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Man wanted for recall to prison in Bradford

Police in Bradford are appealing for information as to the whereabouts of Joseph Coultous, who is wanted on recall to prison.

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Coultous, aged 22, was released on licence in February having been sentenced for burglary.

He is originally from Bradford and has links to the Little Horton, Canterbury, Holme Wood and Great Horton areas of the city.

Coultous was previously sentenced for burglary and has breached the conditions of his prison licence. If he is not prepared to adhere to these strict guidelines then he must be brought to justice and recalled to prison. We have undertaken numerous enquiries to locate this man and officers are fully briefed as to his description. Members of the public, however; can assist in our efforts to return him to jail and I would call on anyone who has seen him or has information, to contact us immediately by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Detective Inspector Paula Bickerdike, of Bradford District CID

Former Bradford Council leader Eric Pickles to be knighted

Eric Pickles, who is originally from Keighley, is to be given a knighthood, Downing Street has announced.

Former Bradford Council leader Eric Pickles to be knighted Credit: Press Association

The Conservative former Communities Secretary will be made a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his public service as an MP, a former Cabinet minister and his time in local government including two years as Bradford Council leader, No 10 said.

Mr Pickles, who was first elected to Parliament in 1992, lost his front bench role following the general election.


George Galloway referred to police over expenses

Former Bradford West MP George Galloway has been referred to the police by MP expenses watchdog after a complaint by his former assistant.

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Aisha Ali-Khan complained that to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) - alleging that while she worked for Mr Galloway, she spent a large amount of time on non-parliamentary duties including clothes shopping and making preparations for his wedding.

An IPSA spokesman has now confirmed that the matter has been passed on to the police.

Galloway lost his Bradford West seat to Labour's Naz Shah in the recent general election.

IPSA's compliance officer has completed his assessment of the George Galloway complaint and has passed it on to the Metropolitan Police Service.


Responding to the IPSA statement, Mr Galloway said: "This is news to me. According to the media, IPSA have had a complaint but they haven't informed me who has complained or exactly what the complaint is about.

"And then, without even a call, an email or a letter, they appear to have handed it on to the Met and gone public about it.

If IPSA's compliance officer has completed some kind of investigation without asking for any response from the person complained about, or even letting him know who has complained and what the complaint is about, then that is surely a breach of natural justice, and undoubtedly inspired by Kafka. When I know officially what this is all about, I will respond more fully.

– George Galloway

Woman who died in Bradford crash named

Police have released the name of a woman who died following a road traffic collision in Wyke on Saturday.

28-year-old Victoria Holland from the Scholes area, was taken to hospital after she was struck by a Toyota Corolla on the A58 Whitehall Road, but sadly later died.

A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.


Woman hit by car dies in hospital

A woman hit by a car in Bradford on Saturday has died in hospital.

Victoria Holland, 28, from the Scholes area, was taken to hospital after she was struck by a Toyota Corolla on the A58 Whitehall Road in Wyke.

A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

The crash happened at 2.30am. Police is asking for any witnesses to come forward.

Woman fighting for life in hospital after being hit by car in Bradford

Police are appealing for information after a 28-year-old woman was seriously injured after being hit by a car as she crossed a road in Bradford.

It happened on the A58 Whitehall Road in Wyke in the early hours of this morning.

"The incident occurred around 2.30am when a Toyota Corolla Vehicle, which was travelling in the direction of Halifax struck the pedestrian as she crossed the road close to the junction with Westfield Lane. The driver of the vehicle left the scene.

The pedestrian who is from the Cleckheaton area, was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with life threatening injuries.

The driver of the vehicle, a 43-year-old man from Dewsbury, later reported the incident at Dewsbury Police Station and was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop at the scene of a road accident and remains in custody."

– PC Martin Ward, West Yorkshire Police

Toddler shot in the head is 'lucky to be alive'

The uncle of a toddler shot in the face in Bradford by an airgun says she is 'lucky to be alive'.

Noorsadia Akhter was left with a pellet embedded in her forehead following the shooting in the Barkerend area of Bradford.

Her uncle Nijam Mohammed says the two-year-old has been 'saved by her hair':

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Sheffield barrister jailed for sexual assault

A barrister originally from Bradford has been found guilty of the sexual assault of a teenager in Sheffield.

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Desmond Rosario, 46, from Heaton, Bradford, was on trial at Leicester Crown Court charged with sexual assault.

The jury found him guilty of the offence and Rosario he has been jailed for four years.

The incident of a 15-year-old girl being sexually assaulted by Rosario at an address in Sheffield was first reported to police on 1 November 2013.

The victim and her family have been courageous and dignified throughout this inquiry and I applaud them for their strength of character.

Rosario was a respected criminal law barrister who held a position of power and trust in the community.

However, he is not above the law and his despicable behaviour has been recognised by the jury today.

– Detective Constable Judith Proffitt
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