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Prevention messages hit home in Keighley

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is pleased that the bonfire period in Keighley passed without disorder.

Our Bradford District Prevention Team worked alongside Police and Bradford Council with a specific focus on delivering safety messages and warnings to the Keighley community in the lead up to November 5.

District Prevention Manager for Bradford, Tom Rhodes said: “The bonfire period in Keighley was dramatically quieter this year than last year.  Against the backdrop of last year’s attacks and disorder in the area, the local community rallied round the safety messages that we distributed alongside our partners in West Yorkshire Police and Bradford Council.  The Bradford Student Guardianship Scheme assisted in delivering key safety messages and advice out to the community of Keighley. 

“We are pleased to say that these messages really hit home and there were no issues with attacks on crews.”

Mosques in Keighley also played a crucial role in delivering safety messages to hundreds of young people.

The Keighley Muslim Association held a special event, organised by Community Relations Officer Mohammed Saleem in conjunction with emergency service and local authority partners, at the Keighley Jamia Mosque, in Emily Street.

The event, called ‘Living That Gangster Life?’ took place on Bonfire Night and encouraged young people to act responsibly and talks were given by Ustadh Muhammad Ali and Imam Asim Hussain.

It was attended by over 500 people and was a great success.

Talks were also given about safety prior to the bonfire period at Ghosiyah Academy, in Skipton Road, Keighley by Asid Mahmood during the Friday prayers.

Leaflets were distributed from the Fire Service and Police at both events.

The prevention initiatives were coordinated by WYFRS Bradford District Prevention Assistants Nazir Hussain and Shivdev Singh as well as Keighley Councillors, Cllr Zafar Ali and Cllr Abid Hussain, and Bradford Council’s School Community Development Officer Javed Bashir.

Nazir Hussain said: “We have received tremendous support from various different partners in delivering our safety and prevention messages with great success.”