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Bus tours for future teachers expand to Bradford’s secondary schools

TEACHER training students will be taken on bus tours of secondary schools across Bradford as part of a major recruitment campaign.

Bradford Council organises the tours to give people who are training to be teachers an insight into how rewarding working in the district’s schools can be.

Tours have so far been of primary schools, but students are now being shown around Bradford’s secondary schools.

The bus tours have already been credited with helping to recruit more than 200 teachers into Bradford’s primary schools since they were first launched two years ago.

Councillor Imran Khan, executive for education, employment and skills said: “We know that when people see the work that our schools do first-hand they want to be involved. We hope the teacher training students who take part are inspired by what they see.

“Bradford’s secondary schools are already achieving some amazing results – having been the fourth most improved area in the country for the progress pupils are making at GCSE. We hope more talented teachers taking part in the latest round of bus tours will join us to help improve the district’s results further.”

The tours are followed by a ‘Journey to Your First Teaching Post’ workshop where candidates are given advice about applying for jobs, writing personal statements and preparing for their job interviews.

The newly qualified teachers are then invited to apply to a talent bank which has been set up by Bradford Council to allow the district’s schools to find the best candidates for their vacancies.

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Drug made student ‘think he could fly’

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Image caption Thomas Millward died of a brain injury the day after he fell from a stairwell at Girton College

A Cambridge University student fell to his death after taking a drug which can make users believe they can fly, an inquest has heard.

Thomas Millward, 19, was found unconscious and naked after falling from a stairwell at Girton College on 5 March last year.

He is thought to have taken a variant of hallucinogenic LSD beforehand, an inquest in Huntingdon heard.

Mr Millward died in hospital the next day of a traumatic brain injury.

Cambridgeshire assistant coroner Simon Milburn said the engineering student and his girlfriend Daniella Mieloszyk took a substance which was probably 1P-LSD, a legal high at the time which has since been banned.

A toxicology expert told the court that people can believe they can fly after taking the drug.

Mr Milburn said the couple took the drug at around 15:00 GMT and Mr Millward was found to have fallen four hours later.

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Fellow Cambridge student Tessa Duff, 20, told the court Ms Mieloszyk had previously mentioned to her that the couple had considered taking drugs.

“After that, neither of them mentioned it to me again until they knocked on my door after they had already taken it,” she told the inquest in Huntingdon.

She said their condition “wasn’t particularly alarming”, but “they just seemed confused”.

“If I tried to engage with them they would partially respond then look at me, and look at each other, and say ‘this is so strange, is this real?'” she said.

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Image caption Mr Millward, from Cheltenham, was a first year engineering student at Girton College

After about 45 minutes the pair returned to Mr Millward’s room, she said.

She later heard an “echoey bang” but she stayed in her room, the inquest heard.

‘Mind-altering’

Dr Susan Paterson, head of toxicology at Imperial College, London, said analysis of blood samples showed Mr Millward had taken either LSD or 1P-LSD.

But, she said, it was not possible to determine which drug had been taken nor the concentration consumed.

She described it as “the most potent mind-altering substance there is”.

“You lose your perceptions, your senses become confused, your senses of colour and sound become distorted,” she said.

“It’s possible to think you can actually fly. That’s well-recorded with this drug,” she added.

She said effects typically start within 30 to 90 minutes of taking the drug and last between three and 12 hours.

The inquest continues.

National Lottery players could win £10,000 a month for life

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Camelot, the operator of the National Lottery, is planning to introduce a new game which offers winners a monthly income for the rest of their lives.

Instead of winning a lump sum, those taking part in the new game could win as much as £10,000 a month, providing them with a lifetime annuity.

Camelot said it was one of the different options it was looking at as a way for it to attract new players.

It follows a poor performance, as the firm raised less money for good causes.

A spokesperson for Camelot said the annuity-style prize was not designed to prevent binge spending.

He said it was for people who had “a different dream”. It is likely to be introduced some time in 2019.

In the six months to the 23 September, National Lottery ticket sales fell by 3.2% compared to the same period last year.

Over the same time it raised £746.6m for good causes, a 4.7% drop on 2016.

A ‘different dream’

Camelot UK has also appointed Nigel Railton as its permanent chief executive. He is charged with returning the National Lottery to growth.

Mr Railton is said to be keen on the annuity idea, having spent time in Chicago as boss of Camelot Global.

In the United States pay-outs of $10,000 a month for life are a regular feature of local lotteries.

A number of lump-sum lottery winners have lost their cash after spending all their winnings.

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Image caption Pete Kyle, who reportedly spent most of his £5m winnings

Among them was Pete Kyle from Plymouth, who won over £5m in 2005.

In August this year The Sun wreported that he was penniless, after blowing the cash on luxury cars and holidays.

Lotto revision

Camelot said it was also planning to re-design its Lotto game, following criticism by players.

In 2015 it added 10 extra balls to the draw, making it harder to win a jackpot.

From next year it said it will offer a better game, with improved odds of winning.

However it is going to keep the existing number of balls.

Schools to help design web safety tool

FOUR schools in Bradford are competing in a competition to design an online tool to keep people safe online.

BBG Academy, Dixons Allerton Academy, Queensbury School, and Samuel Lister Academy are four of 26 schools taking part in the contest, organised by West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson.

Children aged 11 to 14 are being asked to design a resource – whether it be a website, leaflet, phone app or even a rap – to help people be safe on the internet.

Schools will also have to prove as part of the entry the safety message has worked on a small sample group of students.

Mark Burns-Williamson said: “The majority of cyber crime is preventable and there are some simple steps that you can take to vastly reduce your chances of being targeted, such as ensuring you use strong passwords and don’t click on suspicious links.

“The problem comes with raising awareness of these steps which aren’t always the most interesting things to read.

“However, who better to help than young people themselves who are often at the forefront of technology and much more digitally aware than most adults.”

The deadline for entries is Monday, December 18 with the final being held at West Yorkshire Police’s training base at Carr Gate, Wakefield, on Safer Internet Day, Tuesday, February 6, 2018.

Social media helps Bradford nurse to boost donations for Staying Put – a charity helping those affected by domestic violence

IT was a simple appeal which attracted a significant response.

The power of Social Media in supporting and uniting people has already been demonstrated but the response to her own post still took Joanne Jones by surprise.

Working with families in her role as a community nursery nurse in her home city of Bradford, the 33-year-old was aware of the plight of those who had experienced domestic violence.

Being conscious of the parents who have to up-root their children swiftly to escape to a better life and often not having such simple basic necessities as a toothbrush to hand brought home the reality of the situation to Joanne.

Determined to help, her initial reaction was to help the Bradford-based charity she was already familiar with through her work.

Since it was launched 15 years ago Staying Put has supported more than 50,000 people to change their lives and it is thanks to people such as Joanne, and its many more supporters, that it continues to help many more.

“A lot of our clients have used the service at some point,” says Joanne, referring to the families she sees through her role as a community nursery nurse.

“There was one particular case, we had a lady who had to flee very quickly and left with nothing.”

Through this Joanne learned more about the emergency packs Staying Put provide which include toiletries and goodies to help people feel comfortable and supported during their time of need.

“I thought ‘there is something I can do about this’ – I decided to crack on with it,” she says.

The mother-of-two, from Queensbury, discussed it with some of the mums at the Mum and Baby group she is involved with.

“Everybody thought it was a good idea,” says Joanne.

So she decided to put out a small appeal through social media to garner support – and was overwhelmed by the response.

Conscious the city was already well-supported with food banks, Joanne turned her attentions to the practical help she knew could benefit families greatly.

Shortly afterwards Joanne began collecting donations – some were delivered to her home where she now has boxes of supplies including simple things we often take for granted such as toothbrushes; shampoo and sanitary wear.

She has since ordered some canvas shopping bags which she intends filling with the supplies and taking to the charity to distribute to those in need.

Alongside running the appeal, Joanne also decided to boost funds for the charity to help buy some additional essential items to put in the bags.

She enjoys running but working full-time and looking after her daughters, Eliza, who is two and a half and sixyear-old Gracie, doesn’t give her much time.

Nevertheless, Joanne decided to participate in the recent Bradford 10K run to help swell the funds for Staying Put – and it turned out to be a real family affair with her daughter, Gracie, and husband Neil also taking part!

Joanne says her daughter, Gracie, loves running. “She is a little whippet,” she says.

So far Jo has raised more than £300, topping her target and supporting more domestic abuse survivors in the process.

Says Jo: “I have been overwhelmed by the support I have had in making up the overnight emergency packs, not only by the people that have donated via the JustGiving page, but also by the donations of products and the interest in the idea behind the packs.

“Staying Put is vital to the safety and wellbeing of many people. Could you imagine having to leave everything you have known as well as being petrified for your safety or even your life, potentially doing this with children in tow? This to me is an unbearable thought but all too real for some people.

“Now imagine all this and then having nothing with you for the night or even a few days – no way of having a shower or a wash. Our emergency packs will hopefully bridge that little gap and may help someone for the evening and the next few days ahead.”

They say charity begins at home and every year Jo has also run coffee mornings in her own home to raise funds to support homeless charities.

“I think of it being an easy thing to do. If I can do a little bit if it helps somebody else that has to be a good thing.”

Yasmin Khan, director of Staying Put, said: “We’re very grateful to Jo and all the people who have supported her. This is a brilliant idea and will help many survivors of domestic violence who often leave with nothing. It’s lovely that Jo has been so inspired by our work that she wants to give something back to the charity.”

To donate money to Jo’s fundraising campaign, go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/j-jones

Figures from arts, business and activism to get honorary fellowships from college

A LEADING local businessman, a children’s author, local campaigner and the founder of a local radio station will be honoured by Bradford College this week.

The University Centre at the college will bestow honorary awards at graduation events today and tomorrow.

Accepting the prestigious honour this year will be Amjad Pervez, the founding partner of Bradford-based Seafresh Foods, award-winning children’s author Robert Swindells, Saorsa Tweedale, who founded the Bradford-based support group Trans Positive, and Mary Dowson, the founder of BCB Radio.

They will join hundreds of college higher education students at the ceremonies at the LIFE Centre.

Students of teaching, applied science and social care and community practice will be taking to the stage today to collect their certificates. Then, tomorrow it will be the turn of students graduating from courses in business, law, services management, arts and creative industries to celebrate.

Amjad Pervez is being recognised for his contribution to business. He went from owning one corner shop to running the Seafresh food wholesaling and Adams cash and carry businesses and employing nearly 300 people locally, and many more across the globe through the company’s supply networks.

Having moved to Bradford from Pakistan as a 10-year-old, in 1970, he studied A-levels at Bradford College before gaining a degree in business and marketing and then setting up his own business.

Robert Swindells, who has written more than 60 books for children, left school with no O-levels but returned to education as a mature student and passed five O-levels at Bradford College. Aged 33, he qualified as a teacher and spent eight years teaching in Bradford primary schools before leaving the profession to focus full-time on writing.

In 1994 he won the Carnegie Medal for children’s literature with Stone Cold, a story about homelessness amongst young people.

Mary Dowson is one of the founders of the award-winning BCB radio – Bradford Community Broadcasting. She hails from London but has Bradford in her heart, having arrived in the city as a student in the 1970s and later working as a youth worker in Manningham and a teacher at the college.

The station began as Bradford Festival Radio and was granted its own licence more than 20 years ago.

Saorsa Tweedale’s award acknowledges her efforts to promote LGBTQ equality in the district, with particular appreciation for her work on transgender issues.

She completed a Masters in the Politics of Visual Representation at the college in 1999, and is an out and visible transgender woman who founded the Bradford-based social support group Trans-Positive.

Government urged to spend £200m on ‘high risk’ roads

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Image caption The Road Safety Foundation said there is an “unacceptable” death and serious injury rate on the A537

The UK road network needs an “immediate” £200m to tackle its “high risk roads”, a road safety charity has said.

Listing the UK’s “most dangerous roads”, the Road Safety Foundation cited “unacceptable” deaths on the A537 from Macclesfield to Buxton.

The charity acknowledged the government spent £175m last year on the 50 most dangerous A roads in England.

The Department for Transport said it is giving record funding to councils.

Each year, the Road Safety Foundation identifies “persistently higher risk” roads which average at least one fatal or serious crash per mile along their length in the three-year survey period and have shown no improvement between 2010-12 and 2013-15.

According to the foundation, the seven-mile (12km) stretch of the A537, nicknamed locally the Cat and Fiddle, has been the most hazardous UK road six times out of the last 10 years.

A spokesperson said the single carriageway road, takes in part of the Peak District, has several sharp bends.

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Image caption Police say there has been no motorcycle crashes on the A537 since January

Driving instructor Ian Brown, from Buxton in Derbyshire, witnessed a fatal collision on the A537 involving a cyclist and a car while he was taking a driving lesson in June 2016.

“It was very distressing both for me and my learner driver. Myself and a nurse tried to save him but it was clear he wouldn’t make it,” he said.

“There is a stretch which looks like a straight piece of road but it is a sharp bend that comes back on itself and that is where most of the accidents happen.”


Ten most ‘high risk’ roads:

  • A537 – Macclesfield to Buxton
  • A254 – The A28 junction in Margate to junction with A255 near Ramsgate
  • A259 – The junction with A2036 at Glyne Gap to just outside Ore
  • A588 – Lancaster to junction with A585 outside Poulton-le-Fylde
  • A6 – The junction with A585 in Lancaster to M6 junction 33
  • A32 – From M27 J10 to Delme Roundabout, Quay Street roundabout to the Gosport ferry terminal
  • A3055 – The junction with A3054 in Freshwater to junction with A3054 in Ryde
  • A21 – The junction with A2100 to junction with A259 at Hastings
  • A18 – The junction with A46 near Laceby to junction with A16 near Ludborough
  • A4 – The junction with Huntercombe Spur to junction 5 of M4

Source: The Road Safety Foundation


The Road Safety Foundation acknowledged safety improvements on the A537, but said the rate of death and serious injuries “remains unacceptable”.

A Cheshire Police spokeswoman said there has been no motorcycle crashes on the road since January and the only collision this year “involved a horse rider and a tractor”.

She added: “This reflects the work that has been done with Cheshire East Council to reduce the number of collisions, including reducing the speed limit and making the barriers safer in the event of a collision.”

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Image caption Dr Suzy Charman from the Road Safety Foundation has called for more cash for road safety

The Road Safety Foundation also praised Gloucestershire County Council for its work on making the A4151 from Nailbridge to Westbury-on-Severn the “most improved road”.

Dr Suzy Charman, the foundation’s research director, said: “The UK‘s local authority A road network needs an immediate injection of £200 million to tackle the high risk road sections.”


Ten most improved roads:

  • A4151 – Nailbridge to Westbury-on-Severn in Gloucestershire
  • A540 – From the outskirts of Chester to the city centre
  • A14 – In Ipswich from junction 55 to 58
  • A10 – From its junction with the M25 to the North Circular Road in London
  • A535 – From Holmes Chapel to Chelford in Cheshire
  • A559 – From junction 10 of the M56 in Cheshire to Lostock Gralam
  • M25 – London‘s orbital motorway junction 24 to 25
  • A6075 – From Mansfield Woodhouse to Ollerton in Nottinghamshire
  • A3100 -The A3 junction at Milford to 200m before Sandy Lane in Guildford, excluding A283 at Milford
  • A537 – From south of Knutsford to Macclesfield in Cheshire

Source: The Road Safety Foundation


RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams praised the foundation for the way it highlighted road safety data.

“After years of declining road fatality and casualty rates, we have seen these plateau over the last decade and 2016 saw the highest number of people killed on UK roads since 2011,” he added.

A Department for Transport spokeswoman said in addition to the £175m it allocated last year it is also going to give local authorities “record” levels of funding to improve local roads and repair potholes.

She added: “It is vital councils spend this money to keep roads in good condition.”

Newcastle United takeover: Financial firm tables formal bid in region of £300m

Mike Ashley took over the running of Newcastle United in 2007

A financial firm headed by British businesswoman Amanda Staveley has tabled a formal takeover bid in the region of £300m for Newcastle United.

PCP Capital Partners has been in talks with the Premier League club’s owner Mike Ashley for about a month, and a source close to the deal said an offer has now been made.

Ashley said on 16 October he wanted to sell after 10 years in charge.

Staveley watched Newcastle’s 1-1 home draw against Liverpool on 1 October.

The 44-year-old helped broker the purchase of Manchester City by Sheikh Mansour bin-Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in 2009, and it was reported she led Dubai International Capital’s £400m bid for Liverpool in 2008.

Ashley, 53, has been a divisive figure at St James’ Park since taking over in 2007, with some supporters regularly protesting about the way the businessman has run the club.

He bought Newcastle for £134.4m in 2007. Their latest accounts – up to 30 June 2016 and before the club’s relegation to the Championship – showed a profit of £900,000 and turnover of £126m in 2015-16.

The Magpies have been relegated twice from the Premier League during Ashley’s reign.

After winning promotion last season, Rafael Benitez’s side are 11th in the Premier League after 12 matches.

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.

Passengers asked to get involved with latest designs for £17m Forster Square station revamp

MEMBERS of the public will be asked how they would like a major £17m revamp of Bradford Forster Square station to look.

The station is in line for a complete transformation by 2021, under a project unveiled by transport bosses last year designed to coincide with new direct services to London.

‘Pods’ housing waiting rooms and other facilities would be built under the railway arches and a piece of scrubland next to the platforms would become a green ‘pocket park’.

The existing lift structure would be removed and new lifts would be set further back to open up views of the historic railway arches behind.

And whereas passengers currently struggle to buy a hot drink, the revamped station would have a new cafe and a shop.

Artists’ impressions of how the new station could look were first unveiled last year and now Bradford Council has released more detailed architectural drawings, with parts of the design further tweaked to create a grander entrance with a taller roof.

Part of the station is now also planned to have a green ‘living roof’.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s executive member for regeneration, planning and transport, said currently the structure housing the lift blocked the view of the original arches and protruded into the station.

“It’s not a great space,” he said.

By stripping this out, he said, they would create a more imposing open space to welcome people into the station and make more of a feature of the the original railway arches, which he said were “architecturally fantastic and quite under-valued”.

He said: “It will be quite a unique station, I think, because we will have these fantastic architectural qualities, linking in with our railway heritage, being brought back into use.”

And transport bosses will soon be heading out with these architects’ designs, asking passengers to chip in with their thoughts, such as whether the eye-catching new arched roofs should have Gothic-style points or Roman-style curves.

People will also be asked about what facilities they would like the station to have, such as whether the waiting rooms should be heated, what kind of bicycle storage should be offered, whether there should be two lifts instead of one and how the pocket park should be landscaped.

Tom Jones, senior transport planner at Bradford Council, said: “There are some key questions we want to ask, focusing mainly on facilities.

“We have got facilities we think are important and we want to run that by the public.”

The consultation sessions will be held at the station over a few days next month, with the exact dates still to be finalised.

The final designs would then be drawn up by next spring, around the same time as the West Yorkshire Combined Authority is due to give the official go-ahead for full funding of the scheme from its £1bn West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund.

Building work could then begin by the end of 2018 and finish in 2020/21.

The rebuilding of the station comes as Virgin Trains East Coast prepares to start running services from Forster Square to London every two hours from 2019.

Transport bosses say this means passengers taking longer journeys will be waiting in the station for longer and will expect better facilities.

Cllr Ross-Shaw said: “At the moment, you just need to go for your service and you are in and out straight away.

“That isn’t ideal and the retail offer isn’t great.

“This is just a more modern, functional rail station.”

The new East Coast services from Forster Square will be in addition to the existing four trains a day which run from Bradford Interchange to London King’s Cross, operated by Grand Central.