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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



George Galloway quizzed over 'Israel-free zone' speech

Galloway said he didn't want Israelis coming to Bradford.
Galloway said he didn't want Israelis coming to Bradford. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Respect MP George Galloway has been interviewed under caution by police after making a speech in which he announced Bradford was an "Israel-free zone".

The left-wing MP stated in the speech that Israelis were not welcome in the city where he has a constituency.

West Yorkshire Police said it would investigate after footage of the speech, made in Leeds, circulated online.

He has now been interviewed voluntarily and the Crown Prosecution Service will decide whether any charges should follow.

Yorkshire Muslims raise £6 million for charity during Ramadan

Civic leaders are meeting in Bradford tonight to recognise the efforts of people in Yorkshire who raised around £6 million for charity during Ramadan.

The Bradford Council of Mosques, estimates that more than £200,000 was raised every day throughout the holy month.

Guests invited to the event include senior Yorkshire Imams, scholars and community leaders as well as the Charity Commission and the Department for International Development, which has already pledged £600 million in aid towards the Syrian crisis.

The event is co-hosted by the Bradford Council of Mosques and Faith Associates; a non-theological organisation which works with ethnic minority faith-based communities across the UK.

We have been overwhelmed by the unprecedented response of local communities across the UK. Bradford is the second in a series of special events celebrating local community fundraising efforts and is also a platform to discuss what more can be done to help the humanitarian relief efforts on the ground in conflict zones.

– Shaukat Warraich, Faith Associates
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