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Woman Convicted After Stealing £240,000 From Employer

A Halifax woman who stole £240,000 from her boss has been sentenced to 5 years in prison.  Nikki Conway, 37, of Willowfield Crescent admitted taking the money from her boss, William Dickin, 74, who thought she was “like family” and a “trusted employee”, between 1 May 2016 and 1 October 2016. She had been employed as an Office Manager between 2010 and October 2015 Mr Dickin saw his business go into liquidation and almost lost his house too. The theft first came to light on 4 November last year when…

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Attempted Robbery in Bradford

Police investigating an attempt robbery in Bradford have released an image of a male they would like to identify. The incident occurred in Peel Park at about 2.25pm on 30 April, when a man and woman in their sixties were approached by the suspect, who asked for the woman’s handbag. The woman refused and a scuffle ensued which resulted in the woman falling to the floor. She suffered an injury to her elbow which did not require hospital treatment. The man was uninjured. The suspect is described as Asian and…

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Bradford Solicitor Jailed For Conspiracy to Defraud

A Bradford solicitor and his brother have been jailed for more than six years after they were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud.  Chambers Solicitors’ principal partner Mohammed Ayub and his brother Mohammed Riaz were jailed at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday (9 June) in relation to payments made to a fictitious agency, Legal Support Services, which was set up by Riaz to claim thousands of pounds in interpreters’ fees from the Legal Aid Agency. The total cost of the fraud could never be established, but the prosecution estimated it to…

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Bradford Men Jailed For Firearms Offences

Two men from Bradford have been jailed for nearly 14 years after they were convicted of firearms offences. Paul Nriapia and Joseph McCrory were sentenced at Bradford Crown Court yesterday (Monday) in relation to the seizure of a loaded revolver, which was recovered from a Ford Focus in Barden Avenue, Bradford last December. Nriapia, 58, of Beacon Place, was jailed for seven years and three months after he was found guilty of conspiracy to possess a firearm without a certificate and conspiracy of possession of ammunition without a certificate. Thirty-six…

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Serial Rapist Brought to Justice for Offence in 1991

Groundbreaking advances in forensic science have helped detectives bring a serial rapist to justice for a horrific offence committed almost three decades ago. Raymond Manners, 56, plead guilty at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday 9 May to the rape, committed on 23 February 1991 in the Chapeltown area of Leeds. Manners went into the victim’s house and then raped her before making off. Officers at the time were unable to identify the culprit but the case was later reviewed by the Operation Recall team – the unit set up to…

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Business Warning About Cyber Crime

West Yorkshire Police is warning business that the impact of a cyber attack can be as bad or even worse than more ‘traditional’ crimes. So-called cyber crime – crime that uses a computer, laptop or similar device as part of the offence – is on the increase across the Yorkshire and Humber region. And criminals are looking to target business because of the greater rewards on offer. Typical attacks include mandate fraud where businesses receive phishing emails purporting to be from a legitimate company or finance personnel sending a request…

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Appeal: Burglary, Apperley Bridge, Bradford

Police investigating a burglary in Bradford have released an image of a man they would like to speak to.  This happened between 10pm on 27 March and 6am on 28 March, when entry was forced to a property in Apperley Road, Apperley Bridge. The suspect is believed to have returned to the property several times during this time to take items, which included crystal decanters and a television. He is described as white and of skinny build, with a gaunt looking face and short dark hair. He was thought to…

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Police Warning After Cold Callers Bank Details Scam

Police are warning people not to give out their personal banking details to cold callers.  This follows three recent reports where a caller has pretended to be a police officer querying fraudulent transactions on bank accounts. The caller has then asked for bank details, claiming that this will prevent further fraudulent transactions. In one incident, a woman was duped into handing over some gold jewellery (pictured) to an unknown male. He attended her house in Eccleshill in Bradford on 23 April after she told the caller she was afraid to keep…

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Drug Users Urged To Use Caution Following Suspected Drugs Deaths

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…

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Images released of two Bradford men in connection with fraud investigation 

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…

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