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THE BRITISH GO TO THE POLLS FOR A THIRD TIME IN LESS THAN FIVE YEARS

The last General Elections were held in the United Kingdom on Thursday, 7 May 2015 to elect 650 members to the House of Commons. These were the first General Elections at the end of a fixed-term Parliament. The outcome of these elections was that the Conservative Party in the leadership of David Cameron won 330 seats (John Bercow, the Speaker excluded) while Labour Party under the leadership of Ed Miliband could bag only 232 seats. Scottish Nation Party won 56 seats in the leadership of Nicolas Sturgeon and Liberal Democrats…

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It’s Good To Talk

Litigation is an expensive process which is why the courts encourage parties to try to settle their disputes. The Civil Procedure Rules (the court procedural rules that govern civil cases) set out the steps which the parties must take before proceedings are issued. These are known as “Pre-Action Protocols”. The aim of the Protocols is to encourage parties to try and settle their claims and avoid court proceedings if at all possible. Even after proceedings have been issued the Court will expect the parties to continue to talk to each…

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More Than 20 Charged Following Drugs Operation in Bradford

A further 21 people have been charged by police investigating the supply of Class A drugs in Bradford District. The charges follow a series of arrests last week, which saw drugs and cash seized as officers carried out warrants at addresses across Bradford and Kirklees. These were in addition to the charges of twenty men and two women, who were arrested and charged in October and have since appeared in court. A total of 43 people have now been charged as a result of this operation. Some of those charged…

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Indian-Held Jammu & Kashmir In Turmoil

A day or two before the 5th of August 2019, in a sensational melodrama, the Indian Prime Minister Narendera Modi ordered every single student of Kashmiri Universities and colleges hailing from outside the Kashmir Valley, the tourists, the Hindu pilgrims undergoing Amarnath Yatra to leave Kashmir immediately. This uncalled-for apparent state of emergency left the people of Kashmir flabbergasted who stood standstill to find out what heaven is about to fall on them. In the wee hours of 5th of August, it turned out that the entire Vale of Kashmir…

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Clear Language Trumps Common Sense

by Luke Patel, Blacks Solicitors Disputes arising between parties over contracts usually involve the different interpretation of the wording of particular clauses within the contract. Traditionally, the courts have favoured a commercial common sense approach to interpreting ambiguous contract provisions. However the Supreme Court ruling in the case of Arnold v Britton makes it clear that where the parties have used unambiguous language the Court will not re-write the contract even if the literal interpretation of that contract would lead to disastrous consequences for one party. That case concerned the…

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New Campaign Highlights the Potential Cost of Using a Mobile While Driving

West Yorkshire Police is highlighting the potential cost of checking a message on your mobile while driving as part of a new campaign. Last year, 1,578 offences of using a mobile phone while driving were recorded in West Yorkshire, that’s around four people a day caught breaking the law. You might think that it will have cost the driver a £200 fine and that was it, but the true cost can be much worse. If you have passed your test within the past two years, you will lose your licence,…

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Six Men Convicted of Serious Sexual Abuse of Three Girls in Huddersfield

Six men have been convicted for a catalogue of serious sexual offences against three young girls. Three vulnerable girls were targeted by these individuals and subjected to serious sexual abuse and trafficking between 2005 and 2008 in the Huddersfield area. Banaris Hussain, Umar Zaman and Samuel Fikru, stood trial with other males, who cannot be named for legal reasons. Six defendants were found guilty by a jury following a six week trial at Leeds Crown Court. Full results from court: Banaris Hussain, 36, of William Street, Crosland Moor, Huddersfield, found…

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Police Say There is No Excuse for Anti-Social Behaviour Ahead of One of Their Busiest Nights of the Year

West Yorkshire Police is asking the public to make sure Hallowe’en is a treat for all as they gear up for one of their busiest nights of the year. Officers are asking those out enjoying Hallowe’en this year to make sure they celebrate safely, being mindful of others who may be vulnerable and wish to avoid trick or treaters. The Force has created ‘Sorry – no Trick or Treat’ posters which residents can download and display in their windows. Those out trick or treating are urged to abide by their…

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Twenty Two Charged Following Week of Drug Warrants

Police investigating the supply lines of Class A drugs in Bradford District have charged 22 people. The 20 men and two women were all arrested and charged with offences related to the supply of Class A drugs last week. They were bailed to appear before magistrates next month. The arrests took place during a week of warrants across the district and into other areas such as Leeds and Kirklees. As well as seizing more than £15,000 worth of drugs, the warrants also resulted in the recovery of property, vehicles, clothing and…

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“If I didn’t work, I got beaten up”

September saw the latest round of my Safer Communities Fund give out hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of grants for initiatives to increase community safety and prevent crime. Over £217,000 was distributed to 42 community projects who will work across West Yorkshire. Of the 42 groups, 8 will specifically deliver their projects in Bradford, sharing £45,000 of funding between them. One such group was Bradford Street Angels who received £5733 to help support vulnerable people in the city centre. This was the 16th grant round under my Safer Communities…

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