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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…

Landslip closes rail line at Baildon

No through trains are running between Bradford and Ilkley today, following a landslip that affected the line at Baildon yesterday. In a repeat of what has happened to the Settle-Carlisle line, the landslip was caused by flash flooding following yesterdays localised downpours. Northern has organised a replacement bus service between Shipley and Guiseley, which will remain in place until repairs are carried out. The Settle-Carlisle was closed at Eden Brows near Armathwaite after a landslip involving half a million tonnes of earth was caused by freak downpours in February. At the time Network Rail said the line would be closed for several months, and once again a replacement bus service was laid on, which is still in place. No-one from…

Swiss Company Habasit Are Leaving Silsden

A company that claims to be the worldwide number one in its field has just added to local fears that Silsden is becoming a dormitory town. Habasit, who claim to be the world’s number one industrial belt manufacturer, has confirmed fears that it’s to relocate its Silsden factory to Elland, near Halifax. There’s the potential for the loss of around 80 jobs in the local market, but coupled with proposals to build yet more houses there are fears the local infrastructure simply won’t cope. It’s understood some of Habasit’s employees will migrate to Elland, but that won’t mitigate the loss of jobs actually based in the town. The company is Swiss-owned, and was formed in 1946 – its product range…

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…

Keelham Farm Shop In Line For Several Top Awards

As a business in Skipton gets set to celebrate its first anniversary in the town, it’s been revealed the company is in line for a clutch of top awards Keelham Farm Shop took over the derelict former Nicholas Smith Car Showroom on Gargrave road, and after a massive rebuilding and refurbishment project, opened for business a year ago this month. The business, which also has a store in Thornton, is an ethical trader, with a policy of sourcing as much of its stock locally as possible. While major supermarket chains were being castigated for policies of throwing away misshaped fruit and veg, Keelham launches a veg exchange scheme later this month. They’re encouraging local gardeners to bring their excess produce…

Village Co-op Donate Litter Bin To The Community Of Oakworth

A village Co-Op store has donated a litter bin to the community as a major clean up is planned for the weekend. Operation Oakworth will launch on Saturday morning, where it’s hoped as many local residents as possible will tackle the village grot spots The bin has already been installed up at Cure Hill, where it’s hoped dog walkers and visitors will be encouraged to help keep the area litter free. Across in West Craven a local group known as the Barnoldswick Glitterati go on regular litter picks, but sometimes feel they’re on an up-hill struggle. Routes Such as Kelbrook Road, one of the three main routes into the town, are repeatedly targeted by litter louts, meaning the volunteers have…

Lidl Recall Vitasia 8 Chappattis

German supermarket chain Lidl, which has stores in Colne and Nelson, is recalling Vitasia 8 Chapattis. The reason for the recall is because they contain wheat which is not mentioned in English on the label. This makes the product a possible health risk to anyone with an allergy to wheat or intolerance to gluten. If you have bought the above product and have an allergy to wheat or intolerance to gluten, do not eat it. Instead return it to the store from where you bought it for a full refund.

Two Men From Bradford Charged With Causing Death By Dangerous Driving

Police have charged two men from Bradford in relation to a fatal road traffic collision in the city. Ismail Miah aged 22, of Springfield Place and 27 year old Muhammad Sikder, of Sylhet Close, have been charged with causing death by dangerous driving The charges are in relation to the collision, which happened on the A650 Shipley Airedale Road on 2 January. Both men have been bailed to appear before Bradford Magistrates on 5 July. 64 year old Mirza Abdul Malick, and Paul Hayward, who was 55, both died in the incident.

National Park Authority Secure £9,500 Grant From The Heritage Lottery Fund

And finally bird lovers in the Yorkshire Dales are hopping with delight after the National Park Authority secured a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support a new project protecting birds in the region. £9,500 has been awarded to the project ‘Discovering and supporting the recovery of tree sparrows in the Yorkshire Dales National Park’. The money will be put to good use – recording the presence of sparrows -together with steps to increase the population of these delightful and much-loved birds. The Park Authority plans to hold a number of ‘hands-on’ training sessions. These will help local people with bird feeders and nest boxes and allow demonstration of best practice with the aim of developing the most suitable…

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…

Earby Town Council Is To Hold A Joint Public Surgery

Earby Town Council is to hold a joint public surgery tomorrow morning, where home and shed security will be on the agenda. They’ve invited a member of the local Neighbourhood Policing Team to attend the surgery, which will run from 10 in the morning until mid-day. They’ll have a number of items available, including shed and personal alarms, as well as special purse bells which tinkle if anyone should attempt to steal it. Local councillors will be on hand during the session to give advice on and discuss council issues. The surgery will take place at the Earby Town Council offices, on Victoria Road, in the town.

Local GP Says That Vacant GP Posts Have Virtually Doubled To 12%

A Cross Hills GP has commented in a national newspaper following the news that the number of vacant GP posts has virtually doubled to 12% in just 2 years The Daily Mail article claims that many more doctors are either taking early retirement or moving overseas It’s a well-known fact that the numbers of students studying to be doctors has dropped over the last six years – others are opting for hospital work rather than general practice But Dr Catherine Smith, registered manager of the Cross Hills Group Practice told the paper she wasn’t surprised at the rise in vacancies She said the practice has recruited ANPs (advanced nurse practitioners) and pharmacists to help as there are no GPs. The…