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Free school's headteacher arrested in fraud case

The founder and principal of one of the Government's flagship free schools has been arrested by police investigating an alleged fraud.

David Cameron meeting headteacher Sajid Raza on a visit to Kings Science Academy, Bradford, in 2012. Credit: PA

West Yorkshire Police confirmed a 41-year-old man has been arrested in connection with their investigation into the Kings Science Academy in Bradford, which was visited by the Prime Minister in 2012.

The force has not named the arrested man but he is understood to be Sajid Raza, who set up the school in 2011.

Read: Government 'acted as soon as it received allegations'

He has been questioned in relation to suspected fraud offences at the free school and has now been released on bail, pending further enquiries.

Police are looking into the mismanagement of more than £86,000 of public money at the academy.

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Government 'acted as soon as it received allegations'

The Department for Education has defended its free schools initiative following the arrest of a man in connection with alleged fraud at Kings Science Academy in Bradford, one of its flagship free schools.

A spokesman said the "vast majority" of free schools are performing well and "all free schools are held to rigorous account", adding that the department acted as soon as it received allegations of wrongdoing at the academy.

Read: School had 'serious failings' in financial management

The department acted as soon as it received allegations of wrongdoing at Kings Science Academy.

We formally investigated and referred the case to Action Fraud. This resulted in a police investigation which is ongoing. Separately we are recovering appropriate funds.

All free schools are held to rigorous account. The vast majority are performing well with three-quarters rated good or outstanding. But where there is failure we will not hesitate to intervene.

– Department for Education spokesman

School had 'serious failings' in financial management

Kings Science Academy, where a man was arrested today in connection with alleged fraud at the free school, was last year found to have claimed tens of thousands of pounds in public money which was not used for its intended purposes amid claims of financial irregularities.

David Cameron meeting headteacher Sajid Raza on a visit to Kings Science Academy, Bradford, in 2012. Credit: PA

The flagship free school in Bradford, which was visited by David Cameron in 2012, was found by an Education Funding Agency (EFA) investigation to have "serious failings" in its financial management.

The academy was one of the first free schools to open in September 2011. It was set up by its current principal Sajid Raza and was praised by the prime minister on his visit.

Read: Free School acknowledges 'poor governance'

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Man bailed over fraud investigation at Bradford school

The Kings Science Academy has been under scrutiny for financial practices

The founder and principal of a flagship free school in Bradford has been arrested by police investigating an alleged fraud.

West Yorkshire Police confirmed a 41-year-old man has been arrested in connection with their investigation into the Kings Science Academy in Bradford, which was visited by the Prime Minister in 2012.

The force has not named the arrested man but he is understood to be Sajid Raza, who set up the school in 2011. **He's been questioned in relation to suspected fraud offences at the free school and has now been released on bail, pending further enquiries.

Police are looking into the mismanagement of more than £86,000 of public money there.

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Two women arrested in connection with baby's death

Two women have been arrested in connection with the death of a baby in Halifax, West Yorkshire.

The women, aged 21 and 47 years old, were held after police were called to an address in Springhall Gardens at 1.00am yesterday.

The baby boy was taken to hospital where he later died.

The women, who were arrested on suspicion of neglect, have now been released on bail.

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Staff discover body of baby at Bradford waste site

The baby was discovered at a waste management site on Valley Road, in Bradford last night. Credit: Google Maps

Staff discovered the body of a newborn baby at a waste management site on Valley Road, in Bradford last night.

West Yorkshire Police said they have "serious concerns" about the health of the baby's mother and have appealed for her to come forward.

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'Serious concerns' over mother of dead newborn baby

West Yorkshire Police are appealing for the mother of a newborn baby found dead at a waste management site to come forward.

Police officers said they have "serious concerns" about her health following the discovery in Bradford last night.

A full post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place later today to determine the cause of death but it is believed the child was only very recently born.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team via: 101 or by calling Crimestoppers, anonymously and in confidence, on: 0800 555 111.

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Body of baby found at Bradford waste site

The body of a newborn baby has been found at a waste management site in Bradford.

The discovery was made last night by staff at the site on Valley Road.

The site processes material from homes in Leeds and Bradford. Enquiries are ongoing to determine where in West Yorkshire the baby may have come from.

A full post mortem examination is scheduled to take place later today to determine the cause of death but it is believed the child was only very recently born.

Officers are concerned for the health of mother.

My priority is the condition and welfare of the mother and ensuring she receives the medical care she needs.

The mother has clearly been through a terribly traumatic experience and I would ask her to come forward and speak to us.

– Detective Superintendent Mark Ridley, West Yorkshire Police's Homicide and Major Enquiry Team,

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team via: 101 or by calling Crimestoppers, anonymously and in confidence, on: 0800 555 111.

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