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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.

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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.”

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Police investigating a sexual assault in Bradford have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to trace.

baslowgrefitThe victim, a 23-year-old woman, was walking along Baslow Grove in the Heaton area at about 8.45pm on 20 September, when she was approached by a male from behind and pushed to the floor.

He is then believed to have touched the victim over her clothing before running off towards Toller Lane.

The suspect is described as Asian, of slim build and about 5ft 8ins tall.

He was wearing a navy blue tracksuit with a hood which was up, and bottoms.

He is believed to be aged between 25 and 35 and is described as having a thin face with thick eyebrows and beady eyes.

He also smelt of cigarettes.

Detective Constable Andrew Milner, of Bradford District Safeguarding Unit, said:

“We would like to speak to anyone who may have seen this man in the area around Baslow Grove shortly before or after the above time.

“We would also like to speak to an Asian man in a silver vehicle who was seen close by, as we believe he may have vital information about this incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC 1651 Milner on 101, quoting crime reference 13160407939, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, who can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Sightings of the so called ‘killer clown’ is causing concern for residents in the West Yorkshire region. With daily reports of sightings of people dressed as a clown, often wielding a weapon, has now become a serious issue for the West Yorkshire Police. The ‘pranks’ leading up to Halloween, are now resulting in serious injuries to their victims. West Yorkshire Police have now issued a warning to anyone who is considering dressing up as a clown to frighten members of the public.

West Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Mark Milsom said: “We are becoming increasingly concerned about the current clown craze involving people dressing up as clowns to try and frighten others.

“West Yorkshire Police are continuing to receive reports of “clown incidents”. Public safety is our priority and we are concerned that one of these incidents may lead to a young or elderly person being harmed, possibly seriously injured.

“While some might view this as a prank there is potential for serious unforeseen consequences. We wish to highlight this concern publicly to perpetrators and encourage them to act more responsibly.

“We will take robust action to arrest and prosecute them where we consider that criminal offences have occurred.”

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Detectives investigating the shooting of a man in Leeds have released CCTV images of a number of potential witnesses they want to trace.

A 42-year-old man was shot and seriously injured in the incident outside Nitetrax nightclub, in Chapeltown Road, in the early hours of Monday, August 29.potential witnesses

Toyan Issac, aged 29, from Meanwood, has been charged with attempted murder and firearms offences in relation to the incident and the case is ongoing at court.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Swift, of West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “We have carried out comprehensive checks on CCTV at the venue and have identified these fourteen people as potential witnesses.

“We want to stress that we are only interested in speaking to them as potential witnesses to this incident and not in relation to any other matters.

“This was a very serious incident where a man was injured as a result of the criminal use of firearms and we hope that anyone who can assist the investigation will come forward.”

Any of the people shown in the images or anyone who knows their identities is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team on 01924 821438 or via 101 quoting Operation Plainridge or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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West Yorkshire Police are appealing for information to trace a man wanted on recall to prison. 

Kirklees District Police would like to speak to anyone who has information about Ryan Coyne, 21.

Coyne is believed to be in the Blackpool area.

Members of the public are asked not to approach Coyne but to call Police on 999 with any information

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Four men will face a combined sentence of 50 years behind bars after being convicted of the rape, trafficking and sexual exploitation of young victims.

ibrahim_kolaIsmail ‘Ishy’ Haji (39) formerly a taxi driver, of Rotary Close, Dewsbury, his brother, Imran Haji (36) a shop assistant, of Manor Way, in Batley, Ibrahim ‘Iby’ Kola (36), a factory worker, of School Crescent, Dewsbury and Mohammed ‘Saaj’ Chothia (39) a factory worker, of Hyrstlands Road, in Batley were all jailed at Leeds Crown Court today for offences committed in 2014.

The four men were prosecuted following a significant investigation by Wakefield District Child Sexual Exploitation team into offending in the Wakefield and Kirklees Districts.

West Yorkshire Police welcomed the convictions and said officers will relentlessly target those who try to abuse and exploit children and the vulnerable.

The sentences given to the four men were:

Ismail Haji, 19 years for rape, sexual activity with a child, grooming and trafficking offences;

Imran Haji, 8 years for rape and trafficking offences;

Ibrahim Kola, 10 years for rape and trafficking offences;

Mohammed Chothia, 13 years for grooming, taking an indecent photo of a child and trafficking offences.

imran_hajiPolice enquiries into the case began in October 2014 after a then 13-year-old victim from the Wakefield area told a school welfare officer she had been seriously sexually assaulted by men at an address in Dewsbury.

The subsequent investigation established the 13-year-old had come into contact with Mohammed Chothia and Ismail Haji in August.

She had later met the two men in Thornes Park, Wakefield, along with a 15-year-old girl.

Over the weeks which followed, the girls were also introduced to Imran Haji and Ibrahim Kola and taken to a flat in Dewsbury. Both were subject to serious sexual assaults at the property.

The 13-year-old was also seriously sexually assaulted at a second address.

Ismail Haji and Chothia were identified, arrested and charged by Wakefield Safeguarding officers in October 2014 with further enquiries leading to the identification and arrest of the other two defendants.

Chief Superintendent Mabs Hussain, District Commander for Wakefield, said:

ismail_haji“Tackling child sexual exploitation and safeguarding the vulnerable is the top priority for Wakefield Police, just as it is for the rest of the force, and I am very pleased to see these men behind bars today.

“It is no exaggeration to say these men behaved in a reprehensible fashion and targetted some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

“Within Wakefield, our child safeguarding detectives work with colleagues from social services, the NHS, Wakefield District Housing and more, within the same offices, to try and ensure everything possible is done to protect children and detect these offences.

“In this case, abuse reported to the school was very quickly passed to the police, indicating how well the reporting systems operating in Wakefield can work.

“I want to commend the team who investigated these offences in such a methodical and detailed fashion to build a case against these individuals and help put them in prison.”

Commenting on the case, Detective Inspector Lis Walker of the Wakefield District Safeguarding Unit, said: “These men took advantage of young and vulnerable victims for the sole purpose of sexually abusing them. They were devious and manipulative in order to achieve their vile objectives. They will now have a collective 50 years in prison to reflect upon the consequences of their wickedness.

mohammed_chothia“Officers worked incredibly hard and showed great determination during the investigation. They treated the victims with great sensitivity and have supported them throughout. Their meticulous work has ensured the protection of the wider community from these men. I am grateful to Barnardos and our partners at the Local Authority for the crucial support they have also shown throughout this case.

“However, whilst we welcome the sentences at court today, it is the victims that are, and have always been, at the forefront of our thoughts and of all we have done.

“Their bravery and courage in coming forward and supporting the prosecution of the men who treated them so abominably should be recognised. They have remained steadfast for almost two years, waiting for justice to be done.

“I hope seeing their abusers receive substantial custodial sentences will bring the victims some reassurance and enable them to draw this chapter to a close.

“I would encourage anyone who has information about child sexual exploitation to contact the police. You will be listened to and all reports will be thoroughly investigated and treated with the utmost sensitivity.”

If you have information about CSE please ring 101 or the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111 anonymously.

Information about how to spot the signs of CSE can be found at West Yorkshire Police’s Know the Signs campaign page at http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/CSE

Information about CSE, including guidance for parents and carers about how to prevent it, is available on the Barnardos web site at: http://www.barnardos.org.uk/what_we_do/our_work/cse-home

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Police in Bradford are appealing for information on the whereabouts of Amjab Ali Azam.  

Officers would like to speak to him about an assault in Keighley on 3 July.

Extensive enquiries have been carried out to trace Azam, who is 35 and is believed to be living in the Keighley area.

He also goes by the name of Amjad and has links to Bradford and Manchester.

He is described as Asian, about 6ft 2ins tall, of broad build with brown eyes and short black hair.

He is not believed to pose a risk to the general public, but anyone who sees him is advised not to approach him and call police on 101.

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Police investigating an assault in Bradford have released images of three men they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

mansell1The 23-year-old male victim was driving a black Peugeot 308 which was initially in collision with a silver VW Golf at about 5.45pm in Manningham Lane on 6 June.

The victim was driving away from Bradford towards Oak Lane, when the Golf hit his vehicle again.

A Vauxhall Astra then stopped at the scene, where an altercation occurred and the victim was punched him in the head before both vehicles drove away.

mansell2The victim suffered serious facial injuries.

A 21-year-old man was arrested and later released on bail pending further enquiries.

Detective Constable Hannah Mansell, of Bradford District CID, said:

“These males were seen in the area at the time and it is possible they will have more information about what happened.”

mansell3Anyone with information is asked to contact DC 5931 Mansell on 101, quoting crime reference 13160241901, or to contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, who can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Police have launched a murder investigation after a man who was critically injured in an assault in Bradford died in hospital. 

attock_park_0Beyake Keita-Ann, who was 21, suffered serious head injuries following a disturbance between two groups of people in Attock Park in Laisterdyke at about 8pm on Tuesday, 23 August.

He was taken to Leeds General Infirmary, but sadly died on Wednesday.

A 17-year-old male received minor injuries which needed hospital treatment.

The attack is believed to have occurred close to some football pitches, where the victims had been playing just moments before.

A total of nine men aged between 17 and 46 have been arrested in connection with the inquiry.

Six are currently on bail pending further enquiries. Three have been released without charge.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Scott, of the Homicide and Major Enquiries Team, said:

“While a number of enquiries have already been completed in relation to this investigation, this is now being treated as a murder inquiry and we are continuing to appeal for information.

“We believe the victims were playing football in the park from around 6pm and that the park was very busy, so we would ask for anyone who was using the park at that time to contact us.

“It is vital that anyone who may have seen anything suspicious comes forward, so we can establish what happened and who was responsible for inflicting the injuries which sadly proved fatal for Mr Keita-Ann.

“This attack took place in a popular public area in Laisterdyke and we believe the answers will be found in the local community.

“Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team via 101, quoting crime reference 13160363829 or to pass details anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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