A cable thief who was jailed for 18 months in May for stealing railway cable in the West Yorkshire area has now been ordered to pay back more than £25,000 following a British Transport Police investigation.
Ben Pearson, 23, of Hillcrest Road, Castleford appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Friday, 10 January for a Proceeds of Crime Act ( POCA) hearing, where he was ordered to pay £17,275 compensation to Network Rail and had £8,522 confiscated.
Mr Pearson will have 56 days to pay the money under POCA.
“This case sends out a clear message that sealing cable just doesn’t pay. Not only did Pearson lose his liberty but he has also been forced to pay back his ill gotten gains.
“We’re hitting cable thieves in their own pockets by taking back money they’ve made through targeting and stealing from the rail network.
"We’ll pursue them through the courts to strip them of their criminal profits.”
The police is appealing for information after a 19-year-old woman was assaulted whilst in The Mission nightclub in Leeds.
Officers have today released a picture of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the assault, which took place in the early hours of Sunday, 1 December.
Police Constable Daniel Worthington, the investigating officer said: "The woman, who is from the Leeds area, was allegedly punched in the face by a man in the club at around 1am. She suffered cuts and bruising to her eye area.
“If you recognise the man shown in the CCTV images, or have any information about the attack we would like to hear from you, please come forward and assist police in this investigation.”
Information can be given to British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or via text on 61016, quoting background log NEA/ B7 of 18/12/2013 or via the independent charity Crime stoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Police say train passengers should not be affected by a planned EDL demonstration in Bradford this weekend.
“BTP is working closely with West Yorkshire Police, Network Rail and Northern Rail to plan for a proposed EDL demonstration in Bradford on the afternoon of Saturday. “Our aim is to keep the station and trains running smoothly and to ensure the environment remains safe for all rail staff and rail users including those attending the demonstration. We will deal swiftly, professionally and robustly with anyone who behaves unlawfully or who acts in an anti-social manner."
– Superintendent Eddie Wylie of British Transport Police
Images of a man police want to speak to have today been released after a member of staff from Huddersfield railway station was assaulted.
British Transport Police officers are keen to speak to the man, who was at the station at the time of the incident, at 9pm on Tuesday, 16 July.
PC Sam Bloomfield, said: “A man, in the company of a younger man, who we believe may have been his son, was attempting to enter the station to travel without a ticket.
“He was challenged by a member of staff who asked him to purchase a ticket or leave the station on a number of occasions.
“As he left the station he spat a mouthful of biscuits he was eating at the staff member, a 37-year-old man from Wakefield, then threw the biscuit packet at him, striking him in the chest. The man also threw his phone at the victim but missed. "
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on Freefone** 0800 40 50 40** or text 61016** quoting referenceB5/NEA of 07/08/2013**. Alternatively, information can be passed to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.
British Transport Police officers have released an image of a woman they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of a number of items from a Whistlestop shop in Wakefield railway station on Monday, 10 June.
Police Constable John Moses, the investigating officer said, “At around 3.45pm, a man and women entered the shop at the station. The woman then took a number of items from the shelves before attempting to leave without paying.
"She was challenged by staff from the shop, who managed to retrieve a number of items from her, before she fled with alcohol and food and ran off towards the town centre. If you recognise the woman pictured, or know her whereabouts, then please get in touch.”
British Transport Police are appealing for information after six people have had their bank cards stolen and money spent on them from a bar in Leeds in May.
They have released images of two men they want to speak to in connection with the incidents, which occurred at the Stone Roses Bar in Leeds.
Detective Constable Tom Eastwood is leading the investigation. He said: “We have received several reports of people attending the nightclub and discovering that their credit or debit card is missing during the night.
“Cash withdrawals and transactions both online and in shops, have then been made on these cards in Leeds and London, some of which have totalled nearly £1,000.
“We believe the victims were watched entering their PIN details when making purchases at the bar, and then had their cards stolen."
“If anyone recognises these men, or knows their whereabouts, then please get in touch.”
Anyone with information should call British Transport Police** onFreefone 0800 40 50 40** or text 61016** quoting B3/NEA of **