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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Five injured in collision - police in seatbelt warning

Police have warned that injuries to people in a car crash near Sheffield were made worse by some of them not wearing seat belts.

West Yorkshire's roads unit tweeted this picture of the crash.

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2 vehicle RTC, Nopper Road at South Cossland. 5 injured parties, made worst by some occupants not wearing seat belts. http://t.co/z4WvG3eUut

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Police appeal after theft of rare birds

Rare birds worth around £2,500 have been stolen from an aviary in Camblesforth, near Selby.

Between 1am and 6am on Saturday 15 March 2014, a small holding near the A1041 was broken into the birds stolen along with £700 worth of red diesel.

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Police say the offenders had time to chase the birds, catch them and place in containers before leaving the scene of the burglary. A number of aviaries where also damaged.

Police want to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area, has been offered the birds for sale, or knows of their current whereabouts.

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PC Dean Turner of Selby police said: “I’m appealing to anyone in the Yorkshire area who may have been offered these birds for sale or has any information about who may be responsible for the theft of them.

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“The thieves must have had suitable transport to remove the birds, which will have taken time to catch and place into transit. Anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to contact the police without delay.”

Distinctive items stolen in Scarborough burglary

Police investigating a house burglary in Scarborough have issued photos of some distinctive items which were stolen from the property.

The house, which is situated in the old town area of Scarborough, was burgled while the owners were away between 9 and 12 March 2014.

Items stolen from house in Scarborough

The photographs of the stolen items include two silver candelabras, two silver candle sticks with candle snuffers, seven cut crystal dressing table pots with silver tops and a rare, antique clock.

Items stolen from house in Scarborough

Other stolen items include three silver baby rattles, a green marble chess set, ten silver napkin rings, six silver condiment pots, a digital camera and a silver corkscrew.

Items stolen from house in Scarborough

Detective Constable Jeremy Pratt of Scarborough CID, said: “The stolen goods are quite distinctive, in particular the clock, of which there are not many in circulation, particularly in the Scarborough area. As well as being distinctive, the items are also of great sentimental value to the owners."

Items stolen from house in Scarborough

Police appeal after armed robbery

Police hunting a man who tried to rob an off licence have released CCTV footage.

A man went into Patel’s in Park Road, Mansfield, armed with what is believed to have been a gun.

It happened at about 9pm on Saturday 8 February and officers have released this footage of the robbery.

The man threatened staff but fled the scene empty handed. No one was injured.

He is described as white, around 5ft 8ins tall, of slim build, and wore grey jogging bottoms, a grey or black hooded jumper and a padded sleeveless jacket. He also wore a scarf over his face.

DC Joanne Leason said: “Although this man’s face is covered, someone might recognise what he’s wearing, his mannerisms or even how he walks.

“This was a terrifying ordeal for the person who was threatened so if anyone has any information please let us know.”

Police appeal for witnesses over play centre incident

Police investigating reports concerning the safety of two children outside a play centre in York have renewed their appeal for witnesses.

Officers were contacted by a member of the public who reported that a man and a woman had behaved in an aggressive manner towards two boys in the car park of Creepy Crawlies on Wigginton Road between on Saturday 8 March 2014.

One of the boys was aged nine and the other was aged between three and four-years-old.

Officers are appealing to any further witnesses to the incident to get in touch as soon as possible.

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Police in bird ID shocker

Lincolnshire Police have revealed that the ostrich caught earlier today on a roundabout in Coningsby is in fact an emu.

Police were called to reports that an ostrich was loose on a roundabout in the town causing travel chaos.

Officers took the bird to a nearby farm where it was positively identified as an emu.

Click here to read more about the emu that wasn't an ostrich

Police pick up runaway ostrich

Behind bars - ostrich captured after causing travel chaos Credit: Lincolnshire Police

A runaway ostrich caused traffic chaos in the middle of Coningsby this morning at 7.30 when it took up residence on a roundabout in the middle of the village. The police were called and a patrol car responded and the officers captured the ostrich.

PC Tom Harrison with his latest arrest Credit: Lincolnshire Police

They called for a police van to take it away but one wasn't available so the officers took the bird into custody and transported it to nearby Tattershall Farm Park in their patrol car.

One officer drove while the other sat in the back with the ostrich.

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Lincolnshire police get surprise passenger

A Lincolnshire police officer has had a surprise passenger in his patrol car.

The force's press officer, Nerys McGarry, tweeted to reveal that PC Gary Young had an ostrich in his car.

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PC Gary Young currently has a rescued ostritch (or rhea?) in his patrol car and is taking it to a local farm park #AllinaDaysWork

Police launch campaign to tackle domestic abuse

West Yorkshire Police have today launched a week long campaign highlighting the issue of domestic abuse.

Domestic Abuse week runs until Saturday to raise awareness of the support available to both victims and offenders and to offer multi-agency training in recognising and responding to domestic abuse

West Yorkshire Police officers are called to an average of 100 domestic abuse reports every day. Domestic abuse can occur in any relationship regardless of age, sex, class or race.

We know that on average, a victim suffers abuse on 35 occasions before calling the police. I would encourage victims to step forward and seek our support and the support of partners as soon as they can. This In Focus week is to raise awareness of this crime and to demonstrate, in very practical ways, how those that suffer from abuse can be safeguarded and how determined West Yorkshire police are to identify, track down and deal with offenders.

– Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Dodd
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