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Fugitive Andrew Moran Behind Bars

ONE of Britain’s previously most wanted fugitives has finally been jailed for an armed robbery in Pendle – more than TEN years later. 33 year old Andrew Moran had been on the run from police for four years after escaping from Burnley Crown Court during his trial for the robbery. He had fled to Spain where he was arrested in 2013. And yesterday he was back before the judge from whom he fled to face sentence for the robbery and for absconding from lawful custody. He was handed a fixed term prison sentence of more than eight years at Liverpool Crown Court. He’ll only be considered for release once this indeterminate sentence has been served and he can prove it…

Clean For The Queen Initiative Comes To Craven

Grass verges on the main routes across Craven have been ear-marked for a ‘Spring Clean’. Plans have been drawn-up for the council’s waste management team to tackle roadside litter on the A56, A59, A65 and A629. The move is a continuation of a programme instituted last year after local residents complained to the council about the amount of litter evident after the winter months. Local people wanting to come forward and help with the ‘litter-pick’ or any general community clean-up can be part of the team They should contact Craven Council’s Waste Management Services on 01756 – 700600 or e-mail wastemanagement@cravendc.gov.uk Meanwhile two similar schemes in West Craven have met with tremendous success – one set up by concerned residents,…

Pendle Leisure Trust Are Encouraging Local People To Take The Plunge

Pendle Leisure Trust staff are encouraging people in the district to take the plunge and get involved in this year’s Swimathon. The national event is happening between March the 18th and 20th to coincide with activities taking place throughout the country for Sport Relief. All ages and abilities are being invited to join in the fun at Pendle Leisure Centre in Colne between 3pm and 6pm on Saturday, March 19th then again on Sunday, March 20th. Swimathon is open to teams and individuals with a choice of challenges, 1.5kms, 2.5kms, 5kms and a relay team effort. There is also the Simply Swim Challenge for people who want to swim their own distance in their own time. More than 600 pools…

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…

12 Men Sentenced To More Than 140 Years For Historic Sexual Offences Against Girls

West Yorkshire Police have issued a statement following yesterdays sentencing of 12 men for a catalogue of sex crimes against underage girls in Keighley Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Bryar, of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said she was pleased that these men have now been sentenced for their terrible crimes against vulnerable young girls. She praised the victims for their courage in coming forward and enabling the men to be put before the courts, adding that it’s hoped that the sentences will give them some closure and help them with rebuilding their lives. DCI Bryar said “Child Sexual Exploitation remains a priority for West Yorkshire Police. She said “It is totally unacceptable and it is the responsibility of all…

Ford Transit Vans Equate To 40% Of All Vehicles Stolen

We’ve been given access to some statistics regarding commercial vehicle theft following last week’s massive joint operation between Lancashire & West Yorkshire police to recover stolen parts There has been a continuing trend of keyless vehicle thefts across the West Yorkshire Force area since 2010, 478 Ford Transit Vans were reported stolen between January 1 and December 11 last year alone, with an estimated value in excess of £7.5m. The theft of Ford Transit Vans across the Yorkshire and Humber region accounts for forty percent of all vehicles stolen, with the make and model being the most stolen vehicle across the UK. Officers detailed to the sites in Blackburn were staggered at the massive scale of the operation

Yorkshire Bank Trading Is In Line With The Board’s Expectations

Trading in the last quarter of 2015 at the Clydesdale Banking Group, which includes Yorkshire Bank, was said to be in line with the board’s expectations. Momentum in the loan book is being maintained with mortgage growth running at an annualised rate of 6.6%, while the run-off of non-core business lending is proceeding according to plan. Asset quality remains strong with continuing low impairment charges in the quarter. Competition for new customers is hotting-up and the bank opened nearly 29,000 new accounts during the period. The figure for the number of accounts closed was not revealed but the bank confirmed that there was net growth overall. Next month the Clydesdale and Yorkshire is due to be de-merged from the National…

Two Durham Farmers Jailed After Stolen Sheep Were Found On Their Land

Two Durham farmers have been jailed after sheep stolen from right across our region were found on their land Philip Raine & his uncle Charles Neville Raine both farmed near Bowes – more than a hundred sheep were found on their farms As a result police had to hold identity parades for farmers from both Durham & North Yorkshire so that their victims could identify their stolen sheep In another recent case a Slaidburn farm manager and a Standish stockman were both jailed after DNA evidence proved they’d stolen sheep from farms in both Lancashire & North Yorkshire The animals were found during a police raid on Lathams Farm in Slaidburn – some of the recovered animals had been stolen…

Malham Cove In All Its Splendour

Rainfall in the Yorkshire Dales has hit worldwide headlines, following an event that hasn’t occurred before in living memory Pictures of a waterfall that developed at Malham Cove went viral over the weekend, along with videos filmed on cameras, tablets and mobile phones There was huge excitement within the outdoors community, with literally hundreds turning out on Sunday to watch the spectacle Head of Ranger Services at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Alan Hulme said he’s lived here for 30 years and has never seen anything like this before. He said that is was an amazing sight, adding that some people told him there hasn’t been a waterfall over the top since the 1700s, which shows how rare a thing…

Muslims Across Our Area Condemn The Attacks In Paris & Beirut

A number of Muslim groups across our area have unconditionally condemned the atrocities in Paris on Friday night The Bradford Council for Mosques is seeking urgent discussions with other faith groups to look for a way forward, but has issued an interim statement It says the Council is shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of life, adding “ Our prayers and thoughts are very much with the victims, their families and the French nation.” Muslim leaders in Pendle have also come out and expressed their horror and condemnation of the events that led to the murders of around 130 people in the French capital Announcing a one minute silence in the borough today, councillor Mohammed Iqbal said “As Leader…

Much Needed Funds For SSAFA & A Honorary Yorkshireman Status For Gary Barlow

On the eve of Remembrance Day it’s revealed a forces charity is to benefit by more than £25,000 as a result of a local event The cash is the proceeds from Haworth’s 1940s weekend, held in the middle of May Organisers say they’ve only just got all of the pledges and donations in – the money will go to the Soldiers Sailors Airmen Families Association. Meanwhile tomorrow – the 11th of the 11th – more commemorations are due to take place in a number of locations across the district Take That singer & songwriter Gary Barlow was given honorary Yorkshireman status at last night’s prestigious White rose Awards, held in Leeds Gary was guest of honour at the awards as…

Morrisons Respond To Criticism

Bradford supermarket chain Morrisons response to Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s programme of food waste last night sparked a sustained and furious response from viewers The TV chef had highlighted Morrison’s relationships with their farmer producers, along with the tonnes of vegetables that are wasted because of being misshapen or with slight blemishes After several months of negotiation with Hugh Morrisons finally agreed to put spokesmen forward, and to conduct an experiment selling misshapen vegetables alongside what they considered perfect But people posting on their Facebook page said the experiment was massively skewed in favour of the perfect product Drystone listener Carla Gardiner criticised the fact that Morrisons packed the misshapen courgettes in net bags, while what they considered to be perfect…

Difficult Times For Local Farmers

The difficulties facing farmers in our region have been laid bare by the latest annual survey of farm incomes compiled by Defra. During 2014-15 average farm business income was lower across all farm types, with only lowland grazing showing an average increase of around 23%. Cropping farmers enjoyed a good harvest but prices were low – with wheat prices having declined by a third over the past 2 years. And dairy farms once again suffered from lower output and prices – in fact the farm-gate price of milk has fallen for no less than 21 months in a row. Local farmer David Airey of Sutton told Drystone News that the current situation was unprecedented and he couldn’t recall a time…

Even The Appalling Weather Couldn’t Deter People From Paying Their Respects

Appalling weather conditions failed to deter thousands of people turning out at ceremonies right across our area to remember the war dead Parades were held in Skipton, Keighley, Colne, Nelson and Foulridge amongst many others, attended by people of all ages In Keighley wreaths from the armed forces, voluntary groups, school children and local politicians were laid while a roll call of those local men who died serving their country was read out. Over in Skipton the town’s High Street was packed for the parade, which was shortened a little this year to accommodate ageing veterans who wanted to march And in Colne civic dignitaries joined the crowds lining the streets as the parade marched through from the British Legion…

Morrison’s Continue To Find The Going Tough

The latest quarterly trading statement from Morrison’s reveals that conditions are tough with sales continuing to fall as the company battles to stabilize trading. The all-important like-for-like sales were down a further 2.6% Management is concentrating on reducing costs and improving the customer offering and experience – but it’s very much a case of running hard to stand still. The market remains intensely competitive – with no sign of any let-up in price–wars. For Morrison this year’s Christmas trading period is one that investors and analysts will be watching closely. Report by James Wilson