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Hate Crime

Hate crimes/hate incidents can take place anywhere – at home, in the streets, at work or at school. No-one should have to live with the fear, anxiety and consequences of hate crime. Reporting it when it happens will help the Police to deal with it and may prevent these incidents from happening to someone else. You will also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in your local area so they can better respond to it. What is a Hate Crime? A Hate Crime is any criminal offence…

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E-Fit Appeal: Robbery, Horton Park, Bradford

Bradford – Police investigating a robbery in a Bradford park have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to.   The incident occurred in Horton Park at about 11am on Tuesday, 24 February, when a 39-year-old woman was pushed to the ground. The victim had what was believed to be alcohol poured over her head, before the suspect snatched her phone and ran off. She later discovered a quantity of cash had been taken. The suspect was believed to be about 5ft 7ins tall and of…

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Are you a Cyber bully?

Cyber bullying, like bullying in schools or anywhere else, is something that can cause great upset to those who are targeted by it. Research suggests that one in five teenagers have been a victim of this form of harassment, which is committed through mobile phones and computers. West Yorkshire Police has recently been raising awareness of cyber bullying during a national week dedicated to highlighting online crime. Texting, posting or emailing anything to deliberately cause offence is considered cyber bullying and police will investigate all reports they receive about this…

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Successful clamp down on dangerous vehicles

Kirklees – A night time enforcement exercise aimed at ensuring that vehicles were fit to be on the road took place took place on Friday 13 March, aimed at ensuring that vehicles were fit to be on the road. Officers from Kirklees Council’s licensing department successfully teamed up with colleagues from W Y Police, Her Majestys Revenue & Customs (HRMC) and the Vehicle Operators Standard Agency (VOSA) to carry out on an enforcement exercise During the crackdown, which took place in Ravensthorpe, the team stopped over 35 vehicles of which…

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New powers to tackle drug driving in the Bradford district

Bradford – Drivers in the Bradford district face tough new penalties if they get behind a wheel after taking illegal drugs. A new law will strengthen police powers to catch and convict drug drivers. Anyone attempting to drive with specific levels of certain drugs in their body faces a criminal record, losing their licence for at least a year and a fine of up to £5,000. The legislation covers eight illegal drugs and eight prescription drugs. People using prescription drugs within recommended quantities will not be penalised. New screening equipment will…

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Burglars know the price of everything and the value of nothing

This has been the message highlighted by West Yorkshire Police in its most recent burglary campaign, which aims to make people think about the true cost of burglary – both emotionally and financially. House burglaries in West Yorkshire are currently down by more than 600 offences compared to the last financial year, and the force is working hard to continue this trend. Every day, officers from West Yorkshire Police see the devastating impact that a burglary can have on individuals and families. A burglar may know how much they can…

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Illegal taxi drivers to pay nearly £2,800

Manchester – Three illegal taxi drivers caught in Manchester have been ordered to pay a total of £2,785 after being prosecuted for breaking licensing rules. In separate incidents, Manchester City Council officers routinely operating in the city centre observed the illegal activity. Gary Edward Young was fined £1,050 with £655 costs and a £55 victim of crime surcharge. Young was also given eight penalty points after pleading guilty to operating an unlicensed private hire vehicle, operating as an unlicensed private hire driver and driving without insurance. During the morning of…

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Centre of Excellence to provide positive pathways for young people

An innovative new centre to tackle youth crime is set to open in Bradford. Bradford Centre of Excellence: Positive Pathways for Young People is a new initiative that delivers targeted interventions about the consequences of crime. The programmes that the centre puts on are designed and presented by ex-offenders and prisoners to young people from across the Bradford District who are “at risk”. “At risk” young people include those who are vulnerable or excluded, and those who are already offending or who have fallen into problematic lifestyles. The centre’s role…

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Tackling tenancy fraud

Bradford Council is working with other local authorities and major housing associations, including Incommunities, as part of the Yorkshire and Humberside Tenancy Fraud Forum, encouraging people to report tenancy fraud as part of Tenancy Fraud Awareness Week, which runs up to Friday 6 February. Examples of tenancy fraud include tenants letting out their home without the council’s or housing association’s permission, getting a home by giving false information or moving out of the property without ending their tenancy. Tenancy fraud was made a criminal offence in October 2013 and since…

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Dealing with Human Trafficking

By Mark Burns Williamson I have previously spoken out about the need for more awareness around how to tackle human trafficking and last year held the first event of its kind in West Yorkshire where partners came together to look at how we deal with this significant emerging threat. Human trafficking can include forced labour, or services, domestic servitude, sexual offences and other forms of exploitation. Those descriptions do nothing to convey the true horror and nightmare faced by those human trafficked each and every day, with numbers steadily rising,…

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