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Residents Urged To Beware Of ‘Courier’ Frauds Targeting Vulnerable Victims

Police are warning people not to fall victim to a type of fraud where criminals specifically look to target vulnerable victims. So-called ‘Courier Fraud’ is where the offender or offenders target often elderly people, calling them up and pretending to be someone in a position of authority (usually a police officer). They then tell the unsuspecting victim that there has been a fraud on their account but that the bank is in involved and not to involve them. They urge the victim not to contact the bank but instead to…

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Protecting the protectors

I was very pleased last month that the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill, also known as the Protect the Protectors Bill, was finally signed into law. The new legislation means tougher sentences for those who assault emergency service workers. To have now reached the milestone is true testament to the unwavering support of all those who have helped to progress this extremely important bill. I gave my full backing to the ‘Protect the Protectors’ campaign, as I know the absolute importance in helping to safeguard police officers and other…

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Bradford – £10,000 in cash and jewellery taken in aggravated burglary

Police are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary in Bradford. This is believed to have occurred at around 9.30pm yesterday (Thursday) after suspects forced entry into a property in Lynton Avenue in the Toller area of the city. The suspects are believed to have taken around £10,000 in cash and a quantity of jewellery. Two women in the house were uninjured, but received medical treatment at the scene. Detective Inspector Claire Smith, of Bradford District CID, said: “Enquiries are at an early stage and are continuing today, but we believe…

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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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