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Steerside: Improving road safety across the Bradford district

Bradford district roads have been in the spotlight during Road Safety Week as the continued success of Operation Steerside was highlighted. I was in Bradford during November to visit and observe aspects of the operation as part of my support for National Road Safety Week that looks to raise awareness of the safe and responsible use of roads with a particular focus this year on speed. Steerside was launched in February 2016 with the aim of improving road safety across the Bradford district. Specifically the operation targets offences known as…

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Life Sentence For Man At Centre Of Leeds Shootings

A key figure in a Leeds drugs gang which was at the centre of a spate of shootings in the city has been given a life sentence for firearms offences. Dwight Halliday was jailed for life with a minimum term of eight years and six months at Leeds Crown Court after being found guilty of possessing a 9mm handgun, ammunition and a silencer with intent. Reece Liburd, aged 23, of no fixed address, was jailed for ten years and five months after pleading guilty to firearms offences at earlier hearings….

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Hundreds of Guns and Knives Surrendered In West Yorkshire

More than 200 firearms, knives and swords including a large number of shotguns have been taken out of circulation after a force wide weapons surrender. The surrender, which started on 13 November and finished on Sunday (26 November) was in support of the national firearms surrender to rid the streets of guns. Members of the public were encouraged to take firearms into police stations.   Across Yorkshire and the Humber forces also accepted other weapons including knives, ammunition and other offensive weapons. During the surrender period 215 items (firearms, knives and…

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Reckless drivers commit 60 driving offences during 5 day operation in West Yorkshire

Reckless drivers have been taken to task in a joint operation aimed at targeting the illegal use of mobile phones and other driving offences. Sixty offences were recorded during the five-day operation after 59 vehicles were stopped in West Yorkshire. Last week’s operation is part of Operation Tramline, a national joint initiative between police forces and Highways England. Officers from West Yorkshire Police’s Safer Roads and Neighbourhood Support Team were out on the county’s roads in a HGV (heavy goods vehicle) filming the driving habits of other road users. During…

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Robbery at Off-Licence on Otley Road, Bradford

Detectives in Bradford have released a number of CCTV stills and an e-fit image of a number of individuals they would like to speak to in connection with a robbery at an off licence. The robbery happened at a store on Otley Road, Bradford, at around 11.15am on 16 October. One suspect made threats of violence towards a member of staff before stealing cash from the till; while another suspect held open the shop doors. The two suspects were seen in the company of a third person who is not…

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Tackling mental health and raising awareness of domestic abuse

October was a busy month of awareness raising with partners around safeguarding and hate crime. Tackling mental health, raising awareness of domestic abuse and providing awareness on doorstep crime and scammers targeting the vulnerable were all topics covered as part of West Yorkshire’s Safeguarding Week. It started on Monday October 9 and involved all the local safeguarding boards and community safety partnerships across the region with myself and West Yorkshire Police. Workshops and events were held aimed at informing the public and professionals about how to protect the most vulnerable across…

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When the Police get it wrong!

by Sarah Khan-Bashir MBE, Shire Solicitors Police Forces have a wide range of powers to stop, detain and investigate. However the police don’t always get it right and can sometimes use these powers incorrectly. It is possible to bring the police to account for their actions in different ways. This can be by way of a formal complaint or even suing the police for compensation. The police can be sued for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment, assault and malicious prosecution. A police officer can only arrest you if they reasonably believe…

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Men Jailed In Landmark Crackdown On Leeds Drugs Trade

Prison sentences totalling more than 40 years have been handed down to 10 men convicted as part of a landmark crackdown on the organised supply of heroin and cocaine in Leeds. The men were arrested in a series of raids at addresses across the city in May this year as a result of an investigation by specialist officers from Leeds District Serious Organised Crime Unit and West Yorkshire Police Protective Service Crime. It followed months of painstaking work to gather detailed and comprehensive evidence on those involved in a number…

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Man Sought In Connection With Rape Allegation

Police investigating the rape of a woman in Bradford are appealing for information on the whereabouts of Nicolae Fratutescu.  Mr Fratutescu, who is 47 and a Romanian national, is being sought by officers in connection with the alleged offence, which is said to have occurred in May 2016. He is described as being of slim build and around 5ft 7ins tall. He is also known to wear glasses. Detective Inspector Victoria Lawrance, of the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit, said: “We have made extensive enquiries to trace Mr Fratutescu and are…

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Police Warning Following Reports of Bogus Policemen in Dewsbury

Detectives in Kirklees have issued a warning against bogus callers after a woman was targeted by a criminal claiming to be a police officer. This follows three recent reports where a cold caller has pretended to be a police officer and has approached properties, and said he needs their jewellery or money as part of an ongoing investigation. In an incident on 4 September, a woman in her 20s was duped into handing over thousands of pounds worth of jewellery in Dewsbury Moor. She received a call from an unknown…

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