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Figures Show That Burglary And Break-ins Are Down Slightly On This Time Last Year

There’s some relatively good news for the Keighley area, as figures show burglary and break-ins are slightly down on this time last year. But, say crime prevention experts, that’s no reason to be complacent – insecure homes, shed and garages continue to be targeted by opportunist thieves and pro-burglars. They’ll take advantage of the slightest vulnerability in your home security – but the good news is there’s plenty you can do for yourself. At this time of the year high-value garden tools such as lawn-mowers, strimmers, electric trimmers and the like are being brought out of the shed and dusted down ready for action. But now is also the time to look at what you can do to beef up…

Outrage In The Keighley Community Following Yesterday’s Ruling By A Judge

There’s outrage in the Keighley community today following yesterday’s ruling by a judge that two local men will pay only £1 each in a proceeds of crime hearing. The two men – Shazad Shad of Edensor Road and Ishad Hussein, who lives in Spencer Street, benefited to the tune of almost £170,000 between them in a crash for cash scam. Both men were handed suspended sentences following their trial, which upset many, given the enormity of their crime. They’d made 300 bogus insurance claims, the cost of which will go on innocent motorists premiums, in particular in the Bradford & Keighley areas. Now the judge in the proceeds of crime hearing has reluctantly imposed the £1 orders when it was…

Sinkhole Appears On Oakworth Road

A sinkhole appeared yesterday in one of the major routes in the Keighley area. The hole is on Oakworth Road – initial reports said it wasn’t causing major problems, but it has been cordoned off for safety. It’s understood council officials are looking into it.

Residents To Be Asked What Services Are Important To Them

The session will involve asking residents to consider who is best placed to deliver the services that local people want in the future, as well as whether some services should be stopped altogether. In what they describe as a sticky dot and post it note exercise, residents will be asked what Bradford Council, Keighley Town Council, and groups or volunteers could contribute to delivering a vast range of services. The session is part of the Council’s New Deal programme, aiming to gather ideas on how to deliver services differently. If you want more information you can contact Liz Parker, Worth Valley Ward Officer, Keighley Area Co-ordinator’s Office, Tel: 01535 618008.

Investigation Been Launched Into The Cause Of A Fire In Keighley

An investigation’s been launched into the cause of a massive blaze in Keighley over the weekend. Around seventy firefighters from right across the region were brought in to deal with the inferno, at Aireworth Mills, just off Aireworth Road. Palls of black smoke from burning tyres shrouded the area while crews fought the fire, on the upper floor of the building. Initial reports say the blaze was contained in just one part of the property, and no other businesses were affected. Fire and Rescue was alerted at around half past six on Saturday evening, and crews remained on site all through the night. Investigators are at the scene, but so far there’s been no indication whether the cause of the…

Local Newspaper Makes A Unfortunate Faux Pas

A local newspaper has made a very unfortunate faux pas when reporting the callous theft of thousands of pounds worth of equipment from Manorlands Hospice. It was the second time within a matter of months that thieves had struck at the facility, which provides care for people with life limiting illnesses from around our region. Local people have taken the hospice to their hearts, and fund-raising to help keep the facility open goes on throughout the year. Reporting the break-in, the Keighley News has quoted local MP Kris Hopkins, who called the thieves scum, and the lowest of the low. But then Mr Hopkins is quoted as saying the break-in was obviously pre-medicated rather than pre-meditated. It’s the sort of…

Man From Keighley Ordered To Sign The Sex Offenders Register

A fifty year old alcoholic from Keighley has been ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years at Bradford Crown Court. Martin Lyness of Westburn Avenue had pleaded guilty to inciting a nine year old girl to engage in sexual activity while playing a game of dare. Lyness had never offended before the incident in question, but he had consumed a large quantity of cider that day. He regularly drank more than 12 pints of cider a day, and had claimed to be so drunk he hadn’t realised what he’d done. The little girl had informed her mother of what Lyness had asked her to do. After being arrested and charged the defendant had made great strides in…

Keighley Model Railway Club Set For 41st Annual Exhibtion

The signals are at green for Keighley Model Railway Club’s 41st Annual Exhibition which will take place tomorrow and on Sunday at Victoria Hall. Among the dozen or so layouts on show will be the O gauge Hollowbeck Shed, 009 gauge Boggart’s Leap and the very last chance to see the EM gauge Dudley Moor. The event opens at 10 am until 5pm on Saturday, and 4pm on Sunday.

Keighley Fire-Fighters Are Yet Again Called Out To Deal With An Unusual Blaze

And Keighley fire-fighters have yet again been called in to deal with an unusual and pretty hazardous job in the centre of the town The crew has an unenviable record of having to deal with bizarre incidents, including animal rescues And yesterday was no exception when they were called to the town’s bus station, where a young Sparrowhawk had become stuck The bird of prey was spotted in a state of panic yesterday morning, but attempts to entice the frightened creature down from the eaves were to no avail That’s when the team from Keighley fire station stepped in, and launched their rescue mission Wearing protective clothing one fire-fighter climbed a ladder and captured the bird by throwing a blanket…

National Newspaper Gets It Wrong On The Intentions Of Keighley MP Kris Hopkins

A top national newspaper has got it wrong when stating the intentions of one of our local MPs regarding the European referendum The Spectator says that Keighley MP Kris Hopkins wants out, joining the ranks of heavyweights like Iain Duncan-Smith and Boris Johnson In fact Hopkins has stated that “Although I was never in favour of joining the Euro, I have always recognised the significant economic benefits our country gains as a result of our EU membership” Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith is also standing by his leader and will also be voting to remain in the EU Andrew Stephenson, the MP for Pendle has not so far issued a public statement, but he is noted for toeing the…

Widow Of Keighley Cougars Star Danny Jones Has Launched A Life Saving National Campaign

The widow of Keighley Cougars star Danny Jones has launched a life-saving national campaign in memory of her late husband Danny died at the beginning of a rugby match last year after suffering a cardiac episode – it later turned out he had a previously undiagnosed heart condition Now Lizzie, mother of baby twins, wants to see defibrillators installed at rugby clubs across the country, and is aiming to raise a massive £50,000 to make her dream come true Her initial plan is to see the machines, which are used to bring a heart out of ventricular fibrillation, installed at as many community and junior clubs within 12 months – hopefully at least half Donations can be made via a…

Keighley Chef Jailed For 18 Months

A Keighley chef who refused to name those he claimed had given free accommodation in return for tending a cannabis farm has been jailed Polish national Patryk Dros had been arrested last year following a drugs squad raid on the property, on Victoria Street They found nearly ninety cannabis plants under cultivation, which were estimated to have a street value in the region of twenty to twenty-five thousand pounds once processed The 21 year old admitted producing cannabis and extraction of electricity, having been caught red-handed tending to the plants But he said he couldn’t name the others who had promised him a large amount of cash for his work for fear of reprisals Dros was jailed for 18 months

Another Attack Is Being Investigated After Train Guard From Keighley Was Attacked

British Transport Police are investigating another attack on a train guard from Keighley This latest incident took place on a train between Keighley and Crossflatts, the next station down the line towards Shipley, when the guard asked to see a passengers ticket The passenger claimed he’d torn his ticket up, and then became aggressive after the guard said he would need to leave the train at Crossflatts The man suspected of carrying out the attack, during which he spat at the guard twice, was caught on CCTV, which police have now published in a bid to identify him They’ve also managed to gather DNA for analysis which should help the enquiry, but they’re very keen to speak to anyone who…

Mobile Safety Cameras Will Be Out And About In The Area This Week

Mobile safety cameras will be out and about in our area this week, say police in West Yorkshire Sites will include the A629 Halifax Road in Keighley, between Dorothy Street and Victoria Road, on the same road between Manywells Brow and Carr Lane near Cullingworth, & on the A65 in Guiseley The camera will be set up between the A6038 Bradford Road & the B6153 – Morrisons supermarket to the football ground

Major Retail Chain Goes Into Administration

Jobs at Keighley Retail Park and Pendle Village Mill are at risk, as a major retail chain goes into administration Brantano, a Belgian concern, has a store on the retail park where ten people are employed and they are understood to operate a franchise at Pendle Village Mill, just off the M65 The company’s British HQ is in Coalville in Leicestershire – the company employs around two thousand staff in the UK The company was only bought out last year, but administrators PwC say it’s a respected brand and they’re hopeful of a sale In the meantime the business will continue to trade, and wage bills will be met