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Man travels 3,500 miles across Europe to commemorate WW1 centenary

A man who has spent the last three months cycling, walking and climbing across Europe to raise money for the Royal British Legion and a German Veterans' charity says he wanted to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Phil Brotherton from Keighley travelled 3,500 miles along the front lines from Gallipoli in Turkey back to the UK leaving 2015 poppies on the route, in memory of the soldiers on both sides who died.

He popped into the Calendar studio to speak about his journey:

Do you know this woman?

British Transport Police have released a CCTV image of a woman they would like speak to after a passenger was abused and assaulted on a train travelling between Leeds and Keighley.

CCTV image released by British Transport Police Credit: ITV Yorkshire

It happened at around 7.30pm on board the 7.26pm Leeds to Skipton service on Thursday, 18 June.

The victim, a 51-year-old woman from Keighley, boarded the service which was extremely busy, and asked a female who was sat with her feet on one of the seats to move them so she could sit down.

The female removed her feet but then began to verbally abuse the victim, who feeling uncomfortable, got up to move away. As she did so the female kicked her causing her to fall over into the train seats.

This was completely unacceptable behaviour and I am confident the woman pictured can help with our investigation. If you know her please contact us."

– PC Sarah Swarbrick, West Yorkshire Police


Appeal to find missing Keighley teen

Police are urgently appealing for information to trace a teenager who has gone missing from home in Keighley.

Missing teenager Umme Habiba Tahir Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Fifteen-year-old Umme Habiba Tahir was last seen at about 6.15pm yesterday evening.

She is described as Asian, 5ft 3ins tall, slim, with long black hair which is back-combed. She was last seen wearing a black and pink hooded top, black leggings, silver hooped earrings and heavy make-up. She has links to both Keighley and Bradford.

"We are very concerned for Umme's welfare and urgently need to find her to establish that she is okay. We want to hear from anyone who has seen her or who has any information on her current whereabouts."

– Det.Insp Stuart Lyons, Bradford District CID

15 charged with child sex offences

Bradford Police have today charged 14 men and a 16-year-old male from Keighley with offences of Rape and Sexual Activity with a Child under 16.

The allegations are historic in nature having occurred between 2011 and 2012 and relate to, in the main, one female victim who was aged under 16 at the time.

One of the allegations relates to a second victim was also under 16 at the time of the offence in 2009.

All those charged have been released on police bail and are due to appear at Bradford Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 30 June.

The 14 men are:

  • Sufyan Ziarab, 22, of Keighley. He is charged with two offences of rape.
  • Yasser Kabir, 24, of Keighley. He is charged with 4 offences of rape.
  • Bilal Ziarab, 20, of Bradford. He is charged with two offences of rape.
  • Tauqeer Hussain, 22, of Keighley. He is charged with 4 offences of rape.
  • Israr Ali, 19, of Keighley. He is charged with two offences of rape.
  • Rohail Iqbal, 21, of Keighley who is charged with one offence of rape.
  • Rohail Hussain, 18, of Keighley, who is charged with one offence of rape.
  • Nasir Khan, 23, of Keighley. He is charged with three offences of rape.

  • Saqib Younis, 28, of Keighley. He is charged with two offences of rape.

  • Hussain Sardar, 18, of Keighley. He is charged with 2 offences of rape.

  • Zain Ali, 20, of Keighley. He is charged with 2 offences of rape.

  • Faisal Khan, 26, of Keighley, who is charged with 2 offences of rape.

  • Khalid Raja Mahmood, 34, of Keighley. He is charged with five offences of rape.

  • Mohamed Akram, aged 62, of Keighley. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16.

Danny Jones: Funeral to be held for late Rugby League star

The funeral will take place today of Keighley Cougars player Danny Jones.

Almost £150,000 has been raised in Danny Jones' memory

The 29-year-old died of a rare heart condition after collapsing while playing for the Cougars in London in early May.

Almost £150,000 has been raised by the Rugby League Benevolent Fund for a trust fund for his baby twins since his death.

The Wales international's will be held at St Mary's Church in Halifax.

The wake will follow at Brighouse Rangers ARLFC in Halifax, which his widow, Lizzie, hopes will be a celebration of his life:

We want people to come in their rugby jerseys and wear bright colours to remember his wonderful fun personality.

– Lizzie Jones
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