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Burns unit set up in wake of Bradford fire helps patients worldwide

In the weeks after the fire and in the wake of the extensive work which was carried out on the injured, a leading surgeon at Bradford Royal Infirmary set up the Plastic Surgery Burns Research Unit. It is a facility which has benefited burns patients around the world ever since, as Sally Simpson reports.

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Listen: Radio commentary reveals horror of Bradford fire

It's 30 years today since 56 people died, when a fire ripped through a football stadium as Lincoln City played Bradford City at their Valley Parade ground.

Today, a memorial service is being held to remember the victims of the 1985 disaster, with Lincoln's mayor and some councillors travelling to Yorkshire to represent the city.

Two Lincoln fans - Bill Stacey and Jim West - lost their lives. Tony Delahunty was commentating on the match 30 years ago - this extract reveals how the horror unfolded.

Sporting world unites to remember 56 Bradford City fire victims

Bradford City fire memorial service in pictures

Families who have lost loved ones among those laying wreaths Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Bradford City footballers attend memorial service Credit: ITV Yorkshire

"Something went deep into the heart of this city - and is still here", the Bishop of Bradford Dr Toby Howard tells the ceremony.

Bishop of Bradford Dr Toby Howard Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Crowds gather to pay their respects Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Floral tributes in Centenary Square Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Over 1000 people gather to remember Bradford City fire victims

More than a thousand people have gathered for the Bradford City fire disaster memorial service.

Service at about to start in Centenary Square Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The names of all those who died will be read out.

More than 1000 people gather at Centenary Square for memorial service Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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Preparations underway for Bradford City fire memorial

Preparations are underway for a memorial service to mark the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City fire.

Bradford's Centenary Square Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Hundreds of people are expected to gather in the city's Centenary Square to remember the 56 footballs fans who died.

Floral tributes in Bradford Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Teenager sexually assaulted in Bradford park

Witness appeal Credit: PA

Police in Bradford are appealing for information after a teenager was sexually assaulted in broad daylight in a city park.

The 17-year-old girl was attacked in Bowling Park on Thursday afternoon and dragged into woods before being seriously assaulted. She is being supported by specially trained officers and patrols by neighbourhood officers have been increased in the area to provide reassurance.

The suspect is described as an Asian male, aged 20-25, between 5'5"and 5'7" inches, of athletic build, and wearing light coloured jogging-style bottoms and a bright coloured hooded top.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark McManus appealed for anyone in and around the park at around 1.30pm on May 7th to get in touch.

It is possible someone may have witnessed what they believe to be a couple arguing and thought nothing of it, or the suspect in the park area prior to the attack. They could be vital witnesses to the investigation and we would ask them to come forward. We also believe a group of young males were near the cemetery end of Burras Road around the time of the incident and would ask them to come forward as they may hold vital information as witnesses.

– Detective Chief Inspector Mark McManus
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