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Parents of Forced Marriage Plot Victim Jailed For Eight Years

The parents of a teenager from Leeds who was dramatically rescued from a forced marriage plot in Bangladesh as part of a West Yorkshire Police investigation were today sentenced to a total of eight years. The man and woman were sentenced to four-and-a-half and three-and-a-half after being found guilty on 29 May at Leeds Crown Court of forced marriage offences under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. In the first successful case of its kind, officers from Leeds District Safeguarding Unit worked closely with consular staff at the…

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Man Jailed for Tyron Charles Murder

A man has been jailed for life for the murder of Bradford man Tyron Charles. James Sutcliffe was sentenced today at Bradford Crown Court to a minimum term of 31 years. James Sutcliffe He was found guilty following a trial which ended yesterday (Wednesday). Sutcliffe, 29, of Hill Crest Road in Denholme, also received a four-year concurrent sentence for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice after he entered into a plan with his parents (62-year-old Janet and 61-year-old Kevin Sutcliffe, also of Hill Crest Road, Denholme) to dispose of the…

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Pakistan: A Nation Wrestling with Democracy

Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, one of the wealthiest politicians and three times Prime Minister of Pakistan is convicted of corruption and money laundering. He is thus incarcerated along with his daughter and son-in-law; the latter two own assets abroad, whose value is beyond their declared lawful means of income. Pakistan had 16 prime ministers during her brief history; each one of these was stripped of powers by military dictators on the allegations of corruption and was thus out manoeuvred. Sadly enough, two of these were assassinated and one sent to…

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Shipley Man Given Five Year Criminal Behaviour Order

A man from Shipley who was found guilty of vagrancy and public order offences has been served with a five-year Criminal Behaviour Order. Robin Waltham, aged 36, of Valley Road appeared at Bradford Magistrates Court on Friday, 20 July, where he was found guilty of four charges of vagrancy and a charge of public order in Shipley between 3 March and 8 April this year. Waltham has now been made subject of a five-year order which prohibits him from sitting, sleeping or loitering in public areas, using articles which may…

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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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