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Woman sentenced for attempting to smuggle 55,000 cigarettes

A woman from West Yorkshire has been sentenced for attempting to smuggle 55,000 cigarettes.

Credit: Press Association

Shantaz Bi, 42, from Dewsbury, wrapped the packets in tin foil to hide them.

She has been sentenced to six months, suspended for two years after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Ms Bi was stopped by officers from the UK Border Force (UKBF) at Birmingham Airport on her arrival from Pakistan in September 2014.

A search of her eight suitcases revealed the non UK-duty paid cigarettes, worth an estimated £13,000 in lost duty and taxes.


Four arrested after Dewsbury drugs bust

Four people - including a sixteen year old youth - are in custody tonight following a £1.2 million drugs bust on the streets of Dewsbury - caught on camera in broad daylight.

Armed police shot the tyres out of a car being driven by suspected drug dealers in Earlsheaton and recovered a massive haul of cocaine. Residents have been speaking of chaotic scenes they witnessed - just yards from a local school. Chris Kiddey reports.

Four arrested as police seize drugs worth £1.2 million

Four people have been arrested as police seized more than a million pounds of drugs in a raid in Dewsbury.

Police stopped the car on Old Bank Road

More than 40 kilograms of what is suspected to be class A drugs, valued at around £1.2 million was found by officers at an address on Wakefield Road in Dewsbury.

Officers say two kilograms were found when a car was stopped yesterday afternoon. Armed police then searched the property and found the remainder of the substance.

A massive amount of suspected drugs have been seized – drugs that will now be destroyed instead of ending up on the streets and this is something everyone should welcome. During this operation members of the public will have seen a large number of police officers, some of whom were armed, on the streets. They were there as part of the operation and to provide a reassuring and visible presence on the streets of Dewsbury.

– Detective Superintendent Simon Beldon of the Regional Organised Crime Unit

Three men aged 16, 22 and 30 and one woman aged 25 were arrested and remain in police custody.

Police arrest four people in Dewsbury drugs raid

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in the supply of controlled drugs in Dewsbury.

Police attended an address on Old Bank Road this afternoon and arrested three males aged 16, 22 and 30 and one woman aged 25, who are all currently in police custody.

During the operation one police vehicle was damaged and armed officers were involved.

Enquiries into the incident remain ongoing.


Police release pictures of school burglary in progress

Police investigating two burglaries at schools in Dewsbury in West Yorkshire have released cctv images of the crime in progress.

Police release CCTV of burglary in progress at St Paulinus Junior and Infant School Credit: West Yorkshire Police
CCTV image of suspects inside St Paulinus Junior and Infant School Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The latest incident happened at Ravensthorpe Social Education Centre and Special Care Unit in John's Street in Ravensthorpe, at around 7.30pm on Tuesday February 3, 2015. The suspects got into the school at the rear of the building. It is not thought anything was stolen.

This follows a burglarly at St Paulinus Junior and Infant School in Temple Road, Dewsbury at 6.15pm on Monday January 12, 2015. Cash was stolen after suspects forced entry to the reception area of the building.

Thousands learn of partners abusive pasts under new scheme

Each week two women are killed in domestic violence incidents in England and Wales and one in four experience domestic violence over their lifetimes.

It is a year since a new law allowed women to find out if their partner has an abusive past and new figures reveal more than a thousand women have used it.

Sarah Clark has been talking to the father from Wakefield who lobbied for the change in law after his daughter was brutally killed:

Abusive pasts of more than 1,300 violent partners revealed under Clare's Law

Clare's Law, which was named after Dewsbury mum Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, has resulted in the abusive pasts of more than thirteen hundred violent partners being revealed.

Clare Wood was murdered in 2009 by her ex-boyfriend, who had a history of violence towards women. Credit: Greater Manchester police

Clare's father Michael Brown campaigned for the scheme which was rolled out nationally last year.

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Clare Wood's father - 'She would be proud'

MIchael Brown, the father of Clare Wood. Credit: Press Association.

Clare Wood's father said his murdered daughter would spur him on if she was able to witness the campaigning he has done to raise awareness of domestic violence.

Michael Brown, 71, said his work to bring about changes to legislation to protect women from domestic abuse has helped him deal with the grief felt over his daughter's death.

Mr Brown, a retired prison officer, said more could still be done to protect women from abusive men, including improved use of the police national computer to identify potential abusers.

In the wake of his daughter's death, he lobbied for the Government to enact what would become Clare's Law, which allows the police to disclose information about a partner's previous history of domestic violence or violent acts.

"I've never gone into this for personal glory. I was dragged into this kicking and screaming, had it not been for the fact that my daughter ended up with an untimely end. I'm sure if she's watching she'll say 'good for you Dad, get on'.

"It gave me something to vent my anger on. It was the last thing I expected in my life."

– Michael Brown
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