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Armed police help 'persecuted' Christian family flee their Bradford home.

A family have been forced to flee their home under armed police guard amid fears for their safety after suffering what they say is eight years of persecution for converting from Islam to Christianity.

Calendar first told of father-of-six Nissar Hussain's story over a year ago when he was beaten up in an attack outside his Bradford home which left him with two broken bones.

Today police proved an armed escort as the family collected their belongings from the house. The Hussain's say police have told them there was a credible threat to their lives. Jon Hill reports.

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Leeds imam advises 'counter-extremism' review into use of Sharia law

A Muslim cleric from Leeds is to play a leading role in a review into of the use of Sharia law in England and Wales.

Qari Asim Credit: Press Association

Qari Asim, imam at a mosque in the Hyde Park area, is advising a panel of experts that will lead a review launched by Home Secretary Theresa May today.

Mrs May announced the process as part of the government’s counter-extremism strategy.

She said there was evidence some Sharia councils encouraged "discriminatory and unacceptable" practices, including forced marriage and divorces that are unfair to women.

“A number of women have reportedly been victims of what appear to be discriminatory decisions taken by Sharia councils, and that is a significant concern. There is only one rule of law in our country, which provides rights and security for every citizen."

– Home Secretary Theresa May
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