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Funeral of 12-year-old Bradford boy to be held

Bilal Khizar

The funeral ceremony of Bilal Khizar, the Bradford Academy pupil tragically killed on Saturday, 6 October 2012 in Bradford, will be held today at Parkside Community Centre.

The family will be welcoming both Bilal's closest classmates from Bradford Academy, including his home team and core class pupils, as well as hundreds of friends and family from the community around the Bowling Park area of Bradford.

The ceremony at the community centre will celebrate Bilal and his all-too-short life before the family takes the body to the local mosque for prayers prior to burial.

Hit-and-run: two people appear in court

Two people appeared in court today following the death of a 12-year-old boy who was killed in a suspected hit-and-run in Bradford.

Bilal Raffey Khizar was knocked down by a car which had been followed by police in the city on Saturday. Zain Khan appeared before magistrates charged with causing death by dangerous driving, while Sara Hughes is charged with perverting the course of justice.

The pair, both aged 21 and from Halifax, were remanded in custody until next week, when they will appear at Crown Court.

Pair charged over hit and run death

A man and woman have been charged over the death of a boy in Bradford.

12-year-old Bilal Khizar died after being hit by a car that did not stop as he was crossing the road on Rooley Lane in the city on Saturday 6 October.

A 21-year-old man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, perverting the course of justice and other motor related offences.

A woman, also aged 21, has been charged with perverting the course of justice.

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School releases statement for Bilal

"The tragic loss of Bilal Khizar on Saturday night is a devastating blow for everyone connected with this beautiful and unique boy. Everyone at Bradford Academy, and indeed everyone in the community we serve, is grieving for Bilal, and for his family and his friends.

"Everyone at Bradford Academy - pupils, staff and parents - are united in grief over the tragic event. We wil do our utmost to console Bilal's two brothers (Aafacq (Year 12) and Zain (Year10) and his sisterNeha (Year 1) who are pupils here, as well as the all the other children and staff who knew, loved and respected Bilal.

"It is exceedingly difficult for our pupils to understand that Bilal was taken away from them while doing an everyday, routine task.

"He was a super and capable young lad, his future was wide open for him. He did what he should, crossing a road where he should. His tragic death will touch everyone in the community.

"I promise that Bradford Academy will do whatever we can for the family. But I also promise we will press for - and achieve - greater road safety measures. Although this happened outside of school and school hours, the impact will be felt in our school for years to come."

– Gareth Dawkins, Executive Principal, Bradford Academy

Investigations continue into hit-and-run

Bilal Raffey Khizar

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been called in after the death of Bilal Raffey Khizar on a crossing near Asda on Rooley Lane in Bradford. An investigator is undertaking an independent assessment into the police role into Bilal's death.

The police had pulled over a Seat Ibiza and as the officers approached, the car made off at speed, and hit the 12-year-old. The car did not stop and continued onto the Chain Bar roundabout, where it collided with two other vehicles. The car was later found on Westfield Lane.

Two people have been arrested and police are still appealing for witnesses.

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