Monday, August 21, 2017
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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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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

 

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