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Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

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A day of low cloud with patchy drizzle and sunny spells, feeling cooler than of late.

Some patchy mist and drizzle is possible this evening.

However, it will stay mostly dry with a moderate breeze:

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Appeal for help finding missing Shipley man

Have you seen Kieran O'Neill? He's gone missing from his home in Bradford and police are trying to find him.

Kieran O'Neill
West Yorkshire Police

Mr O'Neill, 24, was reported missing from Shipley on Saturday.

He's described by police as mixed race, with afro-style brown hair and he wears glasses.

When last seen, he was wearing blue jeans with suede shoes.

Anyone who has seen him, or knows of his whereabouts, is being asked to contact West Yorkshire Police.

Alhambra Christmas panto hit by coronavirus delay

Panto fans looking forward to seeing Billy Pearce in action at Bradford's Alhambra this Christmas will now have to wait until December 2021 to see the show after it was rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The decision to move the Sleeping Beauty panto, which was due to run in December and January, to Christmas 2021 has been taken with "great sadness", according to Bradford Theatres.

However, the show has been rescheduled "due to government advice on Covid-19 and to protect the health and wellbeing of our audiences, cast and crew", Bradford Theatres adds.

The show was due to run at the Alhambra between 12 December 2020 and 24 January 2021, but will now be performed between 11 December 2021 and 16 January 2022.

Adam Renton, Bradford Theatres general manager, said: "I know the region’s audiences have huge affection for the Alhambra Theatre’s festive production and our decision to postpone Sleeping Beauty will undoubtedly be a great disappointment to everyone, as it is to me.

"The decision has been a very difficult one and was not taken lightly. I have had lengthy conversations with Qdos Entertainment, who produce our annual pantomime, and we have looked at it very carefully from so many different angles."

However, Bradford Theatres was left with "no choice" but to postpone the show, Mr Renton added.

Ticketholders will automatically be issued with a new performance date for the Christmas 2021 pantomime run, according to Bradford Theatres.

Boy, 7, dies after being hit by car in Bradford

A seven-year-old boy has died after being hit by a car in Bradford last night.

Junction of Manchester Rd and St Stephen's Road
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Emergency services were called at about 22:00 to the scene of the crash involving the boy, who was on foot, and a Black Toyota Auris Estate at the junction of Manchester Road and St Stephen's Road.

The boy was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary where he later died as a result of his injuries.

The driver of the Toyota, a 29-year-old man from Bradford, remained at the scene and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, according to West Yorkshire Police.

Anyone who saw what happened, or the car prior to the incident, is being urged to contact police.

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Any low cloud and mist will burn back to the coast this morning leaving a dry, hot and humid day, with hazy sunshine and the risk of thunderstorms later.

This evening any thunderstorms will fade leaving a dry and cloudy night:

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Man 'critical' after being found injured in Bradford

A man's seriously ill in hospital after being found injured in a Bradford street.

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The man, believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s, was found opposite the JCT600 garage in Sticker Lane at about 22:55 on Friday.

Police say he was taken to hospital where his condition is now "critical".

Det Ch Insp Sharron Kaye, said: “At about 21:50 on Friday police received reports of a topless man in jogging bottoms walking in and out of traffic in Sticker Lane.

“Our inquiries suggest he was in Parsonage Road and Westbury Street at about 21:30, so we are keen to speak to anyone who might have seen him at that time.”

Cyclist, 11, 'seriously injured' in Bradford collision

An 11-year-old cyclist is in hospital with "serious injuries" after colliding with a van in Bradford last night.

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The male rider and a black Toyota Hiace collided at the junction of Hawes Avenue and Hawes Road about 20:55 last night, according to police.

The boy received urgent medical treatment and was taken to hospital where he remains, officers say.

Two children who were on bicycles at the scene when the collision happened are being asked to contact police.

Officers also want anyone else with information about the incident to come forward.

Coronavirus: 'No changes' in West Yorkshire restrictions

Communities hit by coronavirus restrictions in West Yorkshire will see no changes to the rules that were imposed last week, it's been announced.

A man wearing a mask in Bradford
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About a million people living in Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees were put under extended restrictions last week, including the banning of meeting other households in their homes and gardens.

It was being done following a spike in Covid-19 cases.

The rules impacted people in Greater Manchester, east Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the current rules on gatherings will remain in place for the affected areas.

He said while it had been difficult for people, there doesn't seem to be a decrease in cases.

He said: "Unfortunately the data does not yet show a decrease in the transmission of this terrible virus. It means we must keep the current restrictions in place to allow more time for the impact of this ban on indoor gatherings to be felt, and make sure local residents and their loved ones are protected.

"We are constantly examining the data on the prevalence of the virus in these areas, and we will review the measures again next week.

"As we continue to see rising rates of the virus across Europe, it is vital we take every precaution to protect our country. I urge everyone in these areas to follow the rules, get yourself a free test as soon as you get any symptoms, and isolate if NHS Test and Trace tells you to."

Jet2 suspends flights to Spanish islands

Flights from Leeds-based airline Jet2 to Spanish islands popular with UK holidaymakers will remain suspended for a further week because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The airline said it was halting flights following the government's advice regarding travelling to the Balearic and Canary Islands from the UK.

The government advises against all non-essential travel to Spain to including the Balearic and Canary Islands following a rise in coronavirus cases.

Jet2 said the "blanket ban approach" from the government had caused uncertainty for holidaymakers.

It had previously asked some customers to end their package holidays early with flights being suspended up to and including 9 August.

Flights to the Balearic and Canary Islands will now remain suspended up to and including 15 August.

This follows a decision to suspend all holidays and flights to destinations in mainland Spain - Costa de Almeria, Alicante, Malaga and Murcia - up to and including 16 August.

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Bradford to start local test and trace scheme

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Bradford will be setting up its own test and trace programme in a bid to “break the chain of transmission” in the district.

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Bradford Council made the annoucement today, saying the national track and trace programme “can only do so much” and that some in the district could not be contacted by the national programme.

The first tracing teams could be in place in the next couple of weeks.

The city is the latest area to announce it is running its own system, having been among the worst areas in the country for infection rates for over a week.

NeighbouringCalderdale announced their plansfor a system earlier this week.

Restrictions were reintroducedinto parts of West Yorkshire, including Bradford, Greater Manchester and east Lancashire on 31 July after a spike in Covid-19 cases.

Director of Public Health in Bradford Sarah Muckle said: “The virus has not gone away and Bradford is one of the places placed on high alert because of the high number of cases we have.

“We know that the key to controlling COVID-19 is breaking the chain of transmission and that the best way to do that is to understand who has the virus and who they might have passed it to.

“Once we know that, we can ask those people to take themselves out of circulation so the virus has nowhere left go."

Concern for man missing from Bradford for 10 weeks

Police are urging anyone who can help find a man missing from Bradford for 10 weeks to get in touch.

Ismail Ali
West Yorkshire Police

Ismail Ali (pictured), 46, was last seen in Gulams food shop in Cumberland Road on 29 May.

He's described as a slim Asian male, with short black hair and a full beard. He was last seen wearing a red hooded top, black trousers and dark footwear.

It's thought Ismail has links to the Dewsbury and Batley areas, as well as links to Blackburn.

Officers say they are "very concerned" for his welfare and are urging the public to get in touch if they have any further information.

Extra police on streets after Bradford shooting incident

Extra police officers have been drafted into an area of Bradford after a shooting incident in the early hours of Thursday morning.

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It happened at about 01:20 outside a property on Norman Lane, Eccleshill.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: "Damage was caused to a door of a house and a car outside which are consistent with gunshots.

"No-one was injured as a result of the incident."

Det Ch Insp Andy Farrell said: “We have specialist officers from West Yorkshire Firearms Prevent Team investigating this incident.

“We believe this is an isolated incident and there’s no threat to the community, but have deployed high visibility patrols in the area for reassurance.”

Anyone who knows anything about the shooting is being urged to contact police.

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A largely cloudy morning with the chance of an occasional shower.

The cloud will disperse throughout the day allowing very warm sunny spells.

Tonight it will remain dry and clear with light winds:

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Mosque closes after positive coronavirus tests

A Bradford mosque has closed after two people who attend it reportedly tested positive for Covid-19.

Jamia Masjid Tabligh-Ul-Islam mosque on Toller Lane
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Jamia Masjid Tabligh-Ul-Islam on Toller Lane decided to shut its doors after learning of the cases today.

Bradford’s Director of Public Health, Sarah Muckle, said: “Both people who have reportedly tested positive for the virus are currently self-isolating at home to prevent the spread of infection.“As soon as the mosque was made aware of these reported cases today, it took proactive action by closing and sealing off the premises. We would like to thank the mosque management for this prompt action."

She urged anyone who had visited the mosque in the past two weeks and was displaying coronavirus symptoms to self-isolate at home and take a test.

Jamia Masjid Tabligh-Ul-Islam mosque on Toller Lane
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Zulfi Karim, President of Bradford Council for Mosques, said: “Since our phased re-opening, all 120 mosques and Islamic institutions across Bradford have launched a raft of infection prevention measures to maintain a safe and welcoming environment. These have included social distancing in all areas, comprehensive cleaning, one-way systems, and hand sanitisation stations.“This mosque will remain closed temporarily, with all services suspended, as a precautionary measure. We are supporting the mosque to ensure that when it can reopen, it does so as safely as possible.”

Bradford and Leeds men in court after modern slavery arrests

Three men have appeared in court charged with modern slavery and drug offences.

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Hazrat Shah, Andrew Fox and Jason Gladding are accused of exploiting a teenager and a vulnerable adult and supplying Class A drugs.

They were arrested in raids in Grimsby, Leeds and Bradford on Tuesday.

The trio were remanded in custody by Grimsby Magistrates' Court (pictured above) and will appear before the town's crown court on 7 September.

Mr Shah, 32, of Chatham Street, Bradford and Mr Fox, 34, of Kingsway Garth, Leeds, are both charged with forcing a teenager and a vulnerable adult into compulsory labour, conspiracy to supply cocaine, conspiracy to supply heroin and facilitating the travel of a teenager, with the view to him being exploited.

Mr Gladding, 30 of Frederick Street, Grimsby, is charged with forcing a teenager and a vulnerable adult into compulsory labour, conspiracy to supply cocaine, conspiracy to supply heroin.

Humberside Police said a 25-year-old woman and 28-year-old man, both from Bradford, arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine and offences under the modern day slavery act, had been released on conditional bail while inquiries continue.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A misty and muggy start today, becoming largely dry and warm, with areas of cloud around.

The cloud will disperse in the afternoon to allow for some sunny spells.

Tonight will be mostly dry and mild with large areas of cloud and light southerly winds:

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Cinema chain announces reopening date

A cinema chain with sites in Bradford and Sheffield is to reopen its doors later this month - almost five months since it was forced to close because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sheffield Light Cinema
Light Cinemas

Contactless card payments, food delivery to seats and amended seating plans are being brought in to keep customers and staff safe, Light Cinemas said.

Staff will receive extra training about the new coronavirus rules ahead of their opening on Friday, 21 August, the company added.

Many films have seen their release pushed back because of the pandemic, including the new Avatar and Star Wars films.

Christopher Nolan's Tenet is due to be one of the first screenings at the end of August having already been delayed by more than a month.

Fines brought in to enforce new coronavirus rules

New rules making it illegal for people from different households to meet in a private home or garden have come in to force in parts of West Yorkshire.

Coronavirus testing centre, Bradford
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Fines ranging from £100 up to £3,200 can now be issued to anyone caught breaking the regulations.

The new restrictions were announced late on Thursday night following a spike in cases of Covid-19 in Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees as well as in Greater Manchester and east Lancashire

What is the law from 5 August?

Restrictions:

  • No gatherings in private dwellings of two or more people within the protected area
  • Someone living in the protected area cannot meet anyone else inside a private dwelling outside the area
  • Both of these apply only if the people are from different households or protective bubbles

Exemptions:

  • Attending someone giving birth, at their request
  • Visiting if they "reasonably believe" someone is dying as long as they are a close family member or a close friend (or anyone if the dying person has no close family or friends)
  • Fulfilling legal obligations
  • Necessary for work, volunteering, education, registered childcare
  • Providing emergency assistance or avoiding injury
  • Moving house
  • Continue access to children with separated parents

A dwelling does not include hotels, hostels, care homes and children's homes.

Details of new West Yorkshire restrictions published

Kevin Larkin

Political reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

The new restrictions in Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale have now been given legal power thanks to new documents published today.

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The new laws, which come in to force from Wednesday, allow West Yorkshire Police to issue £100 fines to people who break the rules which were brought in last week.

The fines also double each time someone breaks the rules up to a huge £3,200.

Details are also out of some of the exemptions.

These range from matters of life and death - allowing midwives to enter homes to help with births and also allowing family and friends to say goodbye to dying relatives - to the more unusual - for example Olympic and Paralympic athletes in the areas can still train with a coach.

We also know now that a houseboat counts as a house for the purposes of the rules.

Although concerns still remain about how likely it is that West Yorkshire Police will be able to enforce the rules in practice.

They have until the law is reviewed by the 19 August to try and work it out.

'Gang' targeted in child slavery crackdown

Five people have been arrested on suspicion of being part of a gang which forced children to sell drugs in Grimsby.

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Humberside Police say three men and a woman aged between 25 and 34-years-old were arrested following raids in Grimsby, Leeds and Bradford while a fourth man, aged 32, handed himself in to police in Bradford

All five people were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin and an offence under the modern day slavery act.

Det Ch Insp Phil Booker said: "Today’s action is the result of a long-term investigation led by Humberside Police into the supply of Class A drugs in Grimsby and the exploitation of children.

“Thanks to the work of Humberside team, working alongside colleagues in the Regional Organised Crime Unit, five people are now in custody and we’re continuing to question them about their potential involvement in not only bringing heroin and crack cocaine into our area but also about forcing children into dealing drugs for them.

“This is a form of modern day slavery and it’s not something that we are prepared to tolerate in this area."

Origami angels raise more than £130,000

Thousands of paper angels have taken flight above the nave of Ripon Cathedral where they will flutter above worshippers throughout August and September.

Origami angels
Ripon Cathedral

About 10,000 of the origami creations were handmade by more than 100 volunteers during the coronavirus lockdown and feature prayers offered to loved ones and key workers.

The project has so far raised over £130,000, which will be split between the cathedral and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Angels above the nave
Ripon Cathedral

The cathedral's Canon Michael Gisbourne told BBC Radio York's Georgey Spanswick the angels cover the whole length and width of the nave - you can hear the interview by clicking this link.

Government to invest £115m in Covid-19 recovery projects

The Government has announced more than 50 projects across Yorkshire will share £115m to build homes, infrastructure and create jobs as part of the region's economic recovery from coronavirus.

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The successful projects will receive a portion of the £900 million Getting Building Fund which was announced by the Prime Minister in June.

Among the projects to benefit are upgrades to cycling infrastructure in East Yorkshire, improvements to Barnsley town centre, the redevelopment of the George Hotel in Huddersfield and improving older terraced homes in the Holbeck area of Leeds.

Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis, which secured more than £33m, said: "This investment will strengthen our digital infrastructure, improve learning spaces within our schools and colleges, support businesses and create new walking and cycling infrastructure.

"It will help our effort to make South Yorkshire stronger, greener and fairer as we build back from COVID."

Leader of Leeds City Council Judith Blake, which was awarded £18m, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding as it will allow us to press ahead with three shovel-ready schemes in Leeds.

"These are all projects that will help reduce our city’s carbon impact and help the economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic."