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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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."

Photographs depict life in Bradford during coronavirus

A gallery of 100 black and white pictures taken in Bradford during the coronavirus pandemic have gone online.

The pictures from the Bradford for Everyone project are anonymous and have no captions or explanations.

Zahra Niazi, who leads the council-funded scheme, said: "We asked people to send in their pictures showing what life is like at the moment.

"It has some more private moments, others show how people have grown closer to their family."

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Living through Covid-19
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Living through Covid-19
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Living through Covid-19
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Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

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A dry day with sunny spells, with cloud developing in the afternoon and a few thundery showers later.

Tonight there will be some patchy cloud with the occasional shower, but it will become dry with clear spells as the night progresses:

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Mobile Covid-19 testing units for Bradford

Drive-in and walk-in mobile testing units will be in place in Bradford this weekend to allow people showing symptoms of Covid-19 to be tested.

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The authority is advising people to make an appointment before they arrive at the units, which will be in place between 10:00 and 16:00 on Saturday and Sunday.

One of the testing units will be at the Richard Dunn Main Car Park, near the Bradford Bulls stadium, on Saturday.

The second will be in place at the Whetley Mill Car Park, off Thornton Road, on both Saturday and Sunday.

People attending the units are being asked to wear a face covering and to adhere to social distancing.

Bradford is one of the areas of northern England affected by new restrictions which ban separate households from meeting each other at home after a spike in Covid-19 cases.

Halifax MP thanks people observing new coronavirus rules

The MP for Halifax has thanked people in parts of West Yorkshire for observing new rules banning separate households from meeting each other at home, after a spike in Covid-19 cases.

Holly Lynch
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People in parts of northern England, including Calderdale, Bradford and Kirklees, are now not allowed to meet in homes or private gardens.

Individual households will still be able to go to pubs and restaurants, but not mix with another household.

The timing of the new restrictions, which were announced late last night, is expected to have a major impact on Eid celebrations.

Writing on social media, MP Holly Lynch said: "I know this is not how Muslims across Calderdale, Kirklees and Bradford had hoped to spend Eid al-Adha, but thank you for observing the new rules.

"Let's keep each other safe - best wishes for a safe, joyous and blessed day."

Bradford lockdown waste spike costs £50,000 extra per week

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A spike in the amount of waste being thrown out during the coronavirus lockdown is costing Bradford's taxpayers an extra £50,000 a week, the council has revealed.

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Figures show the amount of waste collected by Bradford Council has gone up by an average of 500 tonnes a week.

Meanwhile, contamination of recycling bins has risen to a record amount during lockdown – an "all-time high" of 40% of bins being contaminated by non-recyclable waste, the authority says.

Councils across the country have to pay a "landfill tax" – an extra charge imposed by the government for each tonne of waste sent to landfill rather than being recycled.

People are now being urged by Bradford Council to take items to charity shops or furniture recycling warehouses or to "post them on internet sites such as Freecycle or Gumtree".

"By re-using and recycling materials and equipment everyone can save money, reduce waste, help the environment and create a better place to live," the council says.

Watch: Your questions answered on new local lockdown

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New local lockdown restrictions have been introduced in some parts of West Yorkshire today.

The rules ban separate households in Calderdale, Kirklees and Bradford from meeting each other at home after a spike in Covid-19 cases.

We're answering any questions you might have with BBC Yorkshire's political editor James Vincent and virologist Professor Mark Harris:

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Local lockdown 'not postcode-based' - Bradford Council

People who pay council tax to specific councils are affected by the new local coronavirus lockdown rules, according to one West Yorkshire council.

A Covid-19 testing centre in Bradford
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Some social media users have expressed confusion over who is affected by new rules which were brought in overnight in Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees.

Following a spike in coronavirus cases in those areas, they will now be subject to extra rules.

Designed to slow the spread of the virus, separate households living in those areas have been banned from meeting each other indoors and in their gardens.

Bradford Council says the lockdown is not based on specific postcodes, but rather on who you pay your council tax to.

Lockdown: 'Spirit of Eid has gone, celebrations continue'

New "last-minute" coronavirus lockdown rules mean "the spirit of Eid has gone", a Muslim leader in Bradford has said.

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Bradford Council of Mosques President Zulfi Karim said Muslims were angry at the timing of the announcement - but he said it would not end Eid celebrations despite many having to cancel plans.

The restrictions ban separate households in parts of northern England from meeting each other at home.

The government said "immediate action" was needed due to a Covid-19 spike.

The festival of Eid-Ul-Adha began on Thursday night and finishes on Monday.

Mr Karim said: "Imagine it's Christmas and you get this bombshell? Coming together of friends and family is actually a major part of the day of Eid - it's a sharing of food and gifts and coming together."

"It's a disappointment because we've bought toys for our grandkids. Our nieces and nephews were due to travel up from Birmingham, but they won't be coming now. We've cancelled all plans."

He said the celebrations would continue even though plans had been "scuppered" for many Muslims.

City MP criticises 'chaotic' local lockdown announcement

The way the public was told about new local lockdown rules coming into force in West Yorkshire was "chaotic in the extreme", according to one Bradford MP.

Judith Cummins
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Last night, health secretary Matt Hancock tweeted to say that following a spike in coronavirus cases in Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees, those areas would be subject to extra rules.

Designed to slow the spread of the virus, separate households living in those areas from midnight have been banned from meeting each other indoors and in their gardens.

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Speaking to the BBC, the Labour MP for Bradford South Judith Cummins said the way people were told was "terrible and appalling".

She said: "I think it's very chaotic in the extreme. I've been out to visit one of my businesses this morning and they're confused.

"It's not the action sometimes, it's how it's communicated. If you're trying to get the public to buy in to a public health message, you need to communicate that effectively and properly with some some time for people to adjust, not a couple of hours.

"I think it's a terrible and appalling way to communicate. We're talking about people's livelihoods and people's lives. To do it with a couple of hours' notice is simply not good enough."

Breaking'Higher risk settings' reopenings postponed

As coronavirus infection rates begin to rise again in England, the government has postponed the reopening of "high risk settings" such as casinos and bowling alleys for a fortnight.

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At a press conference, Boris Johnson said the government needed to take "swift, decisive action", and would "squeeze the break pedal" on reopening society.

Changes to wedding celebrations will also be postponed, he added.

The PM says people in England would also be encouraged to wear face coverings in new settings - such as museums - from 8 August.

The prime minister said planned reopenings for 1 August will be postponed for a fortnight.

At a national press conference Boris Johnson said: "With those numbers creeping up, our assessment is that we should squeeze that brake pedal... in order to keep the virus under control.

"That means until August 15 at the earliest casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and the remaining close-contact services must remain closed.

"Indoor performances will not resume, pilots of larger gatherings in sports venues and conference centres will not take place, and wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted."

Boris Johnson said: "I know that the steps we are taking will be a real blow to many people, to everyone whose wedding plans have been disrupted or who cannot now celebrate Eid in the way that they would wish. And I'm really, really sorry about that but we cannot simply take the risk."

'Further clarity' needed on new lockdown - Halifax MP

There is a lack of clarity on the new local lockdown rules being imposed for West Yorkshire, according to one MP representing an affected area.

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Last night, health secretary Matt Hancock said that following a spike in coronavirus cases in Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees, those areas would be subject to extra rules.

Designed to slow the spread of the virus, separate households living in those areas have been banned from meeting each other indoors and in their gardens.

But Holly Lynch, Labour MP for Halifax has criticised the government's announcement saying there was a lack of clarity.

She said: "I am calling on government to provide more information and further clarity about these new changes as quickly as possible.

"People understand the seriousness of the situation, but there are some ambiguities and inconsistencies in this information."

From midnight, people living in the affected areas can't visit other homes or gardens, but can meet up with people in outside spaces like public parks, government guidelines say.

'Continue to be vigilant' - Imam on Eid under lockdown

A West Yorkshire Imam is urging people to "remain safe and vigilant" during Eid al-Adha celebrations, as new coronavirus measures come into force banning members of separate households meeting each other indoors in parts of West Yorkshire.

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The measures were introduced last night following a spike in coronavirus cases in parts of northern England, including Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees.

Usually during Eid, Muslims will go to special prayers at their local mosque and have a day of celebrations with family and friends.

But Leeds Imam Qari Asim says festivities at home are "just as effective as those in larger groups".

Mr Asim says: “I, along with Imams across the country, advise people to continue to be vigilant and respectful in their celebrations.

“There has been a sense of deflation and disappointment as restrictions have been placed on Hajj for the first time in such a manner, but we are not alone.

"Other faith communities have had to make sacrifices. We hope these spiritual sacrifices will enable us all to defeat Covid-19 together."

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

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A dry and hot day for most with plenty of sunshine.

Later in the afternoon, some patchy cloud will build up, with the small chance of some showers.

This evening cloud will thicken, with the possibility of further showers moving in:

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Parts of West Yorkshire included in home visits ban

Separate households have been banned from meeting each other indoors in parts of West Yorkshire following a spike in coronavirus cases.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the increase in transmission was "largely due" to people not observing social distancing.

The new local lockdown rules come nearly four weeks after restrictions were eased across England, allowing people to meet indoors for the first time since late March.

More than four million residents of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Greater Manchester, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale, will be affected by the tightening of restrictions.

Mr Hancock, who tweeted the announcement at 21:16 on Thursday, said: "From midnight tonight, people from different households will not be allowed to meet each other indoors in these areas."

The measures mean different households will not be allowed to meet in homes or private gardens. Individual households will still be able to go to pubs and restaurants but not mix with another household.

The government acknowledged the measures would "come as a blow" to Muslim communities preparing to celebrate Eid this weekend, although places of worship remain open subject to social distancing rules.