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Missing Batley teenager

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Police are appealing for the public's help to find a missing teenager from Bolton.

Before going missing, Sadia Ahmed, 15, was last seen in the Great Lever area at around 7pm on Tuesday 12 September 2017.

It is believed she then travelled to Leeds City Centre where she was seen at around 12:30pm on Saturday 16 September 2017.

She was seen on Monday 25 September at 4.30pm in Batley in West Yorkshire.

She is described as Asian, approximately 5ft 3in tall and of average build with long dark brown hair, which may possibly be tied up.

It is believed that Sadia is still wearing a khaki green thigh-length quilted coat with fur lined along the hood and a grey hooded top underneath. She also had dark bottoms and black wedge heeled boots on and was carrying a black handbag with shoulder strap.

She is believed to have links to Manchester, Leeds, Bradford and Dewsbury.

Anybody with information about her whereabouts should contact police on 0161 856 5571 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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KBW Boxing team landing the punches

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It's been a busy week for the KBW boxing team. The thriving gym based in Savellie town Dewsbury has had a number of its boxers compete over the past week, some boxing at a couple of hours notice.

First up was Lewis Benson who was up against K Scott from Hull Boxing ABC, boxing in his first full amateur bout. He impressed with his long-range boxing and excellent use of his jab not allowing his opponent to settle into the fight nor allowing him to set up his own attacks. After three rounds of boxing the judges awarded the contest to Benson by unanimous decision.

Then, a couple of days after making his impressive debut Lewis Benson was back in action alongside his team mate Dougie Price both boxing opponents from Halifax ABC.

Price was only given a couple of hours notice of his bout. Price was coming of a long injury layoff.

After a close first round with his opponent L Parkison, Price come out with his typical aggressive style to win the last two rounds taking the bout by unanimous decision.

Next up on the same show held Halifax ABC was Lewis Benson. Benson put on a clinical display of boxing, using an array of shoots he dominated his opponent C Green from Halifax ABC, taking the bout by a unanimous points decision.

On Saturday night once again was Dougie Price sharing the same fight card with him this time was team mate Karan Singh.

Singh made a cautious start against his tricky opponent K Neilson from Eastside ABC but was starting to take over the fight, finishing first round strong.

Both boxers came out for the second round with purpose but it was Singh that was gaining the upper hand, landing a barrage of punches that were unanswered by his opponent, the referee had no choice but to stop the bout.

Awarding the contest to Singh by way of second round TKO.

Having his second bout in as many days was Price boxing K Clark who was also boxing out of Eastside ABC. Price boxed to instructions behind a high guard, throwing solid combinations and the more cleaner hurtful shots winning on a unanimous points decision.

Boxing in the Yorkshire Schools Boys Class B finals was Jerry Price, the finals were held in Halifax on Sunday.

Price was up against J Bunclark from the famous Ingles Boxing gym out of Sheffield.

Just like his brother from the previous night J Price boxed beautifully producing a dominant performance using his Jab to control the pace of the bout, J Price was able to land the more telling combinations mixing both to the body and head.

He took all three rounds making him the winner by unanimous points decision.

J Price moves on to the School Boys quarter finals which will be held on Sunday 7th May in Nottingham at the Cotgrave MWC.

The Club is busy preparing it's Boxers for their 11th boxing home show.

Saif Cheema will be taking part in his final amateur boxing bout before he turns Professional.
The show titled The Next Chapter will be held at the Orchid banqueting Hall in Dewsbury on Thursday 18th May. Tickets can be purchased from the gym.

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Santa visits Syria: Fourth humanitarian trip for SKT Welfare

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HUMANITARIAN: Nazim has raised over £90,000 for charity over the years

HUMANITARIAN: Nazim has raised over £90,000 for charity over the years

A charity champion has recently returned from his fourth humanitarian aid visit in three years to the Turkish and Syrian border region with the Dewsbury-based SKT Welfare

Nazim Ali raised over £15,000 with which vital humanitarian food packs, blankets and winter kits were purchased and distributed during the Christmas period.

The Bradford-born philanthropist, who visited the war-torn country, said: “I have now personally managed to raise over £90,000 for a plethora of charitable causes over the last decade through various charity runs, including marathons and mountain treks to name a few.

He added: “Altogether, the 19 strong SKT Welfare winter deployment team from various parts of England raised a grand total that exceeded £100,000.”

The six day intense aid delivery was a gruelling period of charity work, which included early starts and finishing at midnight.

“We packed and distributed almost 3,000 food parcels weighing 18kg each, which will last a week for a Syrian family of five. We gave out almost 2,000 blankets, 2,000 winter kits (consisting of thermal clothing, gloves, socks and hats) and a suitcase full of toys for Syrian refugee children,” Nazim smiled.

The group distributed in the Syrian and Turkey border of Reyhanli and mountainous villages across the Turkish and Syrian border region.

GIFTS: Nazim with a Syrian orphan and her jewellery set

GIFTS: Nazim with a Syrian orphan and her jewellery set

“We also visited and distributed aid to the numerous rehabilitation centres scattered around Reyhanli.  It was distressing to see at first hand the horrific injuries sustained, especially the children.

“Snowy and rainy conditions meant we delivered humanitarian aid just in time. We visited Syrian refugees living in tents with mud all over the floors and Syrian refugees living in partially built homes.

“One can just imagine how cold winter will be for them in such treacherous living conditions. Nothing has improved in terms of the living conditions of Syrian refugees since my first visit three years ago.

“What sticks inmy mind is when refugees have said to me that it isn’t the aid I bring over that really benefits them, but the fact that I’ve left my family in the UK to help them. They said that just being here is a solace to their hearts that they no longer feel alone or that the world has forgotten about them.

“It was wonderful to see the Syrian children smiling and elated at receiving their toys. For me, that is the best part; just seeing their smiles and taking their mind off the horrors that no child should witness.”

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A knockout night of boxing

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AWARD: Young boxers were presented with trophies on the night from former world champion, Junior Witter (pictured second from right)

AWARD: Young boxers were presented with trophies on the night from former world champion, Junior Witter (pictured second from right)

Charity and boxing go hand-in-hand in Dewsbury

KBW’s reputation as a ‘club which cares’ only enhanced further last weekend as its 10th boxing show raised funds for some of the world’s most in-need refugees.

The Dewsbury-based club held the sell-out event at the Orchid Banqueting Suite, with sport fans turning out in their masses to see some of the top local talent.

Kicking off the night was an array of youth bouts, showcasing local lads: Lewis Benson, Uzair Kiani and Harkaran Singh, with all three fighters taking to the ring for the

Three rounds of skilled bouts gave each young competitor the chance to shine in the ring, before amateur contests got underway, with Fizan Khan losing out to Shaquille Martins on points, Corey Riley defeating Tom Collingwood, Asim Arshad claiming victory against Subhaan Mahmood and Adam Yafai clinching a split decision win against Alan Hasan.

HEAVY BLOW: Action shots from the night show the competitiveness on show

HEAVY BLOW: Action shots from the night show the competitiveness on show

The two main fights of the night started with KBW’s Huzaifa Khan facing off against James Jacques.

If Jacques had thought it was going to be an easy night he had a rude awakening as the local boxer got off to an aggressive start from the first bell.

Despite being the more experienced fighter, as well as having a height and reach advantage, Jacques was unable to control the fight as his opponent dominated for much of the three rounds.

By the time the second round had come around, the visiting fighter had been forced to change his strategy yet continued to absorb some devastating body shots and blows to the head.

The third round saw a brave attempt by Jacques to regain a foothold in the matchup, yet after a flurry of heavy uppercuts landed, a standing eight count was forced

Despite both fighters making it to the final bell, there was only one winner as Khan’s hand was raised by unanimous decision.

In the second main event of the night, KBW’s Saif Cheema rounded off a memorable night for the gym as he defeated Mark Bebington by a unanimous decision.

The New Era Boxing Academy competitor may have towered over the 6ft 2inch Cheema – a rare sight for the Dewsbury fighter – yet his mentality kept him on the front foot for the majority of the contest.

Throughout the first round, both men felt each other out and traded few blows, both boxing on back foots and waiting for counters.

Eventually Cheema's hand speed seemed to be the tool to success and he seemed to land more than his opponent, using footwork to stay out of the way of a dangerous big shot.

A similar two rounds followed, Cheema once again using his movement and jab to frustrate his opponent, ultimately earning him the clear triumph.

Following the night of action, Shammy Cheema, of KBW, said the night had exceeded all expectations.

“In total, we had over 10 boxing bouts, giving a lot of our own KBW boxers the chance to show what they can do against other club boxers from across the area.

“Over the years, these shows have becoming increasingly popular in the amateur boxing circuit with ever-growing turnout figures and the fact that many local celebrities turn up to watch the quality display of boxing on show.

“Last week’s event was a success we can all be proud of.”

As well as boxers starring in the ring, there was a wealth of talent outside it too, with the likes of Atif Shafique, Haroon Khan and Junior Witter all in attendance.

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Taking the shame out of STDs

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ALL SMILES: The Dewsbury doctor says she is delighted to be breaking down taboos in South Asian cultures

ALL SMILES: The Dewsbury doctor says she is delighted to be breaking down taboos in South Asian cultures

Award-winning Dewsbury doctor continues to break down BME barriers

When 44-year-old Safia Jabeen arrived in the UK from Pakistan in 2005, she probably didn’t realise the huge impact she would have on the health of the nation’s bedrooms.

After training as a doctor in her home country, Safia began work initially in gynaecology in Dewsbury.

However, after working in various clinics at the start of her career, she noticed that there was a distinct lack of Asian women who came forward with sexual health problems at her clinic.

Despite already completing over five years of training in her field, she took the decision to retrain in sexual health in aid of women she had spoke to in the UK.

“When I was treating them for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), I realised they had no idea what I was talking about,” Safia said. “I came to realise that there were some major reasons behind this.

“Back in Pakistan, there aren’t any specialist clinics and the reason for that is because it’s a big taboo over there and sex is seen as being extremely private.

“You can’t open a sexual health service over there, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get checked. Language is also a big barrier too.”

Being the determined and dedicated doctor that she is, Safia immediately decided to do something about it.

“I realised that we were welcoming many Asians to our clinics here, but they were mostly men. Even when the women came with their husbands, they didn’t realise why they were getting treated.”

Safia thought she had better do some community work to gain trust in the community.

“When I started going out, it wasn’t easy, there was a lot of resistance,” she admitted.

“I had to approach these women in public places that they had chosen to gather for other reasons, such as social meeting points. It was here that I began to breach the topic of STDs and at first, they didn’t want to hear about it.”

After contacting local councillors, they advised Safia to arrange the event around ‘general health’ as to not unnecessarily startle the women.

LEADING BY EXAMPLE: Safia Jabeen has been recognised by a number of professional organisations for her pioneering work in Dewsbury

LEADING BY EXAMPLE: Safia Jabeen has been recognised by a number of professional organisations for her pioneering work in Dewsbury

Slowly over time, she began to build a rapport with the women, attending events as a guest and not a doctor, gaining an inside knowledge of the group’s mindset.

“I started off talking about general health and then gradually moved to the topic of gynaecological problems which then led me to the topic of sexual health,” she said. “It took me around three years to get to that point where people were listening.

“I spoke to hospitals and faith groups and also did a survey and one-two-one sessions in mosques and temples. I did this all in my private time.

“The majority of Asian women I talked to had no idea about Gonorrhoea and diseases like that. People were eager to receive the information and it helps that I can speak a number of languages including Urdu and Gujarati. Things moved quickly after that.”

With such a need for these services, Safia opened up her own clinic called Chandni Clinic - which means ‘moonlight’ in Urdu.

Women then started making appointments and were seen by a female doctor who could speak to them in their own language in a completely confidential environment.

“We initially started the clinic up for two days a week but there was such a good response that we had no choice but to turn it into a seven-day clinic,” she said. “Some women had been suffering for years.  Some had come as far as Birmingham and Coventry, and beyond.

“I felt sorry that they had been in pain for so long when they could be simply treated. It then became word of mouth. It was established in 2013 and after six months, it was so well-known locally that we won a national award from Brook Sexual Health in 2014.”

Safia is confident that women have now started to accept that sexual health is important and they now visit her clinic openly.

Her work in Dewsbury hasn’t gone unnoticed either. Councils in Bradford, Leeds and even Ireland have approached her with the hope of working towards a similar plan for their regions – work Safia is eager to undertake.

At the end of the day, for the Dewsbury doc, it’s all about her patients.

She concluded: “I do all this for the women, so they know that they do not have to feel any shame.

“We see hundreds of women every year at the clinic now – that’s a huge deal.”


If you think you might need to talk confidentially about your sexual health, you do not need to be referred by a GP to attend Chandni clinic. To make an appointment, please call 01924 816120 or 01924 816121.


 

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Black belt brothers

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PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: The duo first discovered a passion for martial arts almost 20 years ago

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: The duo first discovered a passion for martial arts almost 20 years ago

Taekwondo siblings receive prestigious martial arts award

Whilst most brothers throughout the country get in trouble for fighting, a couple of sparring siblings from Bradford have been awarded for their combative natures at this year’s Martial Arts Illustrated National Awards.

Mohammed Zamoord and Mohammed Wahed, from Undercliffe, in Bradford, were invited to the high-profile event earlier this month in Burton-upon-Trent to commend their services to teaching taekwondo across West Yorkshire.

The duo have been running classes in various communities - in Bradford, Dewsbury and Batley – for almost two decades and were presented with Martial Arts Illustrated (MAI) Award by the Hall of Fame Authorities.

On receiving his award, Zamoord said: “It was a great sense of achievement. We have been involved in martial arts for almost 20 years so to get this type of national recognition is an amazing feeling.

“We were fortunate we trained with the best National taekwondo champions, winning titles in Wales, Scotland, England and the north of England many times over.

“We carried on our success by teaching our skills to the youth and passing on our knowledge to students who have been part of our organisation the United Martial Arts Academy.”

The awards evening was attended by guests from throughout the martial arts world, including the highly respected Richard Bustillo.

Richard is one of the few remaining few students who was taught by the legendary martial arts movie star Bruce Lee and was on hand to speak to the award recipients.

Wahed added: “It was a huge privilege and an honour to be amongst such highly talented people from the martial arts community.

“We caught up with some old faces and had a wonderful evening. Richard commented this type of event didn’t happen many years ago, as people from different martial arts would not talk to one another.

“He said it was great for him to see the martial arts community in the UK getting on with each other, respecting and celebrating together - whether it be Judo, Karate, Taekwondo, MMA or Aikido.”

Zamoord and Wahed are currently spearheading their new project called ‘Support Taekwondo’, funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

The project will kick off in early December and is aimed to help young children and adults in Bradford with learning, behavioural and emotional difficulties.

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Khan proves too tricky for Lewicki

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HEAVY HITTER: Huzaifa Khan pulled off a surprise victory in the CYP Boxing Championships semi-final against Rhys Lewicki

HEAVY HITTER: Huzaifa Khan pulled off a surprise victory in the CYP Boxing Championships semi-final against Rhys Lewicki

KBW boxer lands shock victory in 75kg debut bout

A Dewsbury boxer has progressed into the final of a prestigious amateur boxing competition after claiming a huge upset victory earlier this month.

Huzaifa Khan, fighting out of KBW Boxing, shocked the amateur circuit when he defeated English 75kg belt holder and national champion, Rhys Lewicki, in a thrilling CYP boxing Championships semi-final.

In a clash of West and South Yorkshire, Khan proved too tricky for his Sheffield opponent, taking the fight on a split decision after three action-packed, heavy-hitting rounds.

With 72 fights under his belt at 75kg, Lewicki was clear favourite to win at the start of the fight, yet Khan, who was making his debut in the weight category, clearly had other ideas.

From the first bell both men looked determined to land some big blows, exchanging two and three punch combinations throughout the first three minutes.

In what was a very explosive round, the competition was fierce yet Lewicki eventually seemed to get the better of the exchanges, doing just enough to clinch the points.

Both fighters began to slow at the sound of the first bell, yet coming out of their corners for the second round, Khan looked a new man, quickly closing down Lewicki and forcing him onto the back foot.

A spate of nicely placed combinations of uppercut and hooks drew blood from the English champ as his novice opponent equalled up the points and the rounds.

With one round a piece secured, both fighters knew that the decision rested on the last round to ensure a place in the Yorkshire final.

Both fighters returned to the mat for a third and final round to a loud roar from the crowd, with the contest perfectly setup for the many neutrals on the audience.

From the sound of the bell it was evident that both fighters were not going to let this go easy and for the duration of the three minutes each boxer exchanged blow after blow.

Khan seemed to grow into the fight the longer it went on and began to land the much cleaner combos while absorbing his opponents blows on his gloves.

The determined KBW star began to deliver a string of perfectly timed combinations, once again forcing Lewicki onto the back foot and ultimately on the ropes with some devastating body shots.

With both boxers looking exhausted, the final bell rang to a standing ovation from the audience.

With a split decision announced, Khan’s hand was raised by the referee, meaning he progresses through to the CYP Boxing Regional Final to face off against Shakeel Thompson from the Manor Boxing Academy.

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Specialists of authentic Bhel Puri and Pani Puri dishes

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Indian street food arrives in Dewsbury

Ever wanted to sample the finest range of Indian street foods but don’t fancy the 9,000 mile round trip?

Well now, thanks to Bhel Puri Pani Puri, all these flavours and more can be sampled much closer to home, at their Dewsbury and Leicester branches.

Opened in 2003 by devout food lovers, husband and wife, Satish Prajapati and Varsha Patel, the all vegetarian cuisine is freshly prepared to order in-store and includes all the classic favourites alongside some more exotic dishes.

From famed pani puri to irresistible samosa chaat, tastes and flavours guarantee to transport diners to the streets of Mumbai, Kolkatta and Dehli.

Initially opened in Leicester, customers in the East Midlands quickly grew accustomed to the unique style of freshly prepared home food, cooked up daily by Varsha in the kitchen.

bhel-puri-inset-pic-300x450Satish said: “Mumbai is known to be a haven for food-lovers and culinary enthusiasts. Street Food is a way of life and part of the culture all over India.

“They are ready to eat meals and snacks, generally sold in streets, markets and public areas by a vendor with a portable stall sometimes referred to as bhelwalas.

“Indian streets are famous for their cheap and tasty food items, with every city having its own specialty of all time favourite snack.

“At Bhel Puri Pani Puri, we share this amazing culture and cuisine in a fun and healthy way that is inviting to everyone.  

“We promote a healthy and responsible way of living, sourcing our food locally when available and using healthy, fresh ingredients in all of our foods.”  

As well as a must-try menu in-house, Bhel Puri Pani Puri also run an outdoor catering service for all those special occasions.

From their own mobile food unit, the specialist caterers can provide food for parties of all sizes, with three dishes available from just £6.50 per head – and extras bookable for the more adventurous customers.

“We launched our customised catering unit to travel to any area in the UK to bring the taste of India direct to your doorstep,” Satish added.

“We have catered for all occasions in the past, including: weddings, birthdays, indoor/outdoor parties – and work all year round.”

So, be sure to head down to Bhel Puri Pani Puri soon and experience the place where it’s not only the name which requires a big mouthful.

6A South Street,

Savile Town,

Dewsbury,

WF12 9ND

Tel: 01924 488812, 07811 336 757

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Batley ‘bat man’ jailed: Man who beat up relative will face 5 year prison sentence

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VIOLENT: Samir Hussain hit the complainant numerous times around the head and body with a rounders bat

VIOLENT: Samir Hussain hit the complainant numerous times around the head and body with a rounders bat

A Batley man will go to prison for more than five years after he attacked a relative in the street with a rounders bat.

27-year-old Samir Hussain came across Mohammed Yaqoob by chance on the street in Mount Pleasant, Dewsbury and a family dispute erupted into violence.

The broad daylight incident happened in March 2016.

Bradford Crown Court heard this week that Mr Yaqoob had his young son in his car when Hussain overtook him in a works van and stopped in front of their vehicle.

Prosecutor Dave Mackay told the court that Hussain went over to the complainant’s car intending to speak to him about the dispute, but after Mr Yaqoob poked him in the stomach with a small rounders bat the defendant took if off him and struck him ‘numerous times’ to the head and body.

Even when Mr Yaqoob was on the ground, the prosecutor said the attack with the bat continued.

It only ended when members of the public shouted at Hussain to stop.

Mr Yaqoob suffered a fractured left forearm and an open fracture to his left leg after the fight.

It is understood that Mr Yaqoob had to have a metal plate inserted in his leg during surgery at hospital and he also had cuts to his head.

After the assault, Mr Yaqoob told police that his nephew, Samir, had done it, but after his arrest Hussain claimed that he had only struck the complainant a few times in self defence.

Hussain, of Dark Lane, Batley, had been due to stand trial today but he admitted a charge of causing Mr Yaqoob grievous bodily harm with intent.

Barrister Amanda Johnson, for Hussain, said he had expressed genuine remorse for the offence and she explained that he had lost his temper in a ‘moment of madness’ after being provoked.

Jailing Hussain for five years, recorder Richard Woolfall said he had pleaded guilty to a very serious allegation and it was clear that there was history to the incident which happened on 14th March this year.

As part of the sentence, Recorder Woolfall set an indefinite restraining order which banned Hussain from contacting Mr Yaqoob directly or indirectly and he is also prohibited from going to the street where he lives in Staincliffe.

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‘He threatened to shoot me’

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OFFICE TARGETED: Paula Sherriff’s office was the scene of the shooting threat in Dewsbury earlier this year

OFFICE TARGETED: Paula Sherriff’s office was the scene of the shooting threat in Dewsbury earlier this year

Iraqi man in court over alleged threats to take rifle to local college

A case worker at the office of Dewsbury South MP Paula Sherriff has this week appeared in court to detail the moment an Iraqi man allegedly threatened to shoot her and students at a local college.

Julie Ward told Leeds Crown Court about the moment Jasem Saeed, 39, threatened her life if he did not obtain a passport during a meeting on Wednesday 9th March.

Saeed is said to have become aggressive and was shouting at Mrs Ward because he wanted to return to Iraq to see his family.

“He said if I didn’t give him his passport he would shoot me. This is when alarm bells started ringing for me,” Mrs Ward said

“I couldn’t see a gun - but I wasn’t to know he didn’t have one.”

After speaking with her officer manager, who subsequently warned Saeed to calm down or he would be asked to leave, she later returned with fellow case worker George Flesher.

Mrs Ward told the court that Saeed continued being aggressive and also threatened to shoot Mr Flesher.

She added: “He mentioned some type of rifle that he would go away and get - a rifle that had 30 rounds and he would go to a local college and shoot 29 students and then shoot himself.

“Although he had threatened us that was my main concern, if he did not get what he wanted, which I knew I couldn’t give him, that he would actually go into the community and do what he said he would do.”

Saeed was escorted out of the office with staff contacting the Home Office and West Yorkshire Police to report the incident.

In court this past week, Saeed admitted affray but denies two charges of making threats to kill in relation to Mrs Ward and Mr Flesher.

He claims he was misunderstood as his English was not very good, adding that he did not threaten to shoot either case worker or the students at a local college.

Instead, Saeed says he told staff that he wanted to travel back to Iraq to fight against Daesh. He said he told Mrs Ward that he would go to a college in Mosul that trained Daesh soldiers and kill 29 people there before killing himself.

Nick Adlington, prosecuting, told the jury: “You wanted them to be in such fear they would help you because you didn’t think they were trying enough.”

Saeed was previously granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK until 2025 yet had been attempting to obtain the necessary travel documents to visit home.

He had previously contacted the MP’s office but says nothing had happened.

In response to Mr Adlington’s claims, he said: “I am not a child to behave like a child,” adding: “That is your interpretation of this incident, not mine.”

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‘Let’s Unite’ in Dewsbury

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BUILDING RELATIONS: Faith groups and community groups came together in Dewsbury last week for the fourth annual Let’s Unite event

BUILDING RELATIONS: Faith groups and community groups came together in Dewsbury last week for the fourth annual Let’s Unite event

Archery, football and a whole lot of fun

Local youth group, Kumon Y’all, had another hugely successful ‘Let’s Unite’ event on 16th July when the British Army and West Yorkshire police joined local faith leaders for a day of uniting communities.

The annual event, now in its fourth year, saw over 1,000 people turn out to join in with a range of activities, including the flagship football tournament.

Those who attended were also able to enjoy an army assault course, archery combat and activity stalls whilst building up multi-faith relations as they played.

TARGET ACQUIRED: The army test their skills on the archery

TARGET ACQUIRED: The army test their skills on the archery

Volunteers from the youth group even cooked up a storm on the BBQ, serving burgers to footballers who had worked up a sweat on Savile Town Sports Field.

Three six-a-side tournaments took place - one for Years 7 and 8, another for Years 9 and 10 and a game for the over-40s which was a real crowd pleaser.

Farook Yunus, group leader at Kumon Y’All, said the event was growing every year and was delighted to see so many community groups represented.

ON POINT: The archery combat activity was introduced for the first time this year, pictured are members of West Yorkshire Fire Service

ON POINT: The archery combat activity was introduced for the first time this year, pictured are members of West Yorkshire Fire Service

“I believe the event was absolutely fantastic,” he said. “I've seen it grow into something which truly marks a day in history and a day which we are going to be remembered for.

“From the first year, having no hope of it being a tremendous success, to the fourth year, with over 1,000 people attending, it’s been a great achievement.”

Eventual winners in the over-40’s football tournament were the Withesthorpe sports club whilst the Hamara Foundation claimed success in archery combat.

OPENING DIALOGUE: Kumon Y’all group organiser, Farook Yunus, said involving the army in such a community event in Savile Town had never been done before

OPENING DIALOGUE: Kumon Y’all group organiser, Farook Yunus, said involving the army in such a community event in Savile Town had never been done before

Amongst those taking part in the archery was the ever active Dewsbury South MP, Paula Sherriff, who provided a particular highlight of the day for many of her on-looking constituents.

“A stand out moment for many was when Ms Sherriff got hit on her behind during archery combat as well as all the soldiers playing against the firemen in a game of archery combat,” Farook added.

“Ms Sherriff absolutely loved the event, so much so that when she went to the Houses of Commons, she mentioned it to the other MPs that were there.”

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Race against cancer

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MEDAL WINNERS: All the students who ran the race received a medal for their efforts

MEDAL WINNERS: All the students who ran the race received a medal for their efforts

Academy kids run to raise money for fantastic cause

Hundreds of students from a Dewsbury secondary school have laced up their running shoes in the name of charity as they raised funds for Cancer Research UK.

Despite the hustle and bustle of exam season, teens from Thornhill Community Academy’s Years 7, 8 and 9 were eager to add a charity run to their packed timetable before the summer holidays commenced.

Earlier this month, they were able to do just that as the Race for Life 5k challenge arrived at the school.

Over 400 students in total took on the task of walking, jogging or running the distance, raising money for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work.

Upon finishing the race, children were also presented with a medal to commend their efforts.

Head Teacher, Bev Matthews, praised the enthusiasm of all those involved who have so far raised hundreds of pounds.

“Today has been a real team effort and a great day for students and staff, whilst raising money for a seriously good cause,” she said.

“Most of us know someone who has been touched by cancer and we all have our special reasons for taking part and wanting to help more people survive.”

Five kilometres - or just over three miles - is an achievable distance for all ages and abilities.

£5 will kit one of our research labs out with essential chemicals, £8 kits out Cancer Research scientists with a lab timer, helping them to find out what makes a cancer cell tick and £30 covers the cost of a cervical cancer trial for one day.

The school are still asking for sponsorship from parents, students and friends of the academy as they aim to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK.

You can sponsor the runners through their ‘Just Giving’ page: www.justgiving.com/TCA-21-06-2016

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Fortune Cookie’s Chinese tasty expansion across the region

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Wonderful Woks and wicked wings

Walking through the door following the delicious scent of Chinese food being freshly cooked at Fortune Cookie on Raglan Road, people often stopped in their tracks thinking they had come into the wrong restaurant.

Talking to the Asian Express, owner Kamran Ayub said: “Puzzled, they would ask if this was a Chinese takeaway. I would laugh and then go through the same routine of bringing the chefs from the kitchen so the customers could see they were actually Chinese.

“They couldn’t understand how someone from a Pakistani background was serving at the counter of a Chinese takeaway. What they didn’t know was that this was the first 100 per cent Halal Chinese restaurant in Yorkshire.”

SONY DSCThat was 18 years ago, and Kamran explains it’s been hard work to establish Halal Chinese food as an option for the Muslim community, but “finally we feel our hard work has paid off. Now we are firmly established as the premier Halal Chinese.”

For the Muslim community in Leeds, Chinese food was ‘off the menu’ unless it was Halal.

“Since we opened, we have realised how far people were travelling to try our all-Halal Chinese food,” Kamran said.

“We’ve had to expand the Fortune Cookie franchize and now there are two more restaurants – one in Dewsbury and another in Bradford.” 

The sparkling new restaurants are run by people who’ve trained in Leeds and taken their expertise to these two cities.

“Fortune Cookie is the only place where you can go to sit down, have a delicious Chinese meal and then follow it all up with a selection of delicious desserts like waffles, homemade cheesecakes and a selection of fantastic milkshakes.” 

The Leeds branch is currently being refurbished and the team are hoping to have it ready by September so that customers will be able to enjoy the newly expanded premises.

“We’re going to have seating for around 30 people and because there’s such a demand for dishes like our famous spicy wings, we’re going to be open from 11am ‘til late,” adds Kamran.

The wings and chips at Fortune Cookie have been getting everyone into a bit of a flap, with people travelling from all over the country to try out their signature dish.

“Our chef uses a secret spice rub which has been tweaked to perfection over the years,” Kamran smiled.

It’s true. The wings at Fortune Cookie are a hit of fire, crunch and all things scrumptious - sitting crisp-skinned and juicy amongst golden chips. Their snap builds nice and slowly to a friendly scorch which is balanced and tempered by the potato.

Fortune Cookie are hoping that the older generation of people who didn’t have a choice in what they could order because Halal Chinese wasn’t available 20 years ago will “come in and try them now.”

“I’m positive they will be pleasantly surprised. Fortune Cookie are pioneers in bringing Halal Chinese cuisine to Yorkshire and we are hoping that you will come down to one of our restaurants to try out one of our fantastic dishes – whether that be a Kung-Po, Stir-Fry Noodles or our famous wings and chips,” Kamran adds.

Fortune Cookie is certainly as fortunate as its name suggests, having enjoyed tremendous business over the years.

Luckier still are its customers, who get to taste some of the finest Chinese food in town.

 

81 Raglan Rd, Leeds LS2 9DZ

Phone:0113 244 2228

1 Grove Terrace, Bradford BD7 1AU

Phone:01274 370388

50 Bradford Rd, Dewsbury WF13 2DU

Phone:01924 458800

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Students of style: High school’s high fashion moment

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PASSION FOR FASHION: The students wanted to promote a greater cultural understanding between different communities

PASSION FOR FASHION: The students wanted to promote a greater cultural understanding between different communities

Students from a Dewsbury high school ‘dressed to impress’ last month as they hosted an evening full of fashion, music, dance and food in the name of community cohesion.

The fashionable team, from Westborough High School, hosted their first ‘Community Fashion Show’ on Friday 27th May at Batley Town Hall.

Inspired by Kirklees Council’s Community Heritage Team, the project was led by eight pupils who aimed to promote a greater cultural understanding between communities.

The night was a product of a lot of sweat and tears over a two-month period, as excited pupils and staff took to the catwalk – where they also showed off their dance moves and vocal talents.

Two girls hosted the night’s free extravagant proceedings, which involved fashion parades from Eastern, Western and African cultures.

The acts were extremely well received by the audience who demanded encores from two of the performance pieces; a duet by two Year 10 girls, Aqsa Hussain – who also co-hosted the event with Ayesha Siddiqua – and Tia Ramsden, and an upbeat and energetic Bollywood-style routine.

DESIGN PARADE: All participants looked the part as they strutted their stuff

DESIGN PARADE: All participants looked the part as they strutted their stuff

Habiba Patel, who oversaw the project, said: “The event was a tremendous success. It was a pleasure to work closely with some amazingly talented and dedicated young people. It was also nice to see other staff get involved – especially strutting their stuff on the catwalk.”

She continued: “But it wasn’t just people from Westborough, though, as others from the local area kindly volunteered their services - namely Kiran from Amana Beauty and Spa and former pupil Suriya Sadiq who assisted with hair and makeup, along with Kulsum Patel and other students from the University of Huddersfield.”

Once the live show was over, there was the chance to enjoy catering from all of the cultures featured with guests tucking into plates of African, British and Asian foods.

The eight pupils who led the project all have a keen interest in fashion, as well as business management, which are key areas in which they want to continue to expand their knowledge and experience.

Co-host, Aqsa, said: “I thoroughly loved every single minute. I love fashion and I love talking - so hosting it with my good friend Ayesha was brilliant! Everyone got involved and it was amazing to see so many people come out and support us. We can’t wait for the next event.”

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Youngsters find their political voice thanks to pioneering initiative

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POLITICALLY ACTIVE: Paula Sherriff MP with the ‘My Country My Vote’ 2016 winners

POLITICALLY ACTIVE: Paula Sherriff MP with the ‘My Country My Vote’ 2016 winners

Pupil politicians

Pupils from three schools across Kirklees attended a politically charged celebratory event at Dewsbury town hall last week.

On Friday 29th April, students from Westborough High School in Dewsbury, Upper Batley High School in Batley and All Saints Catholic College in Huddersfield celebrated the completion of their ‘My Country, My Vote’ project, aimed at ensuring the next generation of voters are clued up on all things politics and the democratic process.

Over recent months, each school has been given the unique opportunity to take part in different campaigns for their local area, culminating in a presentation evening.

For this year’s ‘My Country My Vote’ project - arranged between Kirklees Council Community Heritage and Education Team and the University of Huddersfield – the teens were tasked with delivering presentations of their winning campaign to a jam-packed audience.

Campaigns included: getting lower travel fare concessions to and from school for local young people; re-introducing school lockers back into school, encouraging more youth orientated businesses to open and for improvements to be made to Crow Nest Park in Dewsbury.

The pupils that participated in the project were pre-GCSE age as to not interfere with their exam timetable.

‘My Country My Vote’ is an initiative which has been running since 2012 and teaches students about running effective political campaigns. It also increases awareness of, and participation in, the processes of local democracy.

Local MP Paula Sherriff presented the awards, after which she gave an impromptu ‘question and answer’ session where the audience could ask her probing questions about her life as a politician.

INNOVATIVE: Students expressed their democratic concepts through the medium of wool

INNOVATIVE: Students expressed their democratic concepts through the medium of wool

The pupils asked the Labour MP some very searching questions and the audience was very appreciative of the ‘no-holds-barred’ opportunity to grill a serving politician.

Dr Andy Mycock, Reader in Politics at the University of Huddersfield helped oversee the prohect and praised the engagement of the participating students.

“The My Country, My Vote project has successfully provided opportunities for young people across Kirklees to engage with and participate in local democracy by empowering them to change things in their schools and communities,” he said.

“The enthusiasm of the young participants fundamentally challenges the notion that young people are not interested in politics.”

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Super Subhaan

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CHAMP IN THE MAKING: Subhaan Mohammed won the 50kg England Boxing Junior Championship last weekend

CHAMP IN THE MAKING: Subhaan Mohammed won the 50kg England Boxing Junior Championship last weekend

KBW continue year of success

Dewsbury’s growing reputation on the national boxing scene took another huge stride forward last weekend after Subhaan Mohammed clinched the town’s second national title in 2016.

Fighting out of the KBW Boxing Gym, the young teen competitor was victorious in the final of the 50kg England Boxing Junior Championship Final on Sunday 17th April.

Defeating European champ, Adam Hussain, of Hertfordshire, in the final, it was a triumphant moment for Mohammed and the KBW team.

His hard work and determination paid off in the final as he picked off his opponent over all three rounds to win by a unanimous decision.

Elsewhere, fellow KBW boxers, Moqeet Rahman and Adeeb Ajmal were not as lucky on their travels.

The latter’s inexperience on the big stage showed as he lost out to Karol Itauma, in the 80kg final, whilst Rahman failed to make weight and was subsequently unable to enter.

It wasn’t only in Birtley where KBW were represented last weekend, with two more of the club’s boxers competing in Leeds for the Senior Elite Championship County Finals.

Ismail Khan advanced in the 52kg category, meaning he will fight at the Echo Arena in the National Quarters, whilst Saif Cheema was unlucky to lose out on a split decision.

Khan, who came into the contest on the back of clinching the England Senior Championship belt and Northern Area belt, looked impressive in his matchup against Raeed Nassar.

Outboxing his opponent in the first round, Khan knocked out Nassar in the second to cement his place in the last-eight of the national tournament.

Cheema meanwhile fell at the hands of old foe, Ryan Stevenson, with the Doncaster man eventually winning over three rounds in a split decision.

It has been quite a year so far for KBW with two national champions, nine Yorkshire champions, three national finalists and four quarter-finalists, all coming out of the club.

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Dewsbury’s knockout stars

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FINALS AWAIT: Four Dewsbury fighters arte through to the semi-finals of a national boxing competition (l-r) Adeeb Ajmal, Moqeet Rehman, Subhaan Mohammed, Rash Khan, Amaar Akbar, Alan Haque, Zee Akbar

FINALS AWAIT: Four Dewsbury fighters arte through to the semi-finals of a national boxing competition (l-r) Adeeb Ajmal, Moqeet Rehman, Subhaan Mohammed, Rash Khan, Amaar Akbar, Alan Haque, Zee Akbar

Fantastic four progress to national semi-finals

The small town of Dewsbury is building up quite a reputation on the amateur boxing scene after four fighters from the area progressed into the semi-finals of the England Boxing National Junior Championships.

Adeeb Ajmal, Amaar Akbar, Subhaan Mohammed and Moqeet Rehman will all compete in Portsmouth this weekend after success in their respected weight-division’s quarter-final contests.

Ajmal, boxing out of KBW, is currently competing in the 78kg category despite only having three competitive bouts under his belt.

Facing off against much more experienced opponents, the relative newcomer to the sport is hoping to secure his first national title after receiving a bye in the semi-finals to progress to the final.

Clubmate, Mohammed, who previously reached the quarter finals in the same competition, is through to the semis after securing a unanimous points victory against Stocksbridge’s Joe Armer.

Making it a hat-trick for KBW is Rahman. His good form this season continued after defeating Sam Turner, of Croxteth Boxing Club, in Liverpool. A heavy handed fight saw both boxers land heavy blows yet it was a point’s decision that eventually gave Rahman the win.

The fourth boxer from Dewsbury, making the trip down to the south coast will be Akbar. The Warrior Breed Boxing Club representative is looking for his second national title this season.

He has already knocked off the challenges of Harry Fryer and Owen Rees, the latter boxing out of the famous Birtley Boxing Club – to secure his place at the semi-finals.

Shammy Cheema, from KBW, said the young competitors had all done the local area proud.

“It is a remarkable achievement considering Dewsbury has never been known as a predominant boxing tow, compared to the likes of Leeds and Sheffield for example,” he said.

“To have four boxers reach such late stages of a national competition is something that only usually happens in large cities.

“All of them will now be heading to Portsmouth this weekend to box in the semis and look to bring the national titles back to Dewsbury.”

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ADAM-CA-DABRA! Dewsbury pharmacist magics up new career

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CONJURING UP ILLUSIONS: Adam Patel is magic’s biggest rising star

CONJURING UP ILLUSIONS: Adam Patel is magic’s biggest rising star

Sometimes, all it takes to make it in showbiz is the right book at the right age.

For 30-year-old Adam Patel from Dewsbury, it was a well-picked Christmas present in 1997 that sparked an interest in magic so unstoppable that it quickly became an ‘obsession’.

His hocus pocus focus has meant that he now has a blossoming career as a TV magician with an exciting series ‘Adam Patel: Real Magic’ in the works.

Adam said: “I was given a book about card tricks. I ended up learning every trick in the book and the rest is history.”

Comparisons to Bradford magician Steven Frayne - who is currently midway through a national tour of major arenas - have cropped up but Adam has the unique gift of being a mind reader too.

When asked if anyone can be a mind reader or whether it takes special magical powers and intuition, Adam’s reply was refreshingly honest.

“I don’t know if anyone can mind read,” he said. “There is a skill to it. It can be learnt, I learnt it.

“A lot of people tell me they couldn’t do what I do but I think that with years and years of practice, they probably could. In my head, you can do it, but it takes dedication and it won’t happen overnight.”

When Adam gave up his day job as a pharmacist, he didn’t really know if he would make it.

He said:  “You just have to risk it. It wasn’t something I was comfortable about at the time but I knew I had this opportunity and I had to give it a go. If I didn’t take the plunge, I knew I would regret it later.”

As the child of Asian parents, Adam’s change in career from pharmacist to performer was seen as an unusual move.

He said that his family found it really difficult to support him at first because ‘performing arts just isn’t the done thing’.

STREET MAGIC: Newcastle gets a taste of Adam’s tricks

STREET MAGIC: Newcastle gets a taste of Adam’s tricks

However, when you possess raw talent like Adam it always shines through and as the Patel family watched a TV demo of him in action they realised he was ‘pretty good and changed their tune’.
Adam isn’t a member of the magic circle yet but he’s ‘working on it’.

“You have to pass an exam and be vouched for by two existing members. It takes two years.”

The upcoming four-part series, titled ‘Adam Patel: Real Magic’, will feature Adam performing magic in locations across the UK and will begin filming in April before fans can expect the show to hit their TV screens later in the year.

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Paradise Primary receives heavenly report

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GOOD NEWS: Paradise Primary celebrate their latest Ofsted results

GOOD NEWS: Paradise Primary celebrate their latest Ofsted results

Excellence achieved for Dewsbury school

When a school is named ‘Paradise’ there are certain expectations people will have when it comes to the level of education on offer.

For Paradise Primary, in Dewsbury, these expectations are not only constantly met but were reinforced last month after Ofsted officials rated the establishment ‘Good’.

Following a two-and-a-half day inspection in January, the Islamic Faith school was praised for living up to its motto - ‘in the pursuit of excellence’.

The school had previously been inspected in 2011 and up until September 2015 all independent schools, which includes many faith schools, were inspected using a different framework from state maintained schools.

However, from September the independent school inspections were brought in line with those in the state sector, raising the bar significantly

Of the 106 independent faith schools, whose reports have been published since September 2015, only 16 per cent achieved a rating of ‘good’ or ‘better’.

Headteacher at Paradise Primary, Hafsa Patel, said such statistics only reinforce the importance of their ‘Good’ report.

She said: “We are delighted to have been recognised for our hard work despite the unique challenges we face as an independent school and to show all other schools that this is achievable.

“We are proud to offer a high quality education in an Islamic environment with a focus on diversity, integrity and continuous improvement to ensure we produce well rounded adults of the future.

“I would like to thank all involved including the governors, parents and all supporters of PPS.”

In Paradise Primary’s latest Ofsted report, pupils’ personal development and welfare were highlighted as outstanding, whilst the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of children were labelled Excellent.

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The Grand Banqueting Suite in Dewsbury is a wedding venue to top them all!

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IMG_2810 (337x450)Chandeliers, magnificent mehndi stages and a sprinkling of magic

Finding the right wedding venue is a task every bride and groom must do to ensure they have the perfect setting to create monumental memories that will last a lifetime.

In Dewsbury there is no place more magical than The Grand Banqueting Suite.

Ashiq Hussain’s family-run business dazzles from the roadside thanks to its amazing use of glass which floods sunlight into the venue and showcases the gigantic chandeliers which hang majestically from the ceilings within its eye-catching modernist architecture.

A venue that is used mainly used for weddings, The Grand Banqueting Suite is one of the largest wedding venues in the north. It has an astounding 370 car park spaces and can comfortably seat up to 1,400 people, making it the perfect place for lovers with a big guest-list.

RB2_5894 (287x450)Inside, the surroundings are stunning. Polished wooden floors gleam and glisten, crystal vases glitter and the two-tiered East Wing resembles a ballroom from the world’s most romantic fairytale.

Azhar Mahmood, marketing manager, said: “With Asian weddings, the celebration has two phases. You have the wedding day (nikah) and then afterwards you take part in the walima day which is when the male members of the wedding party have their own celebration.

“At The Grand, our catering facilities are located on site. We have table service only which means that guests can sit back and relax without having to go back and forth to a buffet.

“When Asian weddings are large, they are segregated. Typical Asian weddings will have men on one side and women on the other. We do full segregation which is easy to achieve as we have two wings, East Wing and West Wing.”

Outside, a beautiful water feature presents the perfect opportunity for gorgeous wedding photo moments whilst a stunningly elegant room for the bride and groom to retire to is ideal for the more intimate shots.

The Grand Banqueting Suite offers the full package: from decor to drinks; to dinner and organising every minute detail so that your big day is everything you ever wished for. All you have to do is worry about arriving on time!

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549 Huddersfield Rd,

Dewsbury,

WF13 3JW

Phone:07852 288540

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Dewsbury teen’s dedication to the beautiful game pays off

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QUALIFIED: 17 year-old Ammarah Pandor coached young girls for three hours every Sunday and has now passed her FA Level 1 coaching qualification

QUALIFIED: 17 year-old Ammarah Pandor coached young girls for three hours every Sunday and has now passed her FA Level 1 coaching qualification

Soccer success at seventeen

A sporty teen from Dewsbury took her first step up the football coaching ladder last week as she earned her first official FA grading.

Three months ago, 17-year-old Ammarah Pandor, from Dewsbury, started volunteering with Engage Dewsbury - a voluntary community project set up to tackle radicalisation.

As part of her work, the young volunteer coached girls in football every Sunday for three hours, with her dedication and talent eventually leading to her becoming an FA Level 1 qualified coach.

The course, produced by FA Education provides an introduction to the football organisation and to the delivery of safe and enjoyable coaching sessions for players.

Ammarah’s Level 1 course was funded by a charity called ‘Let June Make a Difference’, which aims to provide one-off grants to underprivileged children in North Kirklees, in memory of June Dewhirst who died in April 2014.

Haroon Adam, founder of Engage Dewsbury, mentored Ammarah through the course.

He said “We recognised Ammarah’s talent very early on. She is a gifted footballer and has a real enthusiasm and commitment to pass on her skills and knowledge to other females.

“We put her forward for this and we hope she uses this qualification as a stepping stone to bigger and better things in women’s football.”

He continued: “Engage is all about working with the youth – we want young people to appreciate that there is life beyond their smartphones.”

Jamil Baig, director of Kick off Dewsbury also congratulated Ammarah and presented her with £30 worth of Sports Direct vouchers.

He said: “Ammarah has been coming here since we opened last August and we are proud to have been able to make a little contribution to her progression. We will continue to support Ammarah in any way we can.”

Ammarah says she is very excited about her own future in the sport and looks forward to progressing further up the coaching ladder.

She said: “It’s not often that you get a female from an ethnic minority background playing and coaching football, so hopefully I am breaking down barriers and stereotypes.

“I want to thank Engage Dewsbury, Let June Make A Difference and Kick off Dewsbury for their wholehearted support and encouragement.”

Colin Bradley, a Trustee of Let June Make A Difference, added: “We were introduced to Ammarah through Engage Dewsbury and we were thrilled to be able to help her obtain her Level 1 FA coaching qualification.

“Our charity aims to help children living in North Kirklees undertake potentially life changing experiences which will stay with them through the rest of their lives.

“We are looking forward to working with Engage Dewsbury in the future as our organisations develop and grow.”

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Thousands gather to pay respects to renowned Muslim cleric

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GRIDLOCK: Traffic came to a standstill in Dewsbury due to the amount of people that attended the funeral

GRIDLOCK: Traffic came to a standstill in Dewsbury due to the amount of people that attended the funeral

Transport brought to a standstill for funeral of influential leader

People from across the UK and Europe flocked to Dewsbury last week to pay their respects to one of the most influential Muslim leaders, Hafiz Patel, who passed away aged 92.

A funeral was held for the renowned cleric, who was involved in the creation of the Markazi Mosque in Savile Town, on Thursday 18th February.

Crowds - some of whom had travelled from as far afield as France and Portugal - were described as ‘an ocean of people’ on social media and Twitter was awash with tributes.

It was estimated that 10,000 mourners turned up to Savile Town playing fields for the open air service.

Omar (@opthomar), on Twitter wrote: “Almost feels like a pilgrimage, thousands of people walking the streets of Dewsbury on their way to #HafizPatel's janazah.”

Mr Patel arrived in Dewsbury in 1960 and was instrumental in setting up the town’s first mosque, which is the largest teaching mosque in Europe and European headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat movement.

Even the transport around Savile Town in Dewsbury came to a standstill due to the influx of mourners and was in gridlock for some hours.

Community leader, Solly Adam, said: “He was my relative and also a very close friend. We played cricket together when I was a little child.

“I wasn’t surprised that so many people turned up to his funeral. He deserved double the turnout for what he had done for the community in his lifetime.

“He’s been here for fifty years and changed the country for the good. It is unbelievable what he’s done for the community.”

He added: “Mr Patel was a true gentleman who had a very soft nature. He listened to everyone and would never dictate his views. We went to Germany and Turkey together. He was a genius. He sacrificed his whole life for the sake of his community.”

OPEN AIR FUNERAL: The funeral was held at Savile Town playing fields

OPEN AIR FUNERAL: The funeral was held at Savile Town playing fields

Councillor Masood Ahmed for Dewsbury South also shared his memories of the cleric.

“Mr Patel was a very approachable and welcoming person,” he said. “Whoever you were, whatever walk of life you were from, he would always give of his time.

“He will certainly be a hard act to follow if anyone has to step into his shoes. It’s a massive loss to us all.

“Mr Patel was the pillar of the community. I can’t fault the man.”

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Dewsbury-based Muslim project trying to make the world a better place to live

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MIXING RELIGIONS: Bishop of Huddersfield, Rt Reverend Jonathan Gibbs, attended the Peace Party

MIXING RELIGIONS: Bishop of Huddersfield, Rt Reverend Jonathan Gibbs, attended the Peace Party

Peace Party brings communities together

Activists and volunteers rallied together in Dewsbury last month to promote peace across the district.

Local Muslim community organisation - ‘Kumon Y’all’ - set up pop-up stalls outside Dewsbury Town Hall on Saturday 23rd January.

Around 35 volunteers gave away free cupcakes, samosas and sweets, while encouraging people to unite as a community.

They created placards which read: ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ and ‘Peace Begins With A Smile’.

Project leader, Farook Yunus said: “We work hard to bring different communities together. We had great laughs, and discussions with people to try and make our world a better place to live.”

Batley Councillors, Shabir Pandor, Gwen Lowe and Amanda Stubley visited the Peace Party.

Mr Yunus added: “We had a lot of discussions with people to get a better understanding of different communities. It was a really good day and we feel got our message across well.

FRIENDLY FUN: Pop-up stalls handed out free food during the peaceful meet up

FRIENDLY FUN: Pop-up stalls handed out free food during the peaceful meet up

“There are too many misunderstandings between cultural and religious groups in our region and, if they are not tackled, communities will drift further apart.

“We need more common activities to bring people together to create a better understanding which will give us our goal of peace and harmony between all. So ‘Kumon Y’All’ -  let’s work together and make this a better place to live.”
The event was held a week before a Britain First Rally came to the town on Saturday 30th January.

Britain First has been secretive when asked about how many members are signed up to its controversial group, instead saying its ‘in the thousands’. It insists it has widespread support, pointing to its Facebook page, which has over a million likes.

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Teen web wizard makes a small fortune from the comfort of his bedroom

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TECH TEEN: Fifteen-year-old Mohammed Ali has already made enough money from his website business to pay all his future student loans off

TECH TEEN: Fifteen-year-old Mohammed Ali has already made enough money from his website business to pay all his future student loans off

Site developer sets sights on uni

Whilst most university graduates leave education with student loan debts that top tens of thousands of pounds, one teenager from Dewsbury has already paid off his fees - and he’s only 15.

Mohammed Ali, who is still studying for his GCSEs at Batley Grammar School, is a web whizz whose website-building company has accumulated an impressive stream of money into his bank account.

After launching his own business, Flaming Sites, when he was just 12-years-old, he has quickly grown the mini company into a thriving operation, with clients across the UK.

Learning all his skills from tutorials online, it has been a self-motivated journey for Mohammed and one he says he is proud to have accomplished.

“Since the age of six, I have always had an interest in computers,” he explained.

“I remember being little and seeing Bill Gates on the TV, always doing something new with computers and getting money for it.

“I thought I should do it too so I started watching videos on YouTube to see how to build websites. It all started from there really.”

He added: “When I first started, my mum and dad used to always ask why I’m always working away in my room. Now they don’t mind. It’s definitely paid off.”

Since his first website went live, Mohammed has been approached by a number of clients to build similar sites.

WEBSITE: Mohammed is currently developing a currency website

WEBSITE: Mohammed is currently developing a currency website

Despite still being in secondary education, he has raised enough funds through his hobby-turned-work to pay off his university fees, and plans on doing just that.

“I want to study computer science at university and am in a fortunate position now to pay off my fees,” he said.

“That will hopefully give me a good place to start with a business when I graduate. I will have no debts and can then grow faster.”

Mohammed is currently working on a currency app, World Currency Gold Rates, using maths and Java language, for a client in London.

Aside from his talent for building websites, Mohammed has also created an online game previously called Project 2006, which attracted up to 200 users daily.

Played by people worldwide and eventually co-managed by a partner in the Netherlands, the game is just another string to Mohammed’s bow.

You can keep up to date with Mohammed by following him on Twitter at @modali.

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Dewsbury headteacher nominated for prestigious Diversity Award

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HEADTEACHER OF THE YEAR: Headteacher of Carlton Junior and Infant School, Rizwana Mahmood, has been nominated for a national prize

HEADTEACHER OF THE YEAR: Headteacher of Carlton Junior and Infant School, Rizwana Mahmood, has been nominated for a national prize

Head of the year

Bradford-born head teacher, dynamic and daring Rizwana Mahmood, has had a magnificent year.

Not only has she been knocking down walls in her school to make it more modern, but she has been building up a sense of community with her pupils, so that Carlton Junior and Infant School in Dewsbury is now one of the most cohesive and cultured places to learn in the area.

It’s the type of teaching that gets you nominated for prizes, and The National Centre for Diversity 2016 Awards have shortlisted Rizwana for ‘Headteacher of the Year’.

Rizwana is the only nominee outside of a college establishment in her category.

She said: “I got into teaching in 1999. Since then, I’ve been fast-tracked to leadership positions. I’ve been at Carlton Junior and Infant School for two years now.”

Rizwana has a natural eye for aesthetics and has transformed the primary school into a wisdom wonderland.

Children now study lessons under ‘brain calming’ mood lighting that pulses in gentle blue and green colours. Classrooms have become more open plan, with glistening glass doors and walls.

Rizwana added: “For my MA, I studied accelerated learning and social engineering and the conditioning of the brain. I looked at peaceful environments.

“When I joined the school it was dark and dingy. It was painted in cold colours. To me, this had an obvious impact on behaviour. So I removed the walls and painted the place in lighter colours… eventually the entire building will be neon and glass, which I know will make a difference.”

Rizwana loves the diversity in the community and staff – and how they embrace all of the cultures and beliefs she strongly advocates.

“It’s important to embed British values into our children and helping them understand that - just by respecting other religions and cultures - doesn’t mean you’re losing your own identity,” she said.

“My position as a Muslim Asian female in a leadership position is quite a privilege, and allows me to drive that agenda. When I joined the school, what I used to hear from my predecessors was that the parents would not engage and they didn’t allow children to take part in the Nativity and Easter plays. Now we have a high level of engagement.”

UNDER THE LIGHTS: Rizwana studied social conditioning for her MA, and introduced brain-calming lights to her school

UNDER THE LIGHTS: Rizwana studied social conditioning for her MA, and introduced brain-calming lights to her school

Rizwana finds that her school’s success is thanks to being more empathetic with both children and parents.

“It’s a matter of experiencing what they experience, moving to the other side and seeing what they see. What is key is that greater level of understanding. Parental engagement is a major highlight for me.”

Before Rizwana became headteacher, the numbers of pupils applying to the school had dropped significantly.

She said: “We got onto it straight away with a high-level marketing programme and we’ve now got waiting lists. The types of clientele we are getting now are professionals. People are actively seeking out the school and we have thousands of hits on our website a day.”

The school is doing plenty of things right, but it will take time to change the community as a whole.

Rizwana is resolute: “We will get there. It’s bite-size work.”

The pupils have a brand new uniform which features crisp white shirts and an inspiring new logo, the vision statement ‘dream, aspire and achieve’.

“Ofsted have said that they rarely go into schools where the vision is alive and children and staff are breathing and living it,” said Rizwana, “that’s what you’ll see here. If you ask any child they will reiterate the mantra of dreaming, aspiring and achieving.”

Carlton Junior and Infant school is completely child-centred.

“Everything is focused on the child and then we move outwards,” she said. “We try and rectify where things have gone wrong in their lives. We have a very strong pastoral team which engages with disaffected families.

“That’s the brunt of our work. We have got to get the child emotionally right before we can get them to function academically.

“I am a big believer of strong pedagogy rather than expensive resources. I give my staff strong, cutting-edge teacher training. The best resource in the classroom is the teacher. If the delivery and pedagogy isn’t right, if that parting of knowledge isn’t there, then how can children flourish?”

There are future plans in place for a wellbeing centre and the staff plan to convert up into the loft.

“This is not a faith school; we celebrate everything. Our children play key characters in Nativities and Diwali, Buddhism and Islamic traditions are all equally celebrated. I’m going to keep on giving that message to parents that tolerance is the key for a better tomorrow,” Rizwana concluded.

For pupils at Carlton Junior and Infant School who are lucky enough to have Rizwana at the helm, tomorrow will no doubt be neon bright.

 

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A procession of peace and love in celebration of Eid-Milad

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PARADE: Prophet Muhammad’s birthday is celebrated with flag waving and free food

PARADE: Prophet Muhammad’s birthday is celebrated with flag waving and free food

WAVING AWAY: Kids celebrate one of the most important dates in the Islamic calendar

WAVING AWAY: Kids celebrate one of the most important dates in the Islamic calendar

Hundreds of people gather on the streets for a joyful party

One of the most important dates in the Islamic calendar saw people line the streets last month for a parade arranged by mosques in Dewsbury, Heckmondwike and Batley.

The Eid Milad procession, which included horse-drawn carts and flag wavers, went through Westtown to Savile Town, and celebrated the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.

The green flags, covered in daffodils and tulips, were waved by adults and children, symbolising love for the environment and nature.

People in procession handed out free cartons of Biryani rice and soft drinks to passersby as well as those in the procession.

The festival took place during Rabi-Ul-Awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar.

After the procession was over, scholar Shaiykh Mufti Sahibzadha Noor-Ul-Arifin said: “This is not a political gathering, but a purely religious peace procession where local Muslims ... can learn about the life of Prophet Muhammad.

A SPECIAL DAY: The parade was arranged by mosques in Dewsbury, Heckmondwike and Batley

A SPECIAL DAY: The parade was arranged by mosques in Dewsbury, Heckmondwike and Batley

“A person with black or white skin, male or female, elderly or young, rich or poor, Muslim or non-Muslim - all were equal to him.

“This was Muhammad’s true Islamic state. He was always teaching his followers to show love and compassion.”

Organisers emphasised that the message of the procession was to spread a message of peace.

No disturbances were reported during the event.

A religious programme was held in the evening at the mosque in Westtown, which included speeches by local Imams.

Speaking to the Asian Express about the importance of this year's Eid-Milad Peace-Procession, senior Muslim Scholar at Kanzul-Iman Jamia Mosque, Mufti Shams-Ul-Huda Khan Misbahi explained: “The Islamic festival of Eid-Milad has been celebrated for centuries.

FAMILY TIME: A father and son enjoying the parade

FAMILY TIME: A father and son enjoying the parade

“Its purpose is to spread a message of love and to bring people together from different communities.

“This is why hard-line extremist Wahhabi political groups like Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Boko-Haram, Al-Shabaab and ISIS do not believe in this important Islamic festival.

“They have openly banned Eid-Milad celebrations in those areas of the Middle-East or Afghanistan which are controlled by them.”

He continued: “At the moment, these groups are also using the internet and social-media to spread a lot of false propaganda against the festival of Eid-Milad.

“This is why lots of Mosques feel it is now  more important than ever to organise these Eid-Milad public peace-processions which are helping a great deal to teach our youth about the true peaceful message of Islam.”

FLYING THE FLAG: Children wave green flags which represent respect for the environment

FLYING THE FLAG: Children wave green flags which represent respect for the environment

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MP for Dewsbury feels buoyant as she rides the crest of a wave

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UNITING THE COMMUNITY: Paula Sheriff has been interested in politics from the age of seven

UNITING THE COMMUNITY: Paula Sheriff has been interested in politics from the age of seven

Paula Sheriff wants to anchor values of tolerance and acceptance in the community

Labour’s MP for Dewsbury, Mirfield, Denby Dale and Kirkburton, Paula Sherriff, certainly has had an eventful year.

In June, she received death threats from far-right activists on Facebook when she asked her local community to unite in the wake of Dewsbury teenager Talha Asmal’s suicide bombing in Iraq.

“The initial shock has perhaps dissipated but people are conscious that we are living in a changing world and there are many different threats out there now,” she said.

“However, I don’t think it has been forgotten in the community. People are still very aware of what went on. To be honest, I think what it has done has made people rethink how we can actively work in the community, particularly with our young people.

“It has made parents sit up and take notice because Talha was very much an ordinary teenager. In terms of cohesion, there is more awareness now.”

With 46 per cent of people in Dewsbury West being of a Muslim faith, and a 43 per cent Asian population in Dewsbury South, her constituency is certainly a diverse one.

It is just another reason why the Scotland-born MP loves her job.

“I love being the MP for Dewsbury, obviously,” she said. “It’s very diverse. I love my constituency. I’ve got some very close friends now who are Muslim. We go out together and it’s fantastic. I’ve learnt so much about Islam and the Muslim faith.

“My mother is of Polish descent, so I was brought up in a family where we all embraced diversity and were taught not to feel threatened when people were different.

“It’s absolutely wonderful being the MP for Dewsbury, I get the best of every world.

“When I’m out representing the town and sometimes find people saying that Islam is dangerous, I can say that it isn’t the case.”

Paula has been politically-minded from the age of seven. She described her parents as ‘news junkies’.

“I wasn’t necessarily brought up in a family that was pro-Labour but it was certainly anti-Conservative,” she added.

WONDERWOMAN: Paula has been involved in a number of public initiatives

WONDERWOMAN: Paula has been involved in a number of public initiatives

“I remember asking questions when I was a child. As I got older, I developed a strong social conscience and became increasingly frustrated at the growing inequality that’s out there.

“I worked in the Police for ten years and then I worked in the NHS. They’re perhaps two professions that are dominated by what is happening politically.

“Then I became a union shop steward for the Trade Union and I really enjoyed helping people and stood up for vulnerable people. My political career kind of bounced off from there. I became a councillor for Wakefield and then decided to stand for Parliament and the rest is history.”

Paula is currently working with MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development).

She is aware that Islamophobia is on the rise, so she often goes into schools to educate young people about hate crime and how it is unacceptable.

“That means any kind of hate crime,” Paula continued, “Whether it’s Islamophobia, homophobia or anti-Semitism. I also want to teach kids about tolerance and respect. For me that’s the key. For everyone out there to learn about diversity.

“I’ve been taking part in plenty of school assemblies about British values and obviously at this time of year I’ve been talking about Christmas. Children in the school might not celebrate Christmas so I talk about how they might celebrate Eid.

“I talk about the similarities between Eid and Christmas, about how it’s a time for family and for giving and sharing. I emphasise that life is about the things that bring us together, rather than what divides us.”

Paula says she is not a career politician. “I haven’t even been to university, which is unusual for an MP, so for me it’s a shock to see how far I’ve travelled.

“I feel like I’m on the crest of a wave right now. As an MP you can help people and see it through - knowing that you can make people’s lives better makes me feel so happy.”

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From Libya to Dewsbury

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PEACE: Members of Kumon Y’all spoke to Libyan Mayors last week about the local peace projects they are carrying out

PEACE: Members of Kumon Y’all spoke to Libyan Mayors last week about the local peace projects they are carrying out

Young Muslims talk about peace with international guests

A youth group in Dewsbury continued on their mission to improve interfaith relations in the town last week after welcoming a group of Libyan mayors to a local mosque.

Kumon Y’all is a volunteer-run club which sees young Muslims work with members of different communities through a range of projects and initiatives.

Last week, during an official visit to Dewsbury by a delegation of 12 mayors from Libya, the youths were called upon to welcome the group and speak to them about their work.

Organised in partnership with Talk for a Change, a community interest company, the young people took part in a presentation and explained how their initiatives could work on an international scale.

Nooreluda, one of the Mayors who took part in the visit, praised the group’s work on the day and said he would take their example back to Libya.

“It was a pleasure meeting the Kumon Y’all team and they were truly inspiring,” he said.

“They have opened my eyes on how things so simple can have such a huge impact on society and are an inspiration.

“I will take what they said as an example back to my country and make them role models.”

Talk for a Change representatives, Raj Bharji and Jo Broadwood, added their commendations for the local group.

Mr Bharji said: “The Kumon Y'all young people have changed hearts and minds and their input has been truly inspirational.”

Ms Broadwood added: “I want to say thank you so much to Kumon Y’all for this event- you and the boys were fantastic and a real inspiration and tonic for the delegation.

“As you are aware they are dealing with some really tough situations and challenges back in Libya. They and I really appreciated you giving them your time to tell them about your work"

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The Courts Banqueting & Conference Suites

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the courts stage (800x450)The perfect place for your perfect day

The transformation of the old Batley and Dewsbury Magistrates Courts building in Dewsbury Town Centre, into Wedding and Conference Suites, is almost complete as an unrivalled level of luxury and facilities prepares to open in Kirklees.

shutterstock_91523858 (300x450)The Courts Banqueting & Conference Suites are the perfect destination for your wedding, boasting a number of suites which can cater for all events, from small gatherings through to large celebrations.

With stylish interior, entwined with classic Asian traditions, it is the ideal venue to host your big day.

Experienced wedding co-ordinators are available in-house and specialise in designing, managing and delivering events to suit individual requirements, no matter what the budget, size or theme.

From the minute you arrive at The Courts, you and your guests will be blown away by the extensive range on offer.  

 

The outside Courtyard provides the perfect location for photographs, and has stunning features including a fountain and gazebo, giving rise to many other picture opportunities.

The Reception areas also provide perfect opportunities for guests to mingle and have refreshments served, prior to moving into the chosen Wedding Suite.

If you need a moment to relax during your wedding day, then head to the Bridal Suite, a place to unwind, freshen up or simply grab a few moments alone.  

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All the Suites include:-

  • State of the art audio and visual technology (including plasma TV screens)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • An adaptable stage and lighting
  • A choice of seat covers, table decorations and floral displays
  • Classic wedding or bespoke menus

 

the courts person (281x500)There are also excellent disabled facilities (including lifts to all floors) at The Courts. Management make it their business to ensure that everyone feels at home.  

It is possible to offer separate rooms for ladies and gentlemen, whilst a private prayer room is available.

Crown Suite

The first wedding suite, completed in October 2015, The Crown Suite is suitable for up to 470 guests.

The Suite offers all the features you would expect from a premium venue, including a number of stage and stage decor options, flower showers, a lit walkway, sound and lighting equipment.

 

You can choose from a number of wedding packages on offer and then add to this from an extensive number of optional add-ons, to make your special day is unique.

Her Majesty’s Suite

A larger wedding suite, due to be completed in December 2015, Her Majesty’s Suite is suitable for up to 1,000 guests. A Mehndi Suite will also be available by the same date.

Executive, Party, Conference and Bridal Suites will all be completed by the beginning of May 2016.

The Courts Management Team recognise that every event is different, so offer complete flexibility, and are happy to discuss your specific requirements to ensure that you are provided with the perfect setting for your special day.

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Do not hesitate contact an Events Co-ordinator on

01924 466 756

or

e-mail info@thecourtsdewsbury.co.uk

for more information about wedding packages, or to arrange a personal viewing of the Suites and discuss your individual needs.

Court House,

Grove Street,

Dewsbury,

West Yorkshire,

WF13 1JP     

Web: www.thecourtsdewsbury.co.uk

Free parking available for all guests

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Ravensthorpe raids

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ATTACK: Footage of a recent ‘vigilante’ attack in Ravensthorpe shows a man being attacked in the street

ATTACK: Footage of a recent ‘vigilante’ attack in Ravensthorpe shows a man being attacked in the street

Police call for calm following series of burglaries

Police are calling on members of a Kirklees community not to take up the role of ‘vigilantes’ as a spree of robberies has left residents fearing for their safety.

Last week, four separate burglaries were reported to police in the Batley, Dewsbury and Ravensthorpe areas, with the same gang of thieves believed to be behind each attack.

On Thursday evening, five people were run down by a car in Ravensthorpe as a group of locals confronted the drivers of three unknown vehicles.

As one driver attempted to escape, he veered onto the curb and struck five young people with his car before crashing it and abandoning the vehicle.

He was forced to lock himself in the bathroom of a Subway establishment until police arrived with up to 150 members of the local community blocking him in.

He was arrested by officers at the scene on suspicion of wounding with intent but has since been released without charge.

In response to criticism of the police on social media and ‘misinformation’, West Yorkshire Police have written a strongly-worded letter, in relation to the recent crimes.

Inspector Mohammed Rauf signed the letter and wrote: “Unfortunately, and very sadly, a number of people within our community have decided to take it upon themselves to try and police their local streets which is raising concerns and fears unnecessarily and have resulted in at least two serious incidents.

“We ask that this behaviour cease immediately as it is only causing harm to the wider community.

“We have numerous resources working during the day and into the night all of whom will be patrolling the streets, working with our communities and gathering any information or intelligence that you may have.

COVER: One man escaped a mob of up to 150 locals by locking himself in a Subway toilet until police arrived

COVER: One man escaped a mob of up to 150 locals by locking himself in a Subway toilet until police arrived

“Policing the streets of Dewsbury and Batley is the preserve of the police and we cannot allow individuals to take on this role and in effect act as vigilantes.

“We know our communities do not want this and cannot and will not allow this to continue.”

During last week’s robberies, a group of men were reported to have targeted Asian families for cash and gold.

Mp for Batley and Spen, Jo Cox, said she was aware of ‘numerous’ incidents and had been in touch with local residents, police and councillors.

She said: “I have been in touch with some of the victims who are very concerned about these incidents.

“I understand the worry, upset and anger within the community about what has happened and following last week’s meeting I have organised a meeting to discuss it further with Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff.

“We will meet with the police and crime commissioner, senior police officers and community leaders.”

Do you live or work in Ravensthorpe and have been affected by the recent crimes? Get in touch with our newsdesk at info@asianexpress.co.uk.

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Yorkshire’s Warrior: National finals await for teen prodigy

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READY: Amaar Akbar will compete in the final of the national Junior Development Championship next weekend in the 54-57kg category

READY: Amaar Akbar will compete in the final of the national Junior Development Championship next weekend in the 54-57kg category

A 15-year-old boxer from Dewsbury is just one win away from clinching the national Junior Develop-ment Championship title, despite only taking up the sport less than 18 months ago.

Amaar Akbar, competing out of Warrior Breed gym, has picked up three victories over the past five weeks to seal his place in England’s final, where he faces off against Cualay Suttie, from the Thames Valley.

Defeating challengers from across the country, the finals at Rotherham’s Magna Centre on Saturday 10th October will be the Mirfield Free Grammar pupil’s biggest test to date but one he says he is ready for.

DETERMINED: After picking up the Yorkshire regional title earlier this year, Akbar says he is ready for the national final in Rotherham

DETERMINED: After picking up the Yorkshire regional title earlier this year, Akbar says he is ready for the national final in Rotherham

“My preparation has been good in training and in sparring and I am confident for the fight next week,” he said.

“I’ve always believed that I can go far as long as I stay confident and just keep putting the hard work in. It is great to see it paying off with the national championships.”

Akbar has a stellar fighting record since taking up the sport, losing just one out of 10 bouts, and will hope to earn his tenth win in next weekend’s 54-57kg final.

With victory likely to open many more doors for the aspiring future Olympic competitor, he adds that disappointment in last year’s championships will act as further motivation this time around.

“Last year I lost in the Yorkshire finals so I really wanted to win that one which I did earlier this year,” he said.

“Now I’m in the final of the nationals and it is a great opportunity.

“I will be fighting a guy from London who I don’t really know much about but as long as I box as I know I am capable of doing so, I know I can win. The fact we are fighting in Yorkshire as well will be a great feeling.”

In May 2014, Akbar had his first boxing session and has never looked back.

Training at Warrior Breed with his coach and father, Zahir, he is following in his father’s footsteps in the sport and both are determined to ensure the teenage prodigy can achieve his full potential.

Zahir adds: “I am 120 per cent confident that he has all the skill and ability needed to win the national title next week.

“As a boxer myself in my younger days, it is great to see Amaar succeeding in the sport, at levels few people can, and we all just want to see him  bring home the English championship.

“Since earning our affiliation in October 2014, Warrior Breed have had five Yorkshire champions as well as finalists in the national schoolboys and junior competitions. Amaar’s fight next week is another example of the huge strides we are making as a gym in such a short time.”

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Cheema is Champ: KBW fighter claims victory in grudge match

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FIGHT: Junaid Cheema picked up a hard fought TKO victory over Brad Conway last weekend

FIGHT: Junaid Cheema picked up a hard fought TKO victory over Brad Conway last weekend

A mixed martial arts fighter from Dewsbury has raised thousands of pounds for an orphanage in Palestine after defeating a long time rival in Bradford last weekend.

On Sunday 20th September, Junaid Cheema faced off against 100-bout veteran Brad Conway as crowds packed into Bradford’s Cedar Court Hotel for the Combat Challenge show.

A close fight was always expected between the two competitors and it was pre-fight favourite, Conway, who started the liveliest despite a roaring crowd support for the challenger.

Swinging wildly out of his corner, and landing with a couple of shots, the 33-year-old middleweight was taking the contest to Cheema before the KBW fighter was able to land a couple of combination shots of his own.

Just as Cheema was gaining momentum, the match was halted as Conway was forced to the canvas following a mid-section kick.

Complaining that the kick was ‘low’ to allow maximum recovery time, replays showed contact only occurred with the abdomen and the fight continued.

Cheema increased the pressure by throwing numerous kicks to the legs and body, once again forcing Conway to the canvas and despite attempts to rally, he was met with further devastating blows by the Dewsbury competitor.

With the fight looking likely to be stopped by the referee, Conway threw in the towel as he was treated in his corner, awarding Cheema the victory by TKO.

As well as the triumph, Cheema was also able to take pride in knowing he raised a large sum of money from the night for the Wadi-El-Fara orphanage project based in the west bank of Palestine.

Speaking after the fight, he said: “This was a much needed win for KBW.

“The club has grown into a major force in the amateur boxing circuit hosting an impressive stable of talented young boxes that train at the gym from all over Yorkshire.”

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Howzat for Interfaith relations

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COHESION: The vicars and imams line up before their matchup last weekend in Dewsbury (Image: Twitter)

COHESION: The vicars and imams line up before their matchup last weekend in Dewsbury (Image: Twitter)

Cricket match brings out the best of Dewsbury

Eleven vicars and 11 imams stepped up to the crease last weekend as they ‘bowled over’ the local community with their latest good-spirited sporting contest.

COMMUNITY: Kumon Y’all project leader, Farook

COMMUNITY: Kumon Y’all project leader, Farook

Arranged by the local youth group, Kumon Y’all, the game at Sands Lane Playing Fields, Dewsbury, was set up to further build on the multi-faith relations in the region.

The vicar’s team may have been victorious on the scoreboard yet with a random draw for batsmen and bowlers, ensuring every player played two overs in each position, it was certainly a unique contest.

Free refreshments and entry was available for all in attendance as the game was played out in the sunshine on Saturday 17th September.

Farook Yunus, project leader at Kumon Y’all, explained more about the project and how it built on previous events.

“It was a fantastic day,” he said. “We had two great teams and the community spirit was again on show for everyone to see.

“The vicars team won but it was the spirit the game was played in and the message put across that we really wanted to achieve. It built on our previous Kumon Y’all football match and I look forward to seeing more events in the future.”

Whilst the action on the field of play was entertaining the crowds, local youths spoke with onlookers about the community they live in.

INTERFAITH: The game was played in good spirits with every player bowling and batting for two overs

INTERFAITH: The game was played in good spirits with every player bowling and batting for two overs

Farook added: “As well as the cricket, on the day we had a group of youngsters talking to people that came about how communities have drifted apart and what we should do.

“This is part of our work of collating information from people and then using that to bring people together. We had some really good feedback and look forward to some of our sessions with young people on making action plans.

“We also met people from three different areas and were invited to do some work with them. I think this is a very good way of uniting communities.”

Amongst the players on the vicars side was Batley, Purlwell and Hanging Heaton Priest, Reverend Mark Umpleby.

Praising the project he said: “So often in recent years, Dewsbury and the surrounding area has made the news for the wrong reasons but it is projects like ‘Let’s Unite’ which do not get the coverage they deserve.

“These events are a real relationship builder and help celebrate the diversity we have here.”

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Tycoon in Schools CHAMPIONS

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CHAMPIONS: Westborough High School students picked up top prize in the nationwide enterprising competition for their business – Ethical print

CHAMPIONS: Westborough High School students picked up top prize in the nationwide enterprising competition for their business – Ethical print

Westborough are winners in national business competition

Budding entrepreneurs from Dewsbury swapped the classroom for Buckingham Palace last week after clinching top prize in a nationwide enterprise competition.

The seven Year 10 students from Westborough High School were confirmed joint winners of the Tycoon in Schools contest at a ceremony attended by nine groups of finalists and the competition founder, Peter Jones CBE.

The students, who set up the company Ethical Print, impressed with a community newsletter that focuses on charity work and environmental issues. To raise profits – which were then donated to charity – they sold advertising space to local businesses.

Team member Suhail Rahim, 14, said: “It was amazing attending Buckingham Palace and winning both the Key Stage 4 and overall Tycoon in Schools trophy. It was an experience of a lifetime and it made all our hard work worthwhile.

“During the competition we learned how to pitch an idea, how to negotiate with clients and suppliers and how to use our time wisely. We learnt business etiquette and the approaches needed in clinching a deal.”

Since its launch in 2012, a single team has won Tycoon in Schools each year.

However, in a surprise announcement by the Dragon’s Den star during the ceremony, it emerged that three companies would share the top spot – each collecting £1,000 investment.

BUSINESS: The Ethical Print team is joined by Key Stage 3 winners, Retrocycle, and Key Stage 5 winners, Mount, at Buckingham Palace with their awards

BUSINESS: The Ethical Print team is joined by Key Stage 3 winners, Retrocycle, and Key Stage 5 winners, Mount, at Buckingham Palace with their awards

The champions had all won their respective key stage categories with Berkshire’s ‘Retrocycle’, West Yorkshire’s ‘Ethical Print’, and Tyne and Wear’s ‘Mount’, all triumphant.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Mr Jones said: “I was delighted to announce the winners of Tycoon in Schools at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace this afternoon with HRH The Duke of York, KG, Patron of The Peter Jones Foundation.

“The standard was so high this year that we decided to crown not one, but three winners. All of the teams have worked so hard and I have been bowled over by their enthusiasm and achievements throughout the competition. With thousands of students taking part, it has been the most successful Tycoon in Schools yet.

“Retrocycle, Ethical Print and Mount were the teams that really stood out to all the judges. They all excelled in each area of the judging criteria, came up with some incredibly innovative ideas, worked excellently as a team and generated some incredible profits.”

Tycoon in Schools challenges schoolchildren from all over the UK to develop their own real-life businesses.

After pitching an idea to their teachers, they receive a loan of up to £1,000 from the Peter Jones Foundation to get their companies up and running.

They then raise as much profit as possible during a seven-week trading period, before submitting a final evaluation report to a panel chaired by Mr Jones himself.

The judges consider profitability, teamwork, business concept, sustainability and community engagement.

Lukman Patel, head of ethics at Westborough High School, said he would recommend the programme to all schools across the country.

“I was so impressed with the resilience that the students showed throughout this competition. They have learnt skills that will stand them in good stead for the future,” he said.

“We would encourage all schools to take part in Tycoon in Schools. It allows young people to develop fantastic enterprise and business skills.”

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Yorkshire Champions

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WINNERS: Subhaan Ahmed and Callum Grace clinched victory in the 46kg and 48kg junior Yorkshire Championships last weekend

WINNERS: Subhaan Ahmed and Callum Grace clinched victory in the 46kg and 48kg junior Yorkshire Championships last weekend

Young boxers cement their place at top of sport

Two up-and-coming boxers from Bradford were officially recognised as the county’s ‘best’ this past week after clinching the Yorkshire Championships in their respected categories.

Subhaan Ahmed and Callum Grace, both fighting out of Dewsbury-based KBW boxing club, picked up the titles in the 46kg and 48kg events, overcoming all who stood in their way.

In the final on Sunday, Ahmed faced off against Hull’s Naseem Stowell in what was being tipped as a close contest before the first bell even rang.

However, it was the local competitor who got the better of his opponent in the early exchanges, outboxing Stowell and drawing blood in the first round.

Bleeding from his nose, Stowell was forced into a standing eight count during the second round and the matchup had to be stopped at one point to wipe away the blood.

A similar story in the final round saw Ahmed continue his domination, resulting in his arm being raised at the final bell and triumphing with a unanimous decision.

Victory earned the young ace his first Yorkshire Championship, as he prepares for a promising 2015.

Meanwhile, club-mate Grace, took on Liam Riley, of St Pauls Boxing Academy, in the final of the 48kg event and was able to mirror the success of Ahmed.

Triumphing in all three rounds against a tough opponent, Grace secured victory and his third Yorkshire Junior title.

Shammy Cheema, of KBW Gym, said each competitor deserved to win their respected categories and was excited for thie future in the sport.

“Both boxers have progressed massively since joining KBW and the club has grown from strength to strength making a reputation in the field of amateur boxing,” he said.

“Under the watchful eye of acclaimed coach, Martin Bateson, we have established a growing and successful team of boxers from places as far away as Sheffield, Leeds and Bradford.”

 

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Bulbs brighten up residential garden

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PLANTS: The youths gave up their own time during half-term last week to take part in the latest project

PLANTS: The youths gave up their own time during half-term last week to take part in the latest project

Green-fingered youth sowing seeds of friendship

GARDENING: Teenagers from the Kumon Y’all group plant bulbs at Charlesworth Court Retirement Home last week

GARDENING: Teenagers from the Kumon Y’all group plant bulbs at Charlesworth Court Retirement Home last week

The relationship between Dewsbury’s young Muslim population and a residential home in the area is ‘blossoming’ following the latest successful gardening initiative.

Members of the Kumon Y’all group have been working in the areas of Saville Town and Thornhill for well over a year as they attempt to build up community cohesion in their local towns.

Last week, during half-term, teenagers from the group visited Charlesworth Court Retirement Home to plant bulbs in the complex’s garden and hand over indoor plants to some of the residents.

After receiving the gardening equipment from a local supermarket during their Bocha event the previous weekend, the youth decided to donate them to a ‘worthy home’.

Project leader at Kumon Y’all, Farook Yunus, explained: “During our event the previous week, we were donated some bulbs and plants from the local Sainsbury’s store.

“Immediately we knew where we were going to take them and so during the boys’ half-term last week, we headed down to Charlesworth Court.

“They were greatly appreciated by the residents who all had massive smiles on their faces when we arrived. That is what makes it all worthwhile for us and we want to continue arranging these sorts of projects to benefit the whole area.”

As well last week’s gardening project, the group have been involved in community cleanups, cooking classes and pampering sessions for the residents.

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Speaking previously to the Asian Express, Farook also explained further how the relationship first began.

“It was more than a year ago when I was told that residents at this residential home had misconceived ideas on Islam and therefore viewed it in a negative light,” he said.

“So what I decided to do was go to the home, with about a dozen kids from Kumon Y’all and attempt to change these ideas by talking to them.

RELATIONSHIP: The Kumon Y’all group have been working with the residents at the home for over a year

RELATIONSHIP: The Kumon Y’all group have been working with the residents at the home for over a year

“After a somewhat hostile reception, we were soon just talking and laughing with the residents and have continued to work with them over the past 12 months.

“Now when I go in, I am always warmly greeted and I even get a big hug from some residents which is fantastic.

“We started working with the homes a while back and as far I am concerned, we are a family.”

 

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Different cultures, same message

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EDUCATE: Members of Kirklees’ Pakistan Youth Forum, and HPCA Youth Development Officer, Sofia Buncy, spoke passionately about the effects of the holocaust and other world genocides at Holocaust Memorial Day

EDUCATE: Members of Kirklees’ Pakistan Youth Forum, and HPCA Youth Development Officer, Sofia Buncy, spoke passionately about the effects of the holocaust and other world genocides at Holocaust Memorial Day

Pakistani Youth Forum lead on Holocaust Memorial Day

Young members from Huddersfield’s Pakistani community led a touching tribute to victims of world genocides last month as they urged residents in Kirklees to ‘pull together’ and challenge all prejudices.

The Huddersfield Pakistani Community Alliance youth leadership group, were invited to lead a touching presentation for the annual Halocaust Memorial Day at Dewsbury Town Hall on Wednesday 28th January.

The event was attended by the Lord Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Ken Smith, alongside a mixed audience including Holocaust survivors and survivors of genocide in Bosnia, Burundi and Kurdish Iraq.

Sofia Buncy, HPCA’s Youth Development Officer, said it was a ‘privilege’ for the young people to be invited to lead the event at a time where multi-faith relationships are struggling.

“These are difficult times for everyone, no matter where you are,” she said. “We all fear for our safety and wellbeing. Therefore, it was especially important for our young to remind all of us of our responsibility”

The event began with a powerful presentation about the steps to genocide, written and performed by members of the Pakistani Youth Forum.

Connecting the past to the present, and highlighting contemporary issues, members stepped into the shoes of individuals experiencing genocides and persecution to highlight real-life issues faced by victims.

Palwasha Afzal, was a member of the presentation team, and explained what the group had been learning in advance to the event.

“We have learnt a lot through involvement in this project about world injustice and genocide,” she said.

“It was particularly heartening to discover that in the most trying of times human spirit excelled, Muslims and Jews took refuge in each other, putting their religious and racial differences aside.”

Kim Strickson, organiser of the Holocaust Memorial Day event in Kirklees said: “The mixed audience was visibly moved by this honest and heartfelt start to the evening and congratulated and thanked the young people afterwards.

“Those of us who have worked with members of PYF over many years, appreciated the time and care they put in to creating a presentation that would be sensitive to the content and spirit of this commemorative event and yet highlight contemporary acts of persecution and our joint responsibility to bring them to an end.

“They did this with honesty, integrity and understanding. We are so proud of them.”

 

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Enterprising students head to the finals

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BUSINESS: The Ethical Print team will travel to Buckingham Palace for the finals, pictured (Front l-r) Fatima Yunus, Lohash Lubsir-Latif, Raheel Kamran, Suhail Rahim, Hamza Tanvir, (Back l-r) Muhammad Yunus, Izaan Akhtaar, Mr Patel

BUSINESS: The Ethical Print team will travel to Buckingham Palace for the finals, pictured (Front l-r) Fatima Yunus, Lohash Lubsir-Latif, Raheel Kamran, Suhail Rahim, Hamza Tanvir, (Back l-r) Muhammad Yunus, Izaan Akhtaar, Mr Patel

Buckingham Palace awaits for Ethical Print team

A team of young entrepreneurs from a Dewsbury school will be taking their business to the capital next month, after they reached the final of a national competition.

The seven members of Westborough High School’s ‘Ethical Print’ group have shown they certainly possess the skills to succeed in a business-savvy environment.

Since setting up their company last year, as part of the ‘Tycoon in Schools’ initiative, the students have produced newsletters that promote local activities, whilst gaining revenue by selling advertising space.

The money raised by the group during a seven-week trading period at the end of last year saw Ethical Print secure sixth place in a profit league of almost 200 teams nationally, raising £5,289 in total.

In recognition of their success, they have been invited to a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace in March, alongside eight other student-companies hoping to be crowned the overall winners.

Headteacher of Westborough High School Jennifer Napper said: “We are immensely proud of the hard work, creativity and resilience shown by our students in this extremely tough competition.

“They certainly deserve their place in the final and we are very excited that the awards ceremony will take place in Buckingham Palace.

“I have no doubt this is a life changing opportunity for the students. The Tycoon in Schools competition is just what we need to inspire young people and help them see the link between school and the real world.

“The enterprising culture encouraged by the initiative, together with our recent outstanding examination results, means that students have a bright future to look forward to.”

Once the deadline for sales passed, the group submitted an evaluation report to a judging panel chaired by successful entrepreneur and star of Dragons’ Den Peter Jones CBE.

Mr Jones said: “I’ve been completely blown away by the standard of entries in this year’s competition and deciding who should go through to the final has not been easy. After long deliberation, we’ve chosen these amazing and diverse businesses and I can’t wait to meet them at our awards ceremony.

“The Westborough High School students have developed an interesting and sustainable business idea. Their proactive and professional approach is well deserving of a place in the final.”

The students have decided to distribute their profits between five charities, all of which have also received considerable coverage in the final newsletter. The remaining funds are to be reinvested so that the group can continue with the social enterprise.

The chosen charities are the RSPCA, the Salvation Army, Macmillan Cancer Support and Water Aid. The newsletter also features articles raising awareness of environmental issues.

Fatima Yunus, sales manager for Ethical Print, said: “By giving our profits to charity we are offering organisations the opportunity to donate in a way that is beneficial to them. We’ve had a great response and we’re really excited about continuing the business and hopefully sharing our model with other schools.”

Launched by Peter Jones and run by his charity, the Peter Jones Foundation, Tycoon in Schools – now in its third year – gives schoolchildren across the UK the opportunity to develop their own real-life businesses.

After pitching an idea to their teachers, they receive a loan of up to £1,000 from the charity to help kick-start their companies.

Lukman Patel, head of ethics at Westborough, said the students’ unique business model had been a huge success.

“Winning this competition would give us the platform to support similar social enterprises throughout the country in partnership with the Peter Jones Foundation,” he said.

“We want to help many more students to raise funds for charities, boost their local economies and help reduce the carbon footprint of their new advertising clients.”

 

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Fairway Travel

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Fairway Travel Agent

Going Far away, think Fairway

Looking to getaway this year but tired of shopping around all the high street agencies to find that one perfect trip?

Well look no further, as Fairway Travel brings all the best deals to the heart of Yorkshire, from Abu Dhabi to Zante, and everywhere in between.

Set up in May last year, the ‘new kids on the block’ have been growing in reputation since day one, with their independent structure allowing the team more freedom when building holiday packages.

Unlike other agencies, Fairway are not limited on their choice of airlines or hotels, and as such, are not only able to meet all of the client’s specifications but also their budgets.

Last month for example, a couple were looking to book a romantic trip to Bora Bora and had been quoted £9,000 per person at one of the most well-known high-street retailers.

That same couple then visited Dewsbury’s fastest rising agency and not only found the exact same deal, but were only quoted £5,000 ‘all in’ for flights and luxury accommodation.

Great packages like these are offered up on a daily basis via Fairway Travel’s Facebook Page so be sure to ‘Like’ them and keep an eye out for some exclusive deals.

Fairway Travel Agent

Fazila Sharif, director at Fairway Travel, explained how her passion for finding holiday-makers the perfect setting for their getaway, was the inspiration behind her enthusiastic role.

“As every customer that comes in to see us has different needs, it is our job to build that one holiday package that is completely suited to them,” she said.

“There are all types of enquiries we receive, from families wanting a child-friendly holiday, to couples looking to book that extra special trip for a honeymoon, and we are always on hand to find each customer the most competitive deal around.

“All accommodations have also been thoroughly checked over and reviewed, and we will never recommend anywhere that our own travel team would not stay themselves.”

With the New Year now upon us, more and more enquiries are being made to the ATOL-protected agency every week, with holidaymakers planning their perfect getaway for 2015.

So, when planning your trip this year, no matter how far-away, think Fairway for all your holiday needs.

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Staincliffe, Dewsbury, WF13 4AS

Tel: 01924 235 688

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm

Facebook: /FairwayTravel.Ltd

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Dewsbury shopkeeper held at gunpoint

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ROBBED: Haider Afzal was working at his family’s Rupyal Superstore last month when he was the victim of a terrifying robbery

ROBBED: Haider Afzal was working at his family’s Rupyal Superstore last month when he was the victim of a terrifying robbery

“At first I couldn’t believe what was happening.”

A Dewsbury shopkeeper says he was left ‘terrified’ after being the victim of a gunpoint robbery just three months after starting his job.

Haider Afzal, from Saville Town, had been working at Rupyal Superstore when a gunman entered the premises on Thursday 27th December around 8.20pm.
Pointing a gun at the 22-year-old, the armed man demanded all the cash from the register and made off with around £160.

Mr Afzal, whose family run the store, said the ordeal felt ‘almost unreal’ when it happened.

He explained: “I remember it was just me and my friend who were in the shop at that time and this guy just walked in with a gun, pointed it at me and said ‘give me all the money in the till’.

“At first I couldn’t really believe what was happening, I was just confused and shocked.

“I looked over to my friend and he just nodded so I handed over what there was and he left.”

He added: “It was all so strange because it is an experience I have never had before and it is scary to think that this man is still out there.”

SHOP: Mr Afzal’s family had been running the store for around three months before the robbery

SHOP: Mr Afzal’s family had been running the store for around three months before the robbery

The thief was masked at the time and described as a white male, wearing a navy blue hooded top with the number 76 on the back, and some dark bottoms.

Despite the shocking ordeal, Mr Afzal says he will continue working at the Hannover Street store and thanked the local community for their support.

“People have been coming into the store and asking how we are doing which has been really nice,” he said.

“This kind of thing doesn’t happen around here so I think everybody was a bit shocked really but their support has been great.”

CCTV footage from the shop was handed to West Yorkshire Police following the incident and Detective Inspector Ian Thornes, of Kirklees CID, appealed for any witnesses who may have seen something that Saturday evening to come forward.
He said: “Obviously the victim was shaken up by the incident. It was a Saturday night and it could have been quite busy at the time.

“There was probably a person waiting around for a quiet time in the shop before he went in. Then he’s run away so someone will have probably seen something.”
Any persons with information about the robbery are asked to contact Kirklees CID on 101.

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Discover the Legacy of Indian Cinema Art

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INSPIRATION: The first film of Indian cinema, Raja Harishchandra,is the inspiration behind the exhibition

Exciting art show arrives at local museum

An exhibition celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema legacy will launch at a Dewsbury Museum this weekend bringing a touch of South Asian history to West Yorkshire.

The ‘Legacy of Indian Cinema Art’, or ‘LOICA’, drew in large crowds when it was shown briefly for a day at the Batley Festival last year with many onlookers commenting on the unique exhibition.

Now local people will get another, longer chance to enjoy it when it is displayed at the museum in Crow Nest Park, Heckmondwike Road, from Saturday 10th January until Friday 20th March.

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EXCITED: Kirklees Filmmakers Artistic Director, Meirul Din

The project, by the Batley-based Kirklees Filmmakers, was brought to life with the help and collaboration of 10 artists from across different spectrums including dance, theatre, play, art, music and film.

Meirul Din, the Creative and Artistic Director, said: “I am delighted to present LOICA. Our exhibition comprises art produced by very talented artists who have worked with participants from across Kirklees and Bradford.

“LOICA, has been inspired by Indian Cinema, bringing together the sparkle and rich and diverse colours from Bollywood, whilst using Kandinsky’s technique of representation and abstract art. We hope you visually enjoy the show.”

The ‘show’ as Ms Din described it, showcases 12 large canvasses that interpret scenes from the first film of Indian cinema, ‘Raja Harishchandra’, highlighting the vibrant Kandinsky colours of the time.

As each scene unfolds, the viewer’s senses are livened by the spectacular ray of mood-reflecting colours, from happiness to sadness and then onto tranquillity.

The aim of the project, which involved 96 participants in the creation of the artwork, was to unite people from different cultures through an innovative creative activity and to form a legacy piece of art that will be toured across museums and art galleries for years to come.

The exhibition can be viewed during Dewsbury Museum’s usual opening times with free admission for all.

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Tycoon in Schools

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LEADERS: The business-savvy students from Westborough High School are currently third in the Tycoon for Schools national standings, pictured: (top row, l-r), Hamza Tanvir, Muhammad Yunus, Izaan Akhtar, Mr Lukman Patel, (bottom row, l-r), Fatima Yunus, Lohash Lubsir-Latif, Raheel Kanran, and Suhail Rahim

LEADERS: The business-savvy students from Westborough High School are currently third in the Tycoon for Schools national standings, pictured: (top row, l-r), Hamza Tanvir, Muhammad Yunus, Izaan Akhtar, Mr Lukman Patel, (bottom row, l-r), Fatima Yunus, Lohash Lubsir-Latif, Raheel Kanran, and Suhail Rahim

Dewsbury pupils showcase their entrepreneurial skills

A young team of entrepreneurs from Dewsbury have been showing they don’t need a boardroom to launch a successful business with their company ‘Ethical Print’ setting up in their school’s classroom.

Seven students from Westborough High School are taking part in the ‘Tycoon in Schools’ project – a national enterprise competition for young aspiring business people across the country.

Developed by former Dragon’s Den star, Peter Jones CBE, the local academics set up their business in the hope of raising money for five charities and promoting community events through a newsletter.

With funding being received from local businesses, which pay the team for advertising space, Ethical print has proven to be extremely successful, raising around £2,300 from just a £330 start-up loan.

Initially setting a target of 30 businesses, the team have just passed 45 and have greater ambitions as they push on, with a website and mobile app in the pipeline for future developments.

As part of the national competition, in which almost 200 schools and colleges are competing in, the Westborough representatives are in fourth position with a profit ratio of 597 per cent.

Year 10 pupil, Muhammad Yunus, said the group were working well together and he was immediately interested in joining the project when he first heard about it.

“Last year, Mr Patel told us about the Tycoon in Schools programme and I knew I wanted to take part in it straight away,” he said.

“I really like business and so far we have all been developing our enterprise skills which have helped our business succeed so much so far.”

Teammate, Lohash Lubsir-Latif, added: “This project gives us the chance to get involved with real business and real money.

“It is fun but we must make sure that we are always doing the best we can because we are also representing the school in the competition.”

Money raised by Ethical print will be allocated equally to the RSPCA, Salvation Army, Age Concern, Macmillan Cancer Research and Water Aid.

Lukman Patel the Head of Business & Ethics at Westborough said the team’s work-rate had been ‘brilliant’ since the start of the project and they deserved all the plaudits they were receiving.

“For the Year 10 Business group to get to the final stages of this prestigious competition is a testimony of the outstanding teaching in the Business faculty and the continued enthusiasm shown by all our students,” he said.”

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A Wedding and lifestyle fair to remember

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More than 1,500 people headed down to Dewsbury’s premier wedding venue earlier this month as they got a chance to explore the elegant surroundings of Orchid through a special wedding and lifestyle fair.

Throughout the day, a huge footfall came through the Orchid doors with intrigued visitors travelling from across the North of England to see what event catering is supposed to look like.

orchid crowd shotFrom wedding car hire companies to jewellers, staging to lighting, and of course hair and make-up specialists, every aspect of a husband-and-wife-to-be’s big day was covered, all under one roof.

Nazura Mutvalli, who manages Orchid alongside her business partner, Yusuf Chothia, said she was thrilled to see so many people visit the site and make the day a very memorable one for all involved.

“I just want to say thank you to everyone who came down earlier this month to help make the day such a success,” she said.

“From businesses to guests on the day, the feedback has been terrific and I look forward to meeting many of you again in the near future.”

orchid wedding stall aboveOrchid, based in Dewsbury, is the next level of event catering with three floors of elegant decor making it the ideal setting for every occasion.

More than eight months were spent redeveloping the building from a run-down site to the beautiful setting it is today.

Extensions were built, whilst a complete overhaul of the interior allowed for spaces to open up and serve as three floors of attainable space, including an overlooking mezzanine.

Officially launched in August, the site has already played host to a series of weddings, parties and even meetings, with the wedding fair being tipped as just the first of many for the future – so don’t worry if you missed out on this month’s event.

For a wedding, up to 1,000 people can be catered for at any time, with in-house catering available from the Orchid team meaning there is even less planning required for the future Mr and Mrs.

orchid wedding outsideEverything from the table decorations through to the authentic menus can be provided for the happy couple, only making the once in a lifetime experience, even more perfect.

There is even a quaint, elegant bridal room, acting as the perfect area for ladies to relax away from the crowds on their big day.

“There is nowhere else quite like Orchid in Dewsbury,” Nazura continued. “This size and this exclusivity has never been seen around here so we are really excited about welcoming guests for a long, long time.”

Orchid certainly has the space, facilities and elegance to host any event, the only thing missing now, is you.

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Fighting for Gaza: Bringing communities together through boxing

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An enthralling night of sporting entertainment was seen at Dewsbury Town Hall last weekend as some of the region’s finest amateur boxers put up their gloves in the name of charity.

On Saturday 1st November, over 500 people gathered to watch 15 bouts, in a show which was organised by the local KBW amateur boxing club, raising funds for children affected by the Gaza conflict.

10748824_10152893076540087_17446362_n_2As well as a number of esteemed guests, 30 boxers from as far as Northampton travelled to the West Yorkshire venue to help make the night a huge success.

Shammy Cheema, co-owner of KBW, said he was delighted to see so many people turn out to support the project and explained how proud he was to see his gym continue to excel in boxing promotion events.

“We are committed to improving community cohesion and community relations through the sport of boxing, and encouraging a healthier lifestyle for the youth,” he said.

“With the help of the team which is led by Martin Bateson, who has been a pivotal role in the success of many talented boxers – including Team GB and future Olympian boxers Qais Ashfaq and Jack Bateson, we have managed to build an accomplished team of boxers and welcome all.”

The evening of entertainment began with three junior and schoolboy bouts with KBW boxers, Moqeet Rahman and Adam Shakil, both picking up victories whilst teammate, Callum Grace, was unlucky to lose out against Subhan Ahmedof.

535914_10152893077890087_3733804220570885258_n_2Brothers, Huzaifa and Ayub Khan continued their rising careers in the sport with two unanimous point’s decisions, and showed why they had received such a build-up in preparation to the night.

The following fight saw local competitor, Areeb Cheema, take on Nathan O’Shea of Bracebridge ABC. A close contest over three rounds saw the KBW man edge a split decision on the judge’s cards.

Leeds man, Kevin Pratt, took on Steffan Baxter in what was always predicted to be an aggressive fight.

Heavy blows were landed by both in the first round yet Pratt’s better conditioning and fitness saw him edge the fight in the later rounds.

Clearly landing more precise blows, the judges awarded him a majority decision in one of the highlight bouts of the night.

Rounding off the KBW fights, Saif Cheema squared off against Mitch Lisle in the headlining match-up of the night.

In what was Cheema’s first bout in his new weight category, both boxers were pushed to the limit in a close three-round affair.

Lisle, knowing he had to knockout his opponent for victory, landed a huge left hook to the jaw of his opponent, forcing the referee to administer a standing eight-count.

Adopting a defensive approach for the remainder of the fight, Cheema eventually saw off his rival as his hand was raised in victory via a split decision when the final bell rung.

During the clashes, a couple of speeches were held, beginning with Labour PPC, Paula Sheriff, who praised the sporting talent on offer during the night and the need to encourage further youth participation.

Ms Sheriff was followed by special guest, Iqbal Bhana OBE, from the Palestinian Solidarity Group, who spoke further on the plight of Palestinian people and the suffering of Gaza’s children.

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Coleman and Wells Ltd

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Yorkshire’s cosiest interior design studio

What was once Dewsbury’s best kept secret for all your furniture needs is quickly becoming the desired retailer of choice for Yorkshire’s homeowners as Colemann and Wells Ltd continue to forge a glowing reputation.

The furniture specialists, which pride themselves on helping turn houses into homes, can provide every decoration a bedroom could need from bespoke bed designs to light fittings and wall decor.

Colemann and Wells mamking bedWith its own design studio and development floor on site, customers can watch as their dream creations are turned into reality right in front of their eyes by a skilled design team.

Every aspect of the bed, from start to finish, can be modified to your exact specification to ensure the design is exactly what you want.

Of course, there are also an array of options, from single beds, king size and even children designs, available in the spacious showroom which are all available to purchase today.

The Dewsbury-based business is run by a dedicated team of interior designers and was set up by local resident, Shaz Khan and his Partner , as a way of giving something back to the community.

Every enquiry or order is handled with a personal touch, with the Colemann and Wells team always willing to go that little bit further for the benefit of the customer, ensuring that complete service and customer satisfaction is achieved with a price that won't break the bank.

With an eye for design, Mr Khan or one of his fellow design team members and designers are able to visit homes to suggest design ideas and help with any dimension problems or queries that you may have.

Colemann and WellsA delivery and fitting team are even available to bring your purchase direct to your home within two weeks of purchase and set up the furniture, allowing you to sit back (or lay down) and relax.

Likewise, in store, fully qualified staff are on hand to give similar advice with hundreds of samples available to compare and contrast colours which will one day decorate your bedroom.

Located on Halifax Road, Colemann and Wells Ltd are the experts of delivering a good night’s sleep which everyone deserves, so why not call in today and see what they can do for you.

 

Contact details:

Colemann and Wells Ltd

Unit 6, 43 Halifax Road,

Dewsbury, WF13 4AW

Tel: 01924 676 023

 Email: info@colemannandwells.co.uk

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 Web: www.colemannandwells.co.uk

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Safer Communities Fund passed Half-Million milestone

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Karma Nirvana founder, Jasvinder Sanghera, and young person officer, Anna Kaur, were delighted to receive the vital funding

Karma Nirvana founder, Jasvinder Sanghera, and young person officer, Anna Kaur, were delighted to receive the vital funding

Charities, voluntary groups and local organisations benefit 

Organisations across West Yorkshire continue to benefit from a police community project which has so far resulted in dozens of groups receiving more than £500,000 in grant money.

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund is built up throughout the year by money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

These funds are then put into one collective ‘pot’ which is distributed out across the county to aid with local community safety initiatives.

A total of £567,000 has so far been awarded since the first donations were made and last week, a further 35 groups and projects were successful in their bids.

£154,984.03 was handed over at the third event at Thornhill Academy, Dewsbury, to support various initiatives.

One UK registered charity which received a substantial sum was Leeds-based Karma Nirvana which supports victims and survivors of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse.

Project Manager at the charity, Anup Manota, explained how the £5,250 donation will be used to help tackle the issues of Forced Marriage and Honour Based violence within local schools.

“As part of a national initiative, supported by the Government’s Forced Marriage Unit, Karma Nirvana has recently appointed a Young Person Officer, Anna Kaur,” Mr Manota said.

“Her role will be to engage with schools across the region and across the country with bespoke lesson plans, literature materials, a certificate of commitment to each school and safeguarding duties on referrals.

“She will be providing talks in assemblies and classrooms to pupils, as well as presentations to teaching staff.

“The project is to raise awareness across school pupils and make them aware of the services that are available to them, or their friends, who may be in danger.”

More than half a million pounds, seized from criminal activity, had been reinvested into the community through local safety initiatives

More than half a million pounds, seized from criminal activity, had been reinvested into the community through local safety initiatives

During the latest round of fund allocation, 165 applications were made, totalling £885,892.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said he was ‘impressed’ by the number of causes applying for money, attempting to make the community a safer place.

He added: “This money will allow these groups to help provide an invaluable service to our local communities as funding cuts continue to impact on charities and voluntary groups across West Yorkshire.

“This is the third round of my Safer Communities Fund awards with a specific equality and diversity theme this time and a further total of £155,000 has now gone to these projects across West Yorkshire.

“The sheer volume of applicants demonstrates just how crucial this fund is and I am pleased to be able to support such good causes to ensure our communities are safer and feel safer.”

The fourth round of grants will open for applications on 3rd November with local organisations able to submit applications for a sum up to £7,500.

 

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Dewsbury ‘would-be’ bombers to challenge sentences

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Six men who had planned to bomb an English Defence League rally in Dewsbury last year are said to be preparing to appeal their prison sentences.

The men are appealing on the grounds that they feel they have been handed tougher sentences compared to non-Muslim extremists who commit similar crimes.

GUILTY: Anzal Hussain, Mohammed Hasseen, Omar Mohammed Khan, Jewel Uddin, Mohammed Saud and Zohaib Ahmed were sentenced to more than 100 years in prison for planning to bomb an EDL rally in Dewsbury last year

GUILTY: Anzal Hussain, Mohammed Hasseen, Omar Mohammed Khan, Jewel Uddin, Mohammed Saud and Zohaib Ahmed were sentenced to more than 100 years in prison for planning to bomb an EDL rally in Dewsbury last year

Jewel Uddin, Omar Mohammed Khan, and Zohaib Ahmed were each ordered to serve 19 years and six months in prison with five years extended licence, whilst Mohammed Hasseen, Anzal Hussain, and Mohammed Saud were handed 18 years and nine months sentences each with five years extended licence.

The men, from the West Midlands, were travelling to the EDL rally in June 2012 with an array of weapons, including shotguns, swords, a nail bomb and a partially-assembled pipe bomb yet arrived after the event had happened. They were only stopped on their way back down the motorway after the vehicle they were driving in had no insurance.

The group are now arguing that the terms handed out to them for planning an act of terror are significantly longer than those handed out to extremists who are not Muslim and therefore are challenging the decision.

It is believed that the men’s lawyers will point to similar cases of non-Muslim extremists such as Ian Forman.

Forman developed a home-made bomb, packed with nails and ball bearings, following months of online research in which he identified two mosques he described as ‘targets’. He was only handed a 10 year sentence in prison last month for offences under the Terrorism Act 2006.

Lawyers will also refer to a 2011 report by the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, David Anderson QC, in which he identified a perceived link between religion and sentence length for those arrested for terrorism-related offences.

He said: “Some Muslims believe that there is a greater readiness on the part of press, politicians, police and law enforcement officers to characterise attacks by Muslims as 'terrorism' than attacks by far-right extremists.

“This, they say, results in discriminatory sentencing and cements popular perceptions of terrorism, at least in Great Britain, as crime perpetrated overwhelmingly by Muslims.”

However, a Home Office study found that that perception was not supported by the statistics.

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Syria fraud investigation including Huddersfield and Dewsbury men sees three more arrests

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Police have arrested three more people in connection with a charity fraud involving thousands of pounds intended to help people in Syria.

The arrests take the total to twelve, including a 43-year-old from Huddersfield and a 35-year-old man from Dewsbury.

The three men aged 39, 41 and 42, were arrested in Derby on behalf of Kent Police after more than £45,000 was seized at the Port of Dover on 23rd December, 2012.

They were all subsequently bailed until September.

Addresses across the UK were raided during an early morning operation after £31,816 and £6,413 were seized at Dover in December 2012.

The cash, which had come from four UK charities, was taken by police who believed it could be used for criminal or terrorist activities.

Det Chief Supt Chris Hogben said: “We have now arrested 12 men across the country as part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged fraudulent use of funds from four UK-based charities.

“Our investigation aims to ensure funds given by the public reach their intended destination and are not used in connection with criminal activity.

“It is imperative that the public has confidence in the charities they support and in the money they are donating being used for the purpose it is intended.

“We are working with our partners around the country and want to hear from anyone who has information relating to the fraudulent use of charity funds.”

It has also been disclosed that the nephew of former Huddersfield man Omar Deghayes, who was held by the United States as an enemy combatant at Guantanamo Bay, is believed to have died in Kassab, in Latakia province, last month after leaving the UK in January.

His father, Abubaker Deghayes, learned of his son’s death via Facebook, and pleaded for his other two sons, Jaffar, 16, and 20-year-old Amer to return from Syria.

He insisted his three sons were not “terrorists” but had travelled to Syria to defend “those who are weak”.
Around 400 Britons are thought to have gone to Syria over the last two years, authorities believe, with an estimated 20 having died.

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KBW Fitness and Combat

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When your gym is named after one of the greatest warriors the world has ever seen, there is certainly some weight of expectation, and a Dewsbury establishment is doing its part to live up to that reputation.

TEAM: Brothers, Shammy and Jonaid Cheema, run the KBW gym in the heart of Dewsbury, and have more than 20 ABA approved amateur boxers on their books

TEAM: Brothers, Shammy and Jonaid Cheema, run the KBW gym in the heart of Dewsbury, and have more than 20 ABA approved amateur boxers on their books

Dewsbury’s KBW fitness and combat is aptly named after the Arabian warrior, Khalid Bin Walid, famed for being a master tactician and never losing a battle. The Yorkshire club boasts an array of boxers who most recently stole the show at their amateur boxing night, at Dewsbury Town Hall, and, although they did not record a 100 per cent record, they came very close.

Out of the ten representatives competing, eight picked up wins in front of a packed out venue, with more than 600 fans in attendance.

For co-owner of KBW, Shammy Cheema, who runs the gym with his brother and MMA fighter, Jonaid, it was just further evidence of the fantastic progress the club is making.

“It was our third show and it completely sold out which was absolutely fantastic for us, 100 people were even refused entry because we were full,” he said.

“Eight of our boxers picked up wins and for some of them it was their first ever contest. When they started training they couldn’t even throw a punch but because of their hard work, and the effort put in by Martin Bateson (trainer), they were pulling off impressive combinations.

“To see such an improvement in the boxers really makes it all worthwhile.”

HEAVY HITTER: Amin Nadeem lands a big left hand in his fight at Dewsbury Town Hall

HEAVY HITTER: Amin Nadeem lands a big left hand in his fight at Dewsbury Town Hall

The gym set up three years ago after the brothers’ passion for combat sports and interest in boxing began to peak during their childhood. It was the time when some of the biggest names to ever compete in the field were in their prime and could draw in more publicity than ever.

“I grew up watching Muhammad Ali, idolising him, watching every fight and interview, and trying to learn his brash, cocky, confident personality,” Shammy added.

“Then, whilst I was going through school it was the Tyson era, who everybody loved because he could knock any guy out.

“It was only a few years ago though that I actually thought about setting up KBW. We used to train in a normal gym but got the idea to open up this place for people to come down and train on evenings and weekends.

“It soon grew into a thriving club, with fantastic support from the local community, and we now even have our own lady’s section.”

KBW is officially affiliated to the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABA) and has tens of amateur competitors in boxing and MMA.

Boxers from the age of 11 to 34 currently train in the gym every week, whilst a junior team packed with around 30 seven and eight-year-olds, take part in weekly sessions.

The youth are ‘the future’ of the sport as acknowledge by Shammy, yet it is the current crop of competitors who he would most like to see become the gym’s first professional success.

“In our first season of affiliation to ABA we had a senior national finalist in Ashley Vanzie and had Qais Ashfaq previously on our books, who is now on Team GB,” he said.

“It is every gym owner’s dream to see one of their fighters turn professional and with the fantastic setup we have, and our amazing Martin (Bateson), I think it is only a matter of time until we see somebody turn professional.”

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A gadget for every pocket

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For 15 years The Phone Market in Dewsbury has been providing the latest phones and gadgets to the people of West Yorkshire, and now, with the launch of their new website, the retailer is set to go nationwide.

Providing top-of-the range mobile phones and accessories at the most competitive prices around, the Dewsbury-based retailer has gained a reputation as one of the leaders in providing high class technology from only the most trusted suppliers.

Buying stock direct from wholesalers, and cutting their own profit margins, allows the company to pass the savings on to you directly, with unbeatable prices for all products, from Samsung to Apple and Sony to Nokia.

GADGETS: Top of the range phones and tablets, from Samsung to Apple, are all available at the most competitive prices around at the Phone Market

GADGETS: Top of the range phones and tablets, from Samsung to Apple, are all available at the most competitive prices around at the Phone Market

Take the Samsung Galaxy S3 for example. At just £249 you cannot buy the phone cheaper anywhere else, whilst the newly launched Galaxy Gear Watch can be yours for just £199, again unbeatable.

Why spend more than you have to when The Phone Market not only offer the same amazing products as all their competitors but also have brands exclusive to them.

Taking America by storm today is the brand known simply as TYLT. With sheik, eye-catching designs and innovative products ranging from wireless phone chargers to portable battery packs, TYLT is fast becoming a market leader in the States.
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As all iPhone owners are probably well aware, the current USB cables are perhaps some of the weakest products on the market, with thousands complaining about frayed or splitting wires after just a few uses. TYLT have not only found an answer to this problem but provided the solution via individual designs which not only make your life easier, but make you question how you survived without them.

Fancy something a bit different, all types of gadgets and gizmos can be found at The Phone Market, whether you want the latest iPad or tablet, or even a flying drone with HD camera, you are spoilt for choice at the market leaders. Again, everything is purchased at trade prices, meaning the customer receives only the top brand products at amazing prices.

Even if, by some chance, you cannot find what you are looking for, simply speak with one of the friendly staff, and not only can they order that product for the next day, they can also provide suitable alternatives for those in a rush.

To view the full range of products on offer today, including all the latest TYLT products, please visit The Phone Market’s Savile Road store, open Monday to Saturday, or go online at www.thephonemarket.co.uk.

 

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