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Five men arrested over cocaine drug bust at sea

Five men have been arrested in connected with a drug-smuggling operation aimed at bringing cocaine worth up to £100 million into the UK.

Three British men were arrested on a yacht that was carrying the drugs on Tuesday morning. It had been tracked by authorities in several countries since setting sail from Venezuela.

The 60-foot yacht, Makayabella, was stormed by the Irish Navy in the early hours of Tuesday

The crew, which included a 70-year-old man, was reportedly sitting on bales of cocaine when the vessel was intercepted by an elite Navy squad 200 nautical miles the Irish coast.

A further two men were subsequently arrested by the National Crime Agency in the Leeds area.

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Man found guilty of shooting police officer

A man has been found guilty of the attempted murder of a police officer in Leeds.

PC Suzanne Hudson was shot in December last year Credit: West Yorkshire Police

PC Suzanne Hudson was shot at point blank range by James Leslie with a sawn-off shot gun.

She suffered serious injuries to her face, neck and hand. The incident took place after PC Hudson and a colleague went to Leslie's flat in Leeds one night last December.

Leslie is due to be sentenced in October.

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Police bursts tyres after joyrider steals a bus from depot

A joyrider stole a bus from a depot in Yorkshire and drove it round a city centre until police were forced to burst its tyres.

The bus showed signs of damage after a joyrider stole it from a depot. Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The owners of the single-decker bus notified police of the theft but the driver refused to stop when tracked down.

Specialist equipment was then deployed to burst the tyres of the bus as it travelled towards the centre of Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

Acting Sergeant Chris Raby, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "Thankfully, incidents such as these are rare. Unfortunately, some unattended vehicles parked at the roadside were damaged, but nobody was hurt."

The driver was arrested and the bus recovered.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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