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MP joins protest over plans for 330 new homes

Bradford East MP David Ward Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Bradford East MP David Ward will be joining residents of Idle and Thackley on a walk in protest aagainst plans to build 330 new homes on land at Cole Farm in Thackley.

The walk, against the development by Persimmon Homes, will start today at 10.30 am from Thackley Cricket Club.

"Over a 1000 residents have objected to these plans by Persimmon Homes to build over 300 houses on land at Cote Farm, " said Mr Ward.

"Local people are firmly against this development. They are concerned about the loss of green spaces, increased pressure on local services, lack of school places, traffic congestion, road safety and the risk of flooding.

"All of these are problems faced by local residents today. These additional homes will only make matters worse. There are hundreds of places in the city centre that with a bit of thought could be converted back into homes.

"Developers clearly find it easier and cheaper to build on green spaces such as Cote Farm and Simpson Green. I am backing local residents and will be joining them on their peaceful walk around the site to protest against the plans."

MP highlights concerns over phone scams

David Ward MP Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Bradford East MP David Ward has urged friends and family of elderly or vulnerable people to make sure that they are aware of a possible phone scam currently effecting thousands of people up and down the country and how to prevent them.

Police have warned Ofcom, the Communications watchdog, of a successful phone scam where fraudsters use courier firms to help defraud elderly and vulnerable victims of their life savings.

Over the past two years ‘Courier Fraud’ has claimed 2,229 victims, most of whom were elderly. Police estimate that consumers have been defrauded out of millions of pounds, with one victim alone losing £155,000.

“Thousands of vulnerable people are becoming victims of these abhorrent phone scams. We must all do our bit to ensure that our nearest and dearest are aware of these phone scams and have the tools and knowledge available to them to help avoid falling prey to them " said Mr Ward.**

“I would urge those that have information on phone scams to contact Bradford police on the non-emergency number 101 or call 999 if the crime is in action”.**