Saturday, August 19, 2017
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Police have released CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to in connection with a robbery on Park Grove in Bradford on 19 November.

park_grove_cctvThe occupant of the house was hit over the head and sustained an injury. Five or six males wearing balaclavas then gained entry to the house and threatened other occupants before stealing property.

This offence is linked to a similar offence earlier that evening on Thorncliffe Road in Batley.

Detective Inspector Andy Howard from Bradford District CID said,

“These serious incidents caused a great deal of anxiety for the families involved and we are seeking the public’s help in identifying these offenders.

“Anyone who recognises these two men, or who has information about either robbery, is asked to contact Bradford CID via 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

Residents are being warned to be vigilant against bogus callers posing as Leeds City Council officers, attempting to obtain personal information over the telephone.

The bogus callers state they are calling regarding an accident claim made by the householder, and to proceed they will require specific personal details. In some instances, callers have claimed details have been passed to them by the NHS.

Staff from the council’s insurance team would not normally ring a resident and request personal information over the phone, with regards to an accident claim. A phone call would never be made to a resident requesting such details without prior contact having been made first. Under no circumstances, would the council ring on behalf of another organisation such as the NHS to request additional details around an accident claim.

Only when a customer has initially applied for or contacted the council about a service, would personal information be requested from a resident in a phone call.

Members of the public who are unsure of any requests for personal data made by a caller purporting to be calling on behalf of Leeds City Council are advised to end the call immediately. Anyone who receives calls of the nature should contact the Action Fraud line on 0300 123 2040 or the police on their non-emergency 901 number.

Councillor James Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for resources and strategy said:

“I am very concerned to hear cases where members of the public have received phone calls from individuals purporting to be from Leeds City Council, attempting to obtain personal information with regards to an accident claim they have never previously raised.

“It would not be normal practice for council officers to call residents unexpectedly requesting personal details over the phone. Officers would only be expected to conduct these discussions on the phone in response to an initial approach from a member of the public.

“If residents are contacted inappropriately, I would urge them to report this to the Action Fraud line or the police on their non-emergency 901 number.”

 

Batley – Mr Fazal Subkhan of Sovereign Sleep & Style Ltd, Batley has been found guilty of breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990, Section 33, and the Clean Air Act 1993 sections 1 & 20.

Sovereign Sleep & Style Ltd is a bed manufacturing company, located at 7 Carr Street, Batley.

In March 2014, the council received complaints from residents in the area about smoke, including dark smoke from the round brick chimney at Sovereign Sleep & Style Ltd – the smoke meant they could not open their windows.

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Mr Fazal Subkhan

Officers visited and witnessed the dark smoke coming from the chimney on a number of occasions. They also wrote to the company about the matter, however complaints continued and officers witnessed further emissions of dark and black smoke from the chimney.

Mr Subkhan was also formally interviewed about the matter, but despite being advised that what he was doing was illegal he continued to burn waste wood from his business in the boiler at the shop. Due to his actions and apparent disregard for the law, the environment, the effect on the health of people living nearby Mr Subkhan left the council with no option but to prosecute him.

Mr Subkhan was found guilty at Huddersfield’s Magistrates Court on 2 June 2015. He was sentenced to a community order, including an electronically tagged curfew from 11pm to 9am daily for a period of 12 weeks, and 100 hours unpaid work in the community.  He was also told to pay £1,571.54 costs and a victim surcharge of £60.  His company Sovereign Sleep & Style Ltd  received a fine of £10,000 plus £1,571.54 costs and £120 victim surcharge.

Mr Subkhan was also been prosecuted by Trading Standards in 2014 for using material on his mattresses that was flammable and received a substantial fine (£17,000).

Cllr Steve Hall, Cabinet member for Planning, Highways and Open Spaces said: “Our environmental health officers will where possible work with businesses and individuals to try and resolve problems before taking legal action.   However,  in cases like this where an individual refuses to comply with the law despite having been warned on more than one occasion,  then we are left with no option but to prosecute. It is testament to the officers’ hard work that we have achieved this outcome and put a stop to the damage that Mr Subkhan’s actions were causing.

If any members of the public are constantly having to put up with businesses like this, who have no regard for local people’s health and wellbeing, please report the company to the council.”

 

 

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by Mark Burns Williamson
by Mark Burns Williamson

We have all heard of the terrible blight on our communities that child sexual exploitation (CSE) has – both on the victims and on law abiding people living in those areas.

Last year I called a meeting of child protection experts from across West Yorkshire after seeing the recommendations from the report by Alexis Jay on CSE. During that meeting we discussed how we could make sure that everyone did everything possible to safeguard children, engage with our communities, provide help and support for victims and make sure the perpetrators of this vile crime are punished.

We all have a duty to put a stop to CSE and tackling it is has always been one of my top priorities as your Police and Crime Commissioner. It is at the heart of the Police and Crime Plan and that is why I have recently pledged over £400,000 to help pay for action to tackle it.

I have set aside £440,000 which is on top of £3.5m already available to the police for dealing with CSE as well as other top priorities including human trafficking and cyber crime. The money includes the £1.5m investment over the next two years to pay for 30 more specialist CSE investigators with backgrounds including child social care, child protection issues and policing.

And this new money – the £440,000 – is helping to fund a renewed campaign to raise awareness of CSE in schools and colleges and to help fund people working in victim support roles within Children’s’ Services teams.

The money has come from my Partnership Executive Group Innovation Fund and will also help make sure that experts across the five policing districts in West Yorkshire continue to worth together to share knowledge and expertise.

I am pleased to announce crime in the communities of West Yorkshire is at a 31-year-low with 1,635 fewer victims in the year up to the end of March.

There have been significant reductions in the number of houses being broken into, items being stolen from cars and other vehicles (with 2,743 fewer offences) as well as a 27 per cent reduction in criminal damage.

This is good news for everyone, with crime back at levels last seen in the early 1980s but I am fearful that in the future it will not be possible to maintain such low levels. West Yorkshire Police officers and support staff continue to work very hard day in day out to help protect the public despite severe budget pressures and the force has had to work with fewer and fewer resources after severe Government cuts.

Decreases in crime must also be set alongside crime recording issues and although a lot of work is being done by West Yorkshire Police to address this, I will continue to monitor closely the result of this action but the combination of government cuts and new crime recording practises, will I suspect, start to see the long trend of falling crime starting to be reversed.

And just a final reminder that if you want to get in touch with me about an issue you want to discuss please visit www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk for details or contact my office on 01924 294000

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Hate crimes/hate incidents can take place anywhere – at home, in the streets, at work or at school. No-one should have to live with the fear, anxiety and consequences of hate crime. Reporting it when it happens will help the Police to deal with it and may prevent these incidents from happening to someone else. You will also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in your local area so they can better respond to it.

What is a Hate Crime?

A Hate Crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Examples include:

  • Physical attacks, such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti and arson;
  • Threat of attack, such as offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls, groups hanging around to intimidate, and unfounded malicious complaints;

What is a Hate Incident?

A Hate Incident is any incident, which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by prejudice or hate towards a person’s disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Examples include:

  • Verbal abuse, insults or harassment, such as taunting, offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes, and bullying at school or in the workplace.

How do I report a Hate Crime / Incident?

A Hate Crime / Incident can be reported by:

  • call 999 in an emergency
  • call 101 for non-emergencies
  • for non-emergency hate incidents use our online reporting form
  • call in person at any police station (click here to find your local police station)
  • If you would rather not speak to a Police Officer, you can contact Stop Hate UK or True Vision or use one of the independent Hate Incident Reporting Centres provided by Local Authorities

If you have been the victim of behaviour you felt was inappropriate by a police officer or member of police staff you can report a police complaint.

What happens after you have reported a Hate Crime / Incident?

All hate crimes / incidents are investigated thoroughly. Not all cases will be put before the Court, but when a hate incident is received the views of the victim are always considered.

Manchester – An unlicensed driver who was caught dropping off passengers in a private hire vehicle before giving false details to an investigating officer has been ordered to pay £1,500.

Kevin Hamilton, aged 54, of Latrigg Crescent in Middleton, was found guilty of driving without a private hire drivers licence, driving with no insurance and obstructing an authorised officer, after he failed to turn up to a court hearing on April 8.

He was fined a total of £900, given six penalty points on his driving licence and ordered to pay a £603 contribution toward prosecution costs.

db994_licensing-unitc-Manchester-council-370x290A Manchester City Council licensing officer saw Hamilton’s Rochdale licensed private hire car dropping off a passenger at Piccadilly train station’s drop off area during a routine operation in January, and asked to see his licence.

Hamilton said he’d left it at home but gave the officer his badge number and some personal details.

But when the officer contacted Rochdale Borough Council’s licensing department for confirmation, they said they could find no record of Hamilton holding a current licence with them.

When the officer questioned Hamilton further on the scene, he claimed he had been recently licensed with Rochdale, but his licence had expired just before Christmas and he hadn’t been able to renew it.

When the officer went on to carry out further checks on Hamilton, he discovered that the driver had given a false address and false date of birth and had not held a licence with Rochdale since 2011.

Hamilton was tracked down to his correct address and invited to attend interviews to explain himself but failed to attend any of them.

A Manchester City Council spokesman said: “Drivers who pick up passengers despite not having a licence are acting without any regard for the safety of their passengers, as these journeys are not insured. In addition these drivers have not been subjected to the rigorous background checks that licensed drivers are required to undergo. These checks are carried out to ensure amongst other things that a driver is entitled to drive a motor vehicle and do not have serious convictions or medical conditions that would put passengers’ safety at risk.

“Our officers are routinely on the look-out for drivers who break the law and this sentence demonstrates that the courts – along with ourselves – take these offences incredibly seriously.”

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Bradford – Police investigating a robbery in a Bradford park have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to.  

hortonpkrobberefitThe incident occurred in Horton Park at about 11am on Tuesday, 24 February, when a 39-year-old woman was pushed to the ground.

The victim had what was believed to be alcohol poured over her head, before the suspect snatched her phone and ran off.

She later discovered a quantity of cash had been taken.

The suspect was believed to be about 5ft 7ins tall and of skinny build.

He was wearing a hooded black jacket with a motif on the left breast and dark blue tracksuit bottoms.

Anyone who recognises this man from the above description or who has information which may assist the investigation is asked to contact Bradford District CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Cyber bullying, like bullying in schools or anywhere else, is something that can cause great upset to those who are targeted by it.

cyberbulliesResearch suggests that one in five teenagers have been a victim of this form of harassment, which is committed through mobile phones and computers. West Yorkshire Police has recently been raising awareness of cyber bullying during a national week dedicated to highlighting online crime. Texting, posting or emailing anything to deliberately cause offence is considered cyber bullying and police will investigate all reports they receive about this kind of behaviour, which, if deemed serious enough, could result in a prison sentence for the bully.

Some examples of cyber bullying:

  • Posting an embarrassing or humiliating video of someone on a video-hosting site such as YouTube.
  • Harassing someone by repeatedly sending texts or instant messages in a chat room.
  • Setting up profiles on social networking sites, such as Facebook, to make fun of someone.
  • ‘Happy slapping’ – using mobiles to film and share videos of physical attacks.
  • Posting or forwarding someone else’s personal or private information or images without their permission.
  • Sending viruses that can damage another person’s computer.
  • Making abusive comments about another user on a gaming site.

Victims are advised to take screen shots where possible and tell someone they trust. If it occurs on a social networking site or application, users are advised to report incidents to the site or application provider. Keep passwords private and, if you are unfortunate enough to become a victim of cyber bullying, use a blocking or delete function where possible to prevent further contact from this person. Even if you’re not the one who started it, you become part of it when you laugh at a message that could be hurtful or threatening to someone else, or forward it on. Don’t get dragged into cyberbullying. Think about what you say in text messages, chat rooms and emails. Could your words be used to hurt someone else, or could they be turned against you?

For more information about staying safe online, go to www.westyorkshire.police.uk/cse/onlineguides

This has been the message highlighted by West Yorkshire Police in its most recent burglary campaign, which aims to make people think about the true cost of burglary – both emotionally and financially.

House burglaries in West Yorkshire are currently down by more than 600 offences compared to the last financial year, and the force is working hard to continue this trend.

Einbrecher an einem FensterEvery day, officers from West Yorkshire Police see the devastating impact that a burglary can have on individuals and families.

A burglar may know how much they can get for a second-hand laptop or a mobile phone, but they do not appreciate the value people place on feeling safe in their own home.

The true cost of burglary is not just an insurance claim; it can lead to sleepless nights, feelings of anger and helplessness, family upset and the loss of treasured memories and personal items, such as jewellery and family heirlooms.

For while a laptop or camera can be replaced, unless you have backed up your documents and photos elsewhere you might never get them back.

Some simple steps to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary

  • Always lock your doors and windows – even when you’re in (one in four burglaries occur when a door has been left unlocked)
  • Don’t leave cash or valuables on show
  • Leave a light, radio or television on when you leave the house
  • Don’t open your door to unexpected callers – speak to them through a letterbox or window
  • Upgrade Euro-cylinder door locks to ones which meet the highest security standards

For more information about crime prevention, please see the Help & Advice section on the West Yorkshire Police website (www.westyorkshire.police.uk) or contact your local Area Neighbourhood Team on 101.

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By Mark Burns Williamson

2015 brings its own challenges with budgets stretched ever tighter and difficult decisions on how to best spread resources having to be taken.

We also have the General Election in May and the current Government have to recognise that continually taking money away from a resource as crucial as policing is having long lasting implications and needs to be halted.

We have already lost a significant number of frontline officers and staff since the start of cuts in 2010/11 and more will follow compromising our ability to deliver unless the spending review with regards policing is not re-thought.

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Mark Burns Williamson

Against those challenges it is important to recognise the difficult job officers and staff do day in and day out working in our communities to keep them safe. They know the risks and tackle them daily on behalf of all our communities in West Yorkshire, but we must not forget the challenges facing them.

We must remember the sacrifices they make daily, how they put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe and secure living in a peaceful society we can be proud of. One that we should never take for granted.

Our diversity is also one of our greatest strengths and our communities are all the more richer for the different and wide ranging cultures contained within them, but sometimes tensions are raised.

2015 also brings with it opportunities and different challenges including the work being done to help victims of human trafficking with the creation of the dedicated Human Trafficking Unit, as part of West Yorkshire’s Serious and Organised Unit (SOCU) to investigate the most complex criminal cases.

That comes after we set up, in conjunction with the Hope for Justice charity, the West Yorkshire Anti Trafficking Network which is currently delivering important awareness training to 3,500 frontline staff and officers across West Yorkshire, as well as staff from partner agencies about how to spot the signs of trafficking and tackle it.

I believe the work we have undertaken so far and the work my office, West Yorkshire Police and our partners are planning going forward we will ensure West Yorkshire are leading the way and being a positive example on tackling Human Trafficking for other areas both nationally and internationally.

A College of Policing report recently titled Estimating Demand on the Police Service shows the increasing demand being put on dedicated officers and staff while budgets continually decrease, the significant cuts imposed by government fail to recognise the increasing complexity and demands faced.

While it is reassuring that overall crime has reduced in West Yorkshire, police officers are being required to deal with more complex crimes associated with Child Sexual Exploitation, public protection and safeguarding to name but a few.

This means more pressure put on officers, with one police officer for every 445 members of the public in 2014 nationally, an increase of 50 people per officer since 2010.

In spite of repeatedly pointing out to government the unfairness of the way cuts are made, every force area continues to get the same percentage reduction in grant irrespective of need, demand and threats.

West Yorkshire relies much more heavily on government grant, which pays for around 80per cent of our spending. We are therefore hit much harder by the cuts than other areas which equates to tens of millions every year.

The Home Office police grant figures mean that West Yorkshire Police has to find more than £33.8million in savings this year, on top of the £103m already made in the last three years…with a projection of at least a 40% budget cut overall by the end of the next spending review.

I maintain that this money needs to go towards frontline policing to help people feel safe, working ever more closer with our partners in local government, NHS, criminal justice, emergency services and our community.

This year will see me continue to go out and about across West Yorkshire, including Bradford, speaking to members of the public about policing and community safety and the concerns they face in their communities and ensuring our shrinking resources are effectively targeted.

To contact me visit www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk.

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