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Work begins on Bradford's Broadway shopping centre

After five years of controversy, work on Bradford's Broadway shopping centre is finally getting underway.

The developers say 4,000 retail and construction jobs will be created and civic leaders described today as one of the most important days in Bradford's recent history.

They say it also marks the beginning of what they hope will be the revival of the city's struggling retail sector. David Hirst reports.

Work starts on long-awaited shopping centre

Work starts on Bradford's new Broadway shopping centre Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Work has started today on the new £260 million Broadway shopping centre in Bradford. It will create around 4000 jobs in retail and construction. The new centre, in the heart of Bradford, will contain 70 shops and restaurants, and is expected to open in time for Christmas 2015.

The scheme has already won praise from the Prime Minister David Cameron.

Occupy Westfield protesters continue demo online

Protesters who were moved off the site of a proposed shopping centre development in Bradford yesterday have removed their camp from the city.

A court order was made to evict the Occupy Westfield group from the site which has been derelict for more than six years. Campaigners - who are pressing for work to begin - moved to nearby grassland following the order.

They've now decided to withdraw and continue their campaign online.

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Occupy Bradford protestors evicted

Protesters demanding action to make a start on the Westfield shopping centre in Bradford have been evicted from the site.

A hearing at Bradford County Court this morning ordered them to move on from the city centre spot where they set up camp two months ago. They're calling for building work to get underway on the stalled project.

The group said it was transferring its protest to public grassland nearby and had already achieved one of its aims. We have spoken with protestor Adban Awan.

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