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Police tracing white van involved in 'suspicious incident'

Police have appealed for help in tracing a white van involved in a suspicious incident on Monday.

An 11-year-old girl was asked to get into a white VW Transporter-type van on Leeds Road, Shipley. The girl declined and walked away and the van left without further incident.

The vehicle involved in Monday's incident was said to contain two men.

The passenger who spoke to the girl was described as wearing a black balaclava and gloves, with a blue hooded top and black jogging bottoms. The driver was also believed to be wearing a black balaclava.

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Man jailed for abusing boys in Czech Republic

A man from West Yorkshire has been jailed for ten years after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting young boys and sharing images of the abuse on the internet. Dusan Juran, who's 25, and from Bradford Road, Shipley, was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court after admitting four charges.

Dusan Juran: jailed for 10 years

Juran was arrested when officers from West Yorkshire Police’s Abusive Images Unit carried out a search warrant of his home in November last year, after receiving information about the online distribution of indecent images and movies.

Following an investigation, Juran, a Czech national, admitted that he had abused a 10-year-old child while on holiday in the Czech Republic.

Evidence of this was found on the computer along with naked photographs of another young boy, who was believed to be about six years old.

Speaking after sentence, Detective Constable John Higgins, of West Yorkshire Police’s Abusive Images Unit, said:

"The term of imprisonment passed down today reflects the severity of these offences. The victims were young boys who do not live in the UK. This case demonstrates that West Yorkshire Police will robustly investigate any offences committed against vulnerable children in our society, not just in the UK, but anywhere in the world."

Pensioner in a 'serious condition' following Shipley collision

A pensioner is in a serious condition following a road collision on Thursday.

The 75-year-old was in collision with a a green Skoda Octavia along Leeds Road towards Shipley at around 7:45pm.

He was taken to hospital with serious head and leg injuries and remains in a serious but stable condition today.

Police are appealing for any information which may help them in their enquiries.

The driver was unhurt.

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.

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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."

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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