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Celebrating National Volunteers Week

June marks National Volunteers Week which is an important opportunity to recognise and thank people who dedicate their time, without financial reward, to help keep our communities safe. Within my office, and West Yorkshire Police, we are very lucky to have a large number of dedicated volunteers. These roles range massively, from Special Constables, Community Volunteers, Independent Custody Visitors to my Youth Advisory Group. My Youth Advisory Group (YAG) consists of young people from the age of 13 up to 21 from across West Yorkshire who meet to provide me…

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Shipley Man Jailed For Child Rapes

A man from Bradford has been jailed for nearly 13 years for sex attacks on three young girls. Richard Halliday, of Wrose Road in Shipley, was sentenced to 12 years and nine months at Bradford Crown Court on Thursday 31 May for the offences which occurred between 2013 and 2017. The offences came to light in May last year when police investigated reports of concerns about the 36-year-old and his friendship with an 11-year-old girl. She disclosed to officers that Halliday had raped her in his car and at his…

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CCTV Appeal: Assault and Disorder, Greek Street, in Leeds

Police in Leeds are releasing an image of two males they would like to speak to in connection with an assault and a public disorder incident. The incident happened on Friday 18 May at around 2:30am at Neighbourhood bar on Greek Street. There was a verbal altercation between two groups of people within the bar which escalated into disorder, with one male trying to intervene to break up the disorder but was assaulted and knocked to the floor. The 28-year-old male was stamped and kicked whilst on the floor and…

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CCTV Appeal: Sexual Assault, University of Bradford

Detectives in Bradford are releasing a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a sexual assault. The incident took place in the early hours of Monday morning (14th May) at the University of Bradford complex. A 21-year-old female student was grabbed by the suspect as she was making her way home and attempted to push him away. The male suspect continued to grab hold of the victim’s wrists and sexually assaulted the female. The victim manages to get away from the suspect after punching…

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Report of people struck by car in Bradford

Police are appealing for information following a report of people being hit by a car in Bradford. The incident is said to have happened at about 9pm yesterday (Tuesday) in Flockton Road in East Bowling when a silver car, described as being of similar size to a hatchback, was reported to have struck a group of people and driven off. Officers attended but found that all parties had left. The caller also suggested one injured person had been taken away in a car, but subsequent enquiries at hospitals confirmed that no…

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Robbers Jailed For 20 Years

Two men who targeted lone women in robberies in Bradford have been jailed for a total of 20 years. Lee Naylor and Dean Whittaker were sentenced at Bradford Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday) for the offences which occurred in September and October last year. Naylor, 39, of Kingswood Terrace, Bradford was given 14 years after he was found guilty of the violent robbery of a 74-year-old woman in Southfield Lane on 2 October. Naylor pushed his victim to the floor as she walked along the road. He then kicked and stamped…

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Fighting against modern slavery

We are already well into 2018 and March will see us, my office and partners, continuing our fight against modern slavery with a key event in Leeds on March 2nd around improving how policing tackle this vile crime with our partners. The Unlocking Slavery event follows a similar one at the Carr Gate training complex in Wakefield in January and a further event in Bristol that was funded via the Modern Slavery Police Transformation Programme. Speakers at the event will include Shaun Sawyer, the Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall…

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Man Left in Critical Condition Following Assault on Godwin Street, Bradford

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in Bradford city centre in the early hours of Sunday, 28 January leaving him in a critical condition in hospital.   The assault occurred near the Bentley’s bar on Godwin Street between 1.30am and 2.15am. It is understood that the victim, a 35-year-old man, intervened in a dispute in the street between two groups before being assaulted himself.   He was taken to hospital by ambulance where he is being treated for a serious head injury.   Detective Inspector Matt…

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Three Men Sentenced To Combined 18 Years In Jail For Heroin Conspiracy

Three people have today been sentenced to a total of 18 years after admitting their involvement in a conspiracy to supply mobile phones into prisons and conspiracy to supply Heroin. The sentencing comes after the Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit began an investigation towards the end of December 2016 into the activities of serving prisoner Larry Gaskin, age 22. Throughout the investigation it became apparent that Gaskin was using mobile phones to co-ordinate criminal activity whilst inside prison. Between 9 November 2016 and 17 December 2016 he…

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Appeal Over Sikh Woman’s 1985 Disappearance, Leeds

Detectives investigating the disappearance of a Sikh woman who lived in Leeds in the 1980s are appealing for information following the arrest of two people on suspicion of her murder. Officers from West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team arrested a 75-year-old man on suspicion of the murder of Harbans Kaur Lally and arrested a 74-year-old woman on suspicion of conspiracy to murder when they searched an address in Gravesend, Kent, on Monday (8/1). Harbans Kaur Lally A 53-year-old man was also arrested on the same day from an…

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