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Pensioner Jailed for 12 Years After being Convicted of Historic Rape Offence More Than 40 Years Ago

A pensioner has been jailed for 12 years after being convicted of a rape he committed more than 40 years ago. West Yorkshire Police welcomed the long sentence imposed upon Kevin Hazelwood following his conviction at Leeds Crown Court of offences of kidnap and rape committed in Leeds in November 1976 against a then 14- year-old girl. Kevin Hazelwood, 73, was given a total sentence of 12 years imprisonment after pleading guilty to the historic rape at Leeds Crown Court. Cold case detectives reviewed files and exhibits the unsolved case…

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Drug Importer Ordered To Re-Pay More Than £50,000

A Bradford man sentenced for importing drugs has been ordered to re-pay more than £55,000 by the courts. Ravinder Narr, 32, of Kensington Street, received a suspended sentence and was ordered to complete 180 hours of unpaid work after he pleaded guilty at Bradford Crown Court in March this year to a charge of importing Class C drugs. The charge related to a parcel of anabolic steroids seized by West Yorkshire Police in 2015 following notification from the UK Border Agency that they had intercepted a parcel from Hong Kong,…

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Allegation of Rape in Oak Lane area of Bradford

Police investigating an allegation of rape in Bradford have released an e-fit image of a male they would like to identify. The offence is alleged to have happened in the Oak Lane area of the city at around 9.30pm on 1 November. The suspect is described as being an Asian male in his twenties, around six feet tall and of slim build. He was believed to be wearing tracksuit-style clothing and a baseball cap. Specially trained officers from the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit have been carrying out numerous enquiries in…

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CCTV Image Appeal: Assault, Bradford

Police investigating an assault in Bradford which left a man with fractured ribs and bruising have issued an image of a man they would like to identify. The incident occurred in Grantham Road at about 10.28pm on 24 November, when a 28-year-old male was struck with what is described as a tyre wrench. Detectives believe this could be linked to an incident about 15 minutes before when a dark coloured vehicle, possibly a Ford Focus, drove closely past the victim when he was crossing Laisteridge Lane, by the Baba Jaga…

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Murder Enquiry Launched After Incident on Commercial Street, Halifax

Police have launched a murder enquiry after a man was assaulted on Commercial Street, Halifax on Saturday 11 November. Mohammed Faisal, 32, was assaulted shortly before midnight outside the McFly’s bar. He was treated by paramedics and taken to Leeds General Infirmary. He died on Monday 4 December. Detective Chief Inspector Glen Alderson of the Protective Services (Crime) Department is leading the investigation. “I want to appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident to come forward. We have previously released CCTV images of people we wanted to trace in connection…

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Man Sought For Serious Road Traffic Collision in Bradford

Police investigating a serious road traffic collision in Bradford are appealing for information to trace a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.   Waqas Hussain is being sought by officers in connection with the collision which occurred on Bradford Road in Clayton, close to the junction with Hunters Park Avenue on 17 July this year. A 20-year-old woman suffered serious injuries when a Volkswagen Golf left the road and collided with a garage and tree. She has since been discharged from hospital. Hussain is 22…

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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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