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West Yorkshire Police are urging Class A drug users to use caution following two suspected drugs related deaths in the County on Saturday.

Enquiries remain ongoing into the deaths of a 36-year-old man in Leeds and a 27-year-old man in Normanton, both on April 15.

Officers were called to  Compton View in Leeds at 8:22am and found the body of a 36-year-old at the property.

At about 12.47 on Saturday afternoon, paramedics were called to Park Green, Normanton following reports of a 27-year-old man suffering breathing difficulties.  He passed away at the scene.

Both deaths are being treated as none suspicious and, while toxicology results are being awaited, it is believed they are drugs related.

The deaths are not currently being linked by detectives.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Dunkerley of West Yorkshire Police, said: “Enquiries remain ongoing into both these men’s deaths.  While we are awaiting full toxicology results we do believe these deaths are Class A drugs related.

“The force is aware of warnings issued by other forces in the Yorkshire and Humber region about unusually strong heroin or heroin derivates potentially being in circulation, and given that, it seems prudent to issue a warning now to local drugs users.

“There is no information to suggest such drugs are in circulation here in West Yorkshire but, given the unusual circumstances of two suspected Class A drugs deaths in less than 24 hours, we are conducting enquiries.

“Taking Class A drugs is of course, extremely risky in itself, but we would urge users who experience unusual side effects from taking heroin or substitutes to seek medical help via 111 or in life threatening situations 999.

“Anyone who has information about the distribution of illegal Class A drugs in West Yorkshire is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police on 101.

“Information can also be given anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”

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Police in Bradford have released an image of two men they would like to identify in connection with a fraud investigation.  

The incident, in which the 45-year-old victim was persuaded to hand over a significant amount of cash, began on 25 March when a black man approached him in the BD7 area and offered to buy his car.

The victim exchanged details with the man and agreed to meet him at a business park in Canal Road on 29 March.

At the meeting the victim was offered ‘gems’, which he was told were worth around £40,000 and would need to be sold before the car could be purchased.

The victim agreed to purchase the items for a discounted price and the cash was handed over.

The gems, which were referred to as ‘Blue Gold’ have been found to be fake and police are now warning the public to be aware of this scam.

PC Toni Hinnells, of Bradford District CID, said:

“While we are only aware of one report of this type of fraud so far this year, we are aware that a similar scam has previously operated in the Bradford and Huddersfield areas.

“It is possible that these men are part of a larger group, who are targeting individuals to gain significant amounts of cash through deception.

“We want people to be fully aware of the potential tactics being used by these criminal enterprises and to report those behind it.

“If it appears too good to be true, it is most likely that it is.”

Anyone who has information about this incident or who can identify these men is asked to contact Bradford District CID, quoting crime reference 13170144170.

Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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West Yorkshire Police today welcomed the long sentence given to a corrupt former police officer. 

Keith Boots, 55, was given a total sentence of 26 years inprisonment after being found guilty of 16 charges including the theft of drugs from West Yorkshire Police (including cocaine), possession with intent to supply drugs and conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Speaking after the sentencing today (Friday 24 March) at Leeds Crown Court, Detective Superintendent Simon Bottomley of West Yorkshire Police’s Professional Standards Department, said:

“Keith Boots belongs in jail. He is a criminal who pretended to uphold the values expected of a police officer but in reality fell a very long way short of the high standards expected with the uniform.

“He is an embarrassment to Force employees who day in day out work tirelessly to keep the people of West Yorkshire safe. Boots’ colleagues were taking drugs off of the streets whilst he was looking to put them back out there.

“There is no excuse for what Boots did and he now has a very long time in prison to consider the consequences of his actions. He is no longer a police officer having been sacked from the Force on 24 March 2016.”

Boots used his privileged position as a police officer to steal drugs from the Force. As an Inspector he was in charge of the property stores and because of his position of trust installed the CCTV cameras guarding the stores.

Det Supt Bottomley added:

“Boots’ criminality was exposed because of the integrity and actions of his colleagues. As with any criminal activity we will investigate. No one is above the law as Boots has found out to his cost.

“But any safeguards are by virtue reliant on the honesty and integrity of those running them. The vast vast majority of people who work for West Yorkshire Police are honest and operate with an extremely high degree of integrity. Boots was dishonest and lacked the high level of integrity expected of police officers.

“His actions are a stain on that hard work but he is very much in the minority. 

“I would also like to thank everyone who gave evidence in this trial and helped with the investigation. It is always difficult to accept that someone in the Force could be capable of such criminal behaviour. Praise must also be given to the Crown Prosecution Service and prosecuting counsel – this was a trial that at times was complex but the evidence was clearly presented to the jury who then gave the guilty verdict.”

Boots, 55, of Norman Lane, Eccleshill was found guilty of four counts of theft, seven counts of possession with intent to supply drugs, one count of conspiracy to steal and three counts of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs. He was also found guilty of one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. He was found not guilty of one count of possession of a quantity of ammunition without certification.

Ashley Boots, 30, of Weatherhouse Terrace, Halifax admitted seven counts of possession with intent to supply drugs and one count of possession of a quantity of ammunition without certification. He was found guilty of three counts of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs, one count of conspiracy to steal and one count of perverting the course of justice. He was sentenced to 24 years

Ian Mitchell, 28, of no fixed abode, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. He was sentenced to five years.

Pictured top to bottom are Keith Boots, Ashley Boots and Ian Mitchell

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Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Cleckheaton where £25,000 of jewellery was stolen. 

The incident happened between 11 and 12:30 on 17 March at a house on Nibshaw Road.

Suspects forced entry into the property through a window and went on to make an untidy search and found distinctive watches and jewellery.

Items which were taken included:

  • Omega Co-Axial Aqua Terra
  • Omega Geneva watch – 18 carat gold with diamond bezel
  • Omega 14 carat gold Hunter Pocket watch
  • Walthem 14 carat gold pocket watch
  • Three Ladies 14 carat gold pocket watches
  • Three 9 carat double Albert pocket watch chains
  • Fifteen 9 carat gold fob seals
  • Large silver Albert pocket watch chain
  • Fourteen fobs
  • Distinctive Ladies silver fob watch on an Albertine chain with articulated fish vinigret
  • Two gold sovereigns from 1879
  • Omega ‘Bird cage’ clock
  • Variety of gold men’s and ladies watches
  • Gold charm bracelet with gold charms
  • A small metal safe containing cash and passports

PC Sally Baines of Kirklees CID, said: “The items taken during this burglary are very distinctive and unusual and will stand out if they are offered for sale. They represent a lifetime of collecting antique watches and this incident has caused the victim considerable amount of distress and heartache and we are working to reunite these pieces with their rightful owner.

“I would urge anyone with any information about this burglary to contact me at Huddersfield CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13170122780 or alternatively information can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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Police have released CCTV images of two men they would like to identify in connection with a shop robbery in Bradford.  

The incident happened between 7.30pm and 7.40pm on 25 February, when three males carrying a knife and hammer entered a shop in Spring Wood Gardens and made demands for cash from the shop assistant.

A quantity of cash was taken as well as cigarettes and a mobile phone.

The shop assistant, a man in his thirties, was unhurt and the males left on foot.

Anyone who recognises these males is asked to contact PC 5931 Mansell at Bradford District CID on 101, quoting crime reference 13170089711. 

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

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Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of Rameez Raja, of Bradford. 

Officers would like to speak to him about an incident where threats were allegedly made against a woman in the BD5 area.

He is described as being of large build and approximately 5ft 6ins tall.

He also has a scar above his left eye.

Officers are continuing with enquiries to locate Raja and anyone who can assist is asked to contact police on 101, quoting crime reference 13160743024.

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

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The sentencing of a Bradford man to 13 years in prison for the rape of a city schoolgirl marked a successful conclusion to a lengthy investigation which saw two detectives fly out to Romania in their pursuit of justice.

Tariq Syed, aged 64, of Pemberton Drive was jailed at Bradford Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday) after a jury found him guilty of rape and perverting the course of justice.

The rape was reported to police in September 2014 and the subsequent investigation was immediately picked up by the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit.

tariqsyedEnquiries quickly established Syed as a suspect and he was arrested a short time later, but he denied the offence and was bailed pending further enquiries.

Syed was arrested again the following month after the victim’s family claimed he had offered them money to return to Romania.

He was bailed with conditions not to approach the family and later charged with both offences.

But just as the trial was due to get underway at court in August last year, the victim and her family returned to Romania unexpectedly.

Concerned that proceedings may not go ahead if the victim and her mother refused to attend court, Detective Constable Charlotte Grose and Detective Sergeant Amanda Middleton flew out to the country to make sure arrangements were in place for them to give evidence via a video link.

The trial began in February and yesterday Syed was convicted and sentenced for the rape and perverting the course of justice.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Howard, said:

“This case shows the determination and the desire of our detectives to get justice for the victim and her family.

“Syed was an evil man who thought that by throwing money at the family he would get them to drop the case against him.

“We are delighted at the sentence he has received and hope it will give the victim and her family some closure.

“We also hope it will encourage others to report sexual offences to the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit, whose specially trained officers will investigate every report sensitively and thoroughly with the aim of bringing perpetrators to justice.”

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, added:

“I would like to commend the bravery shown by the victim and their family in coming forward to report Syed.

“His crimes were absolutely deplorable and his actions following arrest even more so.

“Tackling child sexual abuse is an absolute priority, as proven by the tireless and dedicated work of West Yorkshire Police in this case.

“I would urge anyone who feels they may have been a victim to come forward and report it to the police. You will be listened to and support will be provided.”

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Specialist ‘cold case’ detectives have launched a detailed review of the murder of a Leeds businessman who died during a robbery at his home 13 years ago today. 

Officers from West Yorkshire Police’s Major Investigation Review Team are now overseeing the investigation into the murder of John Luper, who was 57 years old when he was killed at his home in Sandmoor Drive, Alwoodley, on February 17, 2004.John Luper

They will undertake a full review of all the available evidence with a particular emphasis on advances in forensic science that could bring new lines of enquiry from existing material.

Mr Luper was attacked by a group of four or five masked men as he walked his dog near his neighbour’s driveway at about 11.30pm on February 16 before being dragged back to his home.

His wife, daughter and the family’s au pair were tied up with duct tape and left in an upstairs bedroom before the suspects left the property.

When they managed to free themselves, they found Mr Luper unconscious on the morning room floor.

Police were called at 1.45am and despite attempts to resuscitate him he was pronounced dead at the scene. A post mortem examination showed he died as a result of asphyxiation.

Jewellery and cash totalling around £100,000 were taken during the robbery. Among the pieces of jewellery was a rare Cartier watch that was platinum with vertical rows of diamonds either side of the face.Cartier watch

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Dunkerley, who heads the Major Investigation Review Team, said: “The murder of John Luper during a robbery at his home was a crime that shocked the community and left his family absolutely devastated.

“Although thirteen years have now passed we remain fully committed to doing everything we can to bring his killers to justice and get his family the answers they need.

“Bringing the case into the remit of the Major Investigation Review Team will see it undergo a full and comprehensive review of all the available evidence.

“This will allow us to re-examine and explore every available avenue that could potentially give us news lines of enquiry. One of the major strands of the review process will be on the forensic evidence gathered from the scene.

“There have been significant developments in forensic techniques over the years and we will be checking if any of those can provide new opportunities to progress the investigation.

“At the same time we continue to appeal for anyone with information about the incident. We are still convinced that there will be people out there, most likely in the criminal fraternity, who know who was involved in the murder.

“Allegiances often change over time and it could be that someone is in a better position now to pass on what they know, either direct to us or anonymously via Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team via 101. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

John Luper’s brother Toby Luper said: “As a family, we are pleased to hear that the West Yorkshire Police’s determination like our own, has not diminished over the years and are continuing in their efforts to trace John’s murderers.

“The appointment of a new specialist investigative team is most encouraging and that they are going to re-examine all the evidence that they have accumulated over the period. The fact that they are going to re-examine the DNA collected from the scene of the crime, by availing themselves of the latest DNA technology which has moved on considerably within the last 13 years, is most welcome.

“You read in the media, all the time, that ‘old’ criminal cases are regularly solved by technical advances being made in the field of DNA and I am confident that one day John’s murderers will be brought to justice through this method too. We would like to appeal to anyone with the slightest bit of information that they might have in relation to this case to contact the police.”

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Detectives in Kirklees are appealing for information after an elderly man was deceived by men posing a solar panel engineers.

The incident occurred around 3pm on Friday February 10, when the two male suspects approached an address on Fairfield Road in Heckmondwike. They spoke to the occupant, a vulnerable man in his 70’s and told him he was due a refund. They produced a card machine, and stole a large sum of money during the ‘transaction’.

Both male suspects are described as Asian and both were smartly dressed.

The first suspect has also been described as around 5ft 8″, stocky / athletic build and between 25 and 35-years-old.

The second has been described as 5ft 11″, slim build and aged between 26 and 28.

Detective Constable Rob Rutherford of Kirklees District CID said: “Clearly this incident has been very distressing for the victim. I would like appeal to anyone who may have been in or around the area on Friday afternoon and may have seen anyone matching the suspects descriptions, or acting suspiciously to speak to the police. I am keen to establish details of any vehicle they were using, Our enquiries into this incident are very much ongoing.

“Anyone who may have any concerns about people approaching their home, or that of a family member or friend are always encouraged to check a person’s identity and to contact the company they claim to be from. Use a number from a trusted source, such as a list by the telephone, or one looked up from a directory. Do not use the number given by the caller. Close the door to make the call. Some gas, water and electric companies offer a password system for older or vulnerable customers to offer reassurance. If you have any concerns about the person at your address contact the police. Any legitimate caller will be understanding of your concerns.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC Rob Rutherford at Kirklees CID via 101, quoting 13170065347. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent crime fighting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Police have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a burglary in Bradford. 

At about 3.30pm on 27 January, two men forced entry to a house in Geraldton Avenue and stole a quantity of jewellery and a ‘Ronson’ table-top cigarette lighter.

The men are believed to have arrived and left the address in a white Toyota Aygo, which drove off towards Perth Avenue

Both suspects were described as white males.

One is described as being in his early to mid-thirties, around six feet tall and of chunky build.

He had light coloured stubble and a square shaped face.

The second male had a dark complexion and thought to be his mid-twenties.

He is described as being around five feet four inches tall and of a very thin build.

Anyone who recognises this male, or who may have information which may assist this investigation is asked to call Bradford District CID on 101, quoting crime reference 13170042530.

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

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