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15 charged with child sex offences

Bradford Police have today charged 14 men and a 16-year-old male from Keighley with offences of Rape and Sexual Activity with a Child under 16.

The allegations are historic in nature having occurred between 2011 and 2012 and relate to, in the main, one female victim who was aged under 16 at the time.

One of the allegations relates to a second victim was also under 16 at the time of the offence in 2009.

All those charged have been released on police bail and are due to appear at Bradford Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 30 June.

The 14 men are: Sufyan Ziarab, 22, of Keighley. He is charged with two offences of rape. Yasser Kabir, 24, of Keighley. He is charged with 4 offences of rape. Bilal Ziarab, 20, of Bradford. He is charged with two offences of rape. Tauqeer Hussain, 22, of Keighley. He is charged with 4 offences of rape. Israr Ali, 19, of Keighley. He is charged with two offences of rape. Rohail Iqbal, 21, of Keighley who is charged with one offence of rape. Rohail Hussain, 18, of Keighley, who is charged with one offence of rape. Nasir Khan, 23, of Keighley. He is charged with three offences of rape. Saqib Younis, 28, of Keighley. He is charged with two offences of rape. Hussain Sardar, 18, of Keighley. He is charged with 2 offences of rape. Zain Ali, 20, of Keighley. He is charged with 2 offences of rape. Faisal Khan, 26, of Keighley, who is charged with 2 offences of rape. Khalid Raja Mahmood, 34, of Keighley. He is charged with five offences of rape. Mohamed Akram, aged 62, of Keighley. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16.


One-year-old hit by van in Leeds

Police are carrying out an investigation, after a one year-old child was involved in a collision with a van in Leeds today.

Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The incident happened on Harlech Terrace at around 4.30pm today.

The child was taken to hospital by ambulance, and is said to be in a critical condition.

Enquiries are ongoing this evening and a thorough investigation is taking place. The family of the injured child are being supported by highly trained officers.

– Chief Inspector Mark Bownass, West Yorkshire Police

Police seeking potential witness after fatal accident

Police have released a number of CCTV images of a woman who they are trying to trace following a fatal collision in Wyke on Saturday.

Scholes resident Victoria Holland, 28, died following the collision which occurred on the A58 Whitehall Road at around 2.30am.

The vehicle involved, a Toyota Corolla, was a private hire vehicle and it is believed that the pictured woman may have been a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the collision.

Sergeant Carl Quinn, of the Major Collision Enquiry Team, said: “We are keen to identify and speak to this woman who could be a key witness. We understand that she was picked up in Cleckheaton and dropped off in Halifax.

“We would urge this woman, or anyone who can assist us in identifying her, to please make contact. We also continue to urge any other witnesses to the collision to call the Major Collision Enquiry Team via 101.”

A 43-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and is on bail.


Man sentenced to 19 years in jail for sex offences against children

A man has been sentenced to 19 years in prison after being found guilty of rape and sexual offences against two children.

Robin Fenton

Robin Fenton, who fled to Ireland in the middle of his trial earlier this year, was told by Judge John Pini QC that he had caused "incalculable damage" to his victims. Judge John Pini QC also told him "You have shown wickedness and depravity. There has been a total absence of remorse by you. I cannot find any mitigating features at all."

The investigation started in July 2012. DC Sally Stannard from Lincolnshire Police who dealt with the investigation throughout said she would like to acknowledge the courage that the victims showed in coming forward and giving evidence in Court.

Plans for Lincoln transport hub move a step closer

Plans for an ambitious transport hub that would regenerate central Lincoln could soon move a step closer.

City of Lincoln Council’s Executive will be asked tonight to agree the next stages of development that will allow the £29 million Central Lincoln Transport Hub scheme to progress.

Plans for the project were revealed in January this year. The scheme includes the creation of an integrated transport hub, comprising a new fit-for-purpose bus station adjacent to an improved train station, dual-purpose footbridge over the railway connecting St Mary’s Street and Tentercroft Street, and a 1,000 space multi-storey car park.

A new, fit for purpose transport hub is vital to ensure the city’s economic future and this is a hugely important project for the people of Lincoln, in addition to visitors and businesses as well. It’s therefore essential we do everything within our power to progress this much-needed project, which will ensure the vitality of our city centre. An integrated transport interchange in the heart of the city to serve residents, businesses and visitors, achieving the growth the city needs.

– Cllr Ric Metcalfe, Leader of the city council
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