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Safeguarding children in West Yorkshire

I launched an innovative animation project in January which is specifically designed to safeguard children in West Yorkshire from exploitation and abuse. Called ‘Mister Shapeshifter’, it has been funded through £36,000 of grant money from my office and was premiered at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford with the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield also attending. It uses a modern ‘fairy tale’ to depict how some adults’ can abuse children’s trust and highlights ways in which they can protect themselves. Based on the acclaimed GW Theatre Company…

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Criminals Hit With £25k Proceeds of Crime Bill

Two men who were jailed last year following a money laundering investigation have been ordered to repay more than £25,000. Confiscation orders were granted by Bradford Crown Court last week against Khalid Mahmood Khan and Sajid Khan, who were sentenced to 16 months and 13 months respectively for transferring criminal property in relation to a quantity of around £32,000 in cash which was recovered from a vehicle after police stopped it on the M62 in February 2016. The cash was believed to be linked to the supply of Class A…

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City Centre Ban For Bradford Beggar

A man from Bradford who pretended to be homeless in order to obtain money from others has been banned from Bradford city centre for five years. Roy Rhodes, aged 38, of Boldshay Street, has been given a Criminal Behaviour Order after officers from the Bradford District Anti-Social Behaviour Unit presented evidence to Bradford magistrates relating to instances of begging, anti-social behaviour and threatening behaviour. He is prevented from entering the city centre unless attending court, or planned appointments with legal representatives, or housing or substance misuse agencies. Any breaches of…

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Budget cuts of over £140m since 2010

I hope that you all had a peaceful festive period and happy New Year. December was typically busy and saw the national policing budget announcement which, after delays, was finally released on 13th December. The Government have made it clear that to meet increasing demands on policing, and mitigate the impact of eight years of their funding cuts, they expect PCCs to increase the police precept by the maximum amount, £24 on a band D property, which accounts for more than half (£500m plus) of what was announced in the…

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Members of £1m Car Crime Gang Jailed

Three men from Bradford have been sentenced to a total of 19 years following an investigation into an organised crime gang which is believed to have been involved in the handling and disposal of more than £1m of stolen cars. The investigation centred on Chapel Green Works in the Little Horton area of Bradford after police discovered vehicle parts for 69 stolen vehicles in an industrial unit on the premises in September 2016. Documents and other items were also found for a further six cars. Most of the vehicles had…

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Depraved Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison Following Serious Sexual Offences

A depraved man who raped a woman and two children has been jailed for 20 years. John Lord, aged 36, of School Yard in Horbury, appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Friday 30 November, to be sentenced for a total of 34 counts, two counts of rape against an adult woman and 34 counts of rape and indecent assault against two children. The offences against the children happened in 1994 and the offences against the woman occurred in 2014 at addresses in Mirfield and Huddersfield. He was found guilty of…

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Bradford Fraudster Ordered To Repay More Than £30,000

A Bradford man convicted of fraud has been ordered to repay more than £30,000 following a confiscation hearing. The order against Mohammed Navid Ramzan, 28, was made at Bradford Crown Court last month (28 November) by His Honour Judge Burn. Ramzan, of Northdale Road, was given a sentence of 24 months which was suspended for the same period in March this year after he was convicted of conspiracy to defraud Lloyds Bank, with whom he was employed at the time of the offence in 2013. An investigation by the Bradford District…

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Bradford Drug Dealer Ordered To Repay More Than £50,000

A Bradford drug dealer has been ordered to pay up more than £50,000 following a confiscation hearing. Amjid Khan, of Greaves Street, Bradford, was jailed in August this year after pleading guilty to charges of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and possession of criminal property at Bradford Crown Court. The charges followed search warrants executed at addresses in Lindley Road and Greaves Street in April 2017, which saw officers seize more than £55,000 in cash and cocaine and heroin believed to have a street value of more…

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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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