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Young people highlight dangers off-road biking

Young people from Ravenscliffe Youth Centre in the Eccleshill area of Bradford are producing a film to highlight the dangers of off-road biking.

Off-road biking Credit: Press Association

The filming will be completed in early December 2014, when young people will take part in their third and final day of filming on location.

All aspects of the film, including the script which features a boxing match, have been made by young people at the centre.

The project has been run by Bradford Council in conjunction with Void Arts.

Young people chose the issue of off-road biking as it is one that affects young people in their community.

The project has been developed over a number of months. It began originally during the Anti-social Behaviour Week in July where the prime focus was around off road biking within communities.

The young people who have produced it will gain accreditation for their involvement and will be awarded certificates for taking part.

The film will be showcased in the New Year once the editing and final version is complete. Once complete, it will be available on Youtube and will be used to raise awareness with other youth groups as a way of prompting discussion of this issue.

Calendar spoke to Ryan Brooks, who has taken part in the project and project organiser Rebecca Sykes.

Police appeal after Bradford street robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was robbed in the street in Bradford.

The victim was walking along Black Laisteridge Lane at about 9.40pm when he was grabbed from behind by a male. A knife was held to his throat and the man demanded his phone and wallet. The victim began to hand over his wallet but then tried to grab the knife and received serious cuts to his fingers. The robber escaped with the phone and wallet.

"This was clearly a frightening experience for the victim who has been left with some very serious injuries to his hand. I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or saw the robber running off."

– Det Constable Katie Madden, West Yorkshire Police

The robber is described as an Asian man, aged 15 to 25 years old, 5ft 6ins to 5ft 8ins tall, of slim build, with short black hair. He was wearing dark clothing.

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Young people highlight dangers off-road biking

Young people from Ravenscliffe Youth Centre in the Eccleshill area of Bradford are producing a film to highlight the dangers of off-road biking.

Off-road motorbiking Credit: Press Association

The filming will be completed in early December 2014, when young people will take part in their third and final day of filming on location.

All aspects of the film have been made by young people at the centre; from the script writing and planning, to the filming and the acting. The project has been run by Bradford Council in conjunction with Void Arts.

Young people chose the issue of off-road biking as it is one that affects young people in their community.

The project has been developed over a number of months. It began originally during the Anti-social Behaviour Week in July where the prime focus was around off road biking within communities.

The young people who have produced it will gain accreditation for their involvement and will be awarded certificates for taking part.

The film will be showcased in the New Year once the editing and final version is complete. Once complete, it will be available on Youtube and will be used to raise awareness with other youth groups as a way of prompting discussion of this issue.

"Young people have been involved in every aspect of making this film and have learnt new skills, gained confidence and made friendships along the way. It's great that they have decided to do something about an issue that affects them which will also be used to help other young people."

– Nicky Lannen, Senior Youth Worker for Bradford Council,

"I'd like to commend the young people who have taken part in making this film. It is a positive project where they have taken the initiative and are trying to tackle an aspect of anti-social behaviour that affects them and their local community."

– Coun Ralph Berry, Portfolio Holder for Children's Services

"Illegal off-road biking is an activity that can be dangerous and which can cause serious nuisance to communities. It's great news that young people are raising awareness of the problem amongst their peers."

– Coun Imran Hussain, Deputy Leader of Bradford Council

Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire given Bulls role

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire has been appointed to the Bradford Bulls board as an non-executive director.

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire with Robbie Hunter-Paul Credit: Bradford Bulls

Jasbir Singh Athwal has supported the Bulls for over 30 years – both on a personal level and through business.

“I am really pleased to be a part of the club I have supported for more than 30 years,” said Athwal.

“The chairman, Marc Green, has put a fantastic team in place and I am very impressed with what he had to say about the direction he plans to take the club in.

“I feel honoured to have been asked to come on board and, given the fantastic work being done by directors and staff at the Bulls, I had little hesitation in agreeing to come on board.

“I believe I can bring plenty of experience to the table, having played the game from a young age, and, from a business perspective, I am able to bring a host of new contacts to the club through my network.

“Whatever is asked of me, I will do everything in my power to deliver and help this, the club I adore, reach great heights all over again.”

Bulls chief executive Robbie Hunter-Paul is a close friend of Mr Athwal and has spoken of his delight, having secured his “invaluable” services.

Hunter-Paul said: “I would firstly like to take this opportunity to congratulate Jas after being awarded the honour and duty of Deputy Lord Lieutenant for West Yorkshire.

“I have known Jas for almost 20 years, when he first became friends with both myself and Henry (Paul).

“It brings me great pleasure to formally introduce him to the club and I am certain his experience in the local business world will hugely benefit the club commercially.

“Jas is a great person and if you spend a moment in his company you will understand exactly what I mean.

“Bradford Bulls, and Bradford Northern, have played an important part in his family’s lives over the years and his knowledge of the game itself is second to none.”

West Yorkshire Police appeal for information after attempted burglary of a pensioner's home

Police in Bradford are appealing for witnesses after an attempted burglary at a pensioner's home in Truncliffe, Wibsey last Wednesday.

The incident happened at around 8.20pm when the front door of the property was attacked by two males trying to gain entry.

A 78-year-old man in the property then heard the noise and went to the door and the two males made off.

Officers want to speak to two males in connection with the incident.

One of them is described as aged 17-18, 5'8" tall, of slim build and wearing a dark coat with a grey hooded top underneath. The hood was up and he had a black coloured scarf covering his face.

PC Simon Woodhead of Bradford CID, said: "I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident or who saw two males acting suspiciously in the area to come forward."

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Bradford Odeon to become live music venue

One of the most famous landmarks on Bradford's skyline, the Odeon Cinema building, will be transformed into a live music venue after the council voted in favour of developers' plans.

Big name acts have already pledged their support for "Bradford live" , who say they will spend £18m on a refurbishment which will restore features of the original theatre, thought to have been lost forever. Victoria Whittam reports.

Morrisons auditor denies data fraud

A Morrisons employee has denied abusing his position to fraudulently disclose personal data at the Bradford-based supermarket firm.

Morrisons auditor denies data fraud Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Andrew Skelton, a senior internal auditor, denied charges under the Computer Misuse Act, the Data Protection Act and the Fraud Act. Skelton, 43, from Liverpool, was charged with the offences after an investigation at the Morrisons head office in Bradford.

The supermarket employee appeared at Bradford Magistrates' Court and spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth and to enter not guilty pleas.

The court clerk read the charges to Skelton, who stood in the witness box wearing a dark suit, pale blue tie and glasses.

He is accused of using a computer to gain unauthorised access to a programme or data with the intent to commit fraud; knowingly or recklessly disclosing personal data without the consent of the data controller; and conspiring to commit fraud by abusing his position with the intention of causing loss to Morrisons supermarkets.

All the offences are alleged to have taken place between November last year and March 20 this year.

Skelton was released on bail and will appear at Bradford Crown Court on December 16.

Bradford on-the-run rapist arrested in Italy

A convicted rapist from Bradford who went on the run during his trial has been arrested in Italy.

Wakar Akhtar, was arrest in Brescia by the Italian authorities Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Wakar Akhtar, who was sentenced to 17 years in prison in his absence at Bradford Crown Court in November, was arrested in Brescia by the italian authorities on Saturday morning (29 November 2014).

Akhtar, of Hudson Avenue, Bradford was found guilty of raping a woman in Bradford park, along with co-defendants Tamseel Virk, Azad Raja and Najeed Ul-Saeem, who were all given jail terms of 17 years for their part in the conspiracy.

Extradition proceedings against Akhtar are expected to being today.

"I would like to praise the efforts of the National Crime Agency, Interpol and the Italian authorities, who carried out significant work with ourselves to locate Akhtar, who was found to be staying with friends in the Brescia region.

We hope the extradition proceedings will be completed quickly, so he can e brought back to the UK and face sentence for the despicable crime he was found guilty of."

– Det Chief Insp Steve Snow, Homicide and Major Enquiry Team
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