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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

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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


New fine food market opens in Ilkley

Organisers of the first ever fine food market in Ilkley say it has been a great success.

The town's new regular market was officially opened this morning and will be held on the first Sunday of every month. The venture is being run by a team of volunteers on a not for profit basis. They are hoping to support local food producers and businesses.

Man jailed over botched drugs plot has prison sentence increased

An Ilkley man caged for his part in a £160 million cocaine smuggling plot has had his jail term nearly doubled after senior judges said it was far too soft.

James Andrew Hill, of Hampshire Close, Ben Rhydding, now faces 11 years behind bars for his involvement in the enormous conspiracy.

The Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC, successfully attacked his original six-year sentence as 'unduly lenient'. The 31-year-old was jailed at Leeds Crown Court on September 18 last year after being convicted of the smuggling plot.

Lord Justice Treacy told London's Appeal Court that the conspiracy involved 1,025 kilograms of high-purity cocaine.

The Makayabella yacht which had travelled from Venezuela to the Irish coast was intercepted by the Irish navy in September 2014. There were 41 packages of the class A drug inside the vessel, with a street value of £160 million.

Lawyers for the Solicitor General argued Hill's sentence gave 'insufficient weight' to the public menace posed by hard drugs.

Hill's legal team agreed his sentence was 'low' but argued that it was not 'so much out of the ordinary' to justify an increase.

Lord Justice Treacy said it was 'clearly a sophisticated conspiracy' and that Hill was 'motivated by financial advantage to himself'.

We consider a significant increase in his sentence is called for to reflect the massive quantity of drugs involved. We consider that the least sentence which should have been imposed was one of 11 years.

– Lord Justice Treacy

Bradford Council to consider moor burning ban

Bradford Council will tonight consider whether to ban burning of heather on Ilkley Moor for the purposes of grouse shooting.

Credit: Press Association

The decision is part of wider discussions about the management of the public moor - which is the last in the country where grouse shooting is still allowed.

Campaigners wanting an end to grouse shooting in Ilkley Moor staged a protest in Bradford last month.

The burning of heather at Ilkley Moor is to increase grouse population for recreational shooting.

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