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World Mental Health Day 2018 – ‘Walking into a Crisis’: Children, Young People and Mental Health Services.

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting George Zito, who delivers sessions promoting positive mental health in schools on behalf of Bradford charity Inspired Neighbourhoods. An eight week programme had just begun at Belle Vue Girls School in my constituency and George described the importance of the work around self-esteem and positive thinking that they do. “So many young people are struggling with complicated home dynamics, peer group pressure, friendship issues and the increasing stress of school expectations. Around 8,500 young people have diagnosed mental health disorders in Bradford…

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The continuing myth of the Common Law Marriage

by Charlotte Gannon, Solicitor, Family Law Team Email – CGannon@LawBlacks.com, Tel. – 0113 322 2852 It is a widespread misconception that there is such thing as the ‘common law marriage’ with many people believing that if they are in a long-standing relationship, often with children involved, they will begin to acquire the same rights as married couples or those in a Civil Partnership. The truth is the legal protection available to cohabitees is vastly different to those who are married or in a Civil Partnership, with cohabitees often being left…

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An Extradition Treaty Between UK & Pakistan Seems to be in the Offing

The act by one jurisdiction to deliver a person who has been accused of committing a crime in another jurisdiction or has been convicted of a crime in that other jurisdiction into the custody of a law enforcing agency of the other jurisdiction is termed as extradition. Extradition is normally regulated by treaties between the countries. The consensus in international law is that a state does not have any obligation to surrender an alleged criminal to a foreign state, because one principle of sovereignty is that every state has legal…

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Tackling Domestic Abuse

by Maryam Anser It’s often the case that catastrophic events make front page news – homicide, terrorist plots, and natural disasters; we offer our support to victims through crowdfunding, vigils, protests and social media. But there is a certain catastrophe that goes overlooked by us as a majority. Domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is no longer defined as the use of physical violence towards an individual; it now notices emotional and psychological torment as domestic abuse. In recognising that abuse is not just physical, it further adds to its ability to…

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Human Trafficking Gang Jailed For A Total of Over 24 Years

Members of an Organised Crime Group which trafficked victims from Slovakia into Leeds have been sentenced to a total of over 24 years. An investigation by West Yorkshire Police’s Human Trafficking Unit discovered that the group would often target single and vulnerable men in extreme poverty and promise them a better life or use threats to bring them to the UK.They also trafficked families with young children into the UK. Once the victims were in the UK the group would exploit them – housing them in nearby, often sub-standard accommodation (controlled…

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Bradford’s ‘Top of Town’ awarded £2 Million National Lottery support

Bradford Council has received a confirmed National Lottery grant of just under £2 million for the Bradford City Centre Townscape Heritage Scheme, it was announced today. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the four year Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) project aims to bring the Bradford city centre conservation area known locally as the ‘Top of Town’ back to life to create a high quality, attractive environment and make it a better place for people to live, work, and visit. A key part of an exciting heritage-led regeneration story…

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Bradford – £10,000 in cash and jewellery taken in aggravated burglary

Police are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary in Bradford. This is believed to have occurred at around 9.30pm yesterday (Thursday) after suspects forced entry into a property in Lynton Avenue in the Toller area of the city. The suspects are believed to have taken around £10,000 in cash and a quantity of jewellery. Two women in the house were uninjured, but received medical treatment at the scene. Detective Inspector Claire Smith, of Bradford District CID, said: “Enquiries are at an early stage and are continuing today, but we believe…

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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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