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wheelchair swingThe Nell Bank Outdoor Education Centre in Ilkley has received a donation of £6,000 to buy and install a new wheelchair swing for disabled children and adults who visit the centre. The donation was made by Coun Joanne Dodds, former Lord Mayor of Bradford as part of her ‘Spread a Smile’ charity work. The cheque was received by Dan Goodey, head of centre at Nell Bank and Nicola Norris from the Specialist Inclusion Project.

Dan Goodey said “We are delighted to be given this money for a wheelchair swing. Nell Bank is committed to enabling disabled people take part in outdoor activities alongside their able bodied peers so a new wheelchair swing will be a great addition to our adventure playground. Donations like this make a huge difference to the centre and help us to keep adding new activities for our visitors so every trip can become even more exciting than the last.”

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Heathcliffe BowenA private tutor has been charged with 19 child sex offences.

Former chairman of Ilkley Parish Council Heathcliffe Bowen, 49, is due before magistrates tomorrow.

Mr Bowen, of Woodlands Rise, Ilkley, is accused of making 128 sexual images of children – 92 at Category C level, 15 at Category B, and 21 at the extreme level of Category A.

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Addingham Primary Ofsted pictureAddingham Primary School has ‘raised the bar’ according to Ofsted.

The school was inspected in July, this year, and was deemed to be good with outstanding features, making a huge leap from the previous “requires improvement” judgement when it was inspected in 2014.

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west yorkshire badgeA teenager had his ear bitten as he stepped in to break-up a fight in Ilkley over the weekend.

Police are appealing for information after the serious assault on the 18 year old.

The incident happened on Saturday 10 September at approximately 3:30am on Brook Street, Ilkley. 

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Ilkley LidoIlkley Lido opens this weekend as sunshine and temperatures of 19 degrees centigrade are forecast.

The historic swimming venue was recently placed in the top ten open air pools in the country by Guardian readers and boasts spectacular views of Ilkley Moor.

There is a family fun day which will include stalls, face-painting and activities, as well as the outdoor and indoor pools.

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A woman blacked out when she was pounced upon by a sex attacker in Ilkley.

The 25-year-old victim regained consciousness to find the man lying on top of her.

She was attacked from behind as she walked near the junction of Brook Street and The Grove at about 11.30pm on Saturday, and was dragged into public gardens, where she passed out.

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tarmac1Is this the best road repair in Britain?
Workmen left an immaculate patch of perfectly laid tarmac, and painted in the white road markings.
But now the sorry state of the rest of the road surface and white lines have been shown up.

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Leigh Meeks mugA sacked barman who burnt down a village pub in a £1m revenge blaze has today been jailed for six years and eight months.

Disgruntled Leigh Meeks, 33, torched The Fleece, in Addingham, after he was sacked for stealing thousands of pounds from the till.

Firefighters had to rescue two chefs from an upstairs window after they were trapped in the burning pub.

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rsz leigh meeks arsonA disgruntled barman has admitted torching a gastro-pub after he was sacked.

Leigh Meeks, 33, set fire to The Fleece Pub, Addingham, after losing his job its sister eatery in the same village.

At Bradford Crown Court he pleaded guilty to arson and being reckless as to whether life was endangered, but denied arson with intent to endanger life on 23rd September.

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