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Police investigating an assault in Bradford where a man was stabbed have released an image of a male they would like to identify. 

It happened on wasteland close to Midland Road in Frizinghall at about 5am on Saturday, 29 July, when a 30-year-old man was approached by a male who made demands for property.

The male was then joined by two others and an altercation ensued which resulted in the victim running off.

As the victim fled he realised he had been stabbed.

He was taken to hospital where he received treatment for the injury and was later discharged.

Nothing is believed to have been taken from the victim.

The suspect is described as pale skinned, of skinny build and is believed to be in his thirties.

He had dirty blonde/brown hair and was wearing a dark hooded top.

Anyone who recognises this male is asked to contact PC 1039 Kisby at Bradford District CID on 101, quoting crime reference 13170347420.

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

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Detectives in Bradford are releasing an Efit image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with an attempted robbery.

The incident happened on 27 July at around 2:30pm on Park Road, at the junction with Manchester Road in Bradford.

The male suspect approached an elderly lady and attempted to take her handbag. He demanded money, threatened her and struck her across the face; before fleeing the scene without any items.

He is described as a white male, aged between 40 and 50-years-old, around 5ft 6” – 5ft 8”, slim build and clean shaven. His hair was brown and medium length and he was wearing a thin grey cotton hooded top which was around his shoulders.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Bradford CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13170344922 or alternatively information can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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A Bradford man has been jailed after he was found guilty of sexual offences involving a child. 

Frederick Holmes, aged 60, of Cordingley Close, was jailed for eight years at Bradford Crown Court last Thursday after he was found guilty of incitement and sexual activity offences involving a five-year-old girl.

An investigation was launched last October when the girl’s mother reported the offences to police.

Holmes was arrested and later charged with both crimes.

He was given eight years for the sexual activity offence and two years for the incitement. The sentences will run concurrently.

Speaking after the sentencing Detective Constable Jodie Hayes, of Bradford District Safeguarding Unit, said:

“We hope the victim and her family find some comfort in this result and hope they can move on from what must have been a horrendous ordeal for them.

“We also hope it will encourage others to come forward and report sexual offences to our officers, who will sensitively and thoroughly investigate all reports with the aim of bringing perpetrators to justice.”

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Two males who took part in violent carjacking robberies in Bradford have been given sentences totalling 18 and a half years. 

Waqas Hussain, 20 (pictured right) was given 12 years after he was found guilty on five counts as well as possession of a firearm, while a 15-year-old boy from Bradford, who cannot be named for legal reasons was given six and a half years at Bradford Crown Court yesterday (Thursday).

Among the offences Hussain was sentenced for was a robbery in St Matthew’s Grove in Wilsden last October, where a man in his forties was dragged from his Volkswagen Golf R and tasered by men with weapons, and one in Halifax Road in November, where a lone female with a baby was threatened with a firearm before a VW Polo was taken. The vehicle was later recovered.

Hussain was also found guilty of an offence in The Grove, Idle last November, where he and his teenage accomplice robbed a man in his forties, who was struck with a pick axe and dragged from his Volkswagen Golf GTD.

The teenager was also found guilty of three attempt robberies, dangerous driving and a make off without payment offence.

Hussain, of Fearnsides Terrace in Girlington was not present in court for the sentencing after absconding during the trial. Enquiries are continuing today to locate him.

Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Inspector Ian Bryar, of Bradford District CID, said:

“These were very serious offences in which Hussain and others used violence to steal desirable cars from vulnerable victims.

“Our enquiries into these incidents and other similar matters are continuing to identify the others who took part in these terrifying robberies.

“Violent crime will not be tolerated and the sentences passed should serve as a deterrent to others.”

Anyone with information about those suspected of being involved in violent crime can contact police on 101, or pass information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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Ahead of the start of the school summer holiday, West Yorkshire Police is launching its new campaign highlighting the issues forced marriage and honour-based abuse.Dont force marriage poster

The Force’s focus on this issue coincides with the third annual national day of remembrance for victims of “honour” killings today, Friday 14 July. The 14 July was the birthday of Shafilea Ahmed, originally from Bradford, who was killed by her parents in Warrington after suffering honour-based violence and an attempted forced marriage.

From June 2014 it became a crime to force someone to marry against their will. This is very different to arranged marriage which is a cultural practice, which is not unlawful, and involves the consent of both spouses. Forcing someone to marry can result in a sentence of up to seven years in prison.

The police can also apply for Forced Marriage Protection Orders to safeguard victims or potential victims and to put legally binding conditions on those involved in trying to force another person to marry. Anyone breaching a Forced Marriage Protection Order faces up to five years in prison.

Assistant Chief Constable Catherine Hankinson of West Yorkshire Police said; “Tackling forced marriage and honour based abuse is a priority for West Yorkshire Police.  There are specialist safeguarding units in every District of West Yorkshire with professionals who understand the issues and know how to help.

“There is no honour in any form of abuse. We take a victim-led approach to deal with these challenging issues which respects the views of victims and witnesses, provides the necessary support, confidentiality and protection from harm.

“In these types of cases, the views of the victim are taken seriously as to whether to prosecute and can ultimately be a deciding factor. We often see that victims do not want to prosecute their family, but our aim is to make sure the victim has the necessary support and above all, is safe.”

On Friday, July 14, Leeds District Police Commander Paul Money and Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson are signing a pledge at the Day of Memory Conference in Leeds hosted by national charity Karma Nirvana. Agencies from across the City including Leeds City Council and Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust  will be affirming their commitment to the people of Leeds and leading the way to nationally to become a beacon of best practice.

Leeds District Commander, Chief Superintendent Paul Money said; “Hosting the national day of remembrance event in Leeds allows us to really throw the spot light on this issue, and remind everyone, locally and nationally, that these abhorrent crimes still take place in our communities.  We must collectively continue to do all that we can to tackle issues of forced marriage and honour based abuse. Everyone has a right to choose and to be safe.

“In signing the pledge today, I am committing to the people of Leeds, and all victims of these crimes that we will continue to do everything to support them through these terrible experiences and work with our partners across the district to provide a city-wide response to these offences.”

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: “I was very willing when asked to sign the pledge which helps to ensure victims get the protection they deserve.

“Tackling “honour” based abuse remains a focus and priority in my Police and Crime Plan 2016-21 and I will continue to work closely with the police and other key partners, such as Karma Nirvana, to raise awareness of these difficult issues, encourage victims and survivors to come forward and help to provide the proper and dedicated support needed.

“Often the victims of “honour” based abuse can feel totally isolated from their own families and find it very difficult to come forward for a number of complex reasons. It’s crucial that events such as this one are held to re-inforce a wider understanding of such abuse, as well as remembering those who have suffered so much as a result, and in the end tragically lost their lives.”

Anyone wishing to report concerns about forced marriage or honour based violence, whether for themselves or someone they know, can talk to the police via 101, or 999 in an emergency.

People can also contact other agencies for support, such as Karma Nirvana on 0800 5999 249 and Childline on 0800 1111

More information about the new forced marriage legislation and support available for victims or those concerned about a friend or family member is available on the West Yorkshire Police website at: www.westyorkshire.police.uk/forcedmarriage

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Police investigating an arson attack on a Bradford business have released images of some males they would like to identify.

It happened at Manningham Fisheries in Manningham Lane in the early hours of Sunday, 21 May, when suspects entered the premises and used accelerants to start a fire inside, causing extensive damage.

The suspects are believed to have used a grey Audi S3 car (also pictured).

Detective Inspector Ria Holmes, of Bradford District CID, said:

“This was a reckless and deliberate attack on a local business which could have resulted in far more serious consequences as there were people living in the building next door.

“Anyone who recognises these males or who may have information which may assist this investigation is asked to contact Bradford District CID on 101, quoting crime reference 13170228816.

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

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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