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Man due in court after assault in Leeds

A man has been charged in connection with the death of another man who died following an assault in the Beeston area of Leeds on Saturday evening.

David Powell, 27, from Clovelly Grove, Beeston has been charged with the manslaughter of Gerard Adeshida and is due to appear at Leeds Magistrates Court this morning.

Mr Adeshida, aged 37, died in hospital after being assaulted on Lady Pit Lane around 6pm on Saturday.

Chief Constable says economy has driven crime up

Police in northern England are facing rising crime levels because it has been harder hit by the recession than the South, the Chief Constable of Humberside Police has said.

Chief Constable of Humberside  Police Justine Curran
Chief Constable of Humberside Police Justine Curran

Justine Curran said evidence showed shoplifters were stealing essential items such as food due to the impact of the economic downturn.

She said the poorest areas of Humberside showed the biggest rises in crime, which backed up her theory.

She said the latest crime figures showed a North-South divide, with rising numbers in the North and falling or stable statistics for the South.

The Chief Constable said: "We have done intelligence interviews with criminals suggesting that acquisitive crime like shoplifting is moving towards a focus on the theft of essential goods like food.

"Statistics support the fact that upturns in crime are being experienced in the North while levels in the South are remaining static, if not falling.

Chief Constable says economy has driven crime up
Chief Constable says economy has driven crime up

"We are not looking for excuses, but it is important that we understand the drivers of crime and that is why we have looked into the possibility of the recession hitting harder in the North, leading to these increases.

"We certainly know that in our area the biggest rises in crime have been in higher deprivation areas."

A Home Office spokesman said: "Under this Government, overall crime is down by more than 10%, according to both the independent Crime Survey and police recorded crime.

"The evidence is clear - police reform is working and crime is falling.

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Police make almost fifty arrests during bank holiday crime crackdown

West Yorkshire Police made almost fifty arrests as part of Operation Viper 4 - a four day crackdown on crime.

Police made nearly 50 arrests
Police made nearly 50 arrests

Forty-nine people were arrested in total as police across the county stepped up their efforts to counter crime over the bank holiday which usually sees a rise in offences.

In total over the four days of activity, 359 vehicles and 282 people were stopped with 32 vehicles seized, five stolen vehicles recovered and 49 people arrested.

Superintendent Pat Casserly, who led the operation, said:

“Our focused activity over the Bank Holiday weekend has resulted in a number of significant arrests; but Operation Viper is not just about getting people in custody but also preventing offences happening in the first place by putting the fear back on the criminals.

Forces pledge commitment to improve after crime report

An interim report carried into crime data and how it's recorded by the police has identified significant under reporting of incidents.

South Yorkshire were among 13 of the 43 police forces across the country to be inspected by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.

Initial findings highlighted that within some forces up to 20 percent of crimes maybe going unrecorded.

Today South Yorkshire Police reaffirmed its commitment to improving services and their priority to protect victims of crime:

North Yorkshire Police say issues highlighted in report have been addressed

North Yorkshire Police say issues raised in a new HMIC report have been dealt with.

North Yorkshire Police say issues highlighted in report have been addressed
North Yorkshire Police say issues highlighted in report have been addressed

In a statement the force said: "We are awaiting the detailed report that is specific to North Yorkshire Police. However, we have already acted upon the initial feedback to ensure we continue to improve on the services we provide.

"It is important to note that victims of crime have independently demonstrated, via The British Crime Survey, that North Yorkshire Police provide one of the highest standards of service in the country.

"The most recent report in 2014 has identified issues that have already been addressed and are subject to a National Crime Recording Standards Quality and Improvement Board chaired by the Head of Crime, Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Mason.

"This board meets regularly to continually review current procedures and identify ways in which to improve standards.

"North Yorkshire Police operates a robust and ethical system of crime recording, which is subject to a high level of scrutiny to ensure it meets the standards set out by the Home Office."

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South Yorkshire Police confident of 100% compliance

South Yorkshire Police say that issues raised in a HMIC report were dealt with appropriately.

South Yorkshire Police react to HMIC report
South Yorkshire Police react to HMIC report

In a statement the force said: "HMIC concluded that the force incorrectly decided not to record incidents as crimes on 11 occasions. However, we are confident that many of these incidents were dealt with appropriately.

"The report did highlight the professional service displayed by call handlers and, in direct feedback to the force, HMIC also praised the work carried out by our rape investigation teams. HMIC acknowledged that the crime data they inspected was too small a sample to be conclusive.

"The report published by HMIC is simply an interim report and the force welcomes a further more detailed report in the summer, which will reveal that South Yorkshire Police was 100% compliant when recording crimes through the Crime Recording Bureau."

Crime figures for South Yorkshire released

Crime in South Yorkshire is down 3% according to the latest national statistics out today.

Crime figures released
Crime figures released

There were 3,040 fewer crimes across the county from January to December 2013 compared with the same period in 2012.

Some of the biggest reductions were recorded in theft of motor vehicles (-19%), criminal damage and arson (-10%) and drug offences (-10%).

The number of sexual offences has seen a marked increase (+51%) although this figure includes recent reporting of historic offences, possibly as a result of the Jimmy Savile investigation.

There have been increases in robbery (+15%), possession of offensive weapons (+7%) and shoplifting (+6%), but a drop in burglaries (-5%) and vehicle crime (-4%).

South Yorkshire car thieves jailed for 24 years

Three men who stole high performance cars from across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire have been jailed, in total, for more than 24 years.

Grant Johnson, Dane Shaw and Karl Morley targeted a string of homes during an eight-month crime spree in 2012.

Karl Morley
Karl Morley

Johnson, 28, formerly of Waltheof Road, Sheffield, Shaw, 25, formerly of Paddock Crescent, Sheffield, and Morley, 25, formerly of Spinkhill Road, Sheffield, were all charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and theft, in 2012 in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire.

Grant Johnson
Grant Johnson

They also faced an additional charge of conspiracy to commit theft of motor vehicles between the same dates.

Dane Shaw
Dane Shaw

The trio pleaded guilty to both offences at an earlier hearing in March and appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Wednesday 16 April where Morley was sentenced to nine years, Shaw eight years and Jonson seven and a half years.

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