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Bradford Police Officer Honoured By National Diversity Award

A police officer from Bradford has been hailed as a shining example for diversity. PC Dharmesh Mistry was shortlisted in the final eight for the Positive Role Model Award for Race, Religion and Faith at the 2019 National Diversity Awards, which took place at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool on Friday (20 September). Dharmesh, who is 49 and works at Trafalgar House Police Station, was chosen for the work he does both as a police officer and a community volunteer by the force’s People Officer Anna Button, who also uploaded…

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Bradford City Centre to Host Big Bike Ride 2019

Bradford Council are encouraging people to get on your bike and take to the streets by hosting a fun, free, available to all cycle ride around the city centre on Sunday 22 September from 11am until 3pm. Bradford’s Big Bike Ride 2019 is an opportunity to ride on vehicle-free streets around the city centre. The ride starting from City Park aims to get people of all ages to be active, enjoy the freedom cycling brings and take in the sights of the city whilst getting involved in the build up…

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Bradford’s Lister Park granted “Much Loved” status in national award

Lister Park is one of 73 parks and green spaces nationally who received “Much Loved” status in the Fields in Trust awards. It is one of only six parks in Yorkshire to receive the status. Fields in Trust, champion and support parks and green spaces, they launched the awards to find the UK’s best park in May asking people to nominate their favourite local green spaces and share why they are so special. They received 364 nominations nationally and they then went to the public vote. Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford…

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Recruitment Now Open For West Yorkshire Police

Recruitment is now open to join West Yorkshire Police, and for the first time police officers will study towards a degree as part of their training. From today (Friday 13 September), the public can apply to become a Police Constable Degree Apprentice and will have until Monday 23 September at 23:55, to send in their application. In July, West Yorkshire Police announced its aim to recruit and train police officers alongside Leeds Trinity University, with new recruits joining the force as police constable degree apprentices or as police constable degree…

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Bradford-based family law firm, SKB Law, recognised for its social impact by the Law Society and the Bradford Business Awards

July was a busy month for Bradford’s innovative family law practice SKB Law. The firm’s Managing Partner, Sarah Khan-Bashir MBE became the only solicitor in Yorkshire shortlisted as Woman Solicitor of the Year in the Law Society Excellence Awards. The Awards showcase the best of the profession, with this year’s Awards receiving a “record number of nominations.” Winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 23 October. Closer to Bradford, Sarah collected the Community Contribution Award at the 2019 Bradford Bradford Business Awards on 18 July. Both awards…

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Former Police Officer Sentenced for Misconduct in a Public Office

A former police officer has admitted misconduct in a public office after starting a sexual relationship with a woman who he met as a victim of crime. Ben Robinson, 39, who worked as a police constable in Kirklees district, entered a basis of plea of guilty to misconduct in a public office on the first day of his trial at Preston Crown Court on Friday, 6 September. He was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for two years, and was ordered to pay £1,200 in costs and carry out 150…

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Police Officer Attacks: Urgent talks on Frontline Safety

Last month tragically saw the death of Thames Valley police officer PC Andrew Harper and my thoughts remain with his family, friends and wider colleagues during this truly awful time. In recent times, there have been growing numbers of attacks on police officers and it brings home once again just how officers, staff and other frontline workers put themselves in harm’s way to protect us all and we should all be very, very grateful for that. I was really touched to read about members of the public who have made…

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The Difference Between Indemnities and Guarantees

Indemnities and guarantees are both a form of what the law terms as suretyship. A surety is a person who is liable for the payment of another person’s debt or the performance of another person’s obligation in the event of the failure by that person to comply with his obligations. An indemnity is a contractual promise whereby one party promises to another party that he will compensate the loss or damages occurred to him by the conduct of another person. In a contract of indemnity there are two parties, one who…

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“I wish you had thought about the consequences of your threats on my young family” – Naz Shah MP

57-year-old Stewart Hanson, a man with no previous convictions, who sent me an email saying he would ‘do time for me’ is doing exactly that. He is now serving a jail term for sending me a threatening email having seen something on social media. In August 2017, I retweeted something by accident, an accident that lasted a whole 8 minutes. When it was highlighted to me, I immediately removed it. It was a genuine mistake. Despite my statement clarifying this mistake, I have continued to receive racist, sexist and Islamophobic…

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Hefty fine for home owner who refused to clear rubbish

Even more rubbish was dumped in the garden of a house in Great Horton after the owner was sent a letter telling him to clean it up, a court was told. A Bradford Council Environmental Enforcement Officer visited 9 Cragg Lane in January this year after complaints from neighbours that the empty house had become an eyesore with piles of building rubble and discarded furniture in the garden. After establishing that the owner of the house was Sirfraz Hussain, the officer served a warning letter giving him eight days to…

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