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Tackling crime and anti-social behaviour

August saw me release my refreshed Police and Crime Plan for West Yorkshire which outlines the crucial work needed, with partners, to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour (with a focus on violent crime), protect victims and witnesses, making sure criminal justice works for our communities and safeguard the region’s most vulnerable. The Plan sets the outcomes and priorities that drive the work of my office, West Yorkshire Police and our partnerships working to keep West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe. These outcomes and priorities were identified by wide consultation with…

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Dewsbury Man Jailed for 16 Years for Grooming and Child Sex Offences

A Dewsbury man has been jailed for 16 years for grooming and child sex offences. Shaun Parkin, aged 52, of Castle Crescent in Dewsbury, was sentenced on 3 September at Leeds Crown Court after pleading guilty to a number of serious crimes against two children aged 10 and 11. His abhorrent crimes span back to 2005 and up until 2017, when he sexually abused two male children from the ages of 10 and 11. He was arrested in December 2017 and has been in custody since then. Judge Battye handed…

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Eighteen Vehicles Seized And Arrests Made In Bradford Eid Operation

Eighteen vehicles were seized and eight arrests were made during an operation to tackle anti-social behaviour and nuisance vehicle use in Bradford over the Eid period. Operation Spittlemoor ran from 21-23 August in the Great Horton area of the city and was co-ordinated by the Bradford West Neighbourhood Policing Team. Eleven vehicles including the one pictured were seized for no insurance, while the other eight were recovered because they were believed to have been used in crime. The arrests were for a range of offences – two were for breach…

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Three Men Jailed Over ‘Asian Gold’ Burglaries In Leeds

Three men have been jailed as a result of an investigation into ‘Asian gold’ burglaries in Leeds. Detectives from Leeds District Crime Team charged the men as part of an investigation into a series of offences where homes appeared to have been specifically targeted for high value gold jewellery. These included a burglary at Sunny Bank Lane, Thornbury, and a further offence at Chatsworth Road, Pudsey, both on July 5. Witnesses to the second incident contacted the police and the three men were arrested following a pursuit by officers with…

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£3.6million awarded to Victim Support

July flew by and we’ve had unprecedented weather and a great World Cup run, however both of these things added up to create an extremely busy time for West Yorkshire Police with calls for service to both the emergency 999 and the non-emergency 101 numbers being at record levels. I would like to start off my monthly round up by quickly highlighting some the innovative online contact methods you may find useful, and also help to reduce demand on the telephone service, such as the live chat facility for quick…

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Man Jailed for Tyron Charles Murder

A man has been jailed for life for the murder of Bradford man Tyron Charles. James Sutcliffe was sentenced today at Bradford Crown Court to a minimum term of 31 years. James Sutcliffe He was found guilty following a trial which ended yesterday (Wednesday). Sutcliffe, 29, of Hill Crest Road in Denholme, also received a four-year concurrent sentence for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice after he entered into a plan with his parents (62-year-old Janet and 61-year-old Kevin Sutcliffe, also of Hill Crest Road, Denholme) to dispose of the…

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Safeguarding is everybody’s business

Safeguarding generally is something that all of us need to be aware of, as the successful week of events demonstrated just recently across West Yorkshire. Bradford had a variety of events including one at Holmewood Connect showcasing work by residents helping to make their community safer, and also a public consultation event took place at Manningham Mills Community Centre on Bradford Council’s Safeguarding Adults Board three year plan where I was pleased to contribute and show my support. But across all five districts there was something for everyone, be it…

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Celebrating National Volunteers Week

June marks National Volunteers Week which is an important opportunity to recognise and thank people who dedicate their time, without financial reward, to help keep our communities safe. Within my office, and West Yorkshire Police, we are very lucky to have a large number of dedicated volunteers. These roles range massively, from Special Constables, Community Volunteers, Independent Custody Visitors to my Youth Advisory Group. My Youth Advisory Group (YAG) consists of young people from the age of 13 up to 21 from across West Yorkshire who meet to provide me…

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Shipley Man Jailed For Child Rapes

A man from Bradford has been jailed for nearly 13 years for sex attacks on three young girls. Richard Halliday, of Wrose Road in Shipley, was sentenced to 12 years and nine months at Bradford Crown Court on Thursday 31 May for the offences which occurred between 2013 and 2017. The offences came to light in May last year when police investigated reports of concerns about the 36-year-old and his friendship with an 11-year-old girl. She disclosed to officers that Halliday had raped her in his car and at his…

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CCTV Appeal: Assault and Disorder, Greek Street, in Leeds

Police in Leeds are releasing an image of two males they would like to speak to in connection with an assault and a public disorder incident. The incident happened on Friday 18 May at around 2:30am at Neighbourhood bar on Greek Street. There was a verbal altercation between two groups of people within the bar which escalated into disorder, with one male trying to intervene to break up the disorder but was assaulted and knocked to the floor. The 28-year-old male was stamped and kicked whilst on the floor and…

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