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Ilkley Lido opens for the summer

A brave few ventured into the water at Ilkley Lido today, as the outdoor pool, voted one of the top ten open-air pools in the country, opened for the summer.

Ilkley Lido opens for business Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A handful of people took the plunge this morning at the grade two listed pool. The Lido first opened in the 1930's and staff hope thousands will flock to the attraction over the next few months. Mick Wood, Lido manager, said it is a unique venue.

Eight fire engines dealing with Ilkley Moor blaze

Eight fire engines are currently dealing with a blaze on Ilkley Moor.

It's the second fire this month Credit: Janet Garland

It's the second time this month that a fire has happened at the local beauty spot, with West Yorkshire Fire Service warning people in the area to close their windows and doors.

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Investigations continue into major fire on Ilkley Moor

An investigation is underway after a major fire on Ilkley Moor last night.

Fire crews on Ilkley moor Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Around 25 firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze which began near the White Wells building just after 10 o'clock. Crews from Otley, Rawdon, Silsden and Keighley were called to deal with the grassland fire and remained on the scene until the early hours to stop it from spreading.

Ilkley gears up for annual carnival parade

Organisers will be hoping for a touch of good forecast when the annual Carnival parade rolls into town today.

Ilkley Carnival in 2014 Credit: ITV News

More than a thousand people are expected to take part in the parade itself -and many more look set to converge on the West Yorkshire spa town for the iconic event.

Last year, more than £12,000 was raised by fundraisers. This year the hosts are hoping that the Tour de Yorkshire weekend will give visitor numbers a welcome boost.

The theme of this year's parade is Best of British.


Police: Ilkley sex attack a false report

Police investigating a suspected sex attack in Ilkley say it was a false report.

A 25-year-old woman alleged she had been attacked by a man at the junction of Brook Street and The Grove at about 11.30pm on Saturday, 23 April.

The woman has now admitted this was a false report and officers are considering what action to take.

"Reports of this nature are treated extremely seriously and are often managed by specialist teams trained to investigate the most serious crimes.

"People who make up crimes not only waste valuable police resources, they detract officers from helping genuine victims.

"False reporting could also delay our response to a real emergency and potentially puts people's lives at risk."

– Simon Atkinson, Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent

Woman blacks out in sex attack in Ilkley

File image Credit: PA

A woman lost consciousness after being dragged into a garden in a suspected sexual assault in Ilkley.

The 25-year-old was attacked from behind as she walked near the junction of Brook Street and The Grove at about 11.30pm on Saturday.

West Yorkshire Police said she is believed to have passed out for a short tim. When she regained consciousness the suspect was lying on top of her.

He then fled from the scene.

The attacker was described as Asian, about 5ft 7ins tall, slim and in his late twenties.

He had gelled short black hair, a trimmed goatee beard, a piercing in his right ear and a silver bracelet on his right wrist. He was wearing white or grey jeans, a black jacket and black shoes with pointed toes.

Police also want to speak to a couple who spoke to the victim shortly before the incident.

The woman had curly red hair. The man was tall with a goatee beard.

Both are believed to be in their late twenties.

Police have been carrying out patrols in the area to reassure the public. The victim is being supported by specially trained officers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Ilkley Moor grouse shooting to go to public consultation, council confirm

The controversial issue of grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor is heading to public consultation, Bradford council leader David Green has confirmed.

Cartridges are released from a shotgun after a grouse is shot Credit: Press Association

It comes in response to a briefing by campaigners calling for it to be banned. They believe grouse shooting causes damage to the moor including reducing wildlife biodiversity and the degradation of natural habitat.

Ikley Moor is the last municipal moorland in the country where grouse shooting is allowed, with other local authorities, including nearby Sheffield City Council and Peak District National Park Authority, already prohibiting the practice on their upland estates.

Councillor Cath Bacon (Labour, Keighley West), said in an email to campaigners last week: "I am not in favour of grouse shooting or blood sports and if there is a legal way of terminating the contract I am happy to support it."

Read: Protest against grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor

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