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Dad who left injured family after accident is jailed

A Bradford man who crashed his car by driving dangerously and then ran off leaving members of his own family seriously injured has today been sent to jail.

Umbar Ali left his family

Umbar Ali, aged 40, of Acre Lane, Eccleshill, had to be traced by police after fleeing the scene of an accident in March last year, where his Vauxhall Zafira collided with an Alfa Romeo in Queens Road, Shipley.

Ali was sentenced to four years and nine months at Bradford Crown Court after he was found guilty of dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and having no insurance.

Ali left his wife in the vehicle, along with three of his children - one of whom was just 13 months old.

Newspaper archive opened near Wetherby

The British Library's new national newspaper archive has been officially opened in Yorkshire. The building, near Wetherby, holds some 60 million editions, virtually every paper ever printed, which date back hundreds of years.

They were moved up from London over several months and are now kept in special conditions to help preserve them.

Our reporter James Webster has been to look around the new facility:


David Cameron backs missing Murphy campaign

A rescue dog from Bradford who's owner thinks has been stolen, and who has even been discussed by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons.

Murphy, who's a Husky, was seen been put into a car eight weeks ago, and despite a number of phone calls to his owner from someone claiming to have bought him, he hasn't been seen since.

There are fears that he may have been stolen to train illegal fighting dogs.

Frazer Maude has been to meet his owner, and his canine friend:

Carers guilty of defrauding 92-year-old Parkinson's sufferer

Two carers from West Yorkshire have been found guilty of defrauding an elderly Parkinson's sufferer out of more than £500,000.

Wendy Bell, 57, and her daughter Lisa Bell, 30, both from Cullingworth, were convicted of plotting to defraud 92-year-old Audrey Hammond by inflating the cost of her care.

Helen Banks, 42, of Riddlesden, West Yorks, was cleared at Bradford Crown Court of conspiracy to defraud Mrs Hammond.

The jury took five hours 22 minutes to reach unanimous verdicts on the three defendants.

Wendy and Lisa Bell, who were both charged with conspiracy to defraud, showed no emotion as the foreman announced the guilty verdicts.

But Lisa Bell hugged Ms Banks and there were shouts of "yes" from the public gallery as she was found not guilty.

Judge Colin Burn told Wendy Bell, who was also found guilty of one charge of fraud, that a jail sentence was "absolutely unavoidable".

He said: "You have both been convicted by the jury at the end of this lengthy trail of these serious matters.

"Particularly in your case Wendy Bell, by virtue of the amounts involved, a custodial sentence is absolutely unavoidable."

The trial heard that Wendy Bell and another woman, Amanda Carroll, began working for Mrs Hammond at her home in Cracoe, near Skipton, North Yorkshire, in 2008, and recruited friends and family to become her carers.

The jury was told the carers over-claimed for the work they did to take more than half a million pounds from the widow, who suffers from Parkinson's disease.

Prosecutor Stephen Wood told the court Wendy Bell was overpaid by more than £138,000 over three years.

By the time police became involved in September 2012, Mrs Hammond was paying £35,000 every four weeks for her care.

Carroll, 44, of Shipley, West Yorks, pleaded guilty to two charges of fraud and one charge of conspiracy to defraud at an earlier hearing.

Linda Mynott, 60, Caron Gilbert, 33, and Alice Barker, 59, all from Keighley, West Yorks, all admitted conspiracy to defraud.

All the defendants will be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on February 13.


Police release two images of Leeds pensioner burglars

Police investigating two burglaries at the homes of elderly people in Leeds have released a CCTV image of two men they want to trace.

Officers want to identify the men following a burglary at the home of a 78-year-old man. Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Officers want to identify the men following a burglary at the home of a 78-year-old man in Woodlesford which happened at about 1.45pm on Friday, January 16, and one at the nearby home of a 71-year-old woman at about noon the day before.

In the first incident, the victim returned home to find a suspect in an upstairs bedroom. He left the property and was seen to get on a bus with another man. Watches and other items were found to have been stolen.

In the second incident, a man was confronted by the victim as he tried to get through her front door. Nothing was stolen. An e-fit image was produced from that offence.

Detective Inspector Anthony Scopelliti, of Leeds District Neighbourhood Crime Team, said: "The CCTV image from the bus is very clear and we would like to hear from anyone who thinks they know the identity of these men."

Leeds United Chief Operating Officer: Cellino to come back 'refreshed'

Leeds United chief operating officer Matt Child believes that Massimo Cellino's decision to stand down as club president was in their best interests.

Cellino announced that he resigned after being banned from being a director by the Football League today but has vowed to return in April.

During his ban, the Italian will watch football in Europe and Child believes he will return to the club refreshed.

Meanwhile Andrew Umbers has been appointed as acting-chairman and Leeds are expected to make two new signings next week, with Palermo defender Sol Bamba rumoured to be close to securing a move to Elland Road.

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