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Sunday trading laws 'absurdly out of date'

Sunday Trading laws are 'out of date and unjustifiable' according to a West Yorkshire MP. Philip Davies, who represents Shipley wants to see current rules relaxed - allowing supermarkets to open for longer at the weekend.

He believes the change - which is already in place in Scotland - would give people more choice and ultimately help to save them money.

Crushing blow for wheelie pest?

A man who was caught on camera doing wheelies on his scooter now faces the prospect of having his bike crushed.

The 20 year-old Baildon man's bike was confiscated by police and now must prove he owns it and pay for storage.

Sergeant Craig Marshall, of the Shipley Area Neighbourhood Team, said:

"At about 11.52pm on Monday, officers were called to an address in Cliffe Avenue, Baildon, following a report of criminal damage at the property.

"Officers conducted a detailed search of the area for suspects, but no one was found in the vicinity. "Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101."

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Shipley MP calls for extended Sunday trading hours

Sunday trading hours should be relaxed during the World Cup, the Commonwealth Games, and the run up to Christmas to give a boost to high street retailers, an MP has said.

Philip Davies

Tory Philip Davies (Shipley) called for a permanent abolition of the restrictions but initially asked for a relaxation in a similar vein to that which happened during the 2012 London Olympics.

Business Minister Matthew Hancock said the debate "is undoubtedly happening" within Government.

During business questions, Mr Davies said: "Given that during the Olympic Games sales increased by 2.8% in London and 6.2% outside of London as a result of the relaxation of the Sunday trading laws will you consider a further relaxation?

"Perhaps during the World Cup, the Commonwealth Games, and the run-up to Christmas.

"Or even better still abolish the restrictions altogether to help bricks and mortar retailers compete with those trading online."

Mr Hancock replied: "We relaxed the rules during the Olympics and we said at that time that we'd make an assessment of the impact of that, which is a debate which is undoubtedly happening."

Local facilities are full, says councillor over new homes plan

A protest against planned new homes was staged in Bradford today.

Around a hundred and fifty residents marched through Thackley against plans put forward to the city council to build hundreds more houses on green fields between Thackley and Shipley. Councillor Jeanette Sunderland says the area simply cannot cope.

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Man sought in connection with Shipley robbery

Dale Poppleton is thought to be in the Bradford area

Police have issued a photo of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a robbery in Shipley.

Dale Anthony Poppleton, aged 32, from Bradford, is wanted by police for questioning about the raid, which happened in Bradford Road on 11 January.

Police are making enquiries into his whereabouts, but are appealing to the public to contact them with any information.

He is described as white, around 6ft tall and of stocky build with fair hair.

He is believed to still be in the Bradford area.

Shipley pool re-opens after going green

Shipley swimming pool will re-open today after undergoing major electrical and mechanical work to make it more energy efficient.

The measures, which include the installation of solar PV panels , double glazing and new heating are expected to reduce the Bradford Council run facility's energy demand by up to 25 per cent.

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