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Memorial service to mark 31st anniversary of Bradford City fire disaster

A memorial service will take place today to mark 31 years since the Bradford City football stadium fire.

Credit: Press Association

Fifty-six fans died and hundreds were injured at Valley Parade in 1985.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Joanne Dodds, will attend the memorial service in Centenary Square this morning. The Mayor and Mayoress of Lincoln, will represent the city of Lincoln at the event.

Bradford City were playing Lincoln City in their last home match of the season in 1985 when the fire ripped through the ground killing 54 Bradford City fans, two Lincoln City fans and injuring many more.

The service which starts at 11am will be conducted by the chaplain to Bradford City AFC, the Reverend Andy Grieff and the Lord Mayor's chaplain Reverend Canon Paul Bilton and supported by the Very Reverend Jerry Lepine, Dean of Bradford.

There will be prayers and a reading from the Bible before the act of remembrance which will include a minute's silence.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford will lead a wreath laying ceremony by laying a wreath on behalf of the city and the district. Wreaths will also be laid by the Mayor of Lincoln, a representative for Bradford City AFC, bereaved families and the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. Once these wreaths have been laid, others who wish to lay their own wreaths or floral tributes are welcome to do so.

"It is extremely important to the city that we take time each year to remember those who were affected and continue to be affected by the tragic events of 11 May 1985."

– Coun Joanne Dodds, The Lord Mayor of Bradford


Police 'extremely concerned' for missing Derrick

Missing: Derrick Fisher

Police are continuing to appeal for information to trace a man who has not been seen for five days.

Derrick Fisher, who is 57, was last seen at his home in Springdale Crescent in the Greengates area of Bradford, on the evening of May 5th.

Officers have been conducting extensive enquiries to find him and are now extremely concerned for his welfare. Mr Fisher is about 5ft 5 ins tall, of medium build, and with short fair hair which is greying.

He is believed to have been wearing a blue checked shirt and may have travelled to the North Yorkshire area, although he is not thought to have left in a vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Bradford District Police via 101 quoting 0010 of the 6/5.

Mother sobs in dock as she goes on trial for killing children

Samira Lupidi sobbed in the dock as she went on trial accused of murdering her two young children.

One-year-old Jasmine Weaver and three-year-old Evelyn Lupidi Credit: West Yorkshire Police

She admits stabbing three year old Evelyn and 17 month old Jasmine in Bradford but denies murder.

The 24 year old says she killed her children whilst the balance of her mind was disturbed.

The judge Mr Justice Eadis halted the trial for a few minutes as Samira Lupidi became so distressed during the prosecution's description of the killin. She was allowed to leave the dock and wait outside the court whilst the trial continued.

Bradford Crown Court heard that the little girls were stabbed in a women's refuge where they had spent the night with their mother. They were taken there after Lupidi claimed that her partner had assaulted her.

Samira Lupidi was due to take her children to a meeting with their father and her partner Carl Weaver on the morning they died.

The children had spent the night in a women's refuge with their mother after she called the police to their home in Huddersfield.

She said Mr Weaver had assaulted her and had previously said that their daughters were better off without her.

Lupidi ran out of her room repeating "I killed the children.".


Concern for 'vulnerable man' missing from Bradford

Police in Bradford are appealing for information to help trace a vulnerable man who is missing from Springdale Crescent near Greengates.

Derrick Fisher, who last seen around midnight on Thursday 5th May.

Derrick is described as a white male, 5"5" tall of medium build with short fair hair which is greying.

Police are appealing for anyone who has seen or heard from Derrick since midnight on Thursday, or who knows where he is now to get in contact.

Man wanted in connection with Leeds burglary

Police in Leeds are asking for the public's help in finding a man wanted in connection with a house burglary in the city.

Do you know Christopher Dunn? Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Officers think 45-year-old Christopher Dunn, from Bradford, may be able to help them with their investigation, and say he has links to Idle, Shipley, Ravenscliffe and Thorpe Edge.

Mr Dunn is described as white, 5ft 5ins tall, fat build, with short brown hair and blue eyes.

Naz Shah MP stands down from home affairs select committee

Bradford West MP Naz Shah has stood down from the Commons home affairs select committee as it launches a probe into anti-Jewish prejudice in British life.

Ms Shah has been suspended from the Labour Party pending the outcome of an internal investigation into social media posts she made before the last general election which have been branded anti-Semitic in tone.

Naz Shah attended the private session of the Committee today and she has informed me and the Committee that she wishes to stand aside from all her duties until current matters are resolved.

We have accepted her decision. She will not take part in any future matters concerning the Home Affairs Select Committee with immediate effect, until further notice.

The Committee will now proceed with its inquiry into anti-Semitism, and we will begin calling witnesses including the Community Security Trust, the Jewish Board of Deputies, Ken Livingstone, and the Prime Minister, Jeremy Corbyn and Angus Robertson.

– Keith Vaz MP, Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee
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