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Parkinson: Leeds victory to be season platform

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson says he hopes last night's victory over Leeds can kick start a successful season for his team.

Phil Parkinson celebrates victory over Leeds United Credit: Press Association

The Bantams were beaten finalists in the same competition two seasons ago and went on to secure promotion from League Two.

Manager Phil Parkinson believes the victory against Leeds can be the platform for another successful season.

We went up against a very good Leeds side, there's no doubt about that. I've watched their games this season and they have some very good players.

One or two people made us favourites going into the game but it was always going to be tough against higher opposition, and we handled ourselves very well.

We've got some very good players here and I'm glad that they were able to sample the sort of atmosphere those fans can generate here when we play in the manner that we did. I was delighted for everyone.

– Phil Parkinson, Bradford manager

Uniform shops tailor-make clothes for obese children

New fears around childhood obesity have been raised as school uniform shops reveal they are now having to tailor-make clothes to fit larger children.

Figures from Public Health England show almost a quarter of pupils starting primary school in Leeds, Barnsley and Wakefield are now overweight or obese.

Over a third will be overweight by the time they leave primary school.

Brad Robertson from Rawcliffes Schoolwear says they are often asked for larger sizes:


Traffic information for Bingley Music Live Festival

Thousands of festival goers are expected to travel to the Bradford Council-run festival in Myrtle Park in Bingley.

Festival fans will be able to travel to Bingley with trains coming from Leeds, Bradford, Skipton, Lancaster and Morecambe. There will also be buses from Bradford, Leeds and Keighley.

The organisers have also laid on a regular Park and Ride service to ferry drivers from the car park at UKAR (the former Bradford and Bingley offices) in Crossflatts to the town centre venue.

The council has written to local residents and issued parking permits where appropriate. Main Street in the centre of Bingley will be closed for a short period of time to allow festival goers to leave the site safely.

First ever Bishop of Huddersfield announced

Two area bishops for the newly created diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales have been announced.

Jonathan Gibb, Nick Baines and Toby Howarth

The Revd Dr Toby Howarth, currently Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury and National Inter Religious Affairs Adviser for the Church of England will be the Bishop of Bradford.

The Revd Dr Jonathan Gibbs, currently Rector of Heswall in the Diocese of Chester, will be the first ever Bishop of Huddersfield.

They were introduced in their new roles by the Rt Revd Bishop of Leeds Nick Baines at Leeds station today.

I am looking forward to working with the other members of the Diocesan team to build up the life of our churches both numerically and spiritually and to contributing to the life of the rich and diverse community in West Yorkshire

– Revd Jonathan Gibbs

It is a great joy to have been appointed as the new Area Bishop of Bradford. The role has no shortage of opportunities and challenges. I am very much looking forward to working with clergy, congregations and ecumenical partners in the diversity of the city itself, the surrounding towns and rural areas. I am also looking forward to engaging with the communities of which our churches are a part, and building relationships with those involved in the range of civic, statutory and community organisations which make up this vibrant metropolitan district.

– Revd Toby Howarth


Bradford mill fire: 'No threat to residents' say police

Firefighters are continuing to battle a massive fire at an industrial mill in Bradford.

Firefighters at scene of massive mill fire in Bradford Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Around 11 fire appliances were called out earlier today to the building on Mill Lane, which is closed at its junctions with Hall Lane, Nelson Street, Manchester Road , Prospect Road and Caledonia Street, as the blaze is being brought under control.

The flames and smoke are not believed to be harmful and residents are being reassured that they can go about their daily business.

West Yorkshire Police are assisting the fire service.

"This is a big fire and people in the area will see smoke but there is no reason to be alarmed and there is no threat to residents. Emergency services are currently dealing with the situation and we are doing everything we can to minimise any disruption."

Chief Inspector Daniel Greenwood.

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