised as school uniform shops reveal they are now having to tailor-make clothes to fit larger children.

Figures from Public Health England show almost a quarter of pupils starting primary school in Leeds, Barnsley and Wakefield are now overweight or obese.

Over a third will be overweight by the time they leave primary school.

Brad Robertson from Rawcliffes Schoolwear says they are often asked for larger sizes:

Traffic information for Bingley Music Live Festival

Thousands of festival goers are expected to travel to the Bradford Council-run festival in Myrtle Park in Bingley.

Festival fans will be able to travel to Bingley with trains coming from Leeds, Bradford, Skipton, Lancaster and Morecambe. There will also be buses from Bradford, Leeds and Keighley.

The organisers have also laid on a regular Park and Ride service to ferry drivers from the car park at UKAR (the former Bradford and Bingley offices) in Crossflatts to the town centre venue.

The council has written to local residents and issued parking permits where appropriate. Main Street in the centre of Bingley will be closed for a short period of time to allow festival goers to leave the site safely.

First ever Bishop of Huddersfield announced

Two area bishops for the newly created diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales have been announced.

Jonathan Gibb, Nick Baines and Toby Howarth
Jonathan Gibb, Nick Baines and Toby Howarth

The Revd Dr Toby Howarth, currently Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury and National Inter Religious Affairs Adviser for the Church of England will be the Bishop of Bradford.

The Revd Dr Jonathan Gibbs, currently Rector of Heswall in the Diocese of Chester, will be the first ever Bishop of Huddersfield.

They were introduced in their new roles by the Rt Revd Bishop of Leeds Nick Baines at Leeds station today.

I am looking forward to working with the other members of the Diocesan team to build up the life of our churches both numerically and spiritually and to contributing to the life of the rich and diverse community in West Yorkshire

– Revd Jonathan Gibbs

It is a great joy to have been appointed as the new Area Bishop of Bradford. The role has no shortage of opportunities and challenges. I am very much looking forward to working with clergy, congregations and ecumenical partners in the diversity of the city itself, the surrounding towns and rural areas. I am also looking forward to engaging with the communities of which our churches are a part, and building relationships with those involved in the range of civic, statutory and community organisations which make up this vibrant metropolitan district.

– Revd Toby Howarth
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