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Three men on trial after trouble flared after derby match between Bradford City and Sheffield United

THREE men are on trial at Bradford Crown Court after violence flared between rival football fans at a pub in the city centre.

Chairs and bottles were thrown in The Ginger Goose in Market Street on October 22 last year after a match between Bradford City and Sheffield United, a jury heard.

Jordan Brame, 20, of Parkside Terrace, Cullingworth; Joseph Brett, 26, of Howarth Avenue, Swain House, Bradford, and Milorad Duric, 47, of Fewston Avenue, Clayton Heights, Bradford, all deny affray.

Bradford Crown Court was told that others in the pub that night had admitted their roles in the disorder.

Prosecutor James Gelsthorpe said it was alleged that the three men on trial were all involved in the fight which broke out at 8pm following the afternoon football game.

CCTV played in court showed what each of the defendants did in the pub, Mr Gelsthorpe said.

He alleged that Brame was bouncing around on his toes like a boxer and was clearly seen to throw a punch at a male moving away from him.

Duric’s body language showed him to be kicking out at someone on the floor, the jury was told.

Brett could be seen throwing a bottle. He claimed he was acting in reasonable self defence, Mr Gelsthorpe said.

He added: “There are a great many more people involved in the incident than these three in the dock.”

The jury was told that violence erupted after two men from Sheffield were arguing with two other males.

Jamie Hayes, deputy manager of The Ginger Goose, said in a statement read to the court that 15 men then came into the pub and surrounded the two Sheffield men at the bar and told them to leave.

The group was aggressive and going to cause trouble, Mr Hayes said. He alerted his door staff to keep an eye on things.

One man from Sheffield then butted a Bradford man and disorder broke out in which the Sheffield men were punched and kicked.

Chairs were thrown and staff at the bar had to duck to avoid a flying bottle.

Mr Hayes said it was “pure luck” that none of his employees were injured.

Customers in the pub were scared and left.

Mr Gelsthorpe said of the disorder: “It was linked to football and the animosity between rival sets of fans.”

The trial continues.


G4S orders independent inquiry into immigration centre staff

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Image caption Brook House holds up to 508 adult male asylum seekers, illegal immigrants and foreign national offenders

Security firm G4S has commissioned an independent inquiry to review the “attitude and behaviour” of staff at an immigration removal centre it runs.

Staff at Brook House were allegedly caught “mocking, abusing and assaulting” people being held there in covert footage filmed for BBC Panorama.

G4S has a government contract to run the centre near Gatwick Airport.

It has appointed an outside consultancy to conduct the inquiry but has not said whether the findings will be published.

In September, Panorama aired footage recorded by ex-custody officer Callum Tulley at Brook House, which holds detainees who are facing deportation from the UK.

Security firm G4S has since dismissed six members of staff at the centre and a number of other staff have also been disciplined.

Brandon Lewis, the immigration minister, is expected to be questioned by MPs today about whether his department had concerns about the centre before the programme was broadcast.

BBC News has now seen a letter from G4S to the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee which says the firm has commissioned an independent review to understand the “extent and root causes of the treatment of detainees” at Brook House.

It has appointed investigators from consultancy organisation Verita, which carried out a review of practices at Yarl’s Wood immigration centre in Bedfordshire.

The investigation into Brook House will examine G4S’s “operational policies and management”, the treatment of detainees by staff, and the failings of whistleblowing procedures.

BBC’s home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said the inquiry is an indication of how seriously G4S regards the alleged abuse at Brook House.

He added that the Home Office is still considering whether to renew the company’s contract.

Image caption Callum Tulley, 21, agreed to go undercover at Brook House

The Equality and Human Rights Commission last month urged ministers to set up a public inquiry into wider issues with immigration centres – including allowing private firms to run them – but it says it has so far had no response from the Home Office.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd, when asked about the Brook House programme at the home affairs committee last month, said she had been “disgusted” by the footage.

“It is completely unacceptable, and they have put together a plan of implementation to correct it,” she told the committee.

Brook House was branded “fundamentally unsafe” in 2010 – a year after opening.

Three years later inspectors said they saw sustained improvement.

The most recent report from HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, released in March this year, said some detainees had been held for excessive periods due to “unreasonable delays in immigration decision making”.

Muckamore Abbey Hospital: Four staff members suspended

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Image caption The hospital cares for adults with an intellectual disability, behavioural or mental health problems

Four staff members have been suspended from Muckamore Abbey Hospital in Antrim while police investigate allegations of the “ill-treatment” of patients.

The BBC understand it centres on the care of at least two patients.

Muckamore Abbey Hospital provides acute inpatient care to adults with an intellectual disability, behavioural or mental health problems.

A spokesperson for the Belfast Health Trust said that an incident had come to light several months ago.

“Following concerns identified in relation to the conduct of a small number of staff in Muckamore Abbey Hospital, Belfast Trust has placed four members of staff on precautionary exclusion from work while a full internal investigation is undertaken,” it said.

Families of other long-term patients are being kept informed of the investigation.

The Belfast Trust says it has introduced additional measures and is assured of the ongoing safety and care of the community of patients in the hospital.

Det Ch Insp Tracey Mageean said: “We can confirm that we are working with Belfast Health and Social Care Trust regarding a number of allegations into ill treatment of patients at a hospital facility in Antrim.

“This is a live investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment any further.

“The safeguarding of any vulnerable victim is a priority for the Police Service of Northern Ireland.”

Care at home

Community matron Temba Ndirigu
Image caption Visits from community matron Temba Ndirigu means Maurice can get care at home

District nurses play a vital role in keeping patients out of hospital by providing care in their own homes, but official figures show their numbers have nearly halved since 2010.

In the Seacroft area of Leeds, community matron Temba Ndirigu is driving to see his first patient of the day.

He pulls up in front of a semi-detached house and calls out a cheery “Hello!” as he steps through the front door.

In a front room converted into a bedroom, he finds Maurice Welbourn and his wife Nora.

Maurice has suffered a stroke, throat cancer, diabetes and has liver problems, all of which have left him dependent on the support of his wife and the community health team.

Nora has also developed Parkinson’s disease, meaning Maurice’s main carer is also herself in need of support.

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She says that without people like Temba, her husband would constantly be in and out of hospital.

“No matter what time of the day, you can ring them any time, the district nurses, you know, the carers.

“I wouldn’t be able to keep him at home without them.”

Despite the complexity of his health problems, Maurice is a fairly typical patient for a community health team working in one of the more deprived parts of Leeds.

And for Temba and his colleagues, working in a community setting, rather than hospital, presents its own challenges.

“In a hospital, it is your environment, you know what you’re doing, you’re more or less in charge.

“In someone’s home, the tables are completely reversed.

“You are a guest in their home, and this sense of being alone, it’s just you and the patient or the family.

“There are all these people looking at you to make a decision or come up with a plan and that can be quite difficult.”

Back at base, the phones are ringing as the team try to manage a growing number of cases and it’s not easy.

Constant pressure

Service manager Lucy Hall is trying to schedule the team’s appointments for the next day, while at the same time knowing there will be unexpected calls.

“For the past 18 months we have been really busy, it seems to have stepped up a notch.

“The problem is we just don’t know what’s coming through the door the next day

“So when the hospitals have a big surge in referrals or a big surge in bed management, we often see the outcome of that.”

But as well as meeting the demand for services, there is a problem in the supply of staff qualified and willing to do this complex and demanding work.

Thea Stein is the chief executive of Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the district nursing team in Seacroft.

“We do constantly struggle with the supply of staff to do the job we need done,” she says.

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Image caption Thea Stein, chief executive of Leeds Community Healthcare, says staffing is a constant struggle

Official figures also show a 46.4% drop in full-time district nurses working for the NHS in England from May 2010 to July 2017.

Some of that drop may be down to nurses moving to work for other health organisations outside the NHS.

But the Royal College of Nursing says the data reflects a recent survey it carried out that suggested community teams are being stretched to the limit.

And Ms Stein says that keeping patients at home and out of hospital is a daily battle.

“We just have pressure day in and day out to do it.

“If services like mine aren’t there, 24/7, our hospitals are completely full.”

Next we are back on the road with staff nurse Lisa Heyward, this time to check up on Colin, who has problems with his legs.

Keeping patients like Colin at home rather than in hospital is central to plans for the future of the NHS in England.

This is work often unseen, requiring dedication and compassion.

But it is vital if the health service is to cope with the growing number of frail, older people living with multiple health conditions.

Bi the way…

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Image caption Prof Riordan said he “I felt uncomfortable that people presumed I was straight”

When Cardiff University’s vice chancellor prepared to send his monthly email to staff, his finger hovered over the send button for just a moment longer than usual.

That was because, alongside the usual round-up of academic affairs and campus matters, Prof Colin Riordan included a note explaining he is bisexual.

Prof Riordan, who has been in the post since 2012, said “he has never deliberately kept it a secret”.

But when he sent the email last month, he felt it was important to “speak out”. So why did he open up?

It came about, as he explained in the memo, after he realised he had missed the university’s Bi-Visibility Day in September, despite a colourful awareness flag being flown above his building.

“Once I had realised I’d missed the bi-visibility day, I felt it important to say I was encouraged by it and supported it,” he told BBC Wales.

“I wanted to show it was a good thing, to help stop making bisexual people feel invisible.”

‘Felt fraudulent’

But it was a move which might perhaps have surprised his 7,000 staff, including close colleagues.

Prof Riordan said that, despite having held his Cardiff post for five years, he had not told anyone at work, nor in his previous role as vice chancellor of the University of Essex.

“I never deliberately kept it a secret but I never felt the need to mention it either,” he said.

“Obviously, anyone I was in a relationship with knew the situation, but there was no real reason for colleagues to know.”

But this led to a situation where some at the university presumed he was “straight” – something which weighed on his mind.

Prof Riordan added: “When I joined Cardiff University, I was asked to become a friend of Enfys – the university’s LGBT network – but then I read an article somewhere where I was described as its ‘straight friend’.

“I felt fraudulent and uncomfortable that people presumed I was straight. Speaking out allowed me to correct the false impression.”

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Image caption The bi-visibility flag flying over Cardiff University on 23 September 2017

The move also allowed Prof Riordan to show support for the bisexual community, which he believes “still faces problems“.

“Invisibility is a big problem for people who are bisexual, because they often have no need to mention it,” he said.

“People would notice if the person was gay, but being bi is not so obvious, and that’s why we should talk about it.”

There are also stereotypes to contend with.

He added: “I’ve been told I’m gay and just in denial. I’ve also been told there is no such thing as bisexuality and also that everyone is bisexual to some degree, which is quite dismissive.

“I’ve never been accused of being promiscuous, but that can happen.

“Some people too can feel excluded by the LGBT community because they are not exclusively gay, though again, I’ve not encountered this.

“More often, people in this scene are just suspicious, like they are not quite sure what you’re all about.”

Despite these problems, however, the former German lecturer, 58, has never wished he was different.

He said: “I’ve never wished for anything else. I’ve always been this way and I’ve always been aware of it.”

Image caption The bi-visibility flag is pink, lavender and blue

That said, speaking out about his bisexuality has not been easy.

“Making the decision to send the email to all those thousands of people was quite worrying and stressful,” he said.

“Although this is not a big thing for me, I knew it would be seen as a big thing by others.

“It feels quite exposing, and I knew some people might react badly.

“I don’t suppose I’d have done it had I not felt it to be so important.”

Reaction to the news, however, has been nothing but positive – with staff emailing him to say it has helped give them courage and think about their own issues.

But perhaps most surprising of all, has been Prof Riordan’s own relief.

He said: “Already I feel more myself and that a weight has been lifted. I am now being truly honest with those around me, and there is a certain freedom in that.”

So, does he feel the time is right for people in powerful positions to be more open about their sexuality?

“Twenty years ago, I would never have mentioned this in the work place,” he said.

“It was simply not spoken of.

“I realise that not everything is solved in terms of LGBT rights, but compared to how things used to be, there’s a huge difference.”

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Image caption Thousands of people head to Cardiff city centre each year to celebrate LGBT event, Pride Cymru

With his announcement, Prof Riordan, who has two grown-up daughters from a former marriage, joins a tiny minority of leading academics who are openly non-heterosexual.

He said: “Only a few vice chancellors have spoken out about being gay or lesbian and none about being bi, as far as I’m aware.

“People have said that I am brave for telling the truth, but I don’t feel it.

“In all honesty, I think most people don’t really care one way or the other.

“Cardiff University is already very progressive in terms of its support for LGBT people.

“But if there is a chance that any of our students or colleagues might feel more supported and less invisible by my mentioning this, then it’s worth doing.”

Dame Katherine Grainger urges improvements in athlete welfare

Dame Katherine Grainger is Britain’s most decorated female Olympic athlete and the first British woman to win medals at five successive Games

UK Sport chair and Olympic gold medallist Dame Katherine Grainger has urged British sports to improve athlete welfare.

Several governing bodies are embroiled in bullying allegations and Grainger said they must “rise to the challenge” of improving high-performance culture.

The 42-year-old rower, who won rowing gold at London 2012, said there was “a lot more to do” on duty of care, and that this would mean more medals, not fewer.

It comes as UK Sport releases new guidance to coaches and staff on how to treat athletes with more respect.

The funding agency says coaching staff will be given guidance on four so-called “golden threads” of a positive and winning sporting culture – inspiration, integrity, the pursuit of excellence, and respect – tailored to “12 critical moments in an athlete’s journey through their sport”.

What is the background?

UK Sport’s ‘no-compromise’ funding strategy, which allocates money according to medal potential, has been credited with transforming the country’s Olympic and Paralympic fortunes.

But months of negative headlines involving athlete complaints have raised fears that medal success has come at the expense of welfare.

Last week, British Gymnastics became the latest governing body to be dragged into the crisis, after inquiries into duty of care standards at British Cycling,British Swimming,British Canoeing,GB Taekwondo and the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association among others.

Commonwealth champion Dan Keatings told BBC Sport he experienced a culture of “bullying and manipulation” throughout his time as a British gymnast, and several of his former team-mates are in dispute with the governing body over their refusal to sign new contracts.

Last month, MPs on a parliamentary select committee were told that British athletes were threatened with not being selected if they spoke out about classification concerns in Paralympic sports.

Meanwhile, Jess Varnish is suing British Cycling and UK Sport after she claimed to be the victim of bullying and discrimination when she was dropped from the Olympic squad last year.

If her lawyers successfully argue that she should have had employee status as a competitor and therefore better protections, the case could have major ramifications for all contracted athletes who are funded by UK Sport.

‘There is a lot more to do’

“I recognise and accept that there have been a number of difficult issues across a range of sports in recent months that have challenged our system, and we have to rise to that challenge,” said Grainger, who became one of the most powerful figures in British sport when appointed in July.

“These issues do not take away from the achievements of our athletes and coaches, but neither can we brush them under the carpet or just hope that they go away.

“We have to aim to be the best in the world at athlete welfare, culture, governance and integrity just as we aim to be so in performance.

“And we have to be seen to be the best in order to maintain public trust and pride in our achievements.”

June 2017: Athlete welfare a huge concern – UK Sport chair Grainger

UK Sport has already appointed a new head of integrity and says it has conducted a review of policies across the high performance system.

It is also understood to be considering more funding for the British Athletes Commission.

Last week the sports minister Tracey Crouch said she was open to appointing an independent ombudsman to investigate cases of bullying and discrimination, a key recommendation of Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson’s duty of care review earlier this year.

“We have done a lot already but there is a lot more to do,” added Grainger. “In particular we have to concentrate on putting these new and improved policies into action.

“Getting our culture right is simply the right thing to do. This isn’t about putting welfare before performance because there isn’t a choice between the two.

“I genuinely believe that a better culture will lead to a stronger system and that in turn will help improve performances.”

GALLERY: Back in time for Christmas at museum

MORE than 10,000 visitors were transported back to the time of Dickens as Bradford Industrial Museum hosted its ever-popular annual Victorian Christmas Market.

Guests at the free event, on November 18 and 19, were greeted with more than 80 stalls selling food, arts, and festive crafts, plus visits from Santa Claus in his Bradford tram and Ebenezer Scrooge in one of the museum’s back-to-back houses.

Other attractions included staff and volunteers dressed in full Victorian clothing, a concert brass band playing festive favourites, and activities for children including Sandy Kidz Sand Art and face-painting.

Neil Hinchcliffe, manager of the museum, at Moorside Mills, Eccleshill, said: “We had around 5,000 people on Saturday and the same figure today, so it’s going to be more than 10,000 visitors over the weekend, which is great.


“Santa Claus has been very popular, as is the case every year, and people have enjoyed the food stalls and brass band. This event is a real highlight in our calendar and creates a huge addition to our annual footfall.”

Electrical fire leaves house badly smoke-damaged

AN electrical fire in the cellar of a Bradford house has left the property badly smoke-damaged. 

Fire crews from Fairweather Green and Shipley were called to the incident at a house on Grange Terrace, Allerton, at around 8.30am today. 

On arrival, they found a consumer box in the cellar of the property to be well-alight, with smoke spreading to the rest of the house. 

The occupants of the end-terrace, two young women, were uninjured and safely outside by the time crews arrived at the scene. 

After the blaze was extinguished, staff from Northern Powergrid attended to isolate the electrical supply and make the property safe. 

A spokesman for the Fairweather Green crew said: “The house was full of smoke and has suffered damage. The occupants saw the fire but left all the doors of the property open. In that situation you should close the doors to try and limit smoke damage to the rest of the house.”

Giant airship ‘breaks in two’ and collapses

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Image caption The airlander collapsed at Cardington Airfield, where it is based

The world’s longest aircraft has collapsed to the ground less than 24 hours after a successful test flight.

The Airlander 10 – a combination of a plane and an airship – was seen to “break in two” at an airfield in Bedfordshire, an eyewitness said.

Owner Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd said it appeared the Airlander broke free from its mooring mast, triggering a safety system which deflates the aircraft.

Two people on the ground suffered minor injuries.

‘Minimises damage’

It was not flying and was not due to fly, Hybrid Air Vehicles said.

No one was on board, but a female member of staff suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital as a precaution.

A colleague also sustained minor injuries while dealing with the incident.

“The safety feature is to ensure our aircraft minimises any potential damage to its surroundings in these circumstances,” Hybrid Air Vehicles added.

“The aircraft is now deflated and secure on the edge of the airfield. The fuel and helium inside the Airlander have been made safe,

“We are testing a brand new type of aircraft and incidents of this nature can occur during this phase of development.

“We will assess the cause of the incident and the extent of repairs needed to the aircraft in the next few weeks.”

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Image caption The company that owns the airlander said it was not flying at the time

On Friday, the Airlander took off at 15:11 GMT and landed at 16:18 GMT at Cardington Airfield.

Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd had said it was now in the “next phase of extended test flights”.

It will soon “fly higher, faster, further and longer”, the company said.

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Image caption The airlander is the longest aircraft in the world at 302ft (92m)

In August 2016 the aircraft crash-landed after climbing to an excessive height because its mooring line became caught on power cables.

The 302ft (92m) long aircraft nosedived after the test flight at Cardington. No one was injured.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said the line was hanging free after a first landing attempt had failed.

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Image caption Airlander 10 completed its sixth test flight on Friday

Waddesdon air crash: Investigation resumes

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Media captionWaddesdon helicopter crash: Aerial shots show crash scene

Air crash investigators and police are resuming efforts to establish the cause of a collision between a helicopter and aeroplane that left four people dead.

Two people were killed in each aircraft in Friday’s crash in Buckinghamshire. There were no survivors.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) and police are to continue their work at the site of the crash at Waddesdon Estate, near Aylesbury.

The wreckage of the aircraft is scattered in a wooded area.

Investigations at the site are expected to continue for several days.

The helicopter and the Cessna plane both took off from Wycombe Air Park, also known as Booker Airfield, which offers flight training.

It is about 20 miles (30km) from the site of the crash.

No details of the crash victims have yet been released by police.

Thames Valley Police said the priority was giving information to the next of kin.

Image caption Emergency services were called at 12:06 GMT

Emergency services were called to Upper Winchendon, close to Waddesdon Manor, at 12:06 GMT.

Mitch Missen, an off-duty firefighter, witnessed the crash from his garden.

He said: “I looked up and saw as both collided in mid-air, followed by a large bang and falling debris.

“I rushed in to get my car keys and en route called the emergency services, who I continued to give updates as to its whereabouts.”

Andy Parry, a teacher in Aylesbury, said he was with students at Waddesdon Manor at the time of the crash.

He said they heard a “massive bang” and saw debris in the sky.

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Image caption Roads in the area were closed off for a number of hours
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Image caption The crash happened close to Waddesdon Manor, near Aylesbury

A spokesperson for the National Trust-owned Waddesdon Manor said the crash had not happened in its grounds, but staff helped direct the emergency services to the scene.

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Image caption The crash site is in dense woodland