• Lords debate ‘Star Wars’ site

    The Government tonight came under pressure to debate why the US monitoring base Menwith Hill is to be used in a controversial missile defence programme. Speaking in his debate on the US missile defence system, Lord Wallace of Saltaire said he hoped the

  • Frustration for Feather as return delayed

    Unfortunate Chris Feather has resigned himself to missing the start of Super League XIII. The Bulls prop has suffered a setback in his rehab from a post-season back operation and is unlikely to return to action until late next month. Feather - who is

  • School improving, says report

    A school plagued by problems which led to the resignation of its head teacher has been turned around, Government inspectors say. Last month, the Telegraph & Argus reported that Denise Shipton, head at troubled Queensbury School, had chosen to leave her

  • Double the restaurants are serving five stars

    The number of restaurants, takeaways and food preparation sites that have scored five stars has doubled since a hygiene standards website was started last summer. Bradford Council is co-ordinating the scores-on-the-doors website which lists all food

  • Walker gets backing from Bottomley

    Keighley's veteran scrum half Kevin Bottomley is backing his colleague Sam Walker to make the grade at first-team level. Bottomley, who drops to the bench to allow Adam Balderstone to start in Saturday's re-arranged Yorkshire Division One match at third-placed

  • Firearms man is granted bail

    A 24-year-old man who fired at a school minibus with a toy handgun and was later arrested by armed police has been granted bail by a judge. Gary Marshman, of Westcombe Court, Wyke, was today allowed to return to his home after Judge Robert Bartfield

  • Salem stalwart Davies joins Harrogate

    Front-row stalwart Simon Davies has moved from Bradford Salem to Harrogate on loan. The 27-year-old prop, who weighs 20st, made his debut for them last Saturday in their 14-9 National League Three North victory at Fylde. Salem's first-team manager Neil

  • Dad crashed car after row

    A father of two told police he had intended killing himself when he deliberately drove his car into a bridge on Christmas Eve. Mark Cryer had been drinking when he left home in North Dean Road, Keighley, after a row with his wife, Bingley magistrates

  • Child runaway figures revealed

    More than 3,700 children run away from home or care in West Yorkshire each year, alarming figures have revealed. It makes the region the third highest in terms of underage absentees outside London. Only Greater Manchester and Birmingham have higher numbers

  • Baldwin gets honour of leading Wharfedale

    Wharfedale have a fine track record of upsetting the formbook down the years, but they will need to draw on all their cup-fighting tradition if they are to get the better of Exeter on Saturday - even at Threshfield - in the fourth round of the EDF Energy

  • Weir-Daley a marked man

    David Wetherall has managed Spencer Weir-Daley - now he is ready to mark him. Struggling Notts County head for Valley Parade on Saturday as Weir-Daley returns to the club where he spent a short loan spell at the end of last season. And that will bring

  • Otley are hoping water isn't Blue

    Otley get a chance to assess how National Division One has been shaping up in their absence when they entertain Bedford Blues on Saturday in the fourth round of the EDF Energy National Trophy. The game at Cross Green is a repeat of the previous cup meeting

  • Pellet gunman allowed bail

    A 24-year-old man who fired at a school minibus with a toy handgun and was later arrested by armed police has been granted bail by a judge. Gary Marshman, of Westcombe Court, Wyke, was yesterday allowed to return to his home after Judge Robert Bartfield

  • Murder trial postponed

    A teenager set to stand trial for murder on Monday had his case postponed at Bradford Crown Court. The 17-year-old was sent back to custody for a new date to be decided, possibly in April. The teenager denies murdering Peter Ellerton, 41, in Bradford

  • Clayton set to see action again

    Claytons recent non-activity due to their waterlogged pitch should come to an end with a home Pennine League Premier Division match against third-placed Keighley Albion on Saturday. The Villagers will want to carry on from where they left off against

  • It's twist or bust for West Bowling

    Its do or die for West Bowling when they meet Oulton Raiders at the Bankfoot Oval on Saturday. Bowling, who are six points adrift from safety in the National Conference League Premier Division with just six games to go, must win to stand any chance

  • Women warned after attacks

    Police are warning women not to walk on their own after two muggings within days in Nab Wood, Bradford. The latest incident happened at 3pm on Wednesday in Moorhead Terrace as the woman victim in her 60s was walking to a friend's house. The suspect

  • Tree set to make way for houses

    A protected weeping willow is to be sacrificed to make way for five houses. Bradford planners are set to approve the construction of the new homes on the site of Silsden Methodist Chapel, in Kirkgate. The area includes a number of mature trees and

  • New recruits needed at Bradford United

    Bradford United are looking to boost their under-16 squad by recruiting quality players in all positions. The team play in Division A of the Leeds League and train at the Goals Soccer Centre on Kings Road in Bradford every Wednesday from 6-7pm. For

  • Former City striker Aimson dies

    Former City striker Paul Aimson has died aged 64. Aimson, who made his name in two spells with York, spent half a season at Valley Parade in 1967 and netted 11 goals in 23 games. He notched 113 goals for York, including five hat-tricks, and also played

  • Arrest warrant issued

    A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Michael Grove, of Bankfield Walk, Keighley, for failing to appear in court three times to face burglary charges. Bingley magistrates ordered that Grove should be arrested without the chance of bail after he

  • Football club man on theft charge

    A junior football club treasurer has appeared before magistrates charged with stealing from club funds for five years. David Wilkinson, 40, of Platt Court, Windhill, Shipley, is accused of dishonestly taking an unknown value of money from Kings Park

  • Shafilea 'not pressured to marry'

    The father of a Bradford-born teenage girl whose body was found on a riverbank has denied she was being put under pressure to marry. The badly-decomposed remains of Shafilea Ahmed, 17, were discovered in Cumbria five months after she disappeared from

  • Secondary school hit by sickness bug

    Restrictions have been put in place after one of Bradford's biggest secondary schools was hit by an outbreak of winter vomiting. On Thursday a total of 32 pupils at Immanuel College in Greengates were reported to have been laid low by the Norovirus bug

  • Failed asylum seeker jailed

    A failed asylum seeker who tried to use a false driving licence to open a bank account has been jailed for six months. Zimbabwean Xen Sibanda, 34, was arrested after staff at the Yorkshire Bank in Bradford became suspicious about the licence he handed

  • 'Don't panic over festive debts'

    Debt advisers are urging people not to bury their heads in the sand after research revealed more than half the people in the district overspent at Christmas. According to the JobCentre Plus poll, 55 per cent of people in Yorkshire and the Humber spend

  • Work off Christmas calories

    People in the Keighley area looking for a fun way to work off the calories this January can take advantage of a new dance and exercise class. The sessions will be held in the Airedale Church, in North Street, Keighley, every Thursday, at 11am. Classes

  • McCall wants an easier ride

    Stuart McCall would love to put his feet up in the dugout tomorrow. The Bantams boss wants to be able to kick back and enjoy a game this season, instead of living on his nerves. "It would be nice to have the luxury of relaxing a little bit rather than

  • Murder trial delayed

    A teenager set to stand trial for murder on Monday, January 14, had his case postponed at Bradford Crown Court today. The 17-year-old was sent back to custody for a new date to be decided, possibly in April. The teenager denies murdering Peter Ellerton

  • Howson ready to return

    Teenage midfielder Jonny Howson has added to Leeds manager Dennis Wise's selection problems for Monday night's Sky-televised visit to Crewe. Howson played a full 90 minutes for the reserves in midweek after missing two matches with a knee injury suffered

  • Angling Lines

    BRADFORD NO 1 AA: There is a match this Sunday on the River Aire at Beal. Call Wibsey Angling or Simon Foster for a match ticket. New books are available in shops for 2008 and anglers must either renew or join the club before fishing on association waters

  • Benefits man stole hair gel

    A man stole expensive hair gel because he and his girlfriend, who was on incapacity benefit, felt pressure on their finances. Lee Fairclough, 20, of Lodge Gate, Denholme, who relied on income support, pleaded guilty to stealing the gel, valued at £13.23

  • Mum wins crash damages

    A mother suffered nightmares and flashbacks when her car containing four young children was hit by a taxi, a court heard. Customer assistant Victoria Hird was awarded £2,420 damages by Judge James Spencer QC at a county court hearing in Bradford today

  • Warning as women attacked

    Police are warning women not to walk on their own after two muggings within days in Nab Wood, Bradford. Detectives are investigating possible links between the frightening day-time attacks on two women in their 60s. The latest incident happened at 3pm

  • I'll set myself targets during rehab

    Mark Bower column I've realised in the last couple of days how lucky I am to be a footballer. It's obviously very frustrating to be sat around at home after the operation to have some cartilage removed from my knee. But the speed with which everything

  • Albion unbeaten run halted

    Albion Sports under-11s' five-game unbeaten run came to an end with a 4-1 defeat at leaders Yorkshire Amateur. Albion led 1-0 at half-time through a Ryan Watling strike but Yorkshire were 3-1 up within ten minutes of the second half. Marcus Harper was

  • Avenue under-19s toppled by Thackley

    Thackley under-19s replaced Bradford Park Avenue at the top of the Northern Alliance League after a 3-2 victory over Farsley Celtic. In a match played in constant rain and on a pitch that turned into a quagmire, Andy Brown scored Thackley's first two

  • Relatives sought

    Relatives of 77-year-old Edwin Micallef, from Heaton, who recently died at Bradford Royal Infirmary, are being sought. Anyone who can help is asked to contact the bereavement office at the hospital on (01274) 364477, Monday to Friday, between 8.30am

  • Campion need to make their point

    Campion cannot afford to return from second-placed Meltham without at least a point on Saturday if they are to be considered as serious contenders for the West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division title. The fifth-placed side, who still have

  • Two held after car stopped

    Two men have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences in West Bowling. Bradford District Drugs Team arrested a 22-year-old and a 24-year-old in Woodend Court after officers stopped a blue Renault Megane for a drugs search. Class A drugs were seized

  • Rain's a pain as Iqbal misses out

    The midweek postponement in the Setanta Shield was a source of frustration for Celts boss John Deacey because it left one of his most influential players unavailable this weekend. Farsley leave the battle for survival in the Blue Square Premier to

  • Avenue in need of Star showing

    Bradford Park Avenue face a tough test on Saturday to keep pace at the top ahead of their showdown with Curzon Ashton a week later. The second-placed Horsfall Stadium outfit travel to ninth-placed Newcastle Blue Star, while leaders Curzon - two points

  • New boys Smith and Greaves go to Town

    Two new signings have breezed into Nethermoor this week and Guiseley manager Steve Kittrick is hoping both will be available for Saturday's tough trip to Hednesford Town. "We have signed Steve Smith from Stalybridge Celtic and Tom Greaves from Bridlington

  • Silsden set on ending Ramsbottom hoodoo

    Silsden aim to put one over bogey side Ramsbottom United on Saturday at Cougar Park. "We were due to play over there this week but their ground is ruined because they played on it in bad weather a couple of weeks back," said Cobbydalers boss Paul Schofield

  • Arson attack probed

    A couple were left shaken up after a rag soaked in flammable liquid was lit and shoved through their letterbox today. Fire crews were called to the blaze in a first-floor flat in Thorold House, Fairhaven Green, Idle, Bradford, at 2am. Smoke alarms in

  • Watson set to ring changes

    Eccleshill United will still be smarting from their 6-0 midweek drubbing at Hallam ahead of their trip to mid-table rivals Arnold Town. Manager Mick Watson and his number two Andy Patterson were publicly supportive of their squad but must have been privately

  • Thackley aim to continue revival

    Thackley trail Saturday's opponents Long Eaton United by ten points but a recent upturn in form has seen John Boyle's men in a much stronger position than they were in before the festive period. They remain in 15th place but a win at their tenth-placed

  • From firs to blast

    Bradford's nine civic Christmas trees have been recycled to help keep the city ever green. Council workers this week took down the trees from Centenary Square and district parks to turn them into chippings to fuel City Hall's new wood-burning boiler.

  • Newton wants more from Sedge

    Liversedge boss Steve Newton is looking for his side to improve on their last performance when his side visit Hallam on Saturday. Sedge briefly led the table after the point from last Saturday's goalless draw at Thackley saw them temporarily overtake

  • Home draw for Keighley

    Keighley, runners-up to Shelley in last season's Solly Sports Crowther Cup, have been drawn at home to Wakefield City in the first round of this year's event. That is one of seven first-round ties being played on Sunday, April 20, with the pick being

  • Car fire probed

    Police are investigating a car fire in Keighley which wrecked a Toyota Avensis. Keighley firefighters were called out to Devonshire Street, Keighley, at about 9pm yesterday. The blaze was in danger of spreading to neighbouring vehicles and took crews

  • Zaara's made with burning ambition

    For years Harry Khinda dreamed of owning a restaurant. With a passion for Indian food, he desperately wanted to bring the authentic taste of the country to his home town of Bradford. And last year he saw his dreams come to fruition, with the opening

  • Dark horse Alfie is laid bare in provocative play

    It was the play that exposed a naked Daniel Radcliffe to West End audiences - and now Equus is heading for Bradford. After Peter Shaffer's play opened at the National Theatre in 1973 it became a worldwide sensation. Last year, a new production opened

  • Lenny Henry set to take on Bard challenge

    Lenny Henry is in talks with Northern Broadsides actor-manager Barrie Rutter about playing the title role in a touring production of Othello next year. Rutter said: "We have pencilled it in for 2009, but there's a problem with dates. Lenny is doing a

  • Trio to make more dreams come true

    It started off as an idea three friends came up with to celebrate their 30th birthdays. None of them could have predicted that it would end with them sharing a stage with Motown queen Martha Reeves and raising £6,000 for local charities. The success

  • Golden girls grow old disgracefully

    Gladys has recently separated from her dull husband Marvin. Anna takes an empty hand-gun about with her; she's losing her memory and cannot recollect where she put the bullets. La La used to be a jazz singer, as her rendition of the bitter-sweet ballad

  • Songs of Sister Act at St George's Hall

    Sheila Ferguson and Rowetta have teamed up to celebrate the gospel songs of the hit movie Sister Act. The Songs of Sister Act, also featuring the London Community Gospel Choir, looks set to have the audience dancing in the aisles to songs such as Oh

  • Moving pictures takes on a whole new meaning

    This year being a leap year, Bradford's 14th International Film Festival has been scheduled to start on a rare date - February 29. A packed and varied programme of new releases, vintage classics, retrospectives, tributes, special guests and awards will

  • Nick Harper's high life

    When you start playing the guitar at the age of ten and grow up surrounded by the likes of Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Dave Gilmour, chances are you're going to turn into quite an artist. And Nick Harper, right, has done just that. The

  • Not such a big step forward

    Not surprisingly Education Bradford has declared itself very pleased with the rate of improvement in the district's secondary schools as shown in the new league tables. Set against the new Government benchmark for the number of students gaining five A

  • How friendship puts fun into our forecasting

    You wouldn't believe the grief we get as "weather people" when it doesn't bake in summer and snow in winter. Forecasts these days are compiled by a variety of sources including satellites, weather ships, Met Office personnel and sometimes the bloke running

  • The parties’ race to the centre

    SIR - I really enjoyed reading Mike Priestley's comments (T&A, December 29) about the new Lib-Dem leader Nick Clegg, pictured left, and I fully appreciate his cynical evaluation of what it is, if anything, that the major parties have to offer. As Labour

  • A tiny piece of industrial history

    SIR - I was interested in your feature on Parkinsons Perfect Vise (T&A, January 3). These miniatures were much sought -fter by the employees of the company. They were a perfect working model with the quick release which was patented by Parkinsons. The

  • Bring abuse to fore

    SIR - In January, 2007, there were reports of an 82-year-old man being evicted from a care home after his family had complaints upheld by the Scottish Care Commission, while elsewhere three older people were found dead from neglect. The year continued

  • Separate issues

    SIR - Alan Chapman seems unduly vexed by Tony Blair's move to Roman Catholicism. After all, large chunks of the established Church hold to a similarly orthodox rite almost as "Catholic" as the Roman rite. I am reminded that the State in the UK has persecuted

  • Keep data at home

    SIR - David Rhodes suggests people are making a mountain out of a molehill regarding the loss of three million learner drivers' details in the US (T&A, December 24). Of course the details lost are not bank details and the like, but the point is that

  • Honours obsolete

    SIR - Once again we have the yearly ritual of New Year Honours. the hand-out of medals and titles to showbusiness, sport and pop music people. These people have amassed substantial fortunes from their occupations, provided by the general public, watching

  • Train in the trades

    SIR - How refreshing to read Professor Don Halliday (T&A, In My View, January 4) regarding the school leaving age and the general debacle described as an education service. I opposed the raising to 16 over 30 years ago and I feel the same now. We desperately

  • Sugababes in the ’hood!

    Girl bands come and go but there's something about the Sugababes that suggests a bit of staying power. That's not to say they're the same band they were when the original trio of 14-year-olds was formed a decade ago. Reports of in-fighting and bitter

  • Perks are earned

    SIR - In response to Mrs S Ratnik (T&A, January 7) on free bus passes for senior citizens, do you receive child allowance? My parents didn't. Do you receive free medical treatment? My parents didn't. You only work part-time. My parents worked full-time

  • A world apart

    SIR - Former Lord Mayor Mohammed Ajeeb's comments on the current state of affairs in Pakistan (T&A, January 5) made a lot of sense but, I feel, his reasons for the differences between it and its much larger neighbour, India, leave some reason for thought

  • Companies are making a fare profit

    SIR - Mrs Ratnik (T&A, January 7) writes bringing to our attention the high price of a bus ticket. She is obviously unaware that fuel prices have risen over the last two years to record highs and these rises must be paid for by someone. In years gone

  • Floods cause road chaos

    Heavy overnight rain has caused traffic chaos on Canal Road in Bradford this morning. Water is about a foot deep on the inbound carriageway, and the road has been closed between Queens Road bridge and the end of Kings Road. A police spokesman said the

  • School results best yet but city still falls

    Bradford has fallen 11 places in national performance league tables for GCSEs - despite its pupils recording the district's best results last summer. A total of 36.3 per cent of Year 11 pupils gained at least five passes, including English and maths,

  • Thursday, January 10, 2008

    The following have been dealt with by Bradford Magistrates: Zaheer Abass, aged 26, of Steadman Terrace, Barkerend; failure to produce insurance, £25 fine, £40 costs; driving a vehicle which was not fitted with lamps, reflectors, rear marking and devices

  • Thursday, January 10, 2008

    In 1828, the Bank of England issued a one penny banknote. In 1946, the first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly took place in London. In 2000, figures showed that despite worries about the Millennium Bug, there had been only 67 major computer

  • Police concerned over missing woman

    The sudden disappearance of a young Slovakian woman who came to Bradford to make a fresh start has sparked fears about her safety. Zlatica Badzova, 20, vanished within hours of arriving in the city and has not been seen for more than six weeks. Zlatica

  • Bulls win race to sign Donaldson

    The Bulls have beaten off Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors to win the prized signature of Britain's top schoolboy talent. Hot prospect James Donaldson, 16, has ignored the advances of the Super League champions and Brian Noble's side to put pen to paper

  • Pensioner foils 'lottery win' scam

    Fraudsters failed to hit the jackpot when a Bradford pensioner realised their claims that she had won a Spanish lottery was an indentity theft scam. Betty Clarkson, 79, of Fairweather Green, received a letter from Euromilliones Loteria Internacional

  • Dancers line up for 'tapathon'

    Dancers from schools around the Bradford district will take part in a relay "tapathon" in aid of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. Mr Castle's widow, Fiona Castle, will be attending the event, at Halifax's North Bridge Leisure Centre. Twenty dancing

  • NHS views wanted

    Patients in Bradford and Airedale are being asked their views on their local health services as part of a national survey. The patient survey programme is led by the Healthcare Commission and up to 3,000 patients have been randomly selected to receive

  • A Wrose rose row arose!

    A war of the roses has broken out over a new boundary stone laid to mark the identity of the Bradford suburb of Wrose. Community leaders officially unveiled the large Yorkshire stone, showing a white rose - the county's traditional insignia. David Jessop

  • Rotary gift for charity

    Keighley Rotary Club has presented a cheque for nearly £500 to children's charity Hope & Homes. Alan Morten, the club's international chairman, said most of the cash was raised at a charity choir concert at Keighley Shared Parish Church. "The remainder

  • Ramraiders drag cashpoint along street

    A gang raced from the scene of a ram raid yesterday morning dragging a cash machine behind their stolen getaway vehicle. The thieves smashed their way into the Co-op in Station Road, Oxenhope, shortly before 5am by reversing the stolen black Toyota RAV

  • Day centre opens

    A day centre which has undergone a £500,000 refurbishment will be officially reopened next month. The Pathway Day Services building - formerly Mirfield Day Centre - was built as an army drill hall which was taken over by Kirklees Council 35 years ago

  • High hopes for the new harvest

    Growers in the Rhubarb Triangle around Bradford, Wakefield and Leeds, have begun harvesting the first crop of the year. Hopes are high crops will be back to normal following one of the bleakest years in 2007, after soaring temperatures the previous summer

  • Minister looks at MP’s mail campaign

    The Government said last night it would examine the need for legislation to end criminal gangs abusing mailing houses after pressure from Pudsey MP Paul Truswell. The abuse of mailing houses that provide accommodation addresses has opened a Pandora's

  • Morrisons wins the festive store wars

    Morrisons has put rivals Tesco and Asda in the shade after figures revealed the supermarket chain gained market share over the Christmas period. The Bradford-based group, which used football pundit Alan Hansen as part of a festive advertising push, saw

  • Relative plea

    Relatives of Kenneth Hainsworth, 85, of the Allerton area of Bradford, and previously of Queensbury, are being sought after his death at the Bradford Royal Infirmary. Anyone who can help with information should contact the Bereavement Office at Bradford

  • ‘More action needed on child poverty’

    New figures show that thousands of Bradford children are living in poverty despite at least one parent being in employment. The statistics are revealed in a report published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). The report shows that 126,000

  • Warning over killer disease

    Nearly seven out of ten adults are unaware there is no vaccine to protect against the most common form of meningitis, according to a new survey. The results of the nationwide poll found 69 per cent of people do not realise there is no vaccine against