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BROTHERS SET SIGHTS HIGH AS CREAMS BRITISH LUXURY LAUNCHES AT BLUEWATER

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Two brothers from Yorkshire are hoping to make a splash in Kent this month, as they launch their CREAMS British Luxury tea room brand at Bluewater.

Teyeb and Unzar Aleem came up with the concept for the high street luxury tea rooms for millennials back in 2012, and having developed and refined it in their home town of Leeds, are now rolling out a franchise scheme that already this summer has seen the re-launch, after refurbishment, of its flagship venue in Leeds, and an opening in Bolton, Lancashire.

Operations director, Teyeb Aleem, who had previously worked with Intel, Fujitsu and Asda, said: “There’s a big gap in the market for a high quality, high class tea room aimed at the thousands of aspirational millennials seeking to replicate the sophisticated lifestyles of the celebrities they see on TV and online, and follow on social media.”

“CREAMS British Luxury aims to fill this gap and do it in a fashion that ensures young people can savour a taste of the celebrity high life without having to venture outside of their local city centre or shopping centre.”

“We have designed the perfect place to enjoy the quintessential British experience with a modern and stylish twist. Visitors will see that we have used top tier décor, contemporary furniture, marble floors and crystal chandeliers to create an air of elegance and grandeur, with an affordable price tag.”

In order to turn their concept into reality, the Aleem brothers appointed former Cash Converters CEO and franchise expert, Mark Lemmon on a consultative basis, and together developed a franchise programme that is now being rolled out across the country.

“We believe we now have the perfect offer to attract new franchisees, which combines perfectly with a 5,000 sq. ft. facility in Leeds, where we manufacture all of our cakes, macarons, confectionary and savouries, meaning we retain absolute control over the quality of goods being sold by CREAMS.” explained Managing Director, Unzar Aleem.

The Aleem brothers plans don’t stop at the UK borders. The two have carried out extensive market research and say there is demand for venues and CREAMS British Luxury branded products in various international markets – most notably India and the Middle East.

“The demand for quintessentially British products in overseas markets is incredibly high and CREAMS ticks all the boxes,” added Teyeb. “Incredibly we’ve taken orders from 28 different countries for branded products without doing anything more than setting up an online retail site.”

“With good marketing and local venues, the lucky few who manage to secure an international franchise will undoubtedly reap the benefits of the worldwide love of British teas.”

To date, the Aleem brothers have invested several million GBP in CREAMS and have predicted 150 jobs will be created within the next two years.

“CREAMS British Luxury can do for the traditional afternoon teas what Starbucks has done for coffee,” concluded Unzar. “We really are that confident.”

Located second floor in Bluewater, the new CREAMS British Luxury is ready to make waves in one of the biggest shopping centres in Europe.

For further information visit www.creamstp.com.

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From Bolton to Bollywood! Stunning ex-accountant trades in book keeping for blockbusters

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WORKING HARD: Tina in costume, on set and in action

WORKING HARD: Tina in costume, on set and in action

 

The idea of upping sticks and moving across the world, alone, in pursuit of one’s dreams might sound like a terrifying, daunting and downright impossible task. But there was nothing that was going to stop one high-achiever from reaching her goals, even if it meant leaving everything and everyone she knew behind, to work hard for what she wanted.

British Asian Tina Phillip, a qualified accountant from Bolton, Greater Manchester, achieved an honours degree in Maths from the University of Manchester, later qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and working for global accountancy and audit firm, Grant Thornton.

Whilst this is an incredibly impressive CV in itself, conquering the world of finance just wasn’t enough for Tina and throughout her time as an accountant, Tina was part of Contact Theatre in Manchester.

She took part in several plays, which allowed her to hone her acting skills and expand on her passions for performing.

This taste of the spotlight was enough to make Tina realise a life in accountancy wasn’t for her, and she soon moved to Bollywood to pursue her dreams of a career in acting.

In an incredible act of determination, after a long struggle of two and a half years, time spent completely on her own with no one in this very competitive field to support her, she finally secured a lead role in ‘Ek Aastha Aisi Bhee’ on the huge Indian network, Star Plus.

The show is about a young, innocent and honest girl called Aastha, played by Tina, who believes in the goodness of the heart over the godliness of rituals and traditions.  This is her first launch as a lead serial artist and as one of the few British Asians to make it through the Indian television fraternity, it’s an amazing accomplishment for someone who has already achieved so much, so young.

 


 

Two Minutes with Tina Phillip

Speaking exclusively to Asian Express, Tina gave us her top tips for anyone in her position who may want to leave life in the UK behind to pursue a career in Bollywood.

  • Be an actor for the right reasons. Not for the fame or the money. If you're passionate about acting that will come through in your auditions. Have a burning fire within you for the craft. 
  • Don't be afraid to follow your dreams. In fact you should chase them! One of my favourite quotes is: "Don't be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try!" - Michael Jordan. If anything it'll be a learning experience one that you could smile and tell your grandkids about someday
  • Be prepared to go out of your comfort zone and go through a lot of sacrifices. Like they say no pain no gain! 12-14 hours of shooting every day is the norm here with sometimes only 2 days off in a month. 
  • It’s good to have a back up option - I thank my parents that they've always told me to put my education first and I knew I could always go back to working as an auditor. Moreover, people respect the fact that this is a choice of career rather than a means of earning a few bucks
  • Lastly before I left for Mumbai, my dad only said one thing to me - "Don't become a slave to your desire" Know your worth and only take up projects that you believe in. 

 


 

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Diverting dosh: Crooked accountant hijacked NHS identities in tax fraud

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FRAUDSTER: Sharjeel Iqbal used his position as an NHS finance worker to hijack the identities of 59 hospital staff

FRAUDSTER: Sharjeel Iqbal used his position as an NHS finance worker to hijack the identities of 59 hospital staff

An accountant from Bolton, who hijacked the identities of NHS doctors and nurses in a £40,000 tax fraud, has been jailed.

29-year-old Sharjeel Iqbal, of Lakelands Drive, Bolton, used his position as an NHS finance worker to hijack the identities of 59 carefully selected midwives, nurses, cardiologists and other NHS staff who were genuinely due tax refunds.

He submitted claims without their knowledge and diverted the money to his own bank accounts.

Sandra Smith, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), said: “This was a well-organised, professional attempt to manipulate the UK tax system for personal gain. As an accountant, Iqbal was in a position of trust and was well aware that he was breaking the law.”

She added: “He stole personal data, forged signatures on tax repayment documents, submitted false claims and paid the refunds into his own bank accounts. It was an appalling plan to steal from doctors, nurses and UK taxpayers that HMRC intercepted. He now has a criminal record and his professional reputation is ruined.”

Iqbal attempted to claim £40,277 in faked Self Assessment repayments on behalf of non-existent clients between 2012 and 2013.

However, HMRC withheld £14,308 when they detected suspicious activity linked to his accountancy business and some of the hijacked identities.

Iqbal was arrested in early morning raids by HMRC on 12th November 2014. HMRC searched his home and business premises and seized laptops, business records and mobile phones for forensic examination as part of the investigation.

Officers also discovered a significant amount of cash, which has been detained, and will now form part of proceedings to confiscate his criminal profits.

On 4th November 2016, Iqbal was jailed for 21 months, after pleading guilty at a previous court hearing.

If you know of anyone who is committing tax fraud you can report them by calling 0800 59 5000 - a 24 hour Hotline.

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Dussehra is a delight! Free event at Bolton Sports Club lights up the sky

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FAB FIREWORKS:  A group of kids enjoyed watching the burning effigy of Ravana

FAB FIREWORKS: A group of kids enjoyed watching the burning effigy of Ravana

A free event - which celebrated the victory of good over evil - was enjoyed by hundreds of people at Bolton Indian Sport’s Club on Tuesday 12th October.

The Hindu-led event, called Dussehra, celebrated the day that Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, killed 10-headed demon Ravana and the Goddess Durga killed buffalo demon Mahishashur.

The highlight was the burning of the effigy of Ravana — the king of the demons with 10 heads, each representing evil, hatred, jealousy and selfishness.

Paras Agravat, Bolton Hindu Forum’s Project Develoment Officer, said:  “Dussehra is such an important event in the local calendar as it’s the biggest traditional event of its kind in the north of England.

“For over 30 years, Bolton Indian Sports Club has been the venue for this.

“Just like Bonfire night, the event is etched into people’s memories from childhood. It has always been open to everyone, and so many people from the wider community attend, as well as local dignitaries.

“So many of the Hindu festivals are celebratory in nature, even people of different faiths and none come and enjoy the festivities. There are always plenty of activities to keep people occupied, music, and - of course – food.

“The message of the event transcends any religion and its universal message is something that all people can relate and learn from.”

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You’re under a vest! Police called to investigate Bolton man wearing ‘body armour’

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BRACE YOURSELVES, IT’S NOT A BOMB: Police handled the situation with a ‘sensible and friendly attitude’  (Pic cred: Twitter)

BRACE YOURSELVES, IT’S NOT A BOMB: Police handled the situation with a ‘sensible and friendly attitude’ (Pic cred: Twitter)

Greater Manchester Police were called to a shopping centre in Bolton after a man wearing a supportive back brace was mistaken for suicide bomber.

Hinesh Vegad, 25, praised the officers for their sensible and friendly attitude after he ‘sparked a terror alert’ when shopping in Westhoughton on Wednesday.

A concerned member of the public phoned authorities saying they had seen an ‘Asian man wearing body armour which was packed at the bottom with wires hanging out’.

When police officers arrived at the scene, Hinesh was no longer there.

Fortunately for him, one of his friends spoke to investigators and explained that Vegad had fractured his back after an unlucky paintballing session and was walking with a huge brace around his torso.

Vegad, from Heaton, Bolton, praised police officers for their sensible and friendly attitude when they later visited him at his home, and posed together for a photograph that he posted on Facebook.

He told a local radio station: “I had no idea what was going on until I received a phone call from police explaining that they’d received reports of a man acting suspiciously.

“Luckily they had spoken to my friend who works in a sandwich shop when they arrived on the high street to warn people. She told them that it was me and that I wear a back brace for my injury, and passed my contact details on.

“Looking back, I can totally see the funny side of the situation, but that’s because it was handled correctly. The police officers were friendly.”

He added: “It was all in the interest and safety of the public and I couldn’t fault anything they [GMP] did.

“When they saw me they were mainly concerned about me avoiding this happening again.

“The brace sits very high above my shoulders because I have a high fracture, so wearing a jacket or jumper is near enough impossible.”

He revealed more details about the astonishing incident on his Facebook page.

He posted: “Friendly visit from these bobbies today after nipping into Westhoughton for some lunch and triggering the police to dispatch a team to find me around Bolton, all thanks to two member of the public for ringing 999 as they had spotted an ‘Asian man wearing body armour which was packed at the bottom with wires hanging out.

“Thanks to Rebecca [his friend] for confirming to the police that it was in fact me they were looking for and it wasn’t a suicide vest…just a supportive back brace for an injury I picked up.

“I am now off the terror watchlist.”

Police confirmed  the incident was quickly resolved and that they responded to a report of ‘concerns about a man in Westhoughton town centre’.

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Foodie temple: A huge community success for Bolton food festival

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BUSY DAY: Hundreds of people turned out throughout the day to sample some international flavours

BUSY DAY: Hundreds of people turned out throughout the day to sample some international flavours

Bolton’s diverse communities gathered in their hundreds last weekend as the local Vishwa Hindu Parishad Temple held their inaugural food festival.

Bringing delicacies of the world to the centre of the town, the event was warmly received by all who ventured down, including the Mayor of Bolton Cllr Lynda Byrne, who cut the ribbon to kick off the festivities.

OPEN FOR FOODIES: Mayor of Bolton Cllr Lynda Byrne officially opened the food festival with a ribbon cutting

OPEN FOR FOODIES: Mayor of Bolton Cllr Lynda Byrne officially opened the food festival with a ribbon cutting

Alongside the selection of spicy treats, crowds were entertained by dance acts, activities and even a human fruit machine.

Project co-ordinator, Ila Kothari, organised the festival with volunteer Kala Kerai, and their team of willing helpers.

Labelling the day a ‘great success’ she added: “To see over 300 people turnout on the day was a fantastic achievement and the feedback we received was really good.

“The community really got behind the event with people of all backgrounds coming down to try out the range of foods on offer and join in the fun.”

The community centre behind the project caters for mostly over-50s with funds raised from the day going to Bolton Hindus’ Age Inspiration.

The site provides a space for Bolton’s older Hindu community to socialise with events also held throughout the month.

Ila said: “This place is very important to so many people as it gives members a chance to get out of the house and meet with friends.

“The money raised from the food festival will go towards ensuring we can continue to provide the services we do.”

She added: “A big thank you goes out to all the volunteers who made the festival possible and to those who came down on the day.”

ENTERTAINMENT: Dancers performed for the crowds

ENTERTAINMENT: Dancers performed for the crowds

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Bolton unites in peaceful vigil

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UNITY: Everyone stood together in solidarity against all forms of hate

UNITY: Everyone stood together in solidarity against all forms of hate

Remembering the victims of Nice truck horror

Leading members of Bolton’s various communities took part in an interfaith ‘Peace Prayer Vigil’ as a mark of remembrance for the victims of the Nice terror attack.

Eighty-four people were killed and 303 injured when a 19-tonne lorry drove through crowds of people who had lined the streets in Nice to watch the Bastille Day fireworks.

The gathering in Bolton last week provided an opportunity to reinforce the commitment of the diverse communities to stand together in solidarity against all forms of hate and extremism.

The event was organised and hosted by the Bolton Interfaith Council and Swaminarayan Mandir Temple, in partnership with the Bolton Council of Mosques, as well as representatives from faith communities in Bolton to promote a cohesive community.

Several members of Manchester’s interfaith community attended the event last night, including community groups; Bolton Council, Bolton Hindu Forum, Bolton Christian Community Cohesion, Bolton Youth MP and Bolton Interfaith Young Ambassadors - to hold prayers, performances, silent tributes, readings and sermons of remembrance.

CANDLELIT CONTEMPLATION: Leading faith and non-faith community members united in memory of the victims

CANDLELIT CONTEMPLATION: Leading faith and non-faith community members united in memory of the victims

Building on a joint letter and statement, issued by leading Muslim communities across Manchester earlier this week in response to the Nice attack, the attendees at the event urged all members of the wider community to stand together against all forms of hate and violence by celebrating the diversity of Greater Manchester.

Ibrahim Kala, Chief Officer of Bolton Council of Mosques, said: “As a proud Greater Mancunian and British Muslim we have many values in common with those of other faiths.

“In remembering the victims of Nice, let’s promote the commonalities that bind us all together.”

He continued: “By cooperating we can defeat division. By spreading tolerance, respect and peace we can defeat hate. The Bolton Council of Mosques works tirelessly alongside all the communities and faiths in Greater Manchester to ensure open dialogue and positive social action enhances its multicultural relations.”

Chan Parmar, Strategic Officer of Bolton Interfaith Council, said: “In order to bring communities together and general cohesion, events like this are vital to not only remember the victims and share in their families’ sadness but as a way to unite and promote a common understanding within our own communities of peace, harmony and trust.”

VIGIL: Bagpipes played as a mark of remembrance for those killed in Nice this month

VIGIL: Bagpipes played as a mark of remembrance for those killed in Nice this month

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‘He should retire’: Boxing chief calls for time on Amir Khan’s career

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KNOCK OUT: Amir Khan was knocked out by Canelo Alvarez in his last bout yet has vowed to comeback stronger back in the welterweight division

KNOCK OUT: Amir Khan was knocked out by Canelo Alvarez in his last bout yet has vowed to comeback stronger back in the welterweight division

Bolton boxer Amir Khan has laughed off suggestions by Matchroom Sport chairman, Barry Hearn, that he should ‘hang up his gloves’ and is instead targeting a return to the welterweight division.

Following his knockout defeat at the hands of Canelo Alvarez in Vegas earlier this month, Hearn had said that he thought the Brit’s time on the boxing scene was done.

RETIRE: Barry Hearn has called on Khan to retire following his loss in Vegas

RETIRE: Barry Hearn has called on Khan to retire following his loss in Vegas

Despite a valiant effort against the destructive Alvarez in their Middleweight clash, Khan was knocked to the floor in the fifth round after a heavy blow from the Mexican.

Hearn, whose son Eddie handles the career of IBF champ Kell Brook, told reporters he would worry for the safety of Khan if he continued with his career.

“Listen, the guy has been knocked out at lightweight, he's been knocked out at light-welterweight, now he's been knocked out at middleweight - and he's deciding who he'll want to fight?” he said.

“He should retire. He should retire for his own health. These people won't listen. He says he's got three or four fights left in him. Does that mean three or four times he's going to get knocked out? Because if he fights Kell Brook, he gets knocked out, and he knows that as well. We all know that.

“It's a fight that we would all have loved to have seen, but frankly it's gone past it's sell-by date and Amir Khan has gone by his sell-by date as well. The only person who doesn't know it, is Amir Khan.”

In response, Khan wrote via his Twitter feed: “Barry I'm 29 years old. I still have huge fights at welterweight” accompanied by a laughing emoji.

The fight between Khan and Brook is one which many boxing fans have been waiting for yet one which the prior has repeatedly said he is not interested in previously.

Will the fight happen now that Khan is heading back to the welterweights? Only time will tell.

FUTURE BOUT: Kell Brook has stated he wants a fight with Khan to materialise yet the Bolton fighter has repeatedly said ‘no’

FUTURE BOUT: Kell Brook has stated he wants a fight with Khan to materialise yet the Bolton fighter has repeatedly said ‘no’

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Wipes and brooms for bride and groom

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Not such ‘excellent’ hygiene at filthy wedding venue

The owner of an upmarket wedding and events business in Bolton says any customer is welcome to inspect their kitchen after prosecution was brought forward for an alleged mouse infestation and unhygienic cooking areas.

Bolton Excellency Ltd, on Carlton Street, is being taken to court by Bolton Council.

During a visit by environmental health officers in March 2015, allegations arose that food, which had been contaminated by rodents, was being sold to customers.

Due to a lack of action to rid the site of rats, contaminated sacks of onions, rice, flour, sugar, salt, semolina and milk powder were found on the site.

A gap under the fire door, as well as a separate open drain in the main kitchen, was highlighted as the rats’ point of entry.

In reply to the charges, Excellency owner, Mohammad Jaberansari, said he would be defending the company.

“Since that time we have made changes and no longer have external caterers,” he said. “Our kitchen is open to any of our guests to inspect during live cooking.”

Director, 48-year-old Taymure Khan, of Kinloch Drive, Heaton, is being prosecuted under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013.

Alongside the rat infestation, the council also had concerns regarding the cleanliness of the kitchen area.

The shelves, floor coverings, cupboards, baskets and containers used to store food and spices, a food preparation machine, cutlery and crockery, were all highlighted as dirty during the inspection.

The court case was adjourned this week until 13th June.

With a 1,800 capacity, The Excellency has been opened for five years and features over 80 tonnes of imported marble and crystal chandeliers.

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InTouch with homeless in Leeds

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TEAM: The team of volunteers raised almost £1,300 for charity through their event last week

TEAM: The team of volunteers raised almost £1,300 for charity through their event last week

Records broken as support for charity continues to grow

For the past 18 months, a mobile soup kitchen charity in Leeds has been serving up warm meals to those most vulnerable in the city and now, following a hugely successful fundraising event this month, even more dishes can be prepared.

The InTouch Foundation was first established in Bradford and expanded across West Yorkshire as the need for such services was realised by the charity’s founders.

Earlier this month, the first InTouch family fun evening took place in Leeds, with almost 200 visitors heading down to Headingley’s Cardigan Centre to browse endless stalls and raise money for charity.

From henna to face-painting, food stalls to clothes, and even threading and massages, there was something for every person, who together helped raise £1,200 for the charity.

Leeds co-ordinator, Fawziyah Javed, organised the event and said she never expected so many people to attend.

“In the build up to the event we had 140 tickets printed and all of them were sold,” she said. “We even had people coming down after this so there were around 200 in total.

“There were points in the build up where I was thinking, ‘what if only five people turn up’, but everyone pulled together and made the event a huge success.

BUSY: Over 200 people attended the InTouch family fun evening earlier this month

BUSY: Over 200 people attended the InTouch family fun evening earlier this month

“We had stall holders from as far away as Oldham and Bolton come down on the day and a big thank you goes out to all the sponsors and volunteers for their incredible efforts.”

100 per cent of the proceeds from the event will go directly to the InTouch Foundation to help provide hot meals and drinks in Leeds every Tuesday evening.

Last week, the team of volunteers broke their own record for dishes served in one night with over one hundred meals handed out.

Fawziyah adds: “Last Tuesday we served 109 people their meals and it is only through word of mouth and events like the family fun evening that we can raise awareness.

“The InTouch Foundation feeds the needy and those who are most vulnerable in society. The work carried out by our amazing volunteers is truly appreciated and I look forward to seeing the charity continue to grow.”

The Leeds InTouch volunteers gather every Tuesday at Oxford Row in the city centre from 6.30pm until 8pm.

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King Khan lives up to his name

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World champion boxer gets hands-on to help those fleeing conflict

World champion boxer gets hands-on to help those fleeing conflict

Amir Khan Foundation and Penny Appeal deliver special aid convoy from UK to refugees in Greece

IMG_7107 (300x450)A special Amir Khan Foundation and Penny Appeal aid convoy reached Greece earlier this week, where the 28-year-old boxer and teams from both charities handed out thousands of donated items to desperate refugees.

Two-time World Champion boxer, Amir Khan, hand delivered aid in the Greek capital Athens and on the island of Lesbos, on the weekend beginning 22nd September, where thousands of conflict-escaping refugees are arriving every day. 

Amir joined Penny Appeal in handing out urgently needed food and water and spoke with refugees about their perilous journeys so far, and what help they need going forward.

Khan said: "The trip was a real emotional rollercoaster. We were so happy to have helped the people we could, but deeply saddened by the number of refugees we couldn't help.

“The donated items for the aid convoy are making a massive difference to those refugees who are arriving on the shores of Greece with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing.”

IMG_7603 (300x450)The convoy of around 23 tonnes was loaded with thousands of items, including clothes, hygiene products, sleeping bags, food and water, which had been donated by the generous UK public in just four days. The vehicles left from Amir’s Bolton gym on Tuesday (16th) morning for a gruelling 2,500 mile trip across Europe.

Khalil Benkhalil, a volunteer driver, said: “As we drove further into Europe we saw more and more refugees and were struck by the harsh reality they face in an effort to find a safe place to call home.

“For every item we handed out, we received so much gratitude, which just shows what these things mean to the refugees we helped.”

Wasim Akhtar, Director at Penny Appeal, added: “Having witnessed at first-hand the tens of thousands of men, women and children - all in urgent need - we know this is a growing crisis that the world needs to respond to.

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“Penny Appeal is still working on the ground and is committed to helping as many displaced refugees as we can. People in the UK can still show their support by donating towards lifeline kits, which contain essential food, shelter and hygiene items and will be distributed direct to refugees in places like Athens and Lesbos by Penny Appeal teams.”

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Right on point

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Bolton sensation Haroon Khan continued his unbeaten run with an assured victory over Csaba Kovacs at the Reebok Stadium last weekend.

The 23-year-old battled tough Hungarian Kovacs in his hometown, taking his stretch of wins to five since turning professional last year, as he conclusively won 60-55 on points over six rounds.

VICTOR: Haroon Khan picked up his fifth straight win since turning professional, overcoming Csaba Kovacs on points

VICTOR: Haroon Khan picked up his fifth straight win since turning professional, overcoming Csaba Kovacs on points

Khan’s superior speed and ring-craft was evident from the start, as he took it to the bigger man, whilst catching him with left hooks as he came in.

This was the first time super-flyweight Khan had boxed six-rounds, yet the young dynamo looked convincing and calm throughout, showing he was able to maintain a longer distance as he steps into a new phase in his blossoming career.

“I felt good in there and was very pleased to get another win under my belt,” said Haroon. “This was my first six-rounder and with the change of opponent at the last moment I’m happy with how things went.

VICTOR: Haroon Khan picked up his fifth straight win since turning professional, overcoming Csaba Kovacs on points

VICTOR: Haroon Khan picked up his fifth straight win since turning professional, overcoming Csaba Kovacs on points

“Kovacs was very tough and he caught me with a couple of good shots but I showed I was able to take them and come back even harder.

“I needed a fight like this and it’s only going to bring me on as a fighter - I’ve learnt so much from this fight.”

Khan is set to be in action once again in September after Ramadan and says he is already eager to get back in the ring.

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Khan back in action

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Rising star Haroon Khan will be back in action next month when he faces 24-year-old Kyle King at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton.

The super-flyweight ace will fight for the first time in his hometown since turning professional in April last year, when he features in a six-round contest on Saturday 7th June.

READY: Haroon Khan says he is confident of extending his winning streak to five bouts next month as he faces off against Kyle King in his hometown

READY: Haroon Khan says he is confident of extending his winning streak to five bouts next month as he faces off against Kyle King in his hometown

The 23-year-old has made an emphatic start to life in the paid ranks having blasted his way past all four opponents including a stunning stoppage of Vincente Medellin in Atlantic City on his US debut.

Looking to go from strength-to-strength following his decisive points win over Francis Croes in February, the 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist can’t wait to get back in action when he takes on the tricky King who has won four of his seven fights.

“Since the last time I fought I’ve been itching to get back in the ring,” Khan said.

“I’ve been ticking over in the gym and had some great sparring that’s really been of huge benefit to me. I think in this fight I’ll show how much I’m progressing under Oliver Harrison and all his team.

“We’re building something, and on 7th June I aim to show all the hard work we as a team have been putting in.

I can’t wait to fight at the Reebok Stadium and I’m determined to get another win under my belt to continue my progression to what I believe will one day be the very top.”

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Khan crushes Croes

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2014 looks set to be another bright year for Bolton’s rising star Haroon Khan, as he picked up a dazzling points victory over Francis Croes last week.

The super-flyweight competitor dominated against his 25-year-old opponent in Sheffield, marching to his fourth straight victory.

From the get-go Khan was on top, using his fast footwork and counter punching to offset his challenger’s come-forward style. As the fight progressed it was Khan landing the more hurtful and telling blows pushing back the unrelenting Croes.

VICTOR: Khan now hopes to get back in the ring as soon as possible as he aims for ‘a big 2014’

VICTOR: Khan now hopes to get back in the ring as soon as possible as he aims for ‘a big 2014’

Croes proved to be a very game opponent but as the bout continued it was Khan who was becoming the aggressor in the fight as he wore down the Middlesbrough man, landing some beautiful combinations in the fourth and final round that stopped Croes in his tracks.

The 22-year-old’s hand speed was notable throughout the fight as he picked off the slower Croes the more the fight went on. In the end, though, it went to the scorecard with Khan winning a one-sided victory 40-36.

BOOM: Haroon Khan clinched a points victory over the Middlesbrough boxer, Francis Croes, stretching his unbeaten run to four

BOOM: Haroon Khan clinched a points victory over the Middlesbrough boxer, Francis Croes, stretching his unbeaten run to four

It was a very mature display by Khan who showed the progress he continues to make under trainer Oliver Harrison, with the youngster delighted with his night’s work.

“It was a really good fight and I’m happy with how I did in there,” said Khan. “Croes was a tough opponent and he kept coming forward which forced me to use my boxing skills and counter him.

“The more the fight went on, though, I felt I was taking over and you could see that. It was my best performance since turning professional and I think that’s just a reflection of the work I’ve been doing with Oliver Harrison because I’ve been learning so much.”

BOOM: Haroon Khan clinched a points victory over the Middlesbrough boxer, Francis Croes, stretching his unbeaten run to four

BOOM: Haroon Khan clinched a points victory over the Middlesbrough boxer, Francis Croes, stretching his unbeaten run to four

The 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist was delighted to begin 2014 in the way he left the previous year and is looking to press on as he builds up his record of wins.

“This is going to be a big year for me,” Khan explained. “I want to get my head down, keep learning in the gym and get as many fights under my belt as possible.

“The last year I’ve picked up so much since turning professional and I want to keep that up.

“I’m going to be very active in 2014 and I have no doubts that it’s going to be a great year for me because I’m eager to learn and improve and I know I have the right trainer and team around me to do that.”

Trainer Oliver Harrison was also pleased with how his young prospect performed. “Haroon did very well in there,” he said.

“I scored him 8 out of 10 which is very good in my book because I don’t usually give such high ratings. I definitely think it was his best performance since he turned pro and I’m very happy with the progress he keeps on making in the gym. If he keeps learning he can go very far in the sport,” he said.

Khan is hoping to fight again in the near future with an announcement due soon.

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