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New 20 mph zones proposed around Bradford

Bradford Council has announced proposals to introduce new 20 mph speed limit zones in Bradford city centre and around schools. The new proposals aim to protect vulnerable road users including children, pedestrians and cyclists by improving road safety at key locations of the district. It is hoped the new plans will encourage more people to take up walking and cycling. The new zone could cover Bradford city centre within the inner ring road extending to include Bradford College and University campuses. As part of the proposals, a programme of 20…

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BRADFORD BID: Crucial ballot gets underway today

THE ballot to decide the future of Bradford’s proposed £2.5 million business improvement district gets underway today. More than 630 businesses and other organisations have just under a month to vote on whether they wish to pay an annual levy to provide a safer, cleaner, more animated and better promoted city centre over the next five years. The group of business leaders who have spent more than 18 months planning and preparing for the ballot are now urging voters to return their ballot papers – which should arrive today –…

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Tackling crime and anti-social behaviour

August saw me release my refreshed Police and Crime Plan for West Yorkshire which outlines the crucial work needed, with partners, to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour (with a focus on violent crime), protect victims and witnesses, making sure criminal justice works for our communities and safeguard the region’s most vulnerable. The Plan sets the outcomes and priorities that drive the work of my office, West Yorkshire Police and our partnerships working to keep West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe. These outcomes and priorities were identified by wide consultation with…

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Intra Party Conflict among the Conservatives and the Future of Brexit

The conflict became public when Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary in Theresa May’s cabinet resigned from the position he held. The two differed over the latter’s Brexit policy. Boris, who had been Mayor of London and an active supporter of Leave campaign, has been at odds with Theresa May’s vision of Brexit for quite some time and he never concealed from the public eye what he felt about the Lady Prime Minister as well as the ongoing negotiations over Brexit. He never hesitated to give his comments about the PM…

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Is Nikah now recognised under English law?

Since the judgement in the case of Akhtar v Khan we have been inundated with calls asking the same question, is nikah valid? Is it recognised? Is it legal? Well, leave the samosas in the fridge and don’t fry the jalebi until you’ve read this article. The short answer is No. The Akhtar case only answered the question ‘Is nikah void or invalid’. It did not and does not answer the question of legality or recognition. In order for a valid marriage to exist certain requirements need to be fulfilled.…

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Court rules Wife has to stay in loveless marriage

by Andrew Smith, Associate Solicitor, Family Law Team AJSmith@LawBlacks.com, 0113 3222807, @AndyLawBlacks Last month, the Supreme Court (the highest Court in England and Wales) has decided that Mrs Owens has to stay married to her husband. Mrs Owens has been seeking a divorce for 3 years. Mrs Owens’ journey Mr and Mrs Owens married in 1978. Mrs Owens filed her petition for divorce in May 2015 in which she sought a divorce based on the (only) ground that the “marriage had irretrievably broken down”. Mrs Owens relied on the fact…

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THE DANGERS OF BRADFORD’S ‘LAD CULTURE’

by Maryam Anser The epidemic of lad culture has been prevalent in this country for quite some time – a subculture involving young men behaving recklessly – drinking, taking drugs and showing a general disregard towards themselves and the people around them. Whilst that’s the widely accepted impression of lad culture, it’s taking a turn for the worst in Bradford. Lad culture has taken on a much more dangerous meaning in Bradford; it is drug dealers, boy racers and young men, sometimes not so young, involved in illicit activities of…

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Bradford property owner fined for not removing rubbish

A property owner who ignored a notice from Bradford Council telling him to remove accumulated rubbish from the back yard of his house has been fined £660. Mohammed Yasser had been served with a Community Protection Notice requiring him to remove rubbish from the outside of a property he owns at 102 Newlands Place, Bradford. Despite being given additional time by Bradford Council to remove the waste he failed to do so and was prosecuted and convicted in his absence by Bradford magistrates on 31 August 2018. Yasser, of Killinghall…

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Dewsbury Man Jailed for 16 Years for Grooming and Child Sex Offences

A Dewsbury man has been jailed for 16 years for grooming and child sex offences. Shaun Parkin, aged 52, of Castle Crescent in Dewsbury, was sentenced on 3 September at Leeds Crown Court after pleading guilty to a number of serious crimes against two children aged 10 and 11. His abhorrent crimes span back to 2005 and up until 2017, when he sexually abused two male children from the ages of 10 and 11. He was arrested in December 2017 and has been in custody since then. Judge Battye handed…

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Bradford based Artz-i win at glitzy award ceremony

Popular art gallery and gift store, Artz-i won the award for Small Retail Business of the Year at this year’s English Asian Business Awards. Now in its seventh year, the prestigious awards ceremony acknowledge and honour the determination, entrepreneurial spirit and hard work of English Asian businessmen and women. Artz-i, which is based on Sunbridge Road, is an Art Gallery styled lifestyle gift store which designs and manufactures both modern and traditional high quality hand crafted artworks. Their merchandise include accent furniture, lighting, mirrors, brass and copper ornaments, appliqué art,…

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