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Road crashes make up a fifth of trauma centre admissions

ONE in five patients admitted to trauma centres last year were involved in road traffic collisions, a charity has revealed.

Brake, based in West Yorkshire, has released the figures to coincide with the start of Road Safety Week.

It states that in 2016, 11,486 road users – the equivalent of 31 a day – were admitted to trauma centres in England and Wales with life-threatening injuries.

The number across Yorkshire and the Humber was 1,215, equating to a 21 per cent proportion of all trauma admissions.

The charity states that speeding was a factor in almost a quarter of fatal crashes last year, and is running its Speed Down Save Lives campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of driving too fast.

Jason Wakeford, of Brake, said: “Speeding is a factor in many deadly crashes and remains a major problem.”


Young people ‘experimenting more in bed’

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Young people are taking part in a wider range of sexual practices, including anal sex, with opposite sex partners, research reveals.

Experts looked at responses to a national sex survey that has been carried out every 10 years since 1990 in the UK.

More than one in 10 millennial teenagers said they had tried anal sex by the age of 18.

By the age of 22 to 24, three in every 10 said they had tried it.

Vaginal and oral sex are still the most common types of sexual activity between young men and women, however.

The age that young people start having sex – vaginal, anal or oral – has not changed much in recent decades.

In the most recent survey, it was 16.

While the study in the Journal of Adolescent Health shows what types of sex people are having, it doesn’t shed light on why preferences are changing.

Experts can only speculate, but say society has become more accepting and less judgemental about sexual experimentation.

Breaking down taboos

Kaye Wellings, senior author and professor of sexual and reproductive health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: “The changes in practices we see here are consistent with the widening of other aspects of young people’s sexual experience, and are perhaps not surprising given the rapidly changing social context and the ever-increasing number of influences on sexual behaviour.”

Prof Cythia Graham is a professor in sexual and reproductive health at the University of Southampton.

She said the internet and media might have played a role in breaking down sexual taboos.

“The internet means people can easily find and see things that they would not have been able to in the past.

“Anal sex is still pretty stigmatised, but attitudes appear to be changing. We know society has become more accepting of things like same sex behaviour overall. But there’s very little research out there about anal sex and motivation.”

She said more studies were needed to inform sex education and equip young people with the information they need for their sexual health.

Start-up firms urged to sign up for fast track course

Health and social technology start-up firms will be given a fast-track thanks to a Bradford-based enterprise support programme.

The Northern Market Access Accelerator, also known as Northern MAX, is an intensive development programme which will provide start-ups with the latest technological advice, product development and business modelling support. The scheme has been funded by Bradford Council and the European Regional Development Fund.

The programme was unveiled at the Smart Cities World Congress, a world-leading innovation conference in Barcelona, which puts Bradford firmly on the global health innovation map.

A group of 20 firms will start on Northern MAX from January next year, which will be run in Little Germany by the University of Bradford’s Digital Health Enterprise Zone and Innov8tive Minds, who have extensive global experience in delivering innovation and entrepreneurial support.

The intensive 12-week fast track accelerator programme will help firms with new business customer introductions, management mentoring and access to finance and investment.

Participating companies will also be able to test their new products with GPs, clinicians and commissioners from NHS and private health and care providers.

The programme will help managers to secure finance and contracts by training them in effective pitching techniques and introducing them to valuable investors and customers.

Northern MAX is part of a European Regional Development Fund AD:VENTURE Business Support Programme, which is designed for businesses with high growth ideas and up to three years of trading.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, the Council’s portfolio holder for regeneration, planning and transport, said: “This is an incredibly exciting programme for Bradford and our partners across the Leeds City Region.”

Applications for Northern MAX need to be submitted by Wednesday, December 13.

Go to to apply or for more information.

Sports hall demolition won’t scupper leisure village plans says Council

A SPORTS hall that was to be a major part of a multi-million-pound leisure scheme will be demolished after being badly damaged in a fire.

Flames ripped through the Wyke Manor sports hall in June, and after numerous surveys Bradford Council has now deemed it too dangerous to remain standing.

They have issued a demolition notice for the steel-framed building, saying it is “beyond economic repair”. The notice says work to bring the building down is likely to start on December 11 and finish shortly before Christmas.

However, the Council says it will not scupper the ambitious plans to develop a sports village on the site, although one local councillor says the plans may have to be tweaked.

The sports hall was part of Wyke Manor school, which was closed in 2012, and replaced by Appleton Academy. The other school buildings have since been demolished.

But the sports hall was retained, and was due to become a major part of a £2.5 million “community sports village” that would also include a cycle track and sports pitches.

Plans for the 140,000 square metre multi-sports facility were unveiled last year, and the Council said it was “primarily aimed at the residential areas and the schools in the surrounding area”.

The hall was to undergo a major refurbishment to include facilities for indoor sports, and expanded to include a new canteen, changing rooms, a fitness room and a new reception.

It was part of a partnership between Bradford Council, Sport England, British Cycling, and the Football Foundation.

Although the building did not collapse in the blaze, which was suspected to be arson, the Council said it was not salvageable.

A Bradford Council spokesperson said: “An application to demolish the building has been submitted because fire damage has meant that it is beyond economic repair.

“This application does not impact on our plans for a sports facility on the site. Bradford Council is committed to these plans and is continuing to work with our partners on this project.”

Councillor David Warburton (Lab, Wyke) has been working with fellow ward councillors to bring the facility to the area for several years.


After hearing news of the demolition, he said: “It was beyond repair. There was a void between the two parts of walling that the fire got into, and it has badly buckled the walls.

“We won’t be able to use that hall, but we will have to work with what we’ve got. The money from the insurance will probably help as it will be ring fenced for this project, but it probably won’t cover the building we’d originally envisioned.”

He said the fire would likely lead to the project being delayed.

London buses to be powered by coffee

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Image caption It is the first time a coffee-derived biofuel will be used on London‘s public transport system

Waste coffee grounds will be used to help power some of London‘s buses from Monday, it has been revealed.

A biofuel created by blending oil extracted from coffee waste with diesel is to be added to the public transport fuel supply.

Technology firm bio-bean says it has produced enough coffee oil to power one bus for a year.

Transport for London (TfL) has increasingly turned to using biofuels to reduce transport emissions.

Will buses be run on coffee in future?

Biofuel made using waste products such as cooking oil and tallow from meat processing is already used in many of the capital’s 9,500 buses.

However, this is thought to be the first time a coffee-derived biofuel has been added to London’s public transport system.

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Image caption About 55 million cups of coffee are drunk in the UK per day, the British Coffee Association says

Londoners create 200,000 tonnes of coffee waste a year, according to bio-bean.

The company takes the used grounds from coffee shops and instant coffee factories, and extracts oil from it in its factory.

This is then processed into a blended B20 biofuel.

Buses can be powered using the fuel without the need for modification.

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Image caption More than two billion passenger trips are made on buses each year in London

The firm believes it would take just over 2.55 million cups of coffee to create the enough biofuel to run a London bus for a year once the oil has been blended with diesel.

Six-thousand litres of coffee oil have been produced so far.

“It’s a great example of what can be done when we start to reimagine waste as an untapped resource,” bio-bean founder Arthur Kay said.

Women’s Ashes: Katherine Brunt keeps England’s hopes of drawing Australia series alive

Not taking the new ball on this occasion, Brunt put the brakes on in mid-innings, aided by a superb stumping from Sarah Taylor (second left)
Women’s Ashes: Second Twenty20 international, Canberra:
England 152-6 (20 overs): Sciver 40, Schutt 2-16
Australia 112 (18 overs): Healy 24, Gunn 4-13, Brunt 2-10
England (2pts) won by 40 runs; Australia lead multi-format series 8-6

Katherine Brunt starred with bat and ball as England kept their hopes of a drawn Women’s Ashes series alive with a 40-run win over Australia in the second Twenty20 international in Canberra.

Brunt (32 not out) and Natalie Sciver (40) helped England post 152-6 from their 20 overs after they won the toss.

Jenny Gunn (4-13) and Brunt (2-10) then helped bowl the hosts out for 112.

The Aussies, who are already assured of retaining the trophy, now lead the points-based multi-format series 8-6.

England can level the series if they win the final T20 match, also at the Manuka Oval, on Tuesday.

Brunt has a batting strike rate of 98.28 in T20 international cricket

Brunt’s big day

A wholehearted character who has worn her heart on her sleeve since her England debut in 2004, Brunt would have felt Friday’s defeat – which ended England’s hopes of regaining the Ashes – as keenly as anyone, having been dismissed for a golden duck and then bowling three overs for 33 runs.

Having worked hard on her batting in the past couple of years, she is desperate to repay the faith shown in her by captain and coach which has seen her promoted up the order in T20 cricket.

This time, a platform had been set by the elevation of Danielle Wyatt (19 from 16 balls) to open, and when Brunt came to the crease in the 13th over after Sarah Taylor (30) ran herself out, she helped England post what proved to be a competitive total – and could have been even higher had Taylor and Sciver not got themselves out when well set.

Brunt’s unbeaten 32 came off 24 balls, hitting back-up seamers Delissa Kimmince and Sarah Aley for two big sixes down the ground off successive overs.

With her regular new-ball partner Anya Shrubsole fit again, Brunt – for once – was not asked to bowl in the powerplay. She was instrumental in putting the squeeze on Australia in mid-innings, her four overs costing only 10 runs, aided by a slick Taylor stumping which removed Elyse Villani.

Gunn, another of the side’s veterans, has sometimes been a bit-part player for England in this series – being left out of the Test XI – but proved her worth with ball in hand.

The seamer broke a useful opening stand of 45 by having Alyssa Healy caught at mid-on, ran fellow opener Beth Mooney out with a direct hit, and returned to wrap up the tail with some accurate slower balls.

Megan Schutt (2-16 from four overs) bowled a superb final over but England were out of Australia’s reach

‘Clinical from ball one and held their catches’ – what they said

Ex-England seamer Isa Guha on BBC Test Match Special: “England have been clinical from ball one. Danni Wyatt got them off to a great start, other players continued that momentum, they’ve looked in control and held all their catches. They haven’t become a bad team overnight – they generally don’t start overseas tours well and were found wanting in that first T20.”

Player of the match Katherine Brunt on TMS: “It’s a shame we brought one of our best games today and not the other day, but hopefully we can still level the series. If it’s equal points, that’s a good finish and what we’re striving for now.

“We’ve had one day to turn it around and that included a six-hour coach journey, so we’ve done really well to pick ourselves up. It was really bitter the other day, we’re still feeling it and it still hurts. But we want to level the series and we’ll give it our all.”

Australia all-rounder Delissa Kimmince on TMS: “We lost too many wickets in clumps, Brunt bowled really well into the wicket and Gunn’s slower balls were hard to get onto – they had their field set right and we kept hitting to fielders.”

Survivors’ tales

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Media captionThirty-one people were killed by the fire, which started beneath a wooden escalator

In its 124-year history there had never been mass loss of life in a fire on the London Underground. But on 18 November 1987 that would change, as a flashover – a sudden and rapid spread of fire caused by smoke or fumes igniting – claimed the lives of 31 people at King’s Cross. Some of those who survived have been recalling the events of that night.

Daemonn Brody, who had moved to London five days earlier to start a new job, was on his way to see the Regent Street Christmas lights.

As the self-confessed “computer geek” waited for a Victoria Line train at King’s Cross Tube station, he realised passengers were being evacuated.

He joined them, heading up an escalator back into the ticket hall from the underground platform.

“There were a lot of people running about, and there was definitely commotion,” he said.

“A police officer was shouting: ‘Get out, get out’. It was really turning panicky.”

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Image caption The ticket hall was completely destroyed

As Mr Brody walked across the ticket hall he was floored by the fireball that shot up from below, and he realised his back and legs were on fire.

“I hit the deck,” he said.

“Dropping to the floor was a mix of instincts and just not being able to stand up as the ticket hall filled with smoke.”

Mr Brody crawled along the ground, unable to breathe as the intensely hot air burned his throat.

Image caption Daemonn Brody, who still works in London, was badly burned in the fire

He remembers worrying that no-one would recognise his body: “I was upset – I knew I was dying and that nobody would know I was down there.”

But he somehow found his way to the steps at the bottom of the south side of the exit to Euston Road.

“I could hardly walk and was screaming in pain, very, very loudly,” he said.

From there he was helped to safety by members of the public.

They threw water on his burns as he stared at the skin that was hanging off his hands.

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The fire, which had actually begun beneath Escalator Four around a quarter of an hour earlier, at about 19:30 GMT, is suspected to have been caused by a match discarded by a passenger. (Although smoking had been banned in all subsurface stations since a fire at Oxford Circus in 1984, people often lit cigarettes on their way up the escalators on their way out of the station.)

Fuelled by a build-up of grease and dust inside the wooden escalator, the fire spread until smoke began to spew from under the steps and out into the main concourse.

It was at about this point that firefighter Stewart Button and his colleagues arrived in the first fire engine to attend the scene. Minutes later, the fireball blasted up into the ticket hall – the precise time of 19:45 can be documented because the severe heat melted the wiring of the digital clock at the top of the escalators.

Mr Button said: “You heard a dull ‘woomph’ sound and when I turned around, you could see a thick black wall of smoke.”

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Station officer Colin Townsley, the only firefighter killed in the tragedy, was caught up in the flashover.

When Mr Button and other colleagues found him in the tunnel they carried him out of the ticket hall, and paramedics tried to resuscitate him on the street above.

Mr Button said: “Although it was devastating it didn’t really hit you then.

“He was in good hands and there was still screaming down below, so back in again we went.”

The temperatures underground reached up to 600C, with firefighters having to resort to spraying each other with water to keep cool.

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Some 150 would spend the following hours helping trapped and injured people reach paramedics on the street above.

“The problem we faced was that the St Pancras entrance seemed to be directly fed up from the Piccadilly Line escalators,” Mr Button said.

“So as the trains were moving through, pushing the air up through that main concourse area, the heat was intensified.

“When a train started passing through, all you could do was lie flat on the floor, cover your ears, and just hang on and wait for it to pass.”

Image caption Stewart Button struggled to cope with the death of his colleague

Above the ground, Sophie Tarassenko had been in the area meeting a friend when she saw the fire engines.

She had no idea her 25-year-old brother Ivan, who she describes as a “laid-back, happy-go-lucky chap”, was inside the Tube station.

Ivan Tarassenko, who had been on his way to Notting Hill for a band rehearsal, would be among the 31 people who perished in the blaze.

Reflecting on her loss, Ms Tarassenko said: “You cry a lot, for a long time.

“It’s a shocking thing and every time something like that happens – whether it’s Grenfell, or a terrorist incident – you think of all the people who are getting that news.”

Image caption Sophie Tarassenko says London Underground was slow to improve after the fire

Mr Button is also deeply affected by the death of his colleague, who was found next to an injured passenger.

He said: “As a fireman you are very often going out and you deal with those people that are casualties and you do it professionally, and you don’t know those people.

“This was different because it was one of your own, one of your brothers.”

Sir Desmond Fennell’s report into the fire said all the evidence suggested Mr Townsley had been “overcome by smoke and fumes while trying to help the burned passenger” in what he described as a “heroic act”.

The public inquiry Sir Desmond chaired triggered huge changes for both firefighting and London Underground’s safety procedures.

A smoking ban was enforced, wooden escalators were removed, staff were trained in rigorous fire safety plans, and, more recently, communications between Underground staff and emergency services have been greatly improved.

Firefighters’ equipment and uniforms have also undergone drastic changes.

Protective gear worn by firefighters at King’s Cross included yellow plastic leggings that melted under intense heat and red rubber gloves, which gave limited movement.

Today, firefighters’ clothing is made of the lightest, most protective materials possible, London Fire Brigade said.

Fire timeline

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Image caption Signs at the station were left smeared with soot

16:00 to 18:30 – About 100,000 people pass safely through King’s Cross, one of the busiest stations in the capital

c.19:29 – First reports of a small fire and smoke on Escalator Four

19:36 – London Fire Brigade despatches crews from three fire stations

c.19:39 – Police officers start evacuating passengers

c.19:42 – Police tell booking office staff to leave, which they do about a minute later – in the confusion no-one alerted those in the bureau de change or public lavatories

19:42 – First firefighting crew arrives, led by station officer Colin Townsley

19:43 – Mr Townsley goes to look at the fire before returning to the ticket hall

19:45 – The flashover rips up the top of the escalator and through the ticket hall

c.19:59 – First ambulance arrives

20:16 – London Ambulance Service declares major accident to alert hospitals

21:48 – Fire brought under control

Source: Public inquiry into the King’s Cross fire

Ms Tarassenko finds some solace in the improvements, even though they took some time to be implemented.

She said: “[London Underground] were slow [to make improvements] in the late 80s, early 90s, but I feel far more confident than I used to in the Underground.”

The efforts to improve London Underground since 1987 mean it is now considered one of the safest metro systems in the world, according to managing director Mark Wild.

“There isn’t a month goes by in my job that we don’t reference the King’s Cross fire,” he said.

“It had such a phenomenal and beneficial effect on the organisation: so out of a desperate tragedy good things have actually come.”

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Survivors and victims’ families will attend memorial events this weekend.

But Mr Brody plans to spend Saturday at home with friends.

He said he had always felt awkward and uncomfortable at anniversary events because others there have lost loved ones.

“I’m 50 years old but I still struggle as if I was 20 – that guilt of being a survivor.”

Judge sets date set for murder trial

A 33-YEAR-OLD man facing a murder charge has made his first appearance at Bradford Crown Court.

Dawid Kutek, who is a Polish national, is accused of killing 39 year-old Tadeusz Pac, who is also understood to be of Eastern European descent.

Police were called to an address in Ashgrove, Great Horton (pictured), at about 1.30pm on Sunday, November 12.

Mr Pac had suffered facial injuries consistent with an assault and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kutek, also of Ashgrove, spoke only to confirm his name during the brief hearing. His solicitor advocate, Ray Singh, said a bail application on Kutek’s behalf would be made in due course.

Judge David Hatton QC confirmed a trial date to start on April 30 next year.

Kutek was remanded in custody on Friday (November 17) until the next hearing in the case on December 11.

Judge sets date for murder trial

A 33-YEAR-OLD man facing a murder charge has made his first appearance at Bradford Crown Court.

Dawid Kutek, who is a Polish national, is accused of killing 39 year-old Tadeusz Pac, who is also understood to be of Eastern European descent.

Police were called to an address in Ashgrove, Great Horton, at about 1.30pm on Sunday, November 12.

Mr Pac had suffered facial injuries consistent with an assault and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kutek, also of Ashgrove, spoke only to confirm his name during the brief hearing. His solicitor advocate, Ray Singh, said a bail application on Kutek’s behalf would be made in due course.

Judge David Hatton QC confirmed a trial date to start on April 30 next year.

Kutek was remanded in custody on Friday (November 17) until the next hearing in the case on December 11.

Keys are handed over for park lodge

COMMUNITY groups have been celebrating after the keys to a historic park lodge were officially handed over yesterday.

Friends of Bowling Park, e:merge, and the BD4 Community Trust have banded together to take over Bowling Park Lodge, and have a 50year lease on the building.

Formerly used as Council offices, building and renovation work starts next week to turn the lodge into a hub for the community, featuring a café and community buildings.

Bowling and Barkerend Councillors Rizwana Jamil, Imran Khan and Hassan Khan also joined the community for the celebration.

Dave Brickman, chairman of Friends of Bowling Park, said: “It was a fantastic day to mark six years of hard work and the start of the next adventure.

“It’s fantastic to see so many people from different parts of the community, and it’s great to finally have the keys.”

Cllr Hassan Khan added: “This is a good result for the community and I think it is a good step forward.

“Families will be able to come to the park with their young children and enjoy the facilities.

“This is what we want, we want to see the park is safe, friendly and a fun place to be.

“Friends of Bowling Park look after it and keep it clean and the Council is looking after the park as well, and this is the best way to move forward.”

Andy Sykes, chief executive of e:merge, said: “We are very excited, it is going to change how the park is used for young people.

“It will bring a huge benefit to the community, it will be a community venue hopefully full of people of all ages.”

Mel Astin, BD4 Community Trust project manager, said: “It will be somewhere safe, comfortable and warm that families can go to, be together, have a nice drink and just be together.

“We hope it will encourage more people to come to the park and the lodge will be somewhere they are drawn to.”

The lodge will be run by community interest company ASH Yorkshire, made up of more than 100 local members, with all profits reinvested into the lodge and local charities.