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Woman from Bradford understood to be among Saudi stampede victims

A woman from Bradford is understood to be among the victims of a stampede in Saudi Arabia in which more than 700 people have been killed.

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A further 800 people were injured in the disaster which happened during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

About two million people are taking part in this year's pilgrimage, which began on Tuesday.

The Bradford Council for Mosques said an emergency hotline was being set up for relatives of the hundreds of people from the city who have travelled to Mecca.

Zulfi Karim, from the council, said it was estimated between 5,000 to 7,000 people from Bradford were in the area at the moment.

He said: "We are hoping and praying for those people who are out there. There are a lot of people from the city out there at the moment and we are liaising with the Foreign Office and the tour companies.

"We are also setting up a special emergency hotline tonight so people can get information."

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Hammond expresses sadness after Hajj 'tragedy'

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has expressed sadness at the "enormous loss of life in Mecca" after hundreds were killed in a crush during the Hajj pilgrimage.

It is currently unclear whether any Britons were among those killed and injured, and Hammond said Foreign Office staff were "in close contact with the Saudi authorities and tour operators, and are checking hospitals and other locations to urgently gather information about British nationals who may require assistance."

"We are also deploying further staff from the region to bolster our response," he said.

I was saddened to hear of the enormous loss of life in Mecca. My thoughts are with families and victims at this difficult time. Such a significant tragedy will affect Muslims across the world who take part in the Hajj pilgrimage.

– Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary

Anyone concerned about British nationals attending the pilgrimage is advised to telephone the embassy in Riyadh or tweet the FCO Twitter account.


120 years of Rugby League history commemorated in Bradford

celebrating 120 years

A special plaque will be unveiled in Bradford today to celebrate 120 years of Rugby League.

The city has been chosen as one of the special national sites to commemorate key events in the history of rugby league, as it was the home of the first Northern Union champions, Manningham.

On August 29, 1895 at a historic meeting at the George Hotel in Huddersfield, 22 clubs broke away from the RFU to form the Northern Union which became Rugby League.

Bradford's Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Abid Hussain will unveil a special blue plaque at a ceremony at Bradford City Football Club's Coral Windows Stadium, at 10am before City's home game against Sheffield United. Fans are welcome to attend.

Bradford has played a significant role in the history and development of Rugby League. It is fitting that this contribution should be recognised with a commemorative blue plaque in this special year for our sport. As we celebrate our heritage we acknowledge the special role Manningham has played in the history of Rugby League.

– Nigel Wood, RFL Chief Executive

Police appeal to find missing Bradford man

Police are appealing for help to find a man missing from Bradford.

Darren Gill Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Darren Gill, from the Low Moor, was last seen around 3pm yesterday in Bierley.

He is described as white, 6ft 1ins tall and slim with dark brown curly hair. Darren was last seen wearing a light grey water proof Bench coat and grey jogging bottoms with dark grey stripes down each leg.

We are very concerned for Darren's welfare and would ask anyone who has seen him or has information to contact the Special Operations Room Bradford District Police on 101 referencing police log 1215 of the 18th September.

– Chief Inspector Sarah Baker of Bradford District Police

Bradford man pleads guilty to murder of pregnant wife

A man from Bradford has pleaded guilty to the murder of his pregnant wife and the destruction of her unborn child.

Nadia Khan was six to seven months pregnant when her body was found.

Nadia Khan, 24, was stabbed to death at her home in Manningham, Bradford, on June 14.

Today at Bradford Crown Court, Tariq Khan entered his guilty pleas before the Recorder of Bradford, judge Roger Thomas QC.

He has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on October 16.

Two men charged over rail network graffiti offences

Two men have been charged in connection with a spate of graffiti offences across the rail network in West Yorkshire.

Thomas Faulkner, 30, from Brudenell View in Hyde Park, Leeds, and Lucas Ross, 17, from New Street in Southowram, Halifax have both been charged with three counts of criminal damage relating to graffiti offences committed in Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield using the tag ‘KOBE’ and ‘Oi’.

Both men have been released on police bail to attend Leeds Magistrates Court on Friday, 2 October.


Record month for Leeds Bradford Airport

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) recorded its busiest ever August when over 400k passengers travelled through the airport.

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More than 100k passengers a week used the airport in each of the four weeks during August.

In total LBA's rolling annual passenger total has now increased to 3.4m.

August represented a year on year increase of 4% in the total number of passengers travelling through the airport.

Appeal for missing Denisa, aged 16

Missing: Denisa Sau

Police are appealing for information to trace 16-year-old Denisa Sau, who has gone missing from her home in Bradford.

She was last seen at the house, in Moorside Place, at about 6pm on September 9th and has links to the Leeds area as well as Bradford. Denisa is 5ft 2ins tall and of a heavy build. She was last seen wearing a black top, light blue jeans, black pumps and a black jacket with toggles and a furry white fleece lining.

Police say it is out of character for her to go missing and they are asking anyone who may know where she is to get in touch.

Morrisons to close North Yorkshire store

Northallerton store set to close

Supermarket giant Morrisons has announced that its Northallerton store in North Yorkshire is among the 11 it is planning to close across the country.

The closure announcement was made last week, following the revelation that half year profits to August had fallen by nearly 50% compared to the same period last year. But the Bradford-based chain did not disclose which stores were to go, saying the decision had only just been announced to staff.

The full list has now been revealed, with most of the closures in the North of England, Morrisons' traditional stronghold. Supermarkets in Salford, Manchester and Sunderland will all close, while the Midlands, the West Country and London have been hit too. The move will result in a one-off cost of £20 million and is in addition to the closure of10 supermarkets which shut earlier this year.

We have looked extremely carefully at whether the stores can be turned around but unfortunately we cannot see a way of making them viable. We are therefore proposing their closure. We are consulting with colleagues and unions and we will be discussing how to reduce redundancies and redeploy colleagues around our business.

– Morrisons

Phil Parkinson signs new Bradford City contract

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson has signed a new three-year contract as manager of the West Yorkshire club.

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Parkinson, whose original deal was due to expire at the end of this season extends his association with the football club until the end of the 2017/2018 campaign.

Assistant Manager Steve Parkin, Head of Sports Performance Nick Allamby and Goalkeeper Coach Lee Butler have also agreed new contracts with the football club until the end of June 2018.

This club is clearly moving in the right direction under Phil and the current management team, and it is important we keep the wheels moving forward.

The momentum has been with us since Phil arrived at the football club and he deserves this new contract.

– Joint-Chairman Mark Lawn

I'm very proud of my record here at Bradford City so far but I have been very lucky to receive the backing I've had from the chairmen and the board.

You always need good people around you as a manager, and I think we have a very good team both above me at boardroom level and around me at the training ground.

– Phil Parkinson
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