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Airgun warning after two-year-old is shot in the head in Bradford

Police in Bradford are warning about the dangers of using airguns after a two-year-old girl was shot in the head.

Noorsadia Akhter

Noorsadia Akhter was left with a pellet embedded in her forehead following the shooting in the Barkerend area of Bradford.

She was rushed to hospital and is now recovering at her Bradford home.

Sergeant Graham Dyson, of the Bradford East Area Neighbourhood Team, confirmed the incident happened at 1pm yesterday and that the pellet was fired from a derelict building to the rear of Cockroft Grove in Barkerend.

He has also warned about the use of airguns and said such weapons could cause serious injuries.

I would like to stress very strongly that these types of weapons are not toys and can cause serious injuries.

People should also be aware that using an airgun in a public place is illegal, and anyone found to be doing so will be arrested and possibly taken to court.

– Sergeant Graham Dyson


Apache Indian to headline Bradford festival

Bradford Council has announced the headline music acts for this year's Bradford Festival which is to include multi-award winning British artist, Apache Indian.

Credit: Bradford Council

Best known for ‘Boomshackalak', Apache Indian is the first Asian artist to achieve significant success in the international mainstream pop charts with seven top 40 hits and over 11 million in album sales.

He has toured the world five times and has just has just released his single, Election Crisis.

The festival will also feature the former Gipsy Kings percussionist, Edwin Sanz and legendary British keyboard player, Alex Wilson.

Hailed as India's biggest cultural and musical exports, Raghu Dixit will bring his unique brand of infectious, happy music which ‘transcends age, genre, and language' to the Bradford Festival's Mela Day.

Raghu Dixit has performed for Her Majesty the Queen, appeared on Later with Jools Holland and played at the Glastonbury Festival.

The festival opens with multi-award winning blues and rock powerhouse, Chantel McGregor.

Born in Bradford, McGregor was the first female artist to win Guitarist of the Year at the British Blues Awards in 2013.

The arts and music festival runs 12-14 June in City Park.

Coaches spread the word of mixed ability rugby

There's another Rugby Revolution in the air again here in Yorkshire and it could go global.

In the county that created Rugby League, now a new variation of the game is on the rise.

Mixed Ability Rugby Union is played by disabled and able-bodied players together.

On Calendar, we have already told you about how Yorkshire has received thousands of pounds in funding to stage a Mixed Ability World Tournament before the Rugby Union World Cup comes to the UK.

Now a special event has taken place to teach scores of coaches all about the sport so they can start up their own clubs all over the region.

Ben Turner reports:

For more information about mixed ability and how you can get involved in the Mixed Ability World Tournament, click here.

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Police knew who dropped cigarette that 'started Bradford City fire'

Police who investigated the 1985 Bradford City fire knew who dropped the cigarette thought to have started the deadly blaze, a new documentary claims.

Police investigating the Bradford City fire knew who dropped the cigarette thought to have started the blaze, according to a new documentary Credit: PA

Retired Detective Inspector Raymond Falconer said officers worked out that an Australian man called Eric Bennett, who has since died, accidentally started the fire that killed 56 people.

A decision was taken at the time not to release his name, Mr Falconer told the BBC documentary - Missed Warnings: the Bradford City Fire.

Mr Falconer said: "He was obviously troubled. And I felt extremely sorry for him. And this would be weighing on his mind for the rest of his life."

The official inquiry into the tragedy on May 11 1985 concluded that it was an accident and was probably started by a spectator dropping a cigarette into rubbish that had accumulated under an old timber stand.

The documentary will be shown on BBC One in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire tonight at 22.45pm and on BBC Two nationally at 23:20pm tomorrow.


Controversial Bradford City Fire author talks to Calendar

The annual memorial service to mark the Bradford City Fire is always a heartbreaking occasion for the Fletcher family from Nottinghamshire.

Martin Fletcher was just twelve years old when he went to the match with his brother, father, uncle and grandfather. He was the only one to walk out of the ground alive.

This year he published a controversial book which claimed the fire may not have been an accident. Chris Dawkes has been to meet him.

Helm and Jackson remember the Valley Parade disaster

On the fateful day of the Bradford City Fire, Yorkshire Television's John Helm was in the commentary box.

At this morning's service he was sitting alongside the current Bradford manager Phil Parkinson and he also read out the names of those who died.

He went back to Valley Parade for Calendar to speak to former Bantams' captain and manager Peter Jackson.

Memorial service for Bradford City Fire 30th anniversary

A special service in Bradford's Centenary Square was held this morning to mark the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City Fire. More than a thousand dignitaries and supporters came to pay their respects to those who lost their lives 30 years ago today. Chris Kiddey was at the ceremony.

Police: No offences committed in Bradford park assault claim

Police in Bradford investigating claims that a teenager was sexually assaulted in broad daylight in a city park, have today revealed that after further enquiries they are now satisfied that no offences have been committed.

The 17-year-old girl had caimed that she was attacked in Bowling Park on Thursday afternoon and dragged into woods before being seriously assaulted. Patrols by neighbourhood officers have been increased in the area to provide reassurance.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said the complainant has been referred to the force's partner agencies for further support.

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