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A Halifax woman who stole £240,000 from her boss has been sentenced to 5 years in prison. Nikki Conway

Nikki Conway, 37, of Willowfield Crescent admitted taking the money from her boss, William Dickin, 74, who thought she was “like family” and a “trusted employee”, between 1 May 2016 and 1 October 2016.

She had been employed as an Office Manager between 2010 and October 2015

Mr Dickin saw his business go into liquidation and almost lost his house too.

The theft first came to light on 4 November last year when the victim was contacted by his bank to report irregular transactions. After checking those he established they had been transferred out of his account without his knowledge or permission.

The victim then reported the theft of £12,485.64 to West Yorkshire Police.

Further work by detectives showed that between 26 June and 10 October 2016, £14,348.38 had been transferred from the victim’s account without his knowledge or permission into Conway’s account.

Additional analysis revealed Conway had made numerous fraudulent financial transfers from the victim’s account into her own account.

Conway was charged on 27 March 2017 with the offence of theft by employee to the sum of approximately £240,000. She had been arrested from her home address on 9 March.

In a victim impact statement for the court, Mr Dickin said: “I was in denial because although I knew it was her I didn’t want to believe it. She was like family to me and I trusted her completely with my finances. I never thought a human being in this world could have done this. The effect of the thefts has impacted all areas of my life – both private and business.”

Detective Constable Ash Nuttall of Calderdale Police investigated the crime. “Conway was calculating, playing on and abusing the trust Mr Dickin placed in her. Her actions have had lasting impact on him and his family and I hope today’s sentence sends out a clear message that this type of offending will not be tolerated. Conway now has time inside to consider the consequences of her actions.”

Police investigating an attempt robbery in Bradford have released an image of a male they would like to identify.

The incident occurred in Peel Park at about 2.25pm on 30 April, when a man and woman in their sixties were approached by the suspect, who asked for the woman’s handbag.

The woman refused and a scuffle ensued which resulted in the woman falling to the floor.

She suffered an injury to her elbow which did not require hospital treatment.

The man was uninjured.

The suspect is described as Asian and is believed to be in his twenties.

He was wearing a dark green or brown anorak and had a thin moustache and is believed to have walked off towards Bolton Road.

The suspect was also seen with a female, who is described as white and of similar age.

She was wearing a dark blue anorak with a scarf over her face and had bleached blonde hair with the roots showing.

Anyone who recognises the image or may be able to assist in this investigation is asked to contact Bradford District CID on 101, quoting crime reference 13170193763.

Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

A Bradford solicitor and his brother have been jailed for more than six years after they were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud. 

Chambers Solicitors’ principal partner Mohammed Ayub and his brother Mohammed Riaz were jailed at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday (9 June) in relation to payments made to a fictitious agency, Legal Support Services, which was set up by Riaz to claim thousands of pounds in interpreters’ fees from the Legal Aid Agency.

The total cost of the fraud could never be established, but the prosecution estimated it to be around £200,000.

Ayub was jailed for three years and six months, while Riaz received a sentence of two years and nine months.

A third defendant, Neil Frew, who was a salaried partner and immigration department manager at Chambers, received a suspended term.

All three men were found guilty following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court that ended last November. 

Chambers Solicitors, which had offices in Bradford and Wakefield, has since been closed down by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

The investigation was carried out by West Yorkshire Police’s Economic Crime Unit.

Detective Inspector Ben McDonald, said:

“This was a lengthy and complex investigation and I would like to thank everyone who assisted in bringing this case to a successful conclusion.

“This sends a clear message to the public that anyone who commits large scale fraud, no matter what their position, will be dealt with accordingly.”

Two men from Bradford have been jailed for nearly 14 years after they were convicted of firearms offences.

Paul Nriapia and Joseph McCrory were sentenced at Bradford Crown Court yesterday (Monday) in relation to the seizure of a loaded revolver, which was recovered from a Ford Focus in Barden Avenue, Bradford last December.

Nriapia, 58, of Beacon Place, was jailed for seven years and three months after he was found guilty of conspiracy to possess a firearm without a certificate and conspiracy of possession of ammunition without a certificate.

Thirty-six year old McCrory, of Forber Grove, was sentenced to six years and four months in relation to the same matters.

Speaking after the sentencing Detective Chief Inspector Warren Stevenson, of Protective Services Crime, said:

“Matters involving firearms are taken very seriously by the police and the courts and we welcome these sentences.

“We hope this sends out a message to others that if you are involved in their use or possession, you will be caught and will almost certainly receive a substantial prison sentence.

“West Yorkshire Police takes a proactive approach to removing firearms from our streets to ensure our communities can remain safer places.

“Anyone with information about those involved in the use of firearms can call us on 101, or pass information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

Groundbreaking advances in forensic science have helped detectives bring a serial rapist to justice for a horrific offence committed almost three decades ago.

Raymond Manners, 56, plead guilty at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday 9 May to the rape, committed on 23 February 1991 in the Chapeltown area of Leeds.

Manners went into the victim’s house and then raped her before making off.

raymond_manners_pictureOfficers at the time were unable to identify the culprit but the case was later reviewed by the Operation Recall team – the unit set up to specifically look at previously unsolved cases involving sexual assault.

The team spotted similarities between this case and two other unsolved rapes dating back to 1979.

In 2012 the Recall team successfully linked Manners through forensic evidence to the 1979 rapes and he was sentenced to 10 years for the crimes. He was, however, released without charge in relation to the 1991 offence as the forensic evidence available did not meet the necessary prosecuting criteria.

After advances in forensic techniques and with Manners safely in prison officers in 2016 again reviewed the 1991 offence.

By using the new DNA17 profiling technique it was successfully proved that he was well represented in a forensic sample left at the crime scene, with a further seven strands of his DNA identified.

Due to the complexity of the result, however, it was not possible to provide a statistical likelihood of the sample being his. The decision was taken therefore to use the specialist statistical evaluation tool LiRa to get a result.

Manners was then brought from prison and arrested and interviewed about the offence. He denied being responsible and provided a further DNA sample for the LiRa evaluation.

In October 2016 forensic scientists came back with the news the team were hoping for – the LiRa tool gave the result that it was in excess of a billion times more likely that the DNA did belong to Manners.

He was then charged with the offence in March 2017 and was today sentenced to 12 years for the offence.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Dunkerley who leads the Operation Recall team, said:

“This is a fantastic result. It has brought justice and hopefully some closure for the victim and sent a message to any criminals still out there who think the passage of time has meant they have gotten away with what they did.

“I want them to be dreading that knock on the door and to always be looking over their shoulder for the police to come.

“We never close a case until it is solved. The passage of time only increases our determination to crack a case and advances in forensic evidence and technology are helping us to achieve results.

There is an incredibly hard working team who are combining good ‘old fashioned detective work’ with fantastic scientific breakthroughs to bring criminals to justice and to send them to prison where they belong. I would like to praise their work in bringing Manners to justice and the work of our partners in the LGC Forensic Science Service who gave invaluable support to the investigation.

“Manners may have thought that as he was already in prison for two other offences that we would just forget about what he did. We didn’t and now he faces even more time inside to consider the terrible ordeal he subjected his victim to.”

If you have been the victim of a sexual offence and previously not had the confidence to report it to police call the Operation Recall team on 101


1979 – Manners commits two rapes but neither case is solved

1991 – Manners commits another rape but detectives are unable to solve the case

2006 – The 1979 cases are reviewed by the Operation Recall team and similarities with the 1991 rape are found. Further forensic work is carried out and in

2012 – Manners is arrested and charged for the 1979 rapes but the evidence for the 1991 offence is deemed not to be strong enough to meet the prosecution criteria.

2016 – With further scientific breakthroughs the evidence in the 1991 offence is reviewed again. This time, the evidence is strong enough. Manners ends up admitting the offence

25 May 2017 – Manners, already serving 10 years for the 1979 offences, is sentenced to an additional 12 years inside.

West Yorkshire Police is warning business that the impact of a cyber attack can be as bad or even worse than more ‘traditional’ crimes.

So-called cyber crime – crime that uses a computer, laptop or similar device as part of the offence – is on the increase across the Yorkshire and Humber region.

And criminals are looking to target business because of the greater rewards on offer.

Typical attacks include mandate fraud where businesses receive phishing emails purporting to be from a legitimate company or finance personnel sending a request for payment details.

Money is then unwittingly paid to the fraudster.

Another popular method of attack is ransomware attacks where businesses open an email which then installs ransomware in the system, taking over and stealing sensitive data and information.

Businesses then receive a ransom demand which they tend to pay. It is thought that this type of crime is under reported as businesses want to avoid what could be seen as potentially negative publicity.

But the West Yorkshire Cyber Crime Unit is looking to take the fight directly to the criminals and has advice to help guard against such attacks.

Detective Chief Inspector Vanessa Smith is in charge of the Regional Cyber Crime Unit for the Yorkshire and Humber.

She also leads the West Yorkshire Cyber Crime Unit.

“The computer has become the new crow bar with many criminals not even leaving the comfort of their own home as they try and extract what can be very large sums of money from companies.

“The impact of such an attack can be massive and some businesses have even had to close because of cyber crime.

“To me that isn’t acceptable – this isn’t a ‘victimless’ crime and people can lose their livelihoods because of it.

“So we want to make it as hard as possible for criminals to launch an attack.

“We are doing everything we can to prevent such crimes but there are also some steps businesses can carry out to protect themselves.

“Businesses rightly invest in good locks, strong doors and alarm systems to keep burglars out and the same applies to keeping cyber criminals out – with a little bit of investment companies can greatly reduce their chances of being a victim.”

Tips include:

  • Use encryption to protect data from cyber attacks
  • Backing up computer systems and data
  • Ensure that anti-virus software and firewalls are installed and kept up to date
  • Ensure employees are educated about the risks of cyber crime
  • Having a business continuity plan in place which is up to date and is regularly practices
  • Ensure user privileges are restricted
  • Using strong passwords with at least 8 characters containing upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters
  • Limit the types of removable media that can be used

DCI Smith added: “In addition to this we have a document available on our website which gives further detailed advice about how to avoid an attack but also what to do should the worst happen and a cyber criminal succeed.

“There is also the Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP) which is a joint industry and government backed social networking tool.

“It enables its members to exchange information on threats and vulnerabilities as they occur in real time.

“Partners from across industry and government feed into the team and share high quality reports to help better protect members. It is free to join for any organisation that has responsibility for a UK-based IT network.”

For more information about the CiSP visit

Police investigating a burglary in Bradford have released an image of a man they would like to speak to. 

This happened between 10pm on 27 March and 6am on 28 March, when entry was forced to a property in Apperley Road, Apperley Bridge.

The suspect is believed to have returned to the property several times during this time to take items, which included crystal decanters and a television.

He is described as white and of skinny build, with a gaunt looking face and short dark hair.

He was thought to be wearing trainers, silky material jogging bottoms and a coat with fur around the hood.

Anyone who recognises this man or who may be able to assist the investigation is asked to contact DC 4685 Moran at  Bradford District CID on 101, quoting crime number 13170139779.

Police are warning people not to give out their personal banking details to cold callers. 

This follows three recent reports where a caller has pretended to be a police officer querying fraudulent transactions on bank accounts.

The caller has then asked for bank details, claiming that this will prevent further fraudulent transactions.

In one incident, a woman was duped into handing over some gold jewellery (pictured) to an unknown male.

He attended her house in Eccleshill in Bradford on 23 April after she told the caller she was afraid to keep it in the house after a burglary three years ago.

He is described as Asian and is believed to be in his late twenties, about 5ft 8ins tall and of slim build.

He had a short beard, short black hair and was wearing a black hooded top and blue tracksuit bottoms.

No money was handed over in the other incidents.

PC Toni Hinnells, of Bradford District CID, said:

“The police would never ask someone for their banking details or call to speak about suspected fraudulent activity on their bank account.

“If you receive one of these calls please hang up and contact your bank separately. They should be able to confirm if they are aware of any suspected fraud with your account.

“We would also advise that any personal banking documentation is shredded before being thrown away, as this will help to reduce the risk of being contacted by scammers.”

Any suspicious calls should be reported to Action Fraud on 0300 1232040.

West Yorkshire Police are urging Class A drug users to use caution following two suspected drugs related deaths in the County on Saturday.

Enquiries remain ongoing into the deaths of a 36-year-old man in Leeds and a 27-year-old man in Normanton, both on April 15.

Officers were called to  Compton View in Leeds at 8:22am and found the body of a 36-year-old at the property.

At about 12.47 on Saturday afternoon, paramedics were called to Park Green, Normanton following reports of a 27-year-old man suffering breathing difficulties.  He passed away at the scene.

Both deaths are being treated as none suspicious and, while toxicology results are being awaited, it is believed they are drugs related.

The deaths are not currently being linked by detectives.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Dunkerley of West Yorkshire Police, said: “Enquiries remain ongoing into both these men’s deaths.  While we are awaiting full toxicology results we do believe these deaths are Class A drugs related.

“The force is aware of warnings issued by other forces in the Yorkshire and Humber region about unusually strong heroin or heroin derivates potentially being in circulation, and given that, it seems prudent to issue a warning now to local drugs users.

“There is no information to suggest such drugs are in circulation here in West Yorkshire but, given the unusual circumstances of two suspected Class A drugs deaths in less than 24 hours, we are conducting enquiries.

“Taking Class A drugs is of course, extremely risky in itself, but we would urge users who experience unusual side effects from taking heroin or substitutes to seek medical help via 111 or in life threatening situations 999.

“Anyone who has information about the distribution of illegal Class A drugs in West Yorkshire is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police on 101.

“Information can also be given anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”

Police in Bradford have released an image of two men they would like to identify in connection with a fraud investigation.  

The incident, in which the 45-year-old victim was persuaded to hand over a significant amount of cash, began on 25 March when a black man approached him in the BD7 area and offered to buy his car.

The victim exchanged details with the man and agreed to meet him at a business park in Canal Road on 29 March.

At the meeting the victim was offered ‘gems’, which he was told were worth around £40,000 and would need to be sold before the car could be purchased.

The victim agreed to purchase the items for a discounted price and the cash was handed over.

The gems, which were referred to as ‘Blue Gold’ have been found to be fake and police are now warning the public to be aware of this scam.

PC Toni Hinnells, of Bradford District CID, said:

“While we are only aware of one report of this type of fraud so far this year, we are aware that a similar scam has previously operated in the Bradford and Huddersfield areas.

“It is possible that these men are part of a larger group, who are targeting individuals to gain significant amounts of cash through deception.

“We want people to be fully aware of the potential tactics being used by these criminal enterprises and to report those behind it.

“If it appears too good to be true, it is most likely that it is.”

Anyone who has information about this incident or who can identify these men is asked to contact Bradford District CID, quoting crime reference 13170144170.

Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.