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Bradford’s horror smashes continue

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KILLED AT 17: Adnan Shafiq was killed at the scene of a horror smash last week

KILLED AT 17: Adnan Shafiq was killed at the scene of a horror smash last week

Teenager dies in fatal road traffic collision

Amjad Malik, a father from Bradford whose son was tragically killed in a car crash two years ago, says he is ‘very shocked’ following a horror smash last month which resulted in the death of a teenage passenger.

Police are now appealing for witnesses following the fatal, single-vehicle, road traffic collision in Bradford on Tuesday 27th September.

Amjad said: “The local community, the council and the police need to get their hands out of their pockets and stop these young guys that are travelling at fatal speeds.

“Leeds Road, Shipley Airedale Road and Barkerend Road, they all need speed cameras.”

The collision happened at about 12.15am when a silver Seat Leon travelling along the Shipley Airedale Road left the road and collided with a barrier, close to the junction with Leeds Road.  

One of the two occupants, a 17-year-old male from Bradford, was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

He has now been named as Adnan Shafiq.

Adnan’s friend, Nofil Khan, told the Asian Express : “He was a smart person, he had a lot of friends. He was a good friend who was there for everyone.

“I’ve known him for a few years since secondary school. He used to live on my grandma’s street. The news has come as a shock.”

Nofil added: “If you live in Bradford, you have an expectation that cars are going to be driving fast. Unfortunately Adnan was caught in the wrong situation.”

The driver of the vehicle, an 18-year-old man from Bradford, was taken to hospital with serious injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.  

He was also arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.  

Amjad, whose 15-year-old son Saliq was killed as a result of dangerous driving, said that Bradford Council’s response to such incidents in the past had been ‘upsetting’.

“The response we got from Bradford Council [after petitioning for speed prevention projects across the city] is that there are not enough deaths on the road to put speed cameras up, because they cost too much,” he said.

Response to the smash on Facebook has reiterated Amjad’s worries.

One user wrote: “I don't want to speculate about this case for obvious reasons, but let's be honest, the whole place is wrecked because of arrogant young males who have no regard for anyone on the roads.

“Then when they kill themselves or others, the faux grief and... sympathy they are given is the last insult to those decent people endangered by those.... EVERY DAY.

“Sorry, but the whole place is f....d and that's an undeniable fact known by those who risk dying every time they just want to get around Bradford.

“These two might have only been at the age of naivety and irresponsibility, paying with life because of that, but they are the product of the culture which let's face it, is never going to change and if you think my status is offensive you are just a big a part of the problem.”

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Bollywood veteran Saeed Jaffery dies aged 86

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INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM: Sir Sean Connery and Saeed Jaffrey at the photocall for “The Man Who Would Be King” at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010

INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM: Sir Sean Connery and Saeed Jaffrey at the photocall for “The Man Who Would Be King” at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010

The much-loved actor Saeed Jaffrey, a veteran of dozens of Bollywood and international films, has died at the age of 86.

Tributes have poured in since Jaffrey suffered a brain haemorrhage in London.

The news of his death was announced on Sunday 15th November by his niece Shaheen Aggarwal on Facebook.

Shaheen wrote: "Today, a generation of Jaffreys has passed away. Saeed Jaffrey has joined his brothers and sister and is rejoicing in the lap of his Heavenly Father, eternally."

The actor collapsed at his London home from a brain haemorrhage and never regained consciousness, according to a statement from Jaffrey Associates.

Jaffrey starred in such acclaimed Indian films as Satyajit Ray's “Shatranj ke Khiladi” (The Chess Players) and more than 100 Bollywood productions.

He became a household name in the UK after appearing in numerous TV dramas including “Tandoori Nights”, “The Far Pavilions” and “Gangsters” and took on the role as Ravi Desai in the soap opera “Coronation Street”.

Jaffrey's international career saw him working with actors such as Sean Connery, Michael Caine in ''The Man Who Would Be King", Roshan Seth, James Ivory, Richard Attenborough and Daniel Day-Lewis.

 MUCH-LOVED: Jaffrey is remembered for his roles in films including “A Passage To India” and “Gandhi” amongst hundreds of Bollywood flicks

MUCH-LOVED: Jaffrey is remembered for his roles in films including “A Passage To India” and “Gandhi” amongst hundreds of Bollywood flicks

His other international films included “The Jewel in the Crown”, “A Passage To India”, ''Chicken Tikka Masala", and "Death on the Nile." He also appeared in, “Gandhi” and earned a Bafta nomination for his role in 1985's “My Beautiful Laundrette”.

Jaffrey started his 40-year career with state-run All India Radio before moving to the United States as a Fulbright scholar, studying drama at the Catholic University of America, according to the Press Trust of India.

He was the first Indian to take Shakespearean plays on a tour to the United States. He later quit the tour to marry his first wife, Madhur Jaffrey, an Indian-born actress, food and travel writer, and television personality. He had three children with her before getting divorced in 1965.

Jaffrey launched his Bollywood career in the 1980s with roles in popular movies such as “Ram Lakhan”, “Masoom (Innocent)”, “Aaina” (Mirror)” and "Henna." He worked with several top Bollywood actors, including Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Madhuri Dixit.

Jaffrey was the first Indian to receive the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1966 for his contributions to drama.

Jaffrey also wrote and starred in dozens of radio plays, winning the Prix Italia for his appearance alongside Sir Michael Redgrave in BBC Radio Four's The Pump.

Director and writer Mahesh Bhat was among those paying tribute, saying: "He was unique because he had a very good understanding of foreign cultures, which he mixed with his Indian ethos and that showed in his performances.

"I will never forget him for his outstanding performance me in “Ram Teri Ganga Maili”. He was a fascinating man with a large body of work."
He is survived by his wife Jennifer. His funeral is expected to take place in London two weeks' time.

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