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Former QPR chairman linked with Bantams move

Former QPR chairman Gianni Paladini is in talks with Bradford over a possible takeover, according to Bantams joint-chairman Mark Lawn.

Paladini left QPR in 2011, following the takeover by Tony Fernandes, and has previously been linked with moves for Birmingham and Millwall.

Lawn told the Telegraph and Argus: "We have signed a confidentiality undertaking and we are talking to him."

Paladini's previous attempt at a takeover was reported to be at Millwall, but chairman John Berylson played those down in January 2014.

Berylson said: "I have absolutely no interest in selling Millwall to Mr Paladini, who I have never even met nor have any intention of meeting, or anyone else."

Bradford are currently 11th in the Sky Bet League One table following Tuesday's 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Bristol City, which sealed the Robins' promotion to the Championship.

Bradford City confirm takeover talks

Bradford City are in negotiations about a possible takeover, it has been confirmed.

Bradford City co-chairman Mark Lawn Credit: Press Association

Co-chairman Mark Lawn has confirmed that talks have begun with former QPR chairman Giovanni Paladini about a possible takeover.

We have signed a confidentiality undertaking and we are talking to him.

– Mark Lawn

Paladini, 69, is the former agent of Benito Carbone.


Two women launch campaign to shame 'catcallers'

Two young women are so fed up with leering, catcalls and shouts from strangers on the streets of Bradford that they have launched a campaign to shame men, and make them stop.

With the help of Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - they are turning the tables on sexual harassment with a film that puts the boot on the other foot.

To see more about this story and Fixers - visit

CCTV images released over Bradford robbery

West Yorkshire Police have released CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to after a robbery in Bradford.

CCTV image released by West Yorkshire Police Credit: ITV Yorkshire
CCTV image released by West Yorkshire Police

It happened on Sunday March 22 at about 12.30am when a 42-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman were walking along Ivegate and two men tried to steal her handbag.

An altercation broke out and the victims were assaulted. The attackers escaped with money from the bag.

Police are appealing for anyone who recognises the men to get in touch.

Bradford school trio face fraud charges

The founder and former principal of a flagship free school and two former staff members have appeared in court charged with fraud.

The trio will appear at Leeds Crown Court on April 24.

Sajid Hussain Raza, 42, former head of department Shabana Hussain, 38, and former director of finance Daud Khan, 43, appeared at Leeds Magistrates' Court accused of a number of offences relating to their involvement at Kings Science Academy in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

Former principal Raza was arrested last year following an investigation into the school, which was visited by Prime Minister David Cameron in 2012.

He is charged with three offences of fraud by abuse of position, three offences of false accounting, two offences of obtaining a money transfer by deception, and one offence of fraud by false representation.

Hussain is charged with one offence of fraud by abuse of position and one offence of acquiring criminal property.

Khan is charged with two offences of fraud by abuse of position and three offences of false accounting.

The court was told that all three defendants had indicated not guilty pleas.

The academy was one of the first free schools to open in September 2011. It was set up by Mr Raza and praised by Mr Cameron on his visit in March 2012.

Raza, of Spring Gardens Road, Bradford, Hussain, of Wilmer Road, Bradford, and Khan, of Thornhill Place, Thornbury, will appear at Leeds Crown Court on April 24.


Galloway accuses rival of 'lying about forced marriage'

The Respect Party candidate for Bradford West George Galloway has accused his Labour opponent of lying about her forced marriage, during a heated hustings event.

Galloway has accused Naz Shah of making up a backstory in order to help her electoral chances next month.

The claim was made during the hustings event in Manningham last night where prospective parliamentary candidates from Respect, Labour, Conservatives, Ukip, Liberal Democrats and Greens made their case to voters.

After her selection in March, Shah published an account of her difficult upbringing and said she had been forced into an arranged marriage at the age of 15.

At the hustings last night, Galloway described her as a “big loser” and a “liar” before pulling out a piece of paper he claimed was the candidate's marriage certificate.

Respect Party candidate for Bradford West George Galloway. Credit: PA

He told her: "You claimed and gullible journalists believed you that you were subject to a forced marriage at the age of 15. But you were not 15 you were 16-and-a-half.

"I have your nikah [marriage document]."

Shah responded by saying: "What has my nikah got to do with Bradford West? What have your four marriages got to do with Bradford West?"

The Labour candidate also said she would take legal action against Galloway after the election.

Galloway won the Bradford West seat in a by-election in 2012 with a majority of over 10,000.

Bumbles backed ahead of mixed ability world tournament

The Australians may have lifted the Cricket World Cup last weekend, but another world tournament has already been won by Yorkshire.

That is because the county has just been awarded thousands of pounds of funding to host a special disabled Rugby event to run parallel to the main Rugby World Cup when it is staged in Britain later this year.

The competition will take place in Bingley near Bradford.

Ben Turner has more.

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