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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.

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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.

Nathaniel Flynn due to be sentenced

Nathaniel Flynn is due to be sentenced on Wednesday Credit: West Yorkshire Police

A 26-year-old man from West Yorkshire who murdered his 84-year-old grandmother and attempted to murder a nine-year-old boy is due to be sentenced.

Nathaniel Flynn has admitted killing Louisa Denby at their home in Shipley in July, and stabbing Jason D'Arcy in a nearby skate park.

Police said retired teacher Mrs Denby was subjected to a brutal and frenzied attack at the hands of Flynn who has never explained why he killed her.

After stabbing his grandmother to death, Flynn then targeted and attacked nine-year-old Jason as he played near his home.

Detectives said it was "only through sheer luck that he wasn't murdered".

Flynn, of Prospect Mount, Shipley, then tried to entice an eight-year-old girl from her garden where she was playing and later assaulted a 59-year-old man outside his home.

He was due to go on trial earlier this month but pleaded guilty to charges of murder and attempted murder.

Mr Wallen said Jason was hit in the arm but was almost certainly defending himself from a blow aimed at his chest.

Flynn will be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court.

Woman sexually attacked in Shipley

A 20-year-old woman is recovering after being subjected to a sexual assault in Beamsley Road, Shipley.

She had just got off the bus in Bradford Road at about 6pm yesterday and was walking close to the junction of Granville Road, when she was approached from behind by a man.

It is believed he had also been on the same bus as her. He grabbed the woman's clothing below the waistline. She screamed and he ran off towards Granville Road.

The man is described as Asian, in his in his early 20s, around 5ft 8 ins tall, of slim build and clean shaven.

He was wearing a bright red zip-up hooded top with two white stripes down each sleeve. He was also wearing a dark grey woollen tracksuit bottoms.

Police want anyone with information to come forward.

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