Police officer guilty of stealing drugs

Former West Yorkshire detective Nick McFadden has been found guilty of stealing drugs from a police lockup and selling them in Leeds.

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Beverley man wanted after failing to appear at court

Police in Hull are searching for a man who failed to appear at court in January.

Leonard Haddlesey
Leonard Haddlesey

45-year-old Leonard Haddlesey originally from Beverley was due to appear at Hull Crown Court back in January 2014, but failed to turn up.

Mr Haddlesey is now wanted on a ‘Fail to Appear Warrant’ issued by Hull Crown Court.

Officers believe he could be living locally still, possibly in the Anlaby area or East Hull, but has done very well to evade capture up until now.


Second appeal for witnesses after Lincoln assault

The 28-year-old man who was found injured at an address in Princess Street, Lincoln, remains in hospital being treated for a serious head injury.

He was taken to hospital on April 29 following the incident and his condition is currently described as stable.

Three men (two aged 47 and one aged 38) who were arrested on suspicion of Grievous Bodily Harm in connection with the inquiry have since been released on police bail.

Detectives investigating the incident are still keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything to do with the incident.

They would also like to hear from anyone with any information relating to a disturbance linked to the same address in Princess Street that is believed to have happened on Sunday 27th April.

Police seeking witnesses to car fire

Police are appealing for information and witnesses after a car fire in Lincoln in the early hours of this morning.

Just after 2am officers received a report that a blue Mini Cooper parked on a driveway in Fulmar Road, Lincoln, was on fire.

Police officers and fire fighters attended and the fire was extinguished. Nobody was injured.

Officers are investigating the incident and whether the cause of it was deliberate.

Police trying to locate the owners of rare items

Police in Lincolnshire are trying to find the owner of several items after a man was found with them.

Tribal mask
Tribal mask

A man was stopped by officers in the Monks Road area of Lincoln on April 25 in possession of the items.


They include dog ornaments, a tribal shield replica, and some paintings. He was also on a red Ellis-Briggs bike with no gears, which is described as not in good condition.


Anyone who recognises the items is asked to contact police.


Eleven years for North Yorkshire sex offender

A man from Easingwold has been jailed after pleading guilty to a number of sexual offences against children.

John Burns has been jailed for 11 years
John Burns has been jailed for 11 years

John Burns, aged 60, of Station Court, has been sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment at Teesside Crown Court.

He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to six counts of sexually assaulting a young girl, over a six-year period between 2007 and 2013.

He also pleaded guilty to four counts of taking an indecent photograph, one count of sexual touching and one count of voyeurism.

His two victims came forward to report the offences in May 2013.

Detective Constable Rich Hampson, of Northallerton Protecting Vulnerable Person’s Unit, said: “John Burns is guilty of a disgusting level of abuse which he carried out over a long period of time.

“Thankfully his victims eventually plucked up the courage to report their ordeal and their bravery in coming forward means that Burns has now been brought to justice.

“Hopefully he will spend his time in jail reflecting on the years of torment he put his victims through and the lasting impact it will have on them for the rest of their lives.

“I also hope that the conclusion of this case can allow the victims and their family to try and move forward and feel some sense that justice has been done.”


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."

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."

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