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Zayn: One Direction will continue as 'best band in the world'

Zayn: One Direction will continue as 'best band in the world' Credit: Press Association

My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I'd like to apologise to the fans if I've let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart.

I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world.

– Zayn Malik

Twitter reaction to Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction

Bradford-born singer Zayn Malik has left One Direction. Fans of the band have been tweeting their reaction.

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One Direction say they are 'sad to see Zayn go'

One Direction have posted a statement on their official Facebook page today, confirming the departure of band mate Zayn Malik.

One Direction Zayn Malik, second from right, has left the band Credit: Lionel Hahn/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

The statement said that "after five incredible years Zayn Malik has decided to leave" but that the other four members would continue as a band without him.

"We're really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future.

"The past five years have been beyond amazing, we've gone through so much together, so we will always be friends.

"The four of us will now continue. We're looking forward to recording the new album and seeing all the fans on the next stage of the world tour."

– One Direction

CCTV images released after robbery in Bradford

Police have released CCTV images of two men in connection with a robbery in Bradford.

The men ran off towards Laisteridge Lane in Bradford Credit: West Yorkshire Police

They say the men are believed to have stolen a significant amount of cash in a robbery in the area of Great Horton last month.

A 53-year-old victim, who was delivering wages to a local restaurant, was attacked from behind as he got out of his car at 5.30pm on Monday, 23 February.

The two men then grabbed the bags, containing cash, from the car and then ran off towards Laisteridge Lane.

Police say one of the men was wearing a distinctive white and black jacket.

Reports: Zayn Malik 'in talks to quit One Direction'

Bradford-born One Direction star Zayn Malik is reportedly in talks about quitting the band.

Zayn Malik was forced to quit One Direction's recent tour Credit: Press Association

The 22-year-old, who is engaged to Little Mix star Perrie Edwards, recently left the band's tour of Manilla and Jakarta for stress reasons.

Malik flew to the UK days after pictures emerged showing him with another woman in Thailand.

It is now being reported that the singer is no longer interested in being part of the band and has consulted his lawyers about quitting.

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Morrisons boss sending office staff to shop floor

The new boss of supermarket chain Morrisons is sending head-office staff onto the shop floor in a bid to improve communication with shoppers.

David Potts, who started work on Monday, told 2,000 office workers that he will be working in a store over Easter week and that he wanted them to do the same for at least one week each year.

He has urged workers at the Bradford-based chain to "listen hard" to customers and colleagues while they are on the shop floor as the company looks to reverse a period of falling sales and heavy annual losses.

I want to listen hard and respond to the views of as many customers and staff as I can.

I strongly believe that we are all retailers and we can learn how to serve our customers better when we are working in our stores or when we do our own shopping.

– David Potts, Morrisons

Mr Potts, who has more than 40 years retailing experience at Tesco, recently replaced Dalton Philips, who was ousted after leading the retailer since 2010.

The shop-floor initiative mirrors one put in place by new Tesco boss Dave Lewis before Christmas when he asked more than 4,000 employees including senior executives to stack shelves and operate tills.

Morrisons recently reported a loss of £792 million due to the lower value of its property estate while it posted a drop in like-for-like sales of 5.9%.

However, the sales trend improved in its most recent quarter with a decline of 2.6%.

Labour's big pink battle bus rocks up in Bradford

It has been a source of controversy since the day it was first wheeled out and today Labour's big pink battle bus arrived in Bradford.

The party's Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities was there to support the local candidate Naz Shah.

She took the post after the former candidate dropped out just a few days after being selected, leading to accusations of 'dirty politics' from opponents.

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Two more charged over finances at Bradford free school

A former director of finance and a former head of department at a flagship free school in Bradford have been charged with fraud offences.

Daud Khan, former finance director at Kings Science Academy is charged with two offences of fraud by abuse of position and three of false accounting.

Shabana Hussain faces one charge of fraud by abuse of position and one of acquiring criminal property. They will appear at Leeds Magistrates’ Court shortly.

Former princial Sajid Hussain Raza was charged last week 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. He will also appear at Leeds Magistrates’ Court shortly.

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