Keighley councillor is told he will not face charge of violent disorder (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Police to take no further action against six men arrested in August
A Bradford councillor arrested on suspicion of violent disorder last summer has been told police are taking no further action against him.
Following his arrest, Councillor Abid Hussain, 53, who represents Keighley Central on Bradford Council, was suspended from the Labour Party without prejudice, but remained a councillor.
Since the announcement that police had dropped the case against him, he has been welcomed back to the Labour ranks.
Coun Hussain was detained on suspicion of violent disorder on August 8 along with three other Keighley men – aged 18, 19 and 34. Two other men, aged 27 and 30, were held over the same incident and suspicion of arson relating to two car fires in the town.
The men were all released on bail but charges were not brought and police have now confirmed none of the six will face any further action.
The councillor, elected in 2010, always maintained his innocence.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “Following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, we have made the decision not to take any further action against the six men arrested in connection with the incident in Keighley in August.”
Labour’s chief whip on Bradford Council, Councillor Sher Kahn, confirmed Coun Hussain said: “We welcomed this news and welcomed Coun Hussain back into the party.”
It is normal party policy for members to be suspended during legal proceedings.
Last November, Coun Hussain’s son Majid, 28, was jailed for 15 months for using a car as a weapon by driving into the leg of Zulfran Suleman on August 8 following what was described in court as a “large scale disorder”.
Coun Hussain said last night: “I am delighted to have been welcomed back into Bradford Labour Group. I co-operated fully with West Yorkshire Police because I had nothing to hide and I am very thankful to all my Labour group colleagues who have supported me through the process.”