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  • Drugs need led to theft from brother

    OTLEY man Andrew Oliver stole from his family to feed a drug habit, a court heard. Twenty-year-old Oliver, of Caxton Road, admitted stealing a cheque and forging his brother's signature for cash to pay off drug debts. Pudsey Magistrates Court was told

  • Menston pupils are a class act on TV

    A CROP of youthful stars is blossoming at St Mary's School at Menston. Several pupils from the school have already established themselves with a variety of television and theatre roles. And whether performing for YTV soap Emmerdale or travelling to Lapland

  • Village school's young boffins lead the way

    BURLEY Middle School is home to the district's top young science boffins - and that's a fact! The Government's school league tables for Science show 100 per cent of pupils hitting the level four target aged 11. Head teacher Angus MacIntosh is delighted

  • Warehouse plan upsets Pool villagers

    A WAREHOUSE plan for offices in Pool-in-Wharfedale will make traffic problems worse, say residents. Pool Parish Council has sanctioned a planning application to extend the Arthington Lane office site for storage and distribution. Councillors have admitted

  • Curfew fears expressed

    Government proposals which would allow Bradford council to impose curfews on the under tens have been criticised by a leading Keighley community official. Racial Equality Officer Zafar Ali says curfews could create more problems than they solve. His comments

  • Anger over Cable work

    Residents on a main road in Oakworth say work done by cable contractors has been a disaster. Christine Hall says her garden wall has been left damaged, water pours into her garden, and the road surface is an 'absolute disgrace'. Mrs Hall's 'nightmare'

  • Correena heading for Mexico

    Money is still pouring in to help get Keighley cancer-sufferer Correena Done to Mexico for the treatment she desperately needs. Correena, 36, has been told by doctors that there is nothing more they can do for her and her only chance of life now lies

  • Plea for train memories

    Railway buff Alan Whitaker hopes Keighley News readers will put him on the right track. The writer and former journalist is charting the history of the line which once linked the town with Halifax in a new book. He will follow in the footsteps of his

  • Lovestruck Blind Dater seeks Skipton's Mr Right

    THE Herald is playing cupid for a bubbly Blind-Dater wanting a rendezvous with the Craven man who rejected her on the matchmaking TV show. Vivacious Krysia Reidy watched along with the rest of the country as Threshfield's David Smith appeared alone on

  • Sporting all-rounder dies

    Veteran Keighley sportsman Allan Betts - pictured right in his youth - died suddenly at the weekend aged 78. Mr Betts, of Coronation Way, Keigh-ley, was found dead at his home on Sunday after suffering a heart-attack. Only two days earlier he had taken

  • Death of theatre stalwart

    ILKLEY thespian John Mogridge has died at the age of 58. He performed with the Ilkley and Skipton Amateur Operatic Societies from 1969 to 1991. His brother, Geoffrey, said: "John was blessed with a rich bass-baritone voice and a handsome stage presence

  • Cougars ready for Challenge 98

    HUNDREDS of schoolchildren from throughout the Keighley district and Lancashire have been invited to Cougar Park for their 'Opening Day' clash with Saddleworth. Club skipper, Jason Ramshaw, has visited dozens of schools throughout the area with free tickets

  • Domestic violence victims encouraged to seek help

    PC JANET Moss went for a two week secondment on a domestic violence and child protection unit and stayed for six months. The 29-year-old officer is now heading a 12-month pilot scheme which will help and encourage women suffering from domestic violence

  • Mother's fight against drugs

    WHEN Linda Smith's son died he was just 22 - a victim of the drug heroin. Graham had been introduced to the drug by a friend while at a party in December 1995 and had very quickly come to realise it was controlling his life. He had already gone through

  • Dear reader

    On the front page we reveal the winners of this years Taywood Homes - Keighley News young sports personalities of the year competition. The lads were chosen by the panel of judges, including myself, because of the special qualities they have shown in

  • Hotel extension approved

    A £1 million expansion of Haworth's Three Sisters Hotel will give Keighley's tourist industry the kick start it needs. Coach operators are queueing up to book their holidaymakers in at the 45-bedroom extension to the Brow Road hotel, which was given the

  • Darren's double delight

    TWO tries each from Claire Cartwright and Laura Ackroyd gave the Cats a vital 28-18 victory over York. The resurgent York team were unrecognisable from the one that suffered a 78-point drubbing at Cougar Park earlier in the season. Despite taking an early

  • Cool runner's golden goal

    LEE WHITAKER grabbed a golden goal to snatch victory from league leaders Salts. Whitaker challenged the keeper and controlled the ball as he was surrounded by three Salts defenders. He kept his cool under pressure and drove the ball home. Earlier Revis

  • Junior soccer

    Silsden Under-15's reached the semi-final of the Craven League Cup with a 5-3 victory over Sandy Lane. Goals from Adam Whiteoak (2), Steve Gott (2) and Usman Shazad gave Silsden the edge. Gott was man of the match were good performances from Andrew Strickland

  • Wharfedale Sunday League

    Royal FC took the scalp of First Division leaders Baildon New Inn to take their place in the quarter-finals of the Cookson Cup. Royal have a great chance on three fronts now with a lead at the top of division two, a place in the semi's of the league cup

  • Headteachers hit out at league tables

    DESPAIRING primary school headteachers around Craven have branded the Government's "league tables" unfair. The controversial tables show how 11-year-olds perform in English, maths and science. Scores are given for the percentage of children who achieve

  • Pair team up in store battle

    SUPERMARKET chain Booths and Settle landowner Stan Jordan have teamed up to submit a foodstore plan for the town which they hope provides a compromise which all sides will find satisfactory. The latest scheme, submitted to Craven District Council on Monday

  • Teenager jailed for robbery

    A young mum collapsed in tears when a judge jailed her for three months at Bradford Crown Court. Alexia Heckles, who gave birth to a son two months ago, was sent to a young offenders' institution after pleading guilty to robbery and intimidating a witness

  • Ilkley Moor setting for novelist

    NOVELIST Alison Joseph has chosen Ilkley's picturesque moor as one of the settings for her latest work. A Dark and Sinful Death is her latest mystery about Sister Agnes - the nun turned detective - who moves from London to an Ilkley convent school and

  • Few positive points in damning report

    THE report on the investigation into Craven District Councils slack handling of grants paid to householders to renovate their property makes grim reading for tax payers. It speaks of poor standards, inadequate management procedures and inadequate protection

  • Housing proposals too late claim

    Campaigners against housing development in Keighley have mixed feelings about deputy prime minister John Prescott's announcement that he favours new housing on urban sites. They are also asking Bradford council planners if - in light of Mr Prescott's

  • Top award for museum

    Keighley's Vintage Carriages Trust (VCT) has scooped a historic railway award for the second time in a decade. The Ingrow-based charity is joint winner of one of the country's top awards for small railway societies and museums. Curator Jackie Cope collected

  • County call-up

    Thirteen-year-old James Bardgett has been selected to represent Yorkshire Schools at rugby league. James, fromRiddlesden, is a pupil at Rishworth School, Crossflatts and plays with the Cougar Cubs club. He has already represented West Yorkshire Schools

  • Ilkley let things slip

    Ilkley 0 Thirsk 0 ILKLEY AFC should have bagged all three points from this game against Thirsk. But again poor finishing and three goal line clearances denied the Ilkley win. For the first time this season the Ilkley manager had a full strength squad

  • Time for the bowlers to bow out

    THE governor of the Maze prison in Northern Ireland, Martin Mogg, was last week pilloried for admitting he had been somewhat naive about security in the jail. We discovered that Loyalist (I dislike that word in the context of the Northern Ireland troubles

  • Guiseley goalkeeper asks for transfer

    GUISELEY AFC goalkeeper Steve Dickinson has asked to be put on the transfer list at his own request. It is understood that the 'keeper -regarded as one of the best in non-league football - is hoping to be picked up by a Football League club. He started

  • Hunter hits a high

    THE faith two local businessmen had in the snooker talent of Paul Hunter when he was a mere rookie taking time out from school to practice paid off at the weekend when the 19 year-old was a surprise winner of the Regal Welsh Open in Newport. The Moortown-based

  • Cross country girls on song

    BRONTE SCHOOL'S girls team raced to victory in the Bradford Schools Cross Country Championships. Racing against many older athletes Helen Glover led the team home in fifth place followed by Srah Nicholson in 13th, Sarah Milner (19th), and Lisa Hollins

  • True grit gives Keighley the edge

    Keighley had to draw on all their resources of grit, determination and skill to snatch victory against a strong Darlington side with a late try by wingman Warren Knowles. It was always a tense and close run encounter with an ambitious club which has recruited

  • Albion hands out swift lesson

    Keighley Albion produced a superb team effort to register their second league win of the season. Defence proved to be the main ingredient as the Keighley side tackled the bigger Huddersfield outfit out of the game. Albion have not had much luck this season

  • Golfers' glory in the sun

    A four-man Keighley Golf Club team overcame a poor start to finish second out of 18 teams in the Yorkshire PGA Overseas Pro-Am tournament in Portugal last week. The team of Russell Newton, Malcolm Mawson, Cameron Dawson and club professional Mike Bradley

  • Junior rugby union

    Keighley Colts went down to a late converted try after holding a lead over Otley for most of the second half. First half touchdowns by S Mitchell and M Watson for Keighley made for a lively contest. Keighley's pack was well led by skipper Alex Artist

  • Time for the bowlers to bow out

    THE governor of the Maze prison in Northern Ireland, Martin Mogg, was last week pilloried for admitting he had been somewhat naive about security in the jail. We discovered that Loyalist (I dislike that word in the context of the Northern Ireland troubles

  • Young sports stars aim high

    Young sports personalities of the year hope the award will catapult them to international success. Cricketer Gharib Razak and triathlete Richard Moyle celebrated jointly winning our Taywood Homes-sponsored award with the news that they are being touted

  • Youth project needs help

    AN Ilkley youth project is urgently appealing for a retired bank manager or accountant to take over as its new treasurer. The Ilkley Youth Club, housed in The Warehouse, Little Lane, needs a treasurer to complete its committee so a ground floor room building

  • Mother's fight against drugs

    WHEN Linda Smith's son died he was just 22 - a victim of the drug heroin. Graham had been introduced to the drug by a friend while at a party in December 1995 and had very quickly come to realise it was controlling his life. He had already gone through

  • Firm celebrates 30 years

    Keighley firm Brian O'Hara Removals is celebrating 30 years of successful trade in the town. The company was launched in Redcliffe Street in February 1968 by Brian O'Hara, as a one-man business with one pantechnicon. Brian retired nearly four years ago

  • Miniature horse born

    Haworth couple Marilyn and Tony Connor are hoping the latest addition to their family of animals may be a record breaker. A foal born to their toy horse Princess Peppy is just 16 inches to the withers and its aunt is the smallest horse in the world. Princess

  • Skipton estate ponders independence

    THE determined tenants of the Greatwood and Horse Close estate in Skipton are aiming to make 1998 the year they take charge of their future. By summer the Tenant Management Organisation (TMO) committee will know whether or not residents want certain responsibilities

  • Ram-raiders strike

    Ram-raiders struck at three Keighley businesses in minutes on Wednesday morning. They smashed into TJ Tyres in Worth Way around 5.45am, taking £4,000-worth of tools and causing over £2,000-worth of damage to the garage's doors. The gang - who used a car

  • Conman's theft from 92 year-old woman

    A 92-year-old Pool-in-Wharfedale woman had £140 stolen from her home in what a police chief described as a 'nasty theft.' A man in his late 40s called at the woman's home at Wharfedale Court, and told her he was selling goods for the disabled. The woman

  • Town's folk asked to help young

    OTLEY could help itself and its young people if more folk were willing to take an interest in the town's youth, says an Otley man. For the last three years, John Lyon, 57, has been using the Wharfeside Cafe, known as Dunny's, as a meeting place for young

  • Happy and secure school

    ST MARY'S Roman Catholic Primary School at Horsforth, is described as 'a happy and secure school with many strengths,' including 'exemplary' behaviour by pupils in an OFSTED report. Inspectors from the Office for Standards in Education recently visited

  • Mystery surrounds vanishing circle

    A historic moorland stone circle has vanished. Walkers and local residents are unable to find the Bradup circle - dubbed 'Riddlesden's Stonehenge' - which used to be a few yards off Ilkley Road on Rombalds Moor. Hilary Simpson, who lives near the bronze

  • College sell off

    ILKLEY College campus could be transformed into a conference centre, a health farm, a residential home or a clinic if the Bradford college bosses are successful at selling it off. The 15 acre site, which contains the Grade II listed main building, has

  • Health chief hits back in row over merger

    A 'LACK of co-operation' row has broken out between the Airedale NHS Trust boss and the district health watchdog over the suggested merger of health service Trusts in the Bradford district. In a New Year message, the chairman of the Airedale Community

  • Soccer sessions ease crime rate

    Few football teams can say they've never had a player sent off. But the Keighley Sky Blues can proudly say they've never had a caution in five years of footballing. What is more, the team is made up of probationers, reformed offenders and young people

  • Novelist thanks Keighley

    Murder, mystery and madness surround a Keighley mill in novelist Alison Joseph's latest book. The fictional mill in Joseph's novel 'A Dark and Sinful Death' is situated between Keighley and Ilkley and is based on Keighley's old wool spinning mills. Set

  • Rugby Union

    National Division One: Wharfedale 30, Lydney 5. The Dalesmen produced a barnstorming display at Threshfield to inflict the heaviest defeat of the season on a gallant Lydney side whose lowly league position belies a mean streak which has seen them lose

  • Addingham netball success

    Addingham Middle School's netball team is enjoying a successful time. They are Wharfedale Schools' Under-12 champions having won the tournament staged at Guiseley on Saturday. They beat Ilkley 4-3, Guiseley 4-1, Burley 5-0 and Menston St Mary's 6-3. In

  • Back to the Dark Ages

    THERE was a puff of wind over Tup Fell the other day and a great silence fell over the Dale. There's been nowt like it since the good old days of the 1970s, when Ted Heath took on the miners and lost. TV screens went blank. The lights went out. The jungle

  • Campaigners stave off rural ruin

    LOOKING around the Dales, it's a strange fact that most of the work of conservationists remains hidden.Where little has changed, and that change is for the better, then there they have succeeded. But how much worse would our Dales landscape be today had

  • christy heads for Romania

    Romania-bound Christy Hodgson is appealing to Keighley businesses to help the country's orphans. The 23-year-old graduate from Cowling heads for the impoverished former communist state for her second spell in a children's home next month. But before setting

  • Addingham Gala under threat

    ADDINGHAM'S gala is under threat this year as an urgent search is on for a new chairman to organise the summer event. Colin Whitaker master-minded the annual day of festivities for the past five years but has now resigned because of the demands of his

  • Craven Football League: Embsay beat premier leaders

    Only one match failed to take place on Saturday - Wharfedale Gate being unable to raise a team against West Bradford in Division Two - and the clash of the day was in the Skipton Building Society Premier Division where leaders Oxenhope entertained Embsay

  • Plain speaking John Kain

    ALL the talking and hard work behind the scenes is over at last - and now we can put it all to work on the field. Above all I'm looking forward to seeing a match get underway and hearing a good old Cougar Roar. It seems an awful long time since our last

  • Ilkley's poor away form

    Castleford 32 Ilkley 3 ILKLEY'S poor away form continued as promotion chasing Castleford recorded a comprehensive victory. As with a lot of games Ilkley started well and took the game to their opponents. Two rolling mauls near their line almost produced

  • Junior rugby league

    Cougar Cubs Under-16's pulled off an impressive 34-14 victory over Royds despite having a number of regular players absent. Leigh Rooke powered over the line for an excellent opening try. The Keighley side showed good handling skills in an end to end

  • Craven League Soccer

    At last a full programme of matches on drying grounds out brought football back to a reasonable level. Top match in The Skipton Building Society Premier Division was at Oxenhope where the home side, cruelly hit by injuries, faced fellow title hopefuls

  • Girls ready for league action

    SILSDEN LADIES continued their preparations for joining a league with a well-deserved 4-3 victory over Skipton at Gargrave. Silsden gave debuts to eight new players and were 3-1 down at half time, but fought back to record their first win over Skipton

  • Keighley Alliance League

    CRAVEN ATHLETIC are flying the Alliance League flag after reaching the fifth round of the West Riding FA Sunday Cup. Last week they beat Queensbury Res 3-1 and on Sunday they take on Miners Welfare, from Castleford, at South Craven School. Jimmy McCormack

  • Heads cool response to league tables

    Village schools are top the class in the latest league tables of pupils' performance. All south Craven's, plus Steeton and Silsden's primary schools and middle schools in Haworth and Cullingworth meet the grade in the government's annual test of 11-year-olds

  • Karen's top-secret Korean mission

    A successful top-secret mission to 'smuggle' a team to the Winter Olympics was led by a Keighley woman, we can reveal. Karen Parr, 30, who is on the organising committee of the games, was chosen for the hush-hush task of getting the North Korean team

  • Governors speak out

    ILKLEY'S school governors have spoken collectively for the first time about their doubts over Bradford Council's education review. The Ilkley Pyramid of Schools consists of 10 schools in Ilkley, Addingham and Burley-in-Wharfedale. Governors and head teachers

  • Fell racing: Victoria puts in superb performance

    World junior fell racing champion Victoria Wilkinson headed another superb week for Craven's leading teenage athletes in high quality events, writes Roger Ingham. Representing Great Britain's Under 23 team in the International Athletics Federation's World

  • Stars head for hall of fame

    THREE local sporting stars have been nominated for top awards in the Yorkshire Electricity Sports Awards. Trials rider Dougie Lampkin has been shortlisted for two of the top awards, Sports Personality of the Year and for Top Male Achiever. Last year he

  • Craven across the years

    100 years ago: The Skipton Temperance Society held a public meeting to advocate the closure of public houses on a Sunday. The chairman told the gathering that the curse of drink was destroying the morality of hundreds and thousands of their fellow citizens

  • Opinion

    The news that Keighley Cougars have come out of administration is just the boost the club needed for the start of the season. It follows the courageous decision by businessman Himanshu 'Hami' Patel to take over the club. A powerful team of advisers to

  • Domestic violence victims encouraged to seek help

    PC JANET Moss went for a two week secondment on a domestic violence and child protection unit and stayed for six months. The 29-year-old officer is now heading a 12-month pilot scheme which will help and encourage women suffering from domestic violence

  • Praise for heroes who worked for Cougars future

    The news that Keighley Cougars have come out of administration is just the boost the club needed for the start of the season. It follows the courageous decision by businessman Himanshu Hami Patel to take over the club. A powerful team of advisers to Mr

  • Precept set with humour

    OTLEY town councillors gathered this week to set the new annual charge for the residents of the town. Traditionally, one of the longest and most bad-tempered meetings of the year, Mondays budget meeting was by contrast swift and good humoured. After the

  • Family escapes house blaze

    A MOTHER who was alerted to a fire in the kitchen by her eight-year-old son was counting her blessings this week. Beverley Pullan, of Duke Street, Skipton, was in the bedroom looking after her one-year-old daughter, Emily, at about 9.30pm on Wednesday

  • Shelters become heritage park

    The air-raid shelters found under Keighley's Victoria Park are to be preserved for future generations. The site is to be sealed as a 'time capsule' of life in the town 60 years ago to allow historians to re-visit the shelter in its original state. The

  • Stuntman ends up in court

    A STUNTMAN'S dive through an Ilkley restaurant window could have ended his lucrative film career, magistrates heard yesterday. Lyndon Helliwell's dramatic exit from Brown's restaurant in The Grove, Ilkley, following an argument with his ex-fiancee, had

  • Pub landlord faces conspiracy charge

    THE landlord of a Barnoldswick pub is among five people facing serious charges following an incident at the licensed premises in the early hours of Saturday. At least three local people were left with serious injuries following the incident, which happened

  • Ilkley MP tackles Minister

    ILKLEY MP Ann Cryer has tackled environment minister Michael Meacher about the impact of the Bradford UDP on the rural community. Mrs Cryer said new housing would be a dormitory for commuters working in Bradford and Leeds resulting in increased road congestion

  • Precept set with humour

    OTLEY town councillors gathered this week to set the new annual charge for the residents of the town. Traditionally, one of the longest and most bad-tempered meetings of the year, Mondays budget meeting was by contrast swift and good humoured. After the

  • West Park in last eight of NPI Cup

    Oakham 13 West Park Bramhope 21 THE progress of West Park into the last eight of the NPI Cup continues after the long haul to Oakham last Saturday. They now look forward to one of the biggest days in the club's history when they play West Park St Helens

  • Otley crushed by rampant Leeds

    LEEDS 62 OTLEY 10 THIS was simply another match Leeds were expected to win. And win they did in a quite confident manner by six goals, four tries to two tries at the superb Headingley Stadium on Saturday. To say Otley, who were depleted and have no real

  • Letters to the editor

    SIR - I was somewhat perturbed to read that Kettlewell is a "village divided on low cost homes" (Craven Herald, January 23). This gives the impression of a community unpleasantly split down the middle. As chairman of the parish council, I feel the situation

  • Readers' Letters

    SIR - My husband has suggested two alternative uses for the newly discovered air raid shelter in Victoria Park. 1. Furbish it with hot air and offer its facilities to Barry Thorne where he and his fellow Bradford Conspirators could hold clandestine meetings

  • Back to the Dark Ages

    THERE was a puff of wind over Tup Fell the other day and a great silence fell over the Dale. There's been nowt like it since the good old days of the 1970s, when Ted Heath took on the miners and lost. TV screens went blank. The lights went out. The jungle

  • Teenager found hanged

    A teenager hanged himself the day after a row with his girlfriend, an inquest heard. Michael Shaw, 18, was found in the garden of his home in Devonshire Street, Keighley, five days before Christmas. A length of washing line, attached to a clothes post

  • Pupils press hard for answers to homework question

    INVESTIGATIVE reporters William Bell and William Vittery pressed the Government on the big issue dear to the heart of all children - the amount of homework they should be getting. They were rewarded with a scoop when ministers promised to produce a policy

  • Simply Smith

    In a recent survey nearly a thousand people were asked their opinions concerning bad language on television. Its finding suggested that racist and sexist words were increasingly offensive, while tolerance towards blasphemy was becoming more the norm.

  • Factory closes

    Textile company John Haggas Plc has closed its Ebor Mill premises at Haworth with the loss of 38 jobs. Managing director Brian Haggas blames the strength of the pound abroad for the closure of the Haworth factory, which spun acrylic yarn for the knitwear

  • Precept would help

    MAJOR improvements to public facilities in Ilkley could be completed if residents agreed to pay a few pence a week on top of their Council Tax. A local precept, amounting to no more than five pounds a year for each family, could see public toilets refurbished

  • Doctor is new Lord Mayor

    GRAHAM Kirkland is the new Lord Mayor of Leeds for 1998. The Otley town and city councillor was this week named Lord Mayor-elect with his wife Joan as Lady Mayoress. He is the first Liberal Democrat to hold the position since Leeds became a city council

  • Sheep savaged

    FARMERS have been warned to keep an eye on their sheep after a flock of in-lamb ewes were attacked at a farm in Askwith. The animals, belonging to Valerie and Alan Morris, of Townhead Farm, Askwith Moor Road, were discovered in a shocked and distressed

  • New hospital will be built

    OTLEY residents may be updated on plans for Wharfedale General Hospital at a public meeting. A taskforce of councillors met with the health secretary Frank Dobson last week when it was confirmed a new hospital would be built in Wharfedale. At the meeting

  • Trust hits back

    A HOSPITAL trust has hit back at claims it has failed to properly reinstate a surgeon at Wharfedale General Hospital. United Leeds Teaching Hospital' Trust spokesman Andrew Bannister said Anthony Owen had returned to his job as a consultant general surgeon

  • Precept will bring improvements

    IMPROVEMENTS to Otley town centre and millennium celebrations will be part funded out of a rise in the parish precept from April 1. The town council has increased its annual charges to residents slightly less than last year by 8.3 per cent, or just over

  • Award for Rawdon company

    Rawdon firm Airedale International Air Conditioning Ltd has been awarded the 1997 Business Excellence Award for improved business efficiency and innovation. The award, sponsored by Barclays Bank and 'Manufacturing Management' magazine, is a new venture

  • To Russia with love - Skipton's pies get everywhere

    MOSCOW may have a McDonald's these days, but the fast food giant had better watch its back now that Stanforth's celebrated pork pies have landed in Red Square. The famous Skipton establishment already sells its pies to customers throughout Britain, and