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West Yorkshire PCC: Cuts are damaging and go too far

Government cuts to policing budgets have been criticised by the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire.

The Home Office police grant figures released today mean that West Yorkshire Police has to find more than £33.8million in savings next year, on top of the £103m made in the last three years.

The overall cut by 2015/16 is £150m with a further cut of 5.1per cent which equates to £16.2million of savings needing to be found over the next 12 months.The overall level of cuts needed by 2016/17 is now forecast at around £163.5million.

PCC Mark Burns-Williamson slammed the latest cuts which he said did not recognise the reality of policing on the streets, and the levels of demand faced by forces like West Yorkshire Police:

These continued and relentless cuts are deep and damaging and go too far.

West Yorkshire’s share of top slicing the core budget equates to more than £1million in 2015/16 and this is much more than anticipated and I feel we are being penalised yet again. This money needs to go towards frontline policing to help people feel safe, not Government grants to other organisations.

There are only so many efficiencies that the police force can make, with officer and staff numbers continually dropping as the government keeps on changing the goalposts every year and potentially putting communities at more risk.

– Mark Burns-Williamson

Two arrested in " Chop Shop" raid

Police have arrested two men on suspicion of burglary after receiving a report of a garage being used as a 'chop shop' in Bradford.

Officers raided the garage in Banner Street at about 2.25pm on Monday, 8 December, and found vehicles and vehicle parts at the location.

One of the vehicles was a BMW 520, which had been stolen from Pendragon Lane in Bradford earlier this month.

Two other stolen vehicles were identified and parts of three other cars were also recovered.

A 22-year-old man and a 25-year-old man were arrested and later released on bail pending further enquiries.

"I would like to thank the member of the public who brought this illegal operation to our attention and would appeal to the general public to look out for premises, particularly industrial units, being used as 'chop shops'.

"The kind of things to look out for are suspicious activity around motor vehicles, high-value cars that are apparently new, frequent movements in and out, and vehicle parts which have been scattered around the premises.

"Handling stolen goods is a serious offence and we will do all we can to disrupt criminals who aim to profit from people's misery."

– Inspector George Bardell, Bradford East Area Neighbourhood Team

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Teen's daylight robbery terror

Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery on Owl Lane, Ossett on Friday 28 November.

The incident happened at 10.40am when two males broke into the house and searched the downstairs before moving upstairs and demanding that a 16 year old girl in the property show them were the valuables were. They then made off with cash and jewellery.

"Thankfully the victim was not hurt during this incident but was left very shaken by it. I would appeal to anyone who saw two males acting suspiciously in the area to get in contact."

– Det Con Phil Davis, Wakefield CID

West Yorkshire Police to begin weapon amnesty

West Yorkshire Police is giving people the chance to hand over guns and other weapons.

Similar schemes have been set up by South Yorkshire, Humberside and Lincolnshire Police

The firearms amnesty starts tomorrow and lasts for ten days. People will be able to hand in weapons without facing prosecution.

Similar schemes have been set up by South Yorkshire, Humberside and Lincolnshire police.

Police appeal over serious sex assault

Police have released CCTV images of two men they want to trace in connection with a serious sexual assault on a woman in Leeds.

CCTV image of men police wants to speak to in connection with a serious sexual assault Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The 19-year-old victim had been at the University of Leeds Student Union on the evening of Friday, November 7.

In the early hours of Saturday, she became separated from her friends and met two men in the venue.

The three went to a house in the local area where she was subjected to a serious sexual assault.

CCTV image of man police want to speak to in connection with a serious sexual assault Credit: West Yorkshire Police

"We urgently need to identify these men and I would urge anyone who recognises them to contact us immediately."

– Det Con Tony Thewlis, Leeds District CID

West Yorks Police set up unit to tackle child sex expoiltation

West Yorkshire Police is to set up a dedicated team of officers to deal with child sexual exploitation.

The unit of twenty officers, costing £1.5m, will be embedded in the five policing areas across the county.

And in another development, hoteliers and guest house owners in Calderdale are being asked to play their part in the crackdown. Frazer Maude has this exclusive report.

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Good response to Lindsey Rimer appeal, say police

Police say they have had a good response to an appeal for information on the twentieth anniversary of the disappearance of 13-year-old Lindsay Rimer.

Lindsay was found murdered five months after disappearing while on a shopping errand in her home town of Hebden Bridge.

Chris Kiddey reports.

Police appeal to find killer of Hebden Bridge teen

Detectives have launched a re-appeal to catch the killer of Hebden Bridge teenager Lindsay Rimer who disappeared twenty years ago this week.

The body of the 13-year-old schoolgirl was not found for five months and her murder remains unsolved.

On November 7, 1994, Lindsay left her home on Cambridge Street, Hebden Bridge to go to the shops.

She paused briefly at the Trades Club on Holme Street where she met her mum before buying the cornflakes.

CCTV from the shop on Crown Street shows her buying the cornflakes at 10.22pm. It is not known what happened to her then.

Her body was recovered from the Rochdale Canal on the outskirts of hebden Bridge five months later.

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson of West Yorkshire Police's Protective Services (crime) department, is leading the fresh appeal.

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