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Man jailed for seven years for historical child sex offences

A man has been jailed for a total of seven years today after he was found guilty of historical sexual offences against children.

Jamal Mohammed Raheem-ul-Nasir Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Jamal Mohammed Raheem-ul-Nasir, aged 31, of Firthcliffe Grove, Liversedge was sentenced to terms of four years and three years at Leeds Crown Court respectively for offences carried out when his victims were aged nine and 14.


Man jailed for historic child sex offences

A man has been jailed for seven years after he was found guilty of historical sexual offences against children.

Jamal Mohammed Raheem-ul-Nasir, aged 31, of Firthcliffe Grove, Liversedge, was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court for offences carried out when his two victims were aged nine and 14.

Jailed for seven years

The court heard that Raheem-ul-Nasir had committed the offences in 2010 and 2011, when the girls came to his house in Willow Street, in the Girlington area of Bradford.

He was found guilty of four counts of sexual activity with a child and two counts of sexual assault of a child. He was also made the subject of a Sexual Offenders Prevention Order, to remain in place until further notice.

Detective Constable Helen Riley, of the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit, said: "Raheem-Ul-Nasir took advantage of his victims' young ages and vulnerability to carry out these attacks over a period of time. I would like to thank them for coming forward and reporting his crimes to the police, and hope that the sentence passed down today will give them some comfort.

"I also hope it will encourage other victims of sexual offences to engage with our specially trained officers, who will sensitively and thoroughly investigate all reports with the aim of securing convictions against offenders."

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Steve Thompson to join Leeds United

Leeds United have confirmed the appointment of Steve Thompson as the club's new assistant head coach. He joins Neil Redfearn’s backroom staff with immediate effect after signing a contract until the end of the season, with the option of a further year.

Steven Thomspon and Neil Redfearn Credit: Leeds United

Thompson arrives at Elland Road from Huddersfield Town, where he was first-team coach under Chris Powell after initially assisting Mark Robins earlier this season. United say he will be assisting on all first team matters, with his first game in the dug-out coming away to Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Thompson and Redfearn have known each other for over 30 years, having both started their professional careers together at Bolton Wanderers back in 1982.

The 50-year-old brings a wealth of experience having made over 650 senior appearances in a 20-year playing career before beginning his coaching career in 2005 with Blackpool as Head of the Youth Department.

Todmorden recycling centre to re-open for Xmas

The Todmorden waste recycling centre completely razed by a disgruntled council contractor in July is to open in time for Christmas.

Trevor Lewis snapped when he suffered a painful knee injury and embarked on a wrecking spree at the tip where he worked causing damage running to £220,000. His moment of madness resulted in him being jailed for three years in September.

Jailed: Trevor Lewis

The repair cost was met by SITA UK’s insurers, meaning that there was no cost to Calderdale council or council tax payers.

The site is expected to reopen to the public on December 23rd between 9am and 4pm from Monday to Saturday and between 10am and 4pm on Sunday.

SITA UK Regional Manager, Julie Craigie said:

“I would like to thank local residents for their patience during the closure of the site and for their continued commitment to recycling during this difficult period. Now that the site is to be open once again, we look forward to welcoming people back and helping Calderdale’s residents put their waste to good use.”

Damage at the tip
July 2014

Missing man may be in Hebden Bridge

Police searching for a man missing from his home in Birmingham believe he may have travelled to Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire.

Missing: Steven Overton

The 55-year-old gardener was reported missing by his mother on December 11th. The last known sighting of Mr Overton was driving his distinctive brown Vauxhall Astra 51 plate on the M5 southbound near to junction 4a, but police now believe he could later have headed towards the Yorkshire town.

Mr Overton's distinctive car


Siemens reaches first jobs milestone

Job centre staff in Hull say they are confident the city can shake off its image of having one of the worst unemployment rates in the country.

It comes as figures today revealed the Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire region as a whole has the second highest rate of people out of work in the UK. That's despite improving numbers which show there are fewer people out of work than this time three months ago.

Today, the first 14 of the one thousand jobs due to be created at Siemens were advertised as part of its multi million pound investment in Hull. But as Fiona Dwyer reports the people helping job seekers say they don't have to wait for work.

West Yorkshire PCC: Cuts are damaging and go too far

Government cuts to policing budgets have been criticised by the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire.

The Home Office police grant figures released today mean that West Yorkshire Police has to find more than £33.8million in savings next year, on top of the £103m made in the last three years.

The overall cut by 2015/16 is £150m with a further cut of 5.1per cent which equates to £16.2million of savings needing to be found over the next 12 months.The overall level of cuts needed by 2016/17 is now forecast at around £163.5million.

PCC Mark Burns-Williamson slammed the latest cuts which he said did not recognise the reality of policing on the streets, and the levels of demand faced by forces like West Yorkshire Police:

These continued and relentless cuts are deep and damaging and go too far.

West Yorkshire’s share of top slicing the core budget equates to more than £1million in 2015/16 and this is much more than anticipated and I feel we are being penalised yet again. This money needs to go towards frontline policing to help people feel safe, not Government grants to other organisations.

There are only so many efficiencies that the police force can make, with officer and staff numbers continually dropping as the government keeps on changing the goalposts every year and potentially putting communities at more risk.

– Mark Burns-Williamson

Renewed appeal to find missing Bridlington man

Police are renewing an appeal to find a father of two from Bridlington who has been missing since Monday 8 December.

Damion Vernon Credit: Humberside Police

32 year-old Damion Vernon was last seen in Wakefield and has not been in touch with friends or family since his disappearance.

Police are keen to find any information about Damion, or anyone who believes they may have seen him on the day he went missing.

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