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Police determined to identify killers on two years on from murder

It is now two years since the murder of Clement Desmier but this is still an ongoing investigation. We want to identify and bring to justice those responsible for his brutal murder.

We have been working closely with the National Crime Agency and have recently conducted an independent review of the forensic work carried out during the investigation.

We still want to identify the man seen with Butch entering his house on the afternoon of Wednesday 22 August 2012 and the people seen in his garden, stood by his front door and entering his house in the early hours of Thursday 23 August 2012.

I believe that those responsible will have confided in others at some time and, because of the location of the offence, that those responsible have links to the local community. I would appeal to anybody who has information about the people who are responsible for the murder of Butch Desmier, or why he was killed, to contact West Yorkshire Police.

– West Yorkshire Police


Residents to be consulted over sports centres

People in Bradford are to be asked to offer their views on plans to replace sports facilities in the city.

City Centre pool
City Centre pool Credit: Artist's impression

Bradford Council want to build a new city centre swimming pool and three other centres, but the new developments would lead to the closure of older facilities at Richard Dunn, Bowling, Bingley and Queensbury.

The council says the older centres are more expensive to maintain and produce more greenhouse gasses and replacing them with more efficient and modern buildings would save money.

From Monday, the council is asking people for their views on plans for a high quality pool built in Bradford city centre, as well as a further three facilities at the proposed sites of Sedbergh playing fields to the south of Bradford, Asa Briggs recreation ground to the south west of Bradford and Squire Lane for north Bradford.

The consultation will last four weeks starting Monday

Community Pool
Community Pool Credit: Artist's impression

We are very keen to see new, modern facilities built for Bradford people that they will enjoy and are easily accessible. There is no getting away from the fact that several of our pools are outdated and costly to maintain. They cannot meet our future needs and are unsustainable. Sport England strongly support our proposed strategy of replacing them with new facilities and then disposing of these older pools. Having modern, accessible facilities should encourage more people to become active.

– Cllr Andrew Thornton, the Council's Executive Member for Environment and Sport

Family's plea to find pensioner's killers

The family of a man who was murdered at his home in Bradford say they need help to find his killers. Clement 'Butch' Desmier's body was found at his house on Rowlestone Rise two years ago.

A post mortem examination revealed he died of multiple injuries.

Clement Desmier
Clement Desmier Credit: West Yorkshire Police

It has been 2 years since our father was murdered and we are all still struggling with the fact that no one has been brought to justice. This year we should have been celebrating dad's 70th birthday and it’s another reminder that dad’s killers are out there, carrying on with their normal lives whilst our lives have been shattered. We feel that we need closure and we appeal to anyone with any information to contact West Yorkshire Police.

– Family statement

GCSEs down in Bradford

Early indications suggest that GCSE results in Bradford have fallen compared to last year.

Differences in grades were expected this year due to major changes to the way exams are assessed.

At this very early stage it seems there may also have been a decline at various other local authorities in the region.

Nevertheless, we will be urgently analysing the figures and taking whatever action is necessary to ensure our young people are given the best possible education and the highest chances of success. As a local authority we have demonstrated that we take swift action whenever necessary to improve outcomes for young people and this is what we will continue to do.

Behind the headline figures we are of course hearing about numerous student and school success stories, for which individual pupils, their families and teachers can be very proud.

– Councillor Ralph Berry, Bradford Metropolitan District Council


Walker to stick with Bulls

Former Great Britain centre Chev Walker has agreed a new 12-month contract with relegated Bradford.

Chev Walker signs 12-month contract with relegated Bulls
Chev Walker signs 12-month contract with relegated Bulls Credit: Press Association

Walker, 31, who played for Leeds and Hull KR before arriving at the Provident Stadium in 2010, is the seventh player to be retained for the Bulls' Championship campaign in 2015 and, with several additions, takes coach James Lowes' squad up to 13.

For me, firstly, it is a matter of paying the club back for the faith showed in me to begin with. And, secondly, it is about helping Bradford back into Super League - where they belong. I have already declared how much I love the place and am looking forward to what should be an exciting journey.

– Chev Walker

Walker, who now plays in the pack, has been out for a month with a hand injury but is hoping to make a return to action before the end of the season.

Before picking up his hand injury, Chev had certainly found some form and was looking really good. Chev is a very strong individual who offers our team a huge amount and it is great to have him secured for next season. He is vastly experienced and has performed at the top of the sport in a number of different scenarios. He will act as a real leader for us next year, guiding some of our younger recruits in what will be an exciting, yet challenging Championship campaign.

– James Lowes, Bradford Bulls coach
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