AS 2021 draws to a close, we’ve taken a look back at 12 of our top stories from the past 12 months.

There’s never a quiet day in Bradford and this year proved no different, with a whole host of different events and incidents taking place.

They range from the shocking to the strange, silly to sad, as well as displaying the vast humanity and community spirit that Bradford possesses.

We’ve looked back through our archives over the past year to bring you the most important and most read stories from each month.

Today, we close out 2021 by bringing the top stories from the final four months of the year, September to December.

You can take a look at the top stories of the first four months here, and from the second four months here.


Remember the petrol crisis? That was one of our most read of September as people scrambled to find fuel as pumps ran dry due to a shortage of tanker drivers.

Residents in Wibsey were left terrified after a spate of shootings in the village, while notorious Bradford gangster Meggy Khan saw his appeal against his murder conviction rejected by the Court of Appeal.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

But the story which grabbed people’s attention most in September came from up in Ilkley, when parents were left angry and red-faced when cars claiming they were casting cars for a well-known adult website were seen parked near a primary school. The site said it was “nothing to do with us”.


The tenth month saw a huge amount of tragedy, including the start of the Star Hobson murder trial, a story which would dominate the news agenda in the district for the following eight weeks as we reported every second of the trial from start to finish.

October also saw a major scene in Bradford city centre after teenager Kian Tordoff was fatally stabbed after a night out. A number of males have been charged with murder in relation to his death.

There was more heartbreak as another young man died in a car crash in Wrose, and a 10-year-old boy died after being hit by a car on Wakefield Road devastating the Bowling community.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

On a lighter note, a Bradford pub sent One Direction fans across the world wild after ex-band member Louis Tomlinson rocked up in a local pub after attending a football match in the city.


The Star Hobson trial ran throughout November, hearing the end of the prosecution case and the defence cases of Savannah Brockhill and Frankie Smith.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The Lamborghini Huracan in flames on Wakefield Road, Bradford last February

Bradford also saw a man slapped with community service after crashing a Lamborghini which then burst into flames while trying to show off on his wedding day like an idiot.

It snowed at the end of the month and, as usual, this caused chaos on the roads, with schools closed and crashes aplenty thanks to Storm Arwen.

There was more tragedy still to come, as a man was charged with murder after 24-year-old Bori Benko was found stabbed to death in Shearbridge, devastating her friends, the Christian community she was a central figure in, and her family 1,000 miles away in Hungary.


Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Firms in the district who failed to pay their staff minimum wage were named and shamed this month, while a Denholme man’s shock £12,000 gas bill also caught reader’s attention.

Bradford Crown Court remained as busy as ever in December, Hashim Sajjad was cleared of murder in the Duckworth Lane stabbing from April, abusive and controlling rugby player Daniel Igbinedion was jailed for attacking his ex-partner, while several drug dealers were also locked up.

But the biggest story of the month was the Star Hobson trial concluding, with Brockhill jailed for life for murder and Star’s mother Frankie Smith locked up for eight years for allowing her baby’s death. The end of the trial, and the fall out of the case, shocked the entire district and brought an outpouring of grief and tributes for little baby Star.

Read the biggest stories from January to April and May to August.

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