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Fly-tipping vans crushed

Two vans seized by Bradford Council after they were spotted being used for fly-tipping have been crushed. Bradford Council had hoped to sell the vans and give the money to charity, or to help finance the fly-tipping enforcement costs, but they were both found to be dangerous and un-roadworthy, rendering them worthless. The only option left to the Council was to have them scrapped and crushed at the European Metal Recycling’s (EMR) Bradford depot. People who had been using the vans to dump rubbish were investigated and prosecuted by Bradford…

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Letting Agent Jailed for Failing to Fit Smoke Alarms Following Fatal House Fire

The letting agent responsible for a property in Huddersfield which caught fire and killed two young boys has been jailed for 12 months for failing to fit smoke alarms to the house. On 20 February 2016, there was a fire at a house on Alder Street in Huddersfield where two boys, three-year-old Logan Taylor and his brother Jake Casey, aged two, tragically died. Kamal Bains, 51, of Stableford Gardens, Birkby, pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court on 16 July for failing to install smoke alarms which resulted in the deaths…

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UN High Commissioner’s Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Kashmir

The full title of this report is: Report on the situation of Human Rights in Kashmir: Developments in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir from June 2016 to April 2018, and General Human Rights Concerns in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. This report was issued by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on June 14, 2018. The same day Mr Shujaat Bukhari, editor-in-chief of the English daily the Rising Kashmir, founded in 2008, was murdered by unknown assailants in Press Colony of Srinagar…

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Bradford doctor appointed to high profile rugby role

A Bradford Accident and Emergency (A&E) doctor has been appointed as Head of Medical Services for Leeds Rugby. Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Dr Alastair Jones, 38, went part-time at the city’s Royal Infirmary (BRI), so he could take up the new role overseeing the medical departments of both Leeds Rhinos Rugby League and Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby Union. The move has united his twin passions of medicine and rugby. Dr Jones, who lives in Leeds, said: “I’ve worked in sports medicine for a number of years now and this role is…

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Safeguarding is everybody’s business

Safeguarding generally is something that all of us need to be aware of, as the successful week of events demonstrated just recently across West Yorkshire. Bradford had a variety of events including one at Holmewood Connect showcasing work by residents helping to make their community safer, and also a public consultation event took place at Manningham Mills Community Centre on Bradford Council’s Safeguarding Adults Board three year plan where I was pleased to contribute and show my support. But across all five districts there was something for everyone, be it…

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Islamic and Civil marriage; Shariah law and Divorce

by Andrew Smith, Associate Solicitor, Family Law Team, AJSmith@LawBlacks.com Tel: 0113 3222807, @AndyLawBlacks I recently met a new client seeking some advice about a pre-nuptial agreement. He was a young man who was potentially going to marry his partner in an Islamic ceremony and then they would both move into his home which he had bought prior to the beginning of the relationship. The young man was accompanied by his mother who was worried about the way in which he owned his property and wanted some advice about protection. I…

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The Five Most Common Management Myths

Across all businesses and industries, there is one common thread – people will always try and give you advice. Not all advice is good advice, however. Here are a few of the most common management myths and how to make the right decision when someone offers you this bad advice. ‘Don’t try and control everything yourself’ Of course, in any business, one person cannot physically do everything however it is important as a leader not to let any piece of the puzzle slip out of your view. It is key…

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Spouse Visa – The Basics

Applying for a spouse visa can be a daunting and stressful time. Everyone will tell you what to do, what documents you need and don’t need. The most important thing to remember is that each case is different and each spouse visa application is different. One of the first things we always ask our clients is whether their spouse has completed the English test. The test your spouse has to take is CEFR A1. However, there are exceptions to this requirement which may apply to your case. Your spouse will…

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District shows its support for England

Flags will fly and lights will sparkle as excitement builds across the Bradford district in advance of England’s quarter-final match in the World Cup against Sweden on Saturday, 7 July. Lights across Bradford city centre will shine in the England kit colours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from dusk. The lights on City Hall’s clock tower, City Park mirror pool, Forster Square Station arches and Bradford Council’s Margaret McMillan Tower building will all be lit up in support of our sporting heroes. Bradford Council has handed out England flags to…

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Local Headteacher honoured in national awards

A Bradford headteacher has been honoured in a national celebration of exceptional teaching. Gillian Edge of Killinghall Primary School was awarded a Silver Teaching Award in the Lifetime Achievement category of the prestigious Pearson Teaching Awards. Selected from thousands of nominations, Gillian is one of just 65 winners who were celebrated on the special ‘Thank a Teacher Day’ in schools and colleges across England, Wales and Northern Ireland as the trophies were presented to outstanding teachers, teaching assistants, headteachers and lecturers. Gillian will join fellow winners at the 20th UK…

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