• Murder duo must serve at least 33 years

    Father and son killers who left the body of a Keighley car dealer in a quiet country lane will together serve at least 33 years behind bars for the murder, the High Court has ruled. David Harold Edmond Deakin, then 25, of Batley, and his father David

  • Dad’s Army back in town

    DON'T panic Mr Mainwaring, we're not doomed' after all. It seems as though the Home Guard are making a comeback in the Worth Valley - and they are appealing for help. The group, pictured left, aim to recreate the appearance of personnel from C Company

  • Family pay tribute to Denis Knowles

    A Silsden-born man who served in the Far East during the Second World War, then later ran a family estate agents business, has died, as reported in last week's Keighley News. Denis Knowles, 81 - who lived in Embsay - founded Knowles Estate Agents, based

  • Pub raffle punters pull in cash

    Silsden punters have put their hands in their pockets to raise much-needed funds for the local summer gala. A three-week-long raffle was held at the Punch Bowl Inn, in centre of the town, with landlords David Smart and Chi Chi Wu whipping up customer

  • Taxi fare dodgers sought by police

    A taxi driver was left out of pocket over the weekend after the people he was taking home fled without paying. The driver picked up a man and two women from Skipton Bus Station and took them to Park Road, Cross Hills, at around 3.30am, on Sunday. As

  • Arsonists target van

    Arsonists attacked a camper van two nights in a row. Fire crews were first called to West Lane, Keighley, where the vehicle was parked, at 10.14pm last Thursday - after one of its windows had been smashed. A West Yorkshire Fire Service spokesman said

  • Fingers crossed for £1m hall plan

    A £1 million lottery bid to transform Keighley's Central Hall could pass its next hurdle next month. Lottery chiefs will decide whether to put the community centre plan on a shortlist for funding. They would then ask for more details before a final

  • Stage homes plan rejected

    The construction of 14 new houses in Cowling has been given the go-ahead. Skipton Properties has received approval to demolish a range of former industrial buildings at Carr Mill, in Acre Road, and replace them with eight semi-detached, three-storey

  • Commuter parking concerns villagers

    Crossflatts residents have aired their concerns in a new Bradford Council action plan. The in-depth report from Shipley Area Committee also suggests how villagers' problems could be solved. It looks at education, community safety, health, housing, leisure

  • Hannah can’t wait to return to Africa

    A teenager has spent a fulfilling two weeks helping children at a home in West Africa. Hannah Loryman, of Silsden, said her experience in Sierra Leone was so positive she can't wait to return. She and her father - Steve - travelled to the St George's

  • Villages to be blitzed in clean-up operation

    Clean-ups are planned in Cullingworth, Harden, Denholme and Wilsden as part of a £50,000 spring clean. Cleansing staff will blitz the villages during an operation taking in Shipley, Bingley and surrounding areas. Much of the cash will be spent clearing

  • Funding fair for voluntary groups

    Voluntary groups in Denholme, Harden and Cullingworth are among those who could benefit from the latest funding fair. They can find out about the wide range of grants available from public bodies, businesses and the national lottery. The fair, this

  • Do you know this man?

    Police are appealing for help to trace this man in connection with an alleged assault outside K2 nightclub in Keighley. A member of staff at the club - in North Street - suffered a broken jaw following the incident, at about 2.30am on November 10. The

  • Fantastic Russian experience

    Young people from Keighley who took part in the International Space Olympics have spoken of their "fantastic" experience. Six youngsters from the Scout and Guide movements took part in the ten-day trip, to Korolev, in Russia. And last Thursday night

  • New badges launched

    Beaver Scout Jordan Pullen is getting a taste of new challenges being offered as part of the largest ever launch of Scout badges. Jordan, seven, of Cross Roads, is learning about the goodness of eating fruit and vegetables for his healthy eating badge

  • Urban initiative gets under way

    A Cross Roads, Brow and Lees Urban Village initiative is being set up. The venture, supported by Bradford Council, will examine key issues in the area and work with service providers to undertake activities. A steering group, chaired by Councillor Peter

  • History lesson for WI members

    The January meeting of Laycock WI included a talk by Yvonne Gilson, advice service manager from the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB). Members were surprised to learn that the CAB was launched in 1939, the day after war broke out, and was initially manned

  • Tax office staff take closure fight to top

    Opponents of the Government decision to close Keighley tax office and others across the district took their fight to Westminster. A delegation descended on London last Thursday and presented a mocked-up P45 to human resource officials at HM Revenue and

  • Car plates are taken

    Police are appealing for information after number plates were stolen from a car in Farnhill. The number plates, registration DF04 HAU, were taken from a Vauxhall Meriva, which was parked in Grange Road, between 9.45 and 11.05am last Friday. The number

  • Ride disappoints Dougie

    Silsden's Dougie Lampkin made a disappointing debut on his factory Beta, as he finished a lowly seventh place at the opening round of the 2008 World Indoor Trials Championship held in Marseille, France, on Saturday. This was Lampkin's first competitive

  • Craven League issues desperate plea to attract umpires

    As the new season approaches the problem for local cricket, is as usual a shortage of umpires. This year the Mewies Solicitors Craven and District Cricket League is at crisis point. Four of last year's panel umpires have already stated they will not

  • Junior league inducts Ingrow

    Ingrow Cricket Club has been inducted into the Upper Airedale Junior Cricket League at its 2008 AGM at Cononley Cricket Club. Ingrow CC secretary Trevor Halstead said that the club has formed an Under-15s team, which will be the first to represent the

  • Striking Mini is stolen

    A Mini Cooper was stolen during a house burglary in Farnhill on Sunday. Thieves got into the house in Main Street through the unlocked front door, between 7.30 and 9.15pm. Inside they found the keys for the £11,000 black Mini, registration K11 JLJ.

  • Back chat

    The big news in the top tier of British football last week was the appointment of Kevin Keegan as manager at Newcastle. "King Kev" is adored by the fanatical fans on Tyneside, and the hope in the North East is that he will bring a stylish brand of football

  • Cougars to stage ‘electric’ friendly against Bulls

    Keighley Cougars will host local Super League Bradford Bulls in a much anticipated pre-season derby at Cougar Park on Sunday. The Cougars should be more than ready for the Bulls after last Sunday's game against Leigh Centurions had to be cancelled due

  • Teen fencer set for trip to Poland

    A Silsden teenager will represent Skipton Fencing Club at an England Fencing's "Tomorrow's Achievers" international competition in Poland. James Loryman, 14, will compete using his preferred weapon, the epee, at the Tomorrow's Achievers event in Poland

  • Town A win at a cost as Leighton breaks leg

    Halifax Irish A 14 Keighley Town A 18 Keighley Town A travelled to Halifax with just 13 players but this was reduced to 12 when Mark Leighton suffered a badly broken leg after just ten minutes. Coach Gary Baker said this had been Leighton's best season

  • Assault case man to be allowed a re-trial

    A man convicted of assaulting a CPS solicitor's wife has been granted a re-trial after claims his case was "prejudiced". Martin Sutcliffe, 50, was convicted of assaulting Sharon Booth-Howie by Skipton magistrates in November last year. He had denied

  • Sign up for the BigK 10K!

    Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope is set to benefit from a 10K event in Keighley on March 16. The BIGK 10K event represents an ideal opportunity for everyone to get into shape, and runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome. Given that some entrants

  • Vehicle’s insurance payment ‘bounced’

    A "bounced" direct debit payment and last year's postal strike led to a 22-year-old man's conviction for driving without insurance, a court heard. Robert David Slinger was stopped in the early hours of August 28, 2007 after appearing to avoid a police

  • Owner fumes after night of vandalism

    A trader has lashed out at "heartless" vandals who targeted one of his businesses three times in less than five hours. Al Mirzaali, who owns the Indian and Chicken Ranch takeaway, in Church Street, Keighley, said the thugs caused up to £2,500 of damage

  • MP urges Post Office to take action in town centre

    Closing post offices in Stockbridge and Highfield could lead to an average of 200 extra customers a day having to use the Keighley town centre branch, according to the local MP. The two outlets are among four in Keighley and South Craven under threat

  • A bridge that’s too far for disabled travellers

    Disabled passengers will still face a half hour trek to catch their train even if a new 200 space car park is built. If they can't make the half mile trip to get to the Leeds-Bradford platform at Steeton and Silsden railway station (see graphic), they

  • Blues girl Sam inspired by Simone

    Sam Payne draws on two decades' experience gigging when she plays the Cricketers Arms on January 31. The blues singer/songwriter from Leeds, who regularly appears in Keighley, has been performing since she was 14. She released the latest album Shackles

  • MUSIC from January 24

    * Welsh T Band plays blues at the Vine, off South Street, Keighley, tonight. Also Me And My Mates on January 31. * Punk/metal band Spandex Caravan play the Cricketers Arms, Coney Lane, tonight. Also 60s covers band Big Bang with acoustic set, Friday

  • Sherwood you believe it?

    It is a legendary story of society and kingship in medieval England, of the poor getting one over on the rich, but most of all, of heroes triumphantly defeating their enemies. If you take such a timeless, unfailing plot, add the sparkle of a few songs

  • WHAT'S ON from January 24

    * St George's Hall, Bradford: Buttershaw St Paul's Amateurs in musical Thoroughly Modern Millie (until Saturday); European Union Orchestra with cello soloist Julian Lloyd Webber plays Haydn's Trauer Symphony, Mendelssohn and Mozart (February 2); Cornish

  • Do you know of a shining star?

    The search is on for Keighley's unsung heroes. The Keighley News is joining forces with Bradford Council's Keighley Area Committee to recognise the unstinting work of volunteers in our communities. Groups and individuals can be nominated for an award

  • Readers let their views be known

    Good people who make differenceWe always read so much negative and bad news in the newspapers these days. Today I have a different story for you. I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart and

  • Keighley man's story of hope needs telling

    The story of Ian Dennis ought to be put in the armoury of those who are working to tackle the drug and substance abuse in our midst. Great strides are being taken in the fight against drugs, with the police getting more support. From responses to reports

  • Lift up your head to the future

    The Rev Michael Chapman writesI did not like history lessons when I was at school - or maybe it was just that I did not like the history teacher! I thought he was a bully. So I gave up the systematic learning of history about 60 years ago. I came back

  • Ian's personal trip down memory lane

    It's rather uncanny to discover that a reader's old photograph includes one's own late father as a baby, plus two of one's uncles, as in this group of children on an outing to Newsholme Dean in 1908. It was supplied by Susan Whitford, of Bingley, whose