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ADMIRABLE: Bradford man changes racist views of unemployed man

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A Muslim from Bradford says he was determined to look past racism after he helped a homeless man, who shouted racial slurs at him, find a home and employment.

30-year-old Aminur Chowdhury, from Manningham, did what very few others would do when confronted by a racist term, he engaged in active conversation with the culprit and befriended him.

FRIENDS: Aminur helped Ben get a job and find an apartment, despite initially engaging in conversation due to an ‘uncharacteristic racist remark’

FRIENDS: Aminur helped Ben get a job and find an apartment, despite initially engaging in conversation due to an ‘uncharacteristic racist remark’

Not only that, but the following day, Aminur phoned up his new acquaintance, who was unemployed at the time, and helped him get a job at one of his friend’s businesses.

The guilty party on this occasion was 27-year-old Ben Gallon, from Frizinghall, Bradford, who had been drinking through the day.

Both men now acknowledge this action was ‘completely out of character’ and Aminur says he knew from the very start that Ben was a ‘smart man’ and just wanted to help someone who he could tell ‘didn’t have a vicious bone in his body’.

“Ben’s been a pleasure to know really,” he said. “From the first time I met him at The Delius I could tell that I was speaking to someone who is very passionate.

“I was scared for him at first because there were two police officers there and I felt that they could have taken him away because of the racist language, but I certainly didn’t want to see that happen.

“He has a very good grasp of ideologies and I was very impressed so I thought I’m going to engage with this person because he’s like a counter-copy of myself.”

RESPECT: Aminur Chowdhury and Ben Gallon are now very close friends and believe their story of friendship should be replicated across Bradford

RESPECT: Aminur Chowdhury and Ben Gallon are now very close friends and believe their story of friendship should be replicated across Bradford

After speaking at the venue, both men handed over contact details and Ben says he didn’t even know whether they would ever meet again.

“When I met Aminur in The Delius, I was in a bit of a predicament; I was technically homeless, without a job and had just moved back down from Edinburgh,” he said.

“We spoke at the pub and he mentioned about a job but I thought he might have just been being polite.

“But true to his word, the next day he gave me a call, said ‘can I come pick you up Ben, I’ve got an interview for you’. That same day, he came round to get me, drove me down to the place on Canal Road and then within ten minutes I had been offered the job.”

Ben had been working as a cleaner in Scotland before moving back to Bradford to be closer to his family after his contract expired.

Having no permanent residence, Aminur has now also helped arrange for the Bradford-born resident to move into an apartment in Frizinghall, whilst their friendship continues to strengthen.

“He really is a diamond, I don’t have a single bad word to say about him,” Ben added.

“He is a fantastic bloke and we may have only known each other for a week but we are already very close. I can’t really thank him enough for the help he has given me over the past week.”

Both men now agree that they want to see their circumstance replicated in the city, and help improve relations between different cultures and religions in Bradford.

“Ben and I together now can hopefully help challenge issues, like racism in society, in a positive way,” Aminur added. “The way I've done it for Ben, I now know he would do the same for me, and that way of thinking is all we need to achieve great things here in Bradford.”

Ben added: “We really are singing from the same hymn sheet. Being from Bradford we know racism is the key issue and we’ve both seen it from different angles. Now we just want to tackle that subject and help make Bradford the great place we know it can be.”

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ZAYN MALIK: In a smoke of bother as he’s caught on camera smoking weed?

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Bradford sweetheart Zayn Malik along with bandmate Louis Tomlinson are in a smoke of trouble, quite literally!

As the footage of Zayn and Louis happily puffing away on what looks like a marijuana cigarette has gone viral, One Direction’s spokesperson Mike Navarra, of Columbia Records has refused to answer any questions stating: “Our only comment at the moment is the whole situation is in the hands of our lawyers.”

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TROUBLE: Zayn Malik and a voice believed to be bandmate Louis Tomlinson caught smoking what seems to be marijuana

The pair were en route to their ‘Where We Are Tour’ concert at Estadio Nacional in Lima, just outside Peru on April 27th along with three other people. They are seen talking about ‘something’ and when apparently Louis catches on to what they’re going on about, he says: “It’s about the joint. What a great thing to capture in a different language. They were just asking if it’s OK,” he says.

One of the other men asks: “Are we allowed to talk contraband in this?” a voice believed to be Louis replies: “Yes, that's what it is about.”

VOCAL: Louis Tomlinson can be heard bragging in the footage about smoking the illegal substance

VOCAL: Louis Tomlinson can be heard bragging in the footage about smoking the illegal substance

Louis is then heard saying he wants to “light up” as the car drives out of a parking lot, with a rolled cigarette appearing to be lit on camera.

“So here we are, leaving Peru. Joint lit. Happy days!” he can be heard saying.

At times members of the band’s team can be heard talking about ‘chicken.’ It isn’t clear what is meant by ‘chicken’ as the guys joke and laugh in increasingly high spirits.

To make matters worse, the five-minute film seems to be shot by Louis himself, how it’s been leaked still remains a mystery.

The teenage heartthrobs are thought to be in serious trouble with their record label and who knows what Simon Cowell’s reaction will be.

Fans have been split on how they feel about this leaked clip. Many have ripped up pre paid tickets to ‘One Direction’s’ concerts. Some have taken to social media stating that Zayn and Louis have been hugely irresponsible to their young fanbase where others have said that people should leave them alone.

Possession of a small amount of cannabis is not illegal in Peru.

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Hoax callers charged

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Two men from Leeds have been charged over terrorism hoax calls which occurred last year resulting in a North Yorkshire town being locked down by armed police.

VICTIMS: The cruel prank was played on the pizza shop where innocent  (l-r) Razaul Karim, Diluwar Hussein, Manik Miah, Shofiqur Rahman were questioned by police

VICTIMS: A cruel prank was played on the pizza shop where innocent (l-r) Razaul Karim, Diluwar Hussein, Manik Miah, Shofiqur Rahman were questioned by police

The centre of Knaresborough was cordoned off on the 16th October after they received a number of phone calls reporting an ‘immediate threat to members of the public’ at the Paragon Pizza takeaway in High Street.

Dozens of officers, armed with submachine guns and baton round launchers arrived at the scene to detain two staff members outside the establishment, whilst a third was arrested moments later.

After a search of the premises and the individuals, the report was labelled as a ‘cruel prank’ which had been targeted at the completely innocent owner and his staff.

A spokeswoman for North Yorkshire Police said a 23-year-old man from the

Chapeltown area of Leeds was charged earlier this week with three offences of communicating a bomb hoax, whilst a 22-year-old man, also from Chapeltown, was charged with perverting the course of justice and making a false statement to obtain insurance.

Speaking about the way the North Yorkshire Police addressed the situation, astatement on the authority’s behalf, released soon after the incident, read: “…Our prime concern during the incident was to ensure the safety of members of the public.

“As a result, we ensured a rapid police response to the town centre.”

Both men, being charged with the case, are due to appear at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court in June.

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Up close and personal

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From being a homeless ‘no body’, living a harsh reality on the streets, to becoming an overnight vocal sensation, Usman Rehman needs little introduction to the Asian music scene.

Sitting on the Asian Express Editor’s red leather sofa, Usman is not only looking very snazzy, he’s refreshingly quick-witted and cheeky too.

Many know his story about being homeless and getting involved in all the wrong kind of activities on the streets. Despite this his following have a deep respect for the ‘lad’ for his insane passion to pursue his dream of singing.

I ask Usman how a lad from Bradford could possibly become homeless when the city is so abundant with Asian families.

“That’s a very, very good question, actually,” replies Usman. “There was a time when I went through a phase where I felt no-one understood me because of a situation at home. I felt I couldn’t connect. I was a young teenager and thought I knew what was best for me.

“Once I’d left home, I was so determined to survive on my own, it became a matter of pride that I didn’t ask anyone for help.

“Before you knew it, I was in it so thick and deep that I couldn’t ‘just go back home’.

“I’ve lived in hostels, in council flats and all sorts. In fact, when I drive back into the city, I still get chills thinking about the temporary places I’ve lived in and the bleak days I’ve had.”

The former Lapage school student, who was expelled from the establishment, also attended a private Islamic boarding school for a short time. Here he again was expelled.

He says that being at the Islamic school probably saved him as it taught him respect for elders and an understanding of who he was as an individual and that ultimately he believes that that’s helped him survive the streets.

Whatever this young man went through living on his own, his love for writing lyrics and singing stood out above everything. When fate led him to meet Archie Singh-Raud AKA Young Archie, his dream became a reality.

With Young Archie’s record label - ‘Boiler Room Records’, Usman was catapulted unto the audiences with a fresh take on Noor Jahan’s ‘Jadon Holi Jai’, and Rishi Rich’s magic worked beautifully in making Usman’s debut one not to be forgotten.

Now after the huge success of his prote

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