Married West Yorkshire Police officers face jail in New Year

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At a short hearing in Bradford Crown Court earlier today, a serving West Yorkshire Police officer, Mark Hinchliffe, aged 42, and his civilian officer wife, Lisa Hinchliffe, aged 38, were told by HHJ Jonathan Rose to expect to be sent to prison at a sentencing hearing on 25th January, 2023.

Each had pleaded guilty to one count of perverting the course of justice: The offences were committed in July and August 2021 and relate to two speeding offences on 30th April and 1st June 2021, respectively. They were both off duty.

The court heard the couple had falsely told police colleagues that Mrs Hinchliffe was driving the car at the material times.

HHJ Rose, addressing the defendants, said: “The authorities on perverting the course of justice are very clear about the gravity of such offences – and the likely consequences for all offenders – and not least those whose duty it is to uphold the law,”

PC Hinchliffe, who is attached to the force’s Leeds district, remains suspended from duty. He had previously served in WYP’s Kirklees district.

Mrs Hinchliffe resigned from her job as a staff member with West Yorkshire Police before the committal hearing.

The Hinchliffes live in the Bradford postcode area and they were both bailed until the sentencing hearing.

Page last updated Wednesday 30th November, 2022 at 1810hrs

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Former Johnston Press area managing director. Justice campaigner. Freelance investigative journalist.

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