"The police have been made aware of media reports with regard to the death of a British National in Iraq.
"The identity of the person who has reportedly died has not been confirmed at this time and we are unable to comment further.
"We are aware that large numbers of British nationals are travelling to the Middle East for a variety of reasons and we understand that some of those travelling have resided in West Yorkshire.
"We continue to support families who have loved ones that are believed to have travelled and the local communities who understandably may also have concerns.
"The Foreign Office advises against all travel to Syria and some areas of Iraq. Only essential travel should be considered to other parts of Iraq. Check before making any plans."
“As part of the Prevent initiative West Yorkshire Police is committed to working with communities and local authorities, to highlight the dangers associated with radicalisation and travel to regions such as Syria and Iraq.
" We are all working together to help identify vulnerable members of our society and intervene and engage them before it is too late.”
“If anyone has concerns that a friend or relative may be vulnerable to radicalisation, expressing extreme views or contemplating travelling to Syria or Iraq, it is vital that we work together to try and prevent that person from travelling.
"Those who travel to Syria and parts of Iraq are likely to witness extreme violence and could become victims of violence themselves. In addition some may be drawn into taking part and committing violent acts themselves. Their families left at home will be left devastated.
"No parent would want to see their child put in danger, exploited or put in a situation where they face death.
“We are extremely keen to continue in developing the work we do with partners in order to help families understand the nature of the threat from extremist material on the internet and other publications, whilst also heightening their awareness of the signs that indicate if someone is being exploited.
“I would encourage anyone with concerns around individuals being radicalised to have the confidence in coming forward and sharing their concerns with the local police, or local authority safeguarding units either by contacting 101 or attending their local Neighbourhood Policing Teams, they can intervene and provide you and your family with the appropriate support and advice. “
Police in West Yorkshire are searching for a convicted burglar who has breached the terms of his licence.
Shaun Adams, 39, from Bradford was released on licence in March this year but has breached that licence.
He is thought to have links in Grimsby and Newcastle.
Police are asking anyone who has information about his whereabouts to contact them.
West Yorkshire police are urging people not to use a mobile phone while driving.
The force is backing a national campaign which warns that mobile phone use is one of the four most common causes of death on the roads.
The law banning the use of mobile phones while driving has been in place for over 11 years now but we are still seeing thousands of people each year flouting the law and endangering not only themselves but other road users as well.
Research has shown that driving while using a phone makes you four times more likely to be involved in a collision and studies by the Transport Research Laboratory suggest that using a hand-held mobile while driving can be more dangerous than drink-driving.
Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Leeds have arrested five people.
A 23-year-old man and a 16-year-old male have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of 27-year-old Christopher Wade who died after being stabbed near to the Butterbowl public house, in Butterbowl Drive, Farnley, at about 4pm on Tuesday.
Two men, aged 42 and 45, and a woman, aged 31, were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. The five were all arrested in Manchester yesterday.
Mr Wade was pronounced dead at Leeds General Infirmary yesterday after being brought there by car in a critical condition.
He had been stabbed in an incident involving a number of other men behind the parade of shops next to the Butterbowl public house.
We are continuing to appeal for information and would still like to hear from anyone who was in the area around the time of the incident. We now believe there were around eight people in the area around the shops at the time of the incident and I would urgently like to hear from these people.
More than a third of break-ins on people's homes in West Yorkshire are carried out by under 18s according to new figures from the county's police force. In trying to fight crimes like burglary, in recent years, officers have turned to the controversial tactic of stop and search. In fact thousands of children - one who was just four years old - have been stopped by West Yorkshire Police Officers have defended the move but critics claim stop and search is damaging relations between some young people and rank and file officers. Vidhi Doshi reports
West Yorkshire Police are to launch a new unit targeting traffickers of people into the county.
It is thought to be the third of its kind in the country and will work nationally and West Yorkshire to fight the issue identified as a priority by Police and Crime Commissioner Mark- Burns Williamson.
In addition, the force is to work with charity Hope for Justice and other agencies in a West Yorkshire Anti-Trafficking Network which will train almost 3,500 staff on how to spot signs of trafficking.
Human trafficking is a vile crime, and the resources we are dedicating to this new unit makes clear how determined we are to tackle it and bring those responsible to justice. Last year the number of human trafficking victims referred by West Yorkshire Police to the national referral mechanism doubled from 2013 from 42 to 84, showing the scale of the problem, but also demonstrating that victims are more willing to come to us. We have been working closely with Hope For Justice to support these victims and also secure evidence against those abusing them. What this new team will do is give us extra capability to investigate the larger organised crime gangs bringing trafficking victims into our region, and to provide extra support to divisions managing human slavery investigations locally.
The creation of this dedicated response unit shows how West Yorkshire Police is leading the way in helping victims of human trafficking. Those being helped by the unit will then be supported by the 3,500 people being trained by the WYATN to put their lives back together and it means victims are subsequently more confident in coming forward to the police. Training with front line staff around human trafficking has created an increased understanding of the signs of this crime and its implications, but there is more we need to do and this dedicated response unit is part of that, as it is targeting those perpetrators ruining people’s lives with this awful crime. They need to know they have no place to hide, and victims need to know that in West Yorkshire the resources and support are in place to protect them and that is why it was made a priority within this year’s Police and Crime Plan.
Mr Burns-Williamson said: “
Police killer David Bieber who gunned down PC Ian Broadhurst in Leeds on Boxing Day 11 years ago has received more than £250,000 in legal aid, according to figures released by the Ministry of Justice. Former US marine Bieber is serving a minimum 37 year sentence for the murder of 34-year-old PC Broadhurst in 2003. Following his trial in 2004, Bieber has launched a string of unsuccessful human rights cases from jail - all on legal aid.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said: “It is cases just like this - where a convicted killer has used taxpayers’ money on speculative court cases to try and challenge their prison status - that made me determined to make big changes to the system. We have now changed the rules to ensure legal aid resources are only available when really necessary.”
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West Yorkshire Police received more than 3,500 emergency and non-emergency calls during the 24 hour period from 7am on New Year's Eve to 7am on New Year's Day - making it one of their busiest days of the year.
A Force spokesman said that whilst demand was high, the generally good spirits of party-goers kept the calls for service down to manageable levels.
Officers responded to 1,879 separate incidents of which almost 900 were either emergency (468) or priority (410) incidents.
The force dealt with a broad range of incidents including assaults, domestic disputes, an attack on a cashpoint in Leeds, vehicle pursuits and many other matters.
The West Yorkshire Police spokesman said the force had plans in place to meet the increasing demand and extra officers were on the ground supporting communities by being in the right place at the right time.
"The plan ensured that despite the increases in calls for service, the West Yorkshire public were able to enjoy their New Year celebrations in safe public environments, whilst their local police dealt with the numerous calls for service from the residential community."
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.