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Equality For Workers Union announce partnership with Michael Lewin Solicitors Limited

Yorkshire based Trade Union, Equality for Workers Union (‘EFWU’), have announced a new strategic partnership with Leeds based Law Firm, Michael Lewin Solicitors for the provision of legal services to members of EFWU. EFWU currently has members located predominantly in the Yorkshire area and Michael Lewin Solicitors have over 95 staff based at three sites in North Leeds. Michael Lewin Solicitors are market leaders in claims relating to the occurrence of mental ill health caused during an individual’s employment, commonly referred to as Stress at Work claims, as well as…

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Forced Marriage Plot Parents Found Guilty In First Of Its Kind Victim Rescue Case

A teenager from Leeds was dramatically rescued from a forced marriage plot in Bangladesh as part of a West Yorkshire Police investigation that today saw her parents found guilty and convicted at court. In the first successful case of its kind, officers from Leeds District Safeguarding Unit worked closely with consular staff at the British High Commission in Bangladesh and the Foreign & Commonwealth office to secure the 18-year-old’s rescue. The victim, now aged 20, had been taken to a remote village in Bangladesh in July 2016 after her parents…

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Colourful street theatre line-up headed for Bradford Festival

Bradford City Park is set to burst into life in summer with a quirky programme of colourful and entertaining street theatre suitable for people of all ages and backgrounds.  Innovative British arts company, Bootworks Theatre will re-create classic pop music videos in a hilarious lip-syncing musical medley in The JukeBoxes. Using props, masks, puppets and a terrible selection of wigs, the kitsch duo animate celebrity pop-stars from past and present. The Beatles, Sinead O’Connor, Miley Cyrus, Stevie Wonder and Adele all make cameos, and people will be encouraged to sing…

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CCTV Appeal: Assault and Disorder, Greek Street, in Leeds

Police in Leeds are releasing an image of two males they would like to speak to in connection with an assault and a public disorder incident. The incident happened on Friday 18 May at around 2:30am at Neighbourhood bar on Greek Street. There was a verbal altercation between two groups of people within the bar which escalated into disorder, with one male trying to intervene to break up the disorder but was assaulted and knocked to the floor. The 28-year-old male was stamped and kicked whilst on the floor and…

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Fly-tipping campaign on Leeds Road, Bradford

People whose rubbish was fly-tipped in a Bradford alleyway may soon be getting a summons to court. Bradford Council Enforcement Officers have the names and addresses from envelopes and parcels in a huge mound of domestic and non-domestic waste dumped in the area of Napier Road, of Leeds Road. The alleyway is a fly-tipping hotspot and fed up residents have been encouraging Bradford Council track down those responsible. The Council is taking part in a nationwide campaign in conjunction with the charity Keep Britain Tidy. The campaign, called #CrimeNotToCare is…

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Open Iftar Bradford 2018

Open Iftar is the first global community-led public Iftar campaign, inviting Muslims & people of all faiths, cultural backgrounds and ages to join together to explore the Islamic faith through food, inspirational talks, and engaging discussion. Open Iftar bridges communities; it is a space in which our commonalities are highlighted, our differences celebrated, and human connection is forged. Invitation is FREE and OPEN to ALL. The Ramadan Tent Project (RTP) are delighted and excited to announce the first-ever Open Iftar UK Tour to take place in 2018 and spread the community spirit across the UK! Join them in Bradford as they begin this epic journey of bringing communities…

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CCTV Appeal: Sexual Assault, University of Bradford

Detectives in Bradford are releasing a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a sexual assault. The incident took place in the early hours of Monday morning (14th May) at the University of Bradford complex. A 21-year-old female student was grabbed by the suspect as she was making her way home and attempted to push him away. The male suspect continued to grab hold of the victim’s wrists and sexually assaulted the female. The victim manages to get away from the suspect after punching…

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First acts announced for the Bradford Festival

Bradford Council has announced a host of high quality acts and workshops for this year’s Bradford Festival. The 2018 festival will feature over 20 musical acts, 16 street theatre shows, five dance pieces and 13 workshops.  The Council will stage lots of highly innovative and colourful street theatre during the festival. Brilliantly creative Bradford arts organisation, The Brick Box will perform The Little Bubble which has been developed specifically for City Park. People will be able to relax and rejuvenate in a very special durational ‘spa’ experience. Water diviners and…

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The Modern Approach to “Meal Tickets”

Court overturns Order that granted a millionaire’s ex-wife maintenance for life by Paul Lancaster, Partner, Family Law Team, PLancaster@LawBlacks.com, 0113 227 9215 The Court of Appeal (“CoA”) has recently reaffirmed the Court’s more modern approach to spousal maintenance, championing “clean breaks” between divorcing couples and limiting claims for ongoing spousal maintenance (reports of the story are accessible both here and here). In Waggott v Waggott [2018] EWCA Civ 727, the CoA overturned a previous ruling that would have granted the ex-wife of a millionaire travel boss £175k for life by…

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Sixteenth Anniversary of Fatal Birkby House Fire

On the eve of the 16th anniversary of a fatal house fire in Birkby; detectives at West Yorkshire Police remain determined to secure justice for a family who lost three generations during the incident. On 12 May 2002, emergency services were called to a major fire on Osborne Road in Birkby, in Huddersfield which resulted in the deaths of eight members of the same family. Muhammed Atteq-ur-Rehman, 18, Nefessa Aziz, 35, Tayyaba Batool, three, Rabia Batool, 10, Ateeqa Nawaz, five, Aneesa Nawaz, two and six-month-old Najeeba Nawaz all died as…

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