Bradford fraud probe free school head teacher dismissed

Sajid Raza with David Cameron David Cameron met Sajid Raza Hussain on a visit to the school in March 2012

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A free academy principal who was arrested over fraud allegations has been dismissed following a disciplinary investigation by the school.

The Kings Science Academy in Bradford said Sajid Raza Hussain, who founded the school, would be replaced by an interim principal.

He is on bail following his arrest over alleged fraud offences at the school.

The school's governors also said they had asked the government to help find a suitable academy trust to join.

The academy, one of England's first free schools, opened in September 2011 and was praised by Prime Minister David Cameron when he visited it in March 2012.

The Department for Education (DfE) investigated the school after a whistleblower made allegations about its governance, and found nearly £80,000 of public money had not been used for "its intended purpose".

In a report, the DfE said it had found "serious failings" with the school's financial management.

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    17:50: A snowy and windy night Paul Hudson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    This evening and tonight will see clear spells and scattered locally heavy snow showers, with temporary blizzard conditions in places. A Met Office yellow "be aware" warning is in place for West Yorkshire.

    Weather forecast

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    Tomorrow will be windy and cold with sunny spells and further scattered snow showers, locally heavy in places, tending to ease later with a top temperature of about 3C (37F).

    17:41: Coming up on BBC One Phil Bodmer Presenter, BBC Look North

    Join me and Amy Garcia at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we follow the latest developments in the campaign to persuade the government to pay for a life-extending drug for a six-year-old Otley boy.

    He's been down in London today to hand a petition to the prime minister at Downing Street.

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    17:34: Big delays on Bradford buses

    West Yorkshire Metro tweets: BRADFORD SERVICES Due to worsening weather conditions all services will be using main roads only. Delays of up to 90 minutes. #snow #Bradford

    17:33: 'Sportive' cycling routes announced

    The routes have been announced of the mass-participation "sportive" for cyclists along the same roads as the Tour de Yorkshire.

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    There are to be three distances over which participants can ride the same route as the professionals on 3 May.

    Riders choose from 50km, 108km or 140km routes. A women-only sportive will also take place along the 50km route.

    17:27: Juror doubt at serial killer verdict James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    The foreman of a jury which convicted a serial killer has told the BBC he now believes the man is innocent.

    Norris' staff nursing pass

    Colin Norris, 38, was jailed for life in 2008 for murdering four patients and attempting to kill a fifth at hospitals in Leeds, where he worked as a nurse.

    Juror Paul Moffitt spoke out after a Panorama investigation suggested the women may have died of natural causes.

    17:23: Faith schools transport

    The possible withdrawal of bus services for children who attend faith schools in Kirklees is to be opened to an eight-week consultation in February, the council has announced.

    Any decision about the future of the service will be made later in the year after councillors have been able to consider the views that people express.

    Councillor Graham Turner, cabinet member for resources, says: "We fully understand this is a difficult time for the parents of those children who may be affected by any decision we take, and this is why we are entering in to a full consultation."

    17:14: Warning after chip pan blazes

    West Yorkshire Fire Service is reminding people to be vigilant when using chip pans after firefighters attended three blazes in Leeds overnight involving cooking.

    Chip pan fire

    As a result of one chip pan fire, a woman, toddler and baby were rescued from a house in Middleton and had to be taken to hospital for precautionary checks.

    In two further incidents, a man in his mid-80s in Morley suffered from the effects of breathing smoke after a chip pan fire, while a man in Seacroft in his 50s suffered burns to his arms and had to be taken to hospital.

    17:10: Leeds Tesco jobs at risk Richard Edwards Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Following today's news that Tesco is to shut 43 of its stores across the UK, I've just spoken to a spokesman for the firm who's confirmed that 57 jobs are at risk at one store in Leeds.

    Tesco sign

    The Tesco Metro store, in Crossgates, is one of 43 shops to shut on the back of disappointing sales figures.

    The spokesman said the supermarket giant would try to find Leeds staff jobs at other stores, but it's possible some will be made redundant.

    17:03: Gritters in action

    Kirklees Council tweets: Gritters out now, further action through the night in response to weather conditions

    16:58: News on the hour Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Nearly 60 jobs are at risk after supermarket giant Tesco revealed one of the stores it's closing is in Leeds.

    Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

    16:55: Snow affecting county's roads

    Snow and ice are currently causing problems on several roads across West Yorkshire. Check BBC Travel for the latest updates. Roads affected so far include:

    • A629 Keighley Road between the Syke Lane junction and the B6141 Long Causeway junction
    • A58 Wellington Road in Leeds at Armley Gyratory
    • A650 Shipley Airedale Road in Bradford at the A647 Croft Street junction
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    16:24: Care spend 'cut by fifth in decade' Nick Triggle Health correspondent

    Spending on care for people aged 65 and over has fallen by a fifth in England over the past 10 years, with spending in the Yorkshire and Humber region showing one of the biggest falls.

    Regional breakdown

    The BBC research - based on official data - showed £1,188 was being spent in 2003-4 per person over the age of 65 in England. By 2013-14 that had fallen to £951 - a drop of 20%.

    It comes as the BBC launches its Cost of Care project, which includes an online guide to how care works, and what it costs.

    16:08: Snow affects city buses

    First West Yorkshire Buses tweets: BRADFORD - Please note due to increasing bad weather. Effective 15:30hrs, we have instructed all routes to operate on main roads only

    15:55: News on the hour Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Almost 60 jobs are at risk after Tesco announced it was shutting one of its stores in Leeds.

    Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

    15:49: Snow affecting M621

    BBC Travel reports there's slow traffic and hazardous driving conditions on the M621 westbound between J1, A6110 (Beeston) and M62 J27, Gildersome, because of snow.

    15:38: Police hunt for 'peeping Tom' Halifax Courier
    15:27: Leeds Tesco store to close BBC Business

    Supermarket giant Tesco has named one of its Leeds stores among 43 it's closing across the country, a move that will see about 2,000 staff lose their jobs in total.

    Crossgates Arndale Centre

    The company is currently informing staff at the affected stores.

    The Tesco Metro at the Arndale Centre in Crossgates will close along with 11 other similar stores across the UK on 4 April.

    15:17: Cellino fails to appear at court Adam Pope Leeds United Commentator

    Banned Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has failed to turn up to a court hearing today to face allegations of tax evasion on a Jeep he imported from the USA, according to an Italian newspaper.

    Massimo Cellino

    The case has been rescheduled for 14 April - that's four days after Cellino is able to return as a director at Elland Road.

    He was disqualified after failing the Football League's Owners and Directors Test for dishonestly evading paying tax on his yacht Nelie. He's appealing against that verdict in Italy.

    15:05: Pool reopens after leak

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    14:55: News on the hour Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    A six-year-old boy from Otley is in London to hand in a petition to the prime minister calling for the NHS to pay for his life-extending drug.

    Sam Brown has morquio - a disease that stops his bones growing properly.

    Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

    14:42: McBusted in Leeds Yorkshire Evening Post

    McBusted have sat down for a chat with the Yorkshire Evening Post on a visit to Leeds today and talked cakes, burgers and gigs. Watch the video here.

    McBusted in Leeds
    14:31: Park Avenue match postponed BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Bradford Park Avenue's Conference North match against Chorley tonight has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

    A new date for the match will be confirmed later.

    14:21: Garden bin collections extended

    Thousands more homes in Leeds will be able to make use of garden waste collections from March as the city's brown bin service is extended, the council has announced.

    About 200,000 homes in Leeds already have a brown bin, but a further 7,000 households are due to receive letters confirming the garden waste service will soon be available in their area.

    The bins, which are for grass cuttings, weeds, hedge trimmings, flowers, leaves and twigs, are collected every two weeks from March to the end of November.

    14:08: More time for more news

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    Amy Garcia in Look North studio

    The bulletin, which follows the UK BBC News at Ten, has been extended to 15 minutes from Monday and Thursday every week until June to ensure viewers get the best coverage of the issues facing Yorkshire ahead of the 2015 general election.

    James Harding, the BBC's director of news and current affairs, says: "These extended bulletins will allow us to follow ever more closely a campaign which is going to be being fought out constituency by constituency across the United Kingdom."

    13:57: News on the hour Corinne Wheatley Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    A new £2,000 grant paid to schools to help adopted children isn't working, according to some parents in West Yorkshire.

    Mums and dads in our region say they're worried the money isn't being used wisely.

    Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

    13:47: Bridgewater Place reopens Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    The junction at Bridgewater Place, Yorkshire's tallest building, has been reopened to traffic after having been closed for the morning due to high winds, Leeds City council says.

    Diversion signs for high-sided vehicles will continue to operate until 16:00 and will then be in place again from 19:00 until 04:00 on Thursday morning.

    The council says it "will continue to monitor the wind conditions and further updates will be provided as necessary".

    13:33: Talks over faith school transport Huddersfield Examiner

    Councillors have agreed to hold public talks about cuts to free bus passes for pupils going to and from faith schools.

    13:23: Sam heads for Downing Street Richard Edwards Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    A six-year-old West Yorkshire boy is taking his fight for medication to Downing Street.

    Sam Brown

    Sam Brown from Otley has the condition Morquio, which dramatically reduces his growth.

    He was on a clinical trial for treatment, but that trial has finished and the NHS isn't currently commissioning new drugs. Today, Sam will hand a letter to the PM calling on him to take action.

    13:12: No TV for City's FA Cup clash BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Bradford City's FA Cup fifth round tie at home to either Sunderland or Fulham has not been selected for live television coverage.

    The match will be played on Saturday 14 February at 15:00.

    13:03: Cycle celebration for Tour de Yorkshire Keighley News

    A mass cycle ride is to be held along the route of the Tour de Yorkshire - which takes in the Worth Valley and South Craven - just hours before professional cyclists race through.

    12:55: Sunny spells and showers Paul Hudson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    This afternoon will see sunny spells and scattered showers.

    Weather forecast

    These showers will turn increasingly wintry.

    The top temperature will be about 5C (41F), with a strong westerly wind.

    12:39: Au pair jailed over abuse Telegraph & Argus
    12:25: Woman's body found Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    We've just had an update to a story we ran yesterday about the police search in Ilkley for 45-year-old Gita Williams, who'd gone missing from her home at the weekend.

    Police have now confirmed her body was found in a stream close to Parish Ghyll Drive at about 12:30 yesterday. There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.

    Police have thanked the public for their help with the appeal.

    12:06: Hero PC rescues family from fire Yorkshire Post
    11:57: News on the hour Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    A West Yorkshire boy with a rare disease takes his fight for NHS treatment to the Prime Minister today.

    Sam Brown from Otley has Morquio, which severely stunts his growth.

    Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

    11:44: Road closed due to wind

    BBC Travel News reports that Neville Street in Leeds remains closed in both directions between the Water Lane junction and the New Station Street junction because of strong winds.

    11:33: £10m bid to buy stake in United

    Leeds United fans have launched a £10m bid to become quarter-owners of the club.

    Leeds United stadium

    They say they're looking to buy out the 25% stake currently owned by GFH Capital.

    Group spokesman, Dylan Thwaites, has told BBC Radio Leeds: "This is for all Leeds fans to try and get together and to have a say in the club because for too long we've had no say".

    11:23: Bronte table finally comes home Tracy Gee Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    I'm at the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth where a dining table upon which classics such as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre were written will finally come home later this week.

    Ann Dinsdale at the Bronte Parsonage

    It's a real coup to get this table back where it belongs. It's thought it could have fetched up to £1m at auction, but thanks to a £580,000 grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, it's coming back to Haworth.

    Ann Dinsdale (pictured), collections manager at the Parsonage, tells me it's "one of the most exciting things that's happened here in decades" and that the table is "a significant literary artefact".

    11:15: Bank card scam warning

    More on the warning over a bank card scam in Bradford in which victims are contacted by fraudsters claiming to be from the police.

    PC Toni Hinnells, from Bradford CID, says: "The police would never ask someone for their banking details or call someone to speak about suspected fraudulent activity on their bank account.

    "If you receive one of these calls and you're still not sure whether it's genuine, put the phone down and contact your bank separately."

    11:05: Keeping people out of care homes Nick Triggle Health correspondent

    The push in recent years has been to keep people out of care homes by providing support for them in their own home. Leeds has been at the forefront of this. So what has the city been doing?


    It's an unlikely setting for a revolution in care, but a former disused warehouse on the New Dock industrial estate close to the centre of Leeds is being seen as the future of support for the elderly.

    Over the course of this year, the warehouse has undergone a £2.1m refurbishment to make it into Leeds City Council's assisted-living hub.

    10:55: News on the hour Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    A six-year-old West Yorkshire boy is taking his fight for life-saving medication to Downing Street today.

    Sam Brown, from Otley, has the condition Morquio, which dramatically reduces his growth.

    Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

    10:42: Warning over 'police' bank scam Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Police are warning people in Bradford to protect their personal banking details after two people were victims of a card scam in the city.

    The victims were contacted via phone by fraudsters pretending to be from the police.

    One victim gave his PIN number and account details and subsequently had £1,200 taken from his account. Another gave his bank details and later his card to a man claiming to be from the police. A total of £300 was later withdrawn from his account.

    10:30: Bradford 'won't get sidetracked' Jake Katborg Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Bradford City defender Alan Sheehan insists the squad can ignore the FA Cup now and concentrate on their important upcoming league matches.

    City host Colchester on Saturday, followed by Port Vale and MK Dons, before they play their fifth round FA Cup match against Fulham or Sunderland.

    Sheehan says manager Phil Parkinson will ensure the players' minds don't wander adding: "He won't let anyone get carried away. We've got three or four big games coming up and we're not going to get sidetracked."

    10:19: Husband's joy over 'lost' voicemail

    A man who's been reunited with the only recording he had of his wife's voice after it was accidentally deleted says it's "wonderful" to be able to hear her speak again.

    Stan Beaton

    The answerphone message which Stan Beaton, from Mirfield, had kept for more than 10 years, was accidentally deleted in December by telephone engineers. The firm has now managed to reinstate the message and Stan says it's "marvellous" to hear Ruby's voice once more.

    "Nobody will know just how happy I am. I thought it was lost forever. It's made this old age pensioner extremely happy." Watch the moment Stan hears Ruby's voice again here.

    10:07: Focus on porn's impact on young Yorkshire Evening Post

    The dangerous impact that porn and sexual imagery can have on young people will be discussed at a hard-hitting workshop in Leeds.

    09:58: News on the hour Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Parents in West Yorkshire have been telling BBC Radio Leeds about their concerns over how schools have being spending money intended to help their adopted children.

    Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

    09:53: Heavy traffic warning

    BBC Travel reports there's slow traffic and heavier than usual congestion on the M621 eastbound between J2, A643 (Elland Road) and J4, Hunslet Distributor.

    Drivers are being warned to expect some delays in the area.

    09:42: Three rescued from house fire

    A woman and two children were rescued from a house fire in Leeds overnight.

    The fire broke out just after midnight in the kitchen of the property in Sissons Lane, Middleton.

    The woman and two youngsters, who were taken to safety from an upstairs bedroom, were taken to hospital for check-ups.

    09:30: Have your say Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

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    09:21: Bridgewater Place wind alert Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Roads around West Yorkshire's tallest building, Bridgewater Place in Leeds city centre, will be closed to all traffic from 09:00 until this afternoon.

    Bridgewater Place

    It's already closed to high-sided vehicles, with diversions in operation.

    Leeds City Council's taken the decision because of forecasts for strong winds as the day goes on.

    09:12: Axe hangs over council services Halifax Courier

    Vital services in Calderdale could be at risk due to a £2.6 million cut in the council's discretionary budget.

    09:02: Tears after lost recording recovered Johnny I'Anson Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    I've been speaking to a man who thought he'd forever lost a recording of his late wife's voice after an answerphone message he'd kept for more than a decade was accidentally deleted.

    Stan Beaton listens to recording

    Stan Beaton's wife Ruby died of cancer in May 2003 and he told me he often used to listen to her voicemail message when he felt low. So, when the message was deleted during technical work by Virgin Media in December last year, he said he was left "devastated and angry".

    However, thanks to hard work by 10 of the firm's engineers, I've now been able to reunite the Mirfield man with the recording. Watch the emotional moment he hears Ruby's voice again here.

    08:55: News on the hour Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Parents in West Yorkshire are calling on the government to make schools more accountable for they way they spend money intended to support adopted children.

    Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

    08:45: Yorkshire sign Australian pair BBC Sport

    Yorkshire have signed Australia internationals Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell for the 2015 county season.

    Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell

    Batsman Finch, 28, spent part of last season with the White Rose county and will return after his Indian Premier League commitments end in May.

    Finch will be available for all formats of the game, but all-rounder Maxwell, 26, who also has an IPL contract, will only feature in the T20 Blast.

    08:29: Snow warning for county BBC Weather

    A Met Office yellow "be aware" warning of snow for West Yorkshire today remains in place.

    Snow warning logo

    Accumulating snow, 3cm-8cm at low levels and over 10cm on higher ground, is expected from mid-afternoon and will be accompanied by strong and gusty winds, the warning suggests.

    "The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel," it adds.

    08:17: Heavy traffic warning

    BBC Travel reports there's very slow traffic and heavier than usual congestion on the A647 Stanningley byass westbound in Pudsey, between the B6155 junction and Dawsons Corner.

    08:09: A cloudy and rainy morning Kay Crewdson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll be an unsettled morning. Outbreaks of rain, locally heavy, will clear to leave a much brighter afternoon with sunny spells and isolated wintry showers.

    Weather forecast

    Temperatures will drop off through the day to about 4C (39F) by the end of the afternoon.

    It'll be very windy with a strong and gusty westerly wind and the risk of gales.

    08:00: Good morning Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

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