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Illegal taxi drivers to pay nearly £2,800

Manchester – Three illegal taxi drivers caught in Manchester have been ordered to pay a total of £2,785 after being prosecuted for breaking licensing rules. In separate incidents, Manchester City Council officers routinely operating in the city centre observed the illegal activity. Gary Edward Young was fined £1,050 with £655 costs and a £55 victim of crime surcharge. Young was also given eight penalty points after pleading guilty to operating an unlicensed private hire vehicle, operating as an unlicensed private hire driver and driving without insurance. During the morning of…

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Over 1000 on-the-spot fines issued in crackdown

Manchester – A special litter busting team have handed out over 1,000 fixed penalty notices in just over three months. The dedicated team work seven days a week looking out for selfish people who ignore bins and drop their litter on the ground. Officers have the power to hand out on-the-spot fines to litter bugs- and anyone refusing to pay the £80 bill faces being taken to court. The team is part of a huge litter crackdown organised by Manchester City Council in response to concerns from residents about the…

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DIRTY CASH – Money Laundering

Money laundering, as its name suggests, is a process where cash gained from crime is transformed into assets which appear to be legitimately gained. It is naturally linked to profits made by drug dealers, but is also common among other forms of criminal activity, such as fraud. Charged with tackling this crime in West Yorkshire is the force’s Economic Crime Unit, comprising detectives, financial investigators and Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) teams, who conduct investigations into recovering assets from criminals after they have been convicted. In general terms, the handling…

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Drug Dealers… Beware!

West Yorkshire Police is committed to tackling the supply of illegal drugs and has dedicated teams to target those involved in this kind of criminal activity. In Bradford, a recent undercover operation by the district’s Quartz team saw 119 street dealers jailed for a total of 364 years, and it is information from the public which helps contribute towards these kind of results. The supply of drugs at any level can have serious implications for those involved. The maximum sentence for someone convicted of supplying Class A drugs is life…

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The New Year

By Mark Burn Williamson This New Year will see many developments in my role as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for West Yorkshire including the potential roll out of our new Help for Victims website. The Victims’ Code was introduced last year (2014) and I have already committed to putting victims and witnesses at the heart of everything we do. The website, launched in October www.helpforvictims.co.uk is solely dedicated to victims and witnesses of crime and individuals can access all the information contained within the Victims’ Code and the Witness…

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THE COMMISSIONER SPEAKS

By Mark Burn Williamson Helping victims of crime, tackling human trafficking and making more proceeds of crime funding available to our communities show the progress made by West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner two years on. Protecting frontline policing, tackling Child Sex Exploitation, providing increased resources to prevent domestic abuse and reducing burglary across the county are just some of the key achievements since I was elected two years ago. Since being elected I have been delivering on the outcomes, priorities and commitments as set out in West Yorkshire’s Police…

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DRINK DRVING – The Facts and the Consequences

Christmas is generally a time for getting together with families and friends to celebrate the joy that the festive season brings. These celebrations mean parties, and parties generally mean alcohol. But sadly for some, this can lead to a greater temptation to drink and drive, which can mean fatal consequences – both for the driver of the vehicle and anyone involved in the resulting collision. While recent research shows that attitudes have changed greatly towards drinking and driving over the decades, figures show that more than 2,000 people were convicted…

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Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

West Yorkshire as a whole is tackling the issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE) with joint working crucial to ensuring victims feel safe and ensuring perpetrators are brought to justice. Events have been brought into sharp focus recently by the report into CSE by Professor Alexis Jay’s independent report into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham. It outlined failings where a culture of inaction and ignorance led to victims being failed on an industrial level. Those recommendations from that report need to be looked at by every police force and local…

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Drug driving – the dangers, the consequences and new legislation

Having your own vehicle opens many doors to succeeding in life and gives you a greater sense of independence. It can mean the difference between getting a job and unemployment and can also have a positive effect on your social status. Best of all it allows you to travel around at your leisure, without having to rely on public transport. But this can all be taken away from you very suddenly if you are convicted of drug driving. It is illegal to drive if you’re unfit to do so because…

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Mark Burns Williamson

My name is Mark Burns Williamson and I was elected as your first Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for West Yorkshire in November 2012. As Police and Crime Commissioner I oversee policing on your behalf and for the whole of West Yorkshire, including Bradford, Wakefield, Leeds, Calderdale and Kirklees. My main duties are to appoint the Chief Constable, hold the Chief Constable to account for the day to day delivery of policing, setting and updating the Police and Crime Plan, setting the force budget and the police precept in the…

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