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Chip pan fires put dampener on National Chip Week

Chip pan fires in Bradford and Leeds have put a dampener on National Chip Week - with the county's fire chiefs concerned their warnings are not getting through.

In the last three years West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service dealt with 345 chip pan fires - one of which resulted in a fatality. Furthermore, 84 people were left with injuries requiring hospital treatment and a further 69 people were injured but did not need to go to hospital.

Fire chiefs have now released a video showing what happens if people try to extinguish a chip pan fire with water.

“Carers” sentenced for fleecing 91-year-old woman of £500,000

Two "greedy" carers who defrauded an elderly Parkinson's sufferer out of more than half a million pounds have been jailed.

Wendy Bell and Amanda Carroll were sentenced with four others at Bradford Crown Court for the "cruel and heartless" fraud against 91-year-old Audrey Hammond.

Wendy Bell Credit: North Yorkshire Police

When her regular carer fell ill, the victim, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease, employed Wendy Bell via an agency to provide her care. Bell then took a lead role in arranging 24-hour cover, bypassing the agency to pay the wages of the “staff” recruited by herself and Carroll, directly.

Amanda Carroll Credit: North Yorkshire Police

The carers inflated the cost of Mrs Hammond's care to "filch" the wealthy widow out of more than £500,000.

Bell, 57, from Cullingworth, West Yorkshire, was jailed for three years and six months. Carroll, 44, of Shipley, West Yorks, was sentenced to three years and five months.

Bell's daughter, Lisa Bell, 30, Linda Mynott, 60, and Alice Barker, 59, all received suspended jail sentences.

A sixth carer, Caron Gilbert, 33, was handed a 12-month community order.

The group of carers, made up of the family and friends of Bell and Carroll, went on to charge the victim grossly inflated amounts for her care over a two-year period, charging up to £40,000 a month.

None of the women had any qualifications for looking after a person with Parkinson’s disease, they did not receive any training, none had had any legal checks and none paid tax or National Insurance on their earnings.

The group’s criminal activity was eventually uncovered when the community matron raised concerns when she discovered the amount of money the victim was paying for her care.


Man beaten up after being lured into fake taxi

A man travelling home from Bradford ended up with terrible injuries after getting into what he thought was a taxi. Josh Ripley was trying to get back home when he was lured into the car by a woman. He was robbed and battered unconscious. Josh's mum wants to make sure non-one else falls into the same trap. There are some distressing shots of Josh's injuries in this report from Michael Billington.

Bradford man charged with dissemination of terrorist publications

A 27-year-old man from Heaton in Bradford will appear before Westminster Magistrates tomorrow charged with offences under Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006 – dissemination of terrorist publications. The man was arrested by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit in October following an investigation into potentially suspicious social media postings. He has been bailed to appear before Westminster Magistrates on February 12.

Appeal after woman robbed at home in Bradford

Police are appealing for information after a woman was robbed at home in Whiteways in Bradford. The 28-year-old heard a knock at her kitchen window and as she opened the door, two men pushed her into the house and demanded money and gold.

They searched the property and took a small amount of jewellery, including two gold chains and some earrings.

The victim was unhurt, but shaken by the incident.

One of the suspects is described as white and of slim build with a thin face and pointed nose.

He was wearing a black tracksuit, gloves and had a grey scarf covering the lower part of his face.

The second suspect was also white, of large build and shorter than his accomplice. He was also wearing a black tracksuit and gloves.

One of the men was also carrying a screwdriver.

This was clearly a frightening incident for the victim, who was in the house alone at the time. We would like to speak to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the Whiteways area in the time leading up to, or shortly after the incident occurred. No vehicle was seen, so it is possible that the men made off on foot.

– Detective Inspector Neil Benstead


Grouse shooting to continue on Ilkley Moor

Grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor is to be allowed to continue until 2018 after Bradford Council's Executive Committee rejected a petition to reconsider its policy.

Grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor is to be allowed to continue until 2018 Credit: Press Association

Predator control on the Moor will be halted though.

Campaigners from the Ban Bloodsports Ilkley Moor (BBIM) group, led by Luke Steele, argued that shooting and related management have resulted in a decreased biodiversity and breaches of the contract.

The council opted to continue the grouse shoot until the current deed expires in 2018, however end all forms of predator control, including trapping.

BBIM said they welcome the progress but says allowing shooting to continue will deplete the grouse population on the Moor.

Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor (BBIM) welcomes the progression made towards ending the grouse shoot, the last of its kind in the country to take place on a public moor, in 2018. However, we raise concerns that the continuation of shooting itself will result in the depletion of the red grouse population of Ilkley Moor and fails to address conflicts with moor users.

– Luke Steele, BBIM

Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor is a coalition of campaigners across West Yorkshire seeking an end to grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor. BBIM represents the interests of wildlife and the rights of walkers through peaceful protests, education, lobbying and lawful direct action.

George Galloway takes to the streets to back the Big Sell

George Galloway will be taking to the streets this weekend to sell The Big Issue in the North. The MP for Bradford West is one of a host of politicians, celebrities and business people from across the region who will be selling the magazine alongside regular vendors. It's part of the Big Sell, a scheme to challenge perceptions of homelessness and poverty.

We're delighted that so many people have shown their support to The Big Issue in the North and its vendors by getting involved with the Big Sell. Spending an hour with a vendor will give people a real insight into how it feels to sell The Big Issue in the North. Alongside this we hope it will keep the needs of people selling the magazine in the public eye and boost sales for vendors at a traditionally quiet time of year. Once the hustle and bustle of Christmas settles down and the January sales come to an end our towns and cities become quiet and, for our vendors, can be lonely places. Although the sales and crowds are gone, they are still working hard to earn an income - selling The Big Issue in the North magazine

– Fay Selvan, chair of The Big Issue in the North

Commuter chaos as safety checks disrupt trains

Safety checks on routes around Leeds have caused several train services to be cancelled or changes, throwing commuters' travel plans into disarray.

Checks on the line near Menston meant no trains could run between Leeds and Ilkley, meaning services between Skipton and Bradford were also affected.

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