Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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A Makarov self loading pistol has been taken off the streets and four men sentenced to 30 years at Leeds Crown Court.

On 10 May 2016 a VW Passat was searched by officers on New Hey Road, Huddersfield and it was during this search that the weapon was found along with 16 rounds of ammunition and cannabis.

After that initial search investigations arrested and charged four men:

Publication1Jamie Simpson, 29, of Walton Croft, Huddersfield, was sentenced to a total of eight years. He plead guilty to the sale of a firearm, sale of ammunition (7 year sentence) and possession with intent to supply a class B drug (one year sentence to run consecutively)

Joshua Heathcote, 21, of Turnsteads Drive, Cleckheaton was sentenced to a total of five and a half years after admitting possession of a firearm.

George Sweeney, 33, NFA of Merseyside, admitted possession with intent to supply a class B drug and was found guilty of purchasing / acquiring a firearm and section 1 ammunition. He was sentenced to eight years for the firearm and ammunition offence and 12 months (to run consecutively) for the drugs offences (total of nine years).

Lewis Tynan, 24, of Bower Road, Huyton (Merseyside) was sentenced to a total of eight years after admitting purchasing / acquiring a firearm and section 1 ammunition (seven years) and possession with intent to supply a class B drug (12 months to run concurrently).

Detective Chief Inspector Warren Stevenson of the Protective Services (Crime) Division, said:

“Today’s sentencing shows that if you get involved in this sort of criminality then you will face the full force of the criminal justice system. These four now have time inside to consider the consequences of their actions and we have taken a potentially dangerous weapon out of circulation.”

If you suspect criminal activity in your area then call police on 101 or the independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. If a crime is in progress or it is an emergency always call 999.


Police have charged 13 men with drugs supply offences following an operation in Keighley.  

The charges follow a series of warrants carried out at addresses across the town in the last week.

A total of 21 men were arrested and officers also seized suspected Class A drugs worth approximately £3,000, along with around £20,000 in cash.

The operation followed concerns raised with police in Keighley about the supply of illegal substances in the town.

Inspector Khalid Khan, who was recently appointed to lead the Keighley Area Neighbourhood Team, worked with colleagues and partners at Bradford District to devise the arrest operation.

Inspector Khan, said: “This operation was made possible by information given to us by the people of Keighley, and I hope it sends out a message that police will not tolerate the supply of drugs in the town.

“This will have had some impact on the local drugs trade and I also hope it illustrates that we will listen to your concerns and take positive action where we can.”

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

“This was a fantastic operation by Inspector Khan and West Yorkshire Police with a really positive outcome for our communities.

“Drugs ruin lives and drug abuse often links to other crime and social issues causing wider problems for our communities and partners. Tackling drug abuse is a priority in my Police and Crime Plan and we will not allow drug dealers to ply their trade in West Yorkshire, it will never be a viable alternative to making an honest living here.”

Anyone with information about the supply of illegal drugs can contact the team on 101, or by emailing keighleynt@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Information about those suspected of being involved in drug supply can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

More than £20,000 in cash recovered during a drugs warrant in Bradford has been forfeited to the courts.

Officers recovered £23,332 in cash while executing the warrant at a house in Cecil Avenue in February 2013.

The cash was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act and earlier this month Leeds magistrates granted a forfeiture order on the balance of probability that the cash was intended for criminal use.

The money will now be put back into communities through local policing operations and the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund.

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

“This is more fantastic work from West Yorkshire Police and the courts in making sure crime doesn’t pay.

“Some of this recovered money will now go towards my Safer Communities Fund, which puts proceeds of crime back into our communities to provide support to victims, tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and safeguard vulnerable people.

“Since the Fund launched, over £1.5 million of recovered money has been given back to good causes here in West Yorkshire.”

Detectives in Bradford are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary in Bradford.

About 8.30pm on Saturday, 14 January a woman in her forties answered a knock on the door of her house in Upper Rushton Road.

Three men wearing face coverings then forced their way into the house and demanded gold and jewellery.

One of them is thought to have been carrying a gun.

They are believed to have taken a quantity of jewellery, cash and electrical items and drove off in a blue Audi A3, which belonged to one of the occupants of the property.

This vehicle was recovered later that evening in Highthorne Avenue in the BD3 area of the city.

The woman was unhurt.

One of the men is described as a black. He was approximately 6ft tall of slim build and wearing a black hooded top, black pants and trainers.

Another is described as Asian and about 5ft 10ins tall. He was wearing a grey hooded top, black trousers and trainers.

The other suspect is also described as Asian and 5ft 10ins tall. He was wearing a Gucci belt with a gold coloured “G” buckle with green and black fabric.

He was also wearing black trousers which he kept pulling up, and black trainers.

Detective Inspector Matt Walker of Bradford District CID, said:

“We would like to speak to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area at around the time stated or anyone who saw the car being abandoned later that evening.

“Our enquiries also suggest a man wearing a sleeveless fluorescent jacket was seen close by at the time and we would be keen to speak to this man, as we believe he may have more information.”

Anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to contact DC 4329 Murphy at Bradford District CID via 101, quoting crime reference 13170021270. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Mark Burns-Williamson

I recently launched West Yorkshire’s new Police and Crime Plan in December.

The new Plan sets the outcomes, and priorities that will drive the work of my office, West Yorkshire Police and our partnership working over the next 5 years.

The outcomes are, tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, safeguard vulnerable people, make sure criminal justice works for communities and support victims and witnesses.

This new Plan takes over from the previous Police and Crime Plan and was created following an extensive consultation with the public and partners.

New additions to the Plan include priorities on safeguarding missing people and reducing incidents through addressing the root causes, working together to prevent radicalisation and safeguard people that are vulnerable to being groomed, and increasing community cohesion by encouraging inclusivity and building relationships between our communities.

Many existing priorities from the previous Plan, which continue to be important to the people of West Yorkshire, remain. These priorities include tackling child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, road safety, cyber crime, human trafficking and providing the best possible support to the victims of crime.

The heart of the Plan is working together in partnership to ‘keep West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe’, which is the overall vision. Each of us has a role to play in improving the lives of people and their families across all of our communities.

To find out more about the Police and Crime Plan and to download a copy visit www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk. Hardcopies can also be requested via the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner by calling 01924 294000 or by post to Ploughland House, 62 George Street, Wakefield, WF1 1DL.

Over £1.5m of money recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act has now been returned to our communities through my Safer Communities Fund.

Recently 40 projects received a share of £167,355.47 at an awards evening held at Batley High School in December for the latest round of the Fund which had a crime prevention theme.

The Safer Communities Fund launched in February 2014. A total of £1,532,632.42 has so far been returned to the communities it came from, and a couple of West Yorkshire Projects were recently featured on the BBC’s Ill Gotten Gains series http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0842jgq.

The fund is financed through money recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) which allows police and prosecutors to seize assets which criminals gained through illegal means.

I was delighted to be able to award the latest grants. It’s truly heartening to see what a difference relatively small amounts of money can make in our communities across West Yorkshire and I am continually impressed by the amount of worthy causes and organisations applying who are making a huge difference locally.

A heartfelt thank you to our police service and prosecutors who are doing a fantastic job of ensuring crime doesn’t pay. Without their hard work recovering this money and assets from criminals, the fund wouldn’t exist.

The next round of the fund opened for applications on 12 December with £140,000 available for good causes and grants of up to £5000 each. To find out more about the fund, including how to apply visit https://www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/safer-communities-fund.aspx. The closing date for applications is 20 January 2017.

I have also teamed up with West Yorkshire Police, the North East Counter Terrorism Unit and the University of Bradford to tackle online radicalisation through a joint research project.

The University has a wealth of expertise from many different backgrounds including computer science, digital forensics, cryptography, peace studies and social science, which will enable them to look at the data available from different perspectives to that of the police, to understand how an individual can be radicalised through online means.

The outputs of this project are expected to include learning materials for community policing, education providers, local government and other partners as well as innovative tools to enable the police to focus their resources for investigation and disruption operations in more targeted ways.

Online radicalisation impacts heavily within our communities and feelings of safety and the consequences can be truly devastating.

Tackling radicalisation has its roots in partnership working. This new research is a step in the right direction in further understanding the behaviour and circumstances that surround an individual being radicalised and the steps that can be taken by various organisations to prevent it and provide a counter narrative.

I will be keeping a close eye on the progress of this research and I am also keen to see what other opportunities arise to further more partnership working.

Anyone with any information about radicalisation either on line or anywhere else should call the police immediately on 101 or the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

I wish everyone a happy and peaceful 2017.



Detectives investigating an incident where a police officer and member of the public were shot at in Bradford have released a CCTV image of the moment the shots were fired.  

Two shots were fired towards the pair in a marked police vehicle from what is believed to be a black Seat Leon that was later found burnt out in Low Green Terrace in the Great Horton area of the city.

sackville_st2This happened while officers attending a disturbance outside the Krizma nightclub in Sackville Street at about 4.20am on Christmas Day were interviewing witnesses.

Armed officers have this morning (Friday 30 December) carried out a series of operations in the Bradford area as enquiries into the incident remain on going. A 21 year old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in custody

Officers are continuing operations in the city as they look to trace two more men who they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

A 19-year-old man from Bradford has been charged with assault in relation to the earlier incident.

Detective Superintendent Pat Twiggs, of the Homicide and Major Enquiries Team, said:

sackville_st_1“We are releasing this image in the hope that someone knows who was involved in this offence, recognises the vehicle involved or knows who may have been in it.

“This was clearly a targeted, highly dangerous act which could have easily resulted in fatal consequences and we are determined to bring those responsible to justice.

“Firearms incidents will not be tolerated and I am appealing to anyone who might have any information.

” In particular I am appealing to anyone who may have seen this vehicle, or its occupants in the time leading up to this incident or immediately afterwards to contact us.

“I would also appeal to anyone who saw the disturbance outside the nightclub or the vehicle being abandoned to come forward with information.”

Anyone who may be able to assist the investigation is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiries Team on 101, quoting crime reference 13160757038 or log 252 of the 25 December or to report anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”


Two men are facing life sentences after they were found guilty of murdering a Bradford man.

Amjad Khan
Amjad Khan

Amjad Khan  and Ismail Khan were today convicted by a jury at Bradford Crown Court of the murder of Imran Khan.

Imran, who was 30, was shot and fatally wounded in Round Street, Bradford on 6 June this year.

Amjad, 31, from New Cross Street, West Bowling and Ismail, 32, from Masham Place, were remanded in custody to be sentenced tomorrow (Wednesday).

Two other Bradford men were sentenced today in relation to the same incident.

Qasim Khan, 18, of Ryan Street and Rizwan Iqbal, 19, of Parkside Road, were given two years and 18 months respectively after they were found guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Speaking after the verdicts today, Detective Chief Inspector Ian Scott, of the Homicide and Major Enquiries Team, said:

Ismail Khan
Ismail Khan

“Two men have been found guilty of Imran’s murder and this brings our investigation to a conclusion.

“Our thoughts remain very much with his family at this time, particularly his young daughter who was born shortly after his death and will sadly grow up without knowing her father.

“We hope these convictions will help to give them some comfort and some closure to what has been a very sad time for them.

“Imran was a much-loved member of his family and his death has had a massive impact on them, particularly those who saw him lose his life in such shocking and tragic circumstances.”


Police are appealing for members of the local community to help them identify people on mobile phone footage after an incident on Killinghall Road, Bradford on Friday afternoon (9 December)

Officers were called to reports of affray and criminal damage at 1.44pm

Detective Inspector Alan Weekes of Bradford CID, said:

crime“We are aware of footage thought to be of the incident circulating on social media and understandably members of the community are concerned about what it would appear to show.

“I want to take this opportunity to appeal directly to the local community to identify anyone they see in the footage. Likewise if they have any information about what happened please come forward. I would also appeal to anyone who has footage to also come forward.

“Incidents like this will not be tolerated.”

Offices want to speak to the people in these pictures in connection with the incident.

Call police on 101 quoting log 782 of Friday 9 December.


Police investigating the murder of PC Sharon Beshenivsky have renewed their appeal for information on the eleventh anniversary of her death.

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team is appealing for information about Piran Dhitta Khan, who officers want to trace in connection with the inquiry.

PC Beshenivsky was fatally shot while attending a report of an armed robbery in Morley Street today in Bradford in 2005.  

Members of West Yorkshire Police will be attending her annual memorial service in Bradford city centre later today.

Det Supt Atkinson, said:

“This investigation remains ongoing and will continue until everyone involved in PC Beshenivsky’s murder has been brought to justice.

“Our efforts are continuing to trace Piran Dhitta Khan, who will now be 68.

“He is thought to be living in Pakistan and we are again appealing directly to the people of Pakistan, as well as those in West Yorkshire and across the country to come forward and provide information on his whereabouts.”

A £20,000 reward is on offer for information leading to his capture and anyone who can assist the inquiry can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.


Police have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to following a report of a suspicious incident in Bradford.

thornattabductThe man, who is described as Asian, is said to have approached two 16-year-old girls in Thorn Avenue, Heaton and asked them where they were going.

He is alleged to have grabbed one of them by the wrist, but lost his grip when the other girl struck him with her bag.

The girls ran off after the incident, which is said to have happened close to the junction with Thorn Drive on 17 October, sometime between 11am and 11.20am.

It was reported to police later that day.

The man is described as being about six feet tall, of slim to medium build with short, curly black hair.

He is believed to be around 40 to 45 years old and was wearing a black leather zipped jacket and blue jeans.

He was stood close to a small, black car.

Detective Inspector Alan Weekes, of Bradford District CID, said:

“We are keen to speak to this man about his actions, which clearly caused some concern to the girls involved.

“While this matter is being treated as an attempt abduction, I would like to stress that there have been no further reports of similar incidents in the area.

“Our enquiries are continuing and anyone with information, or anyone who may have this man in the area shortly before or after the times stated, is asked to contact PC 6705 Dyson at Bradford District CID on 101, quoting crime reference 13160496766 or to report anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”