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Applications open for Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund

Community rugby clubs are being encouraged to apply for funding to buy life-saving equipment as part of a campaign launched by the widow of Keighley Cougars player Danny Jones.

Lizzie Jones Credit: Press Association

Lizzie Jones is hoping grants to buy defibrillators will help junior teams put safety mechanisms in place. Her husband Danny died after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch last May.

The Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund aims to raise money that will help hundreds of community clubs and junior teams across the country to purchase a defibrillator, while helping raise awareness of the value of defibrillators as life saving devices to community clubs

Defibrillators cost around £1,000 each and provide potentially life-saving treatment to anyone suffering a cardiac arrest.

Clubs can purchase a defibrillator from RFL-recommended WelMedical by clicking here. Clubs are encouraged to purchase the defibrillators and then submit an application to the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund to help with the costs.

Danny Jones

The purpose of Danny Jones Fund is to encourage as many community Rugby League clubs as possible to purchase a defibrillator via a grants programme administered by Rugby League Cares.

The Danny Jones Defib Fund Grant committee will achieve this through the provision of a small grant to enable and assist clubs with the purchase.

The Danny Jones Fund is now welcoming applications from the community game. An application guide and form can be found by clicking here.

Applications for this round of grants need to be submitted by Thursday 28 April 2016.


Man injured during baseball bat attack in Keighley

West Yorkshire Police are appealing for information after a man was hit with a baseball bat in Keighley.

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Police say the victim tried to stop a fight on Temple Street in the early hours of Saturday 6th February.

The 26-year-old saw a group of men fighting and tried to stop the fight but was struck on the head by the weapon.

He suffered swelling and a concussion which needed hospital treatment.


Breaking: 11 men jailed for raping same Keighley schoolgirl

Eleven men have been jailed for raping the same Keighley schoolgirl when she was aged 14 and 15.

Another man was convicted of sexual activity with the same girl.

They were jailed for a total of more than 149 years between then at Bradford crown court today.

Khalid Mahmood from Keighley was told he was to be regarded as dangerous as he is currently in prison for raping another woman and trying to abduct a child playing on a scooter. He was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Yasser Kabir was given the longest sentence , 20 years, for raping the schoolgirl and two other young girls.

Man attacked in front of family members in West Yorkshire

Police are appealing for information after a man was attacked in front of family members while walking along the canal tow path between Shipley and Keighley on Boxing Day.

The offence happened between 2.30pm and 2.45pm as the 48-year-old victim was walking with members of his family and their dogs near Saltaire car park. It is reported that another dog started to chase one of the dogs being walked by the victim. The man walking that dog attempted to kick the victim's dog but slipped and fell to the ground. On getting to his feet, the man punched the victim to the face causing facial injuries.

The man is described as white, aged in his late 20s to early 30s, of slender build, with close cropped hair. He was wearing a dark or olive green trench coat and was clean shaven.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area and saw a man matching the suspect's description.

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