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Manchester City Council v D [2021] EWHC 1191 (Fam)

Date:19 MAY 2021
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Law Reporter

(Family Division, MacDonald J, 11 May 2021)

Care proceedings – Withdrawal – Children taken to Pakistan during care proceedings – Attempts to return them had been unsuccessful – Application to withdraw care proceedings

The local authority was granted permission to withdraw care proceedings in respect of three children abducted and taken to Pakistan.

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Neutral Citation Number: [2021] EWHC 1191 (Fam)

Case No: MA20P02495/MA20C00280


Sitting Remotely

Date: 11/05/2021



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A council

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First Respondent


Second Respondent


H, E and M 

Third, Fourth and Fifth Respondents

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Ms Louise Harvey (instructed by [a firm]) for the Applicant
Ms Hilary Lennox (instructed by [a firm]) for the First Respondent
Mr Damian Sanders (instructed by [a firm]) for the Second Respondent
Ms Nazmun Ismail (instructed by [a firm]) for the Third, Fourth and Fifth Respondents

Hearing date: 21 April 2021

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Approved Judgment

I direct that no official shorthand note shall be taken of this Judgment and that copies of this version as handed down may be treated as authentic. Covid-19 Protocol: This judgment was handed down remotely by circulation to the parties' representatives by email.  The date and time for hand-down is deemed to be at 10.30am on 11 May 2021.



This judgment was delivered in private. The Judge has given permission for this anonymised version of the judgment (and any of the facts and matters contained in it) to be published on condition always that the names and the addresses of the parties and the children must not be published.  For the avoidance of doubt, the strict prohibition on publishing the names and addresses of the parties and the children will continue to apply where that information has been obtained by using the contents of this judgment to discover information already in the public domain. All persons, including representatives of the media, must ensure that these conditions are strictly complied with.  Failure to do so will be a contempt of court.

Judgment: Manchester City Council v D [2021] EWHC 1191 (Fam)

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