Racism rears its head again in West Yorkshire Police

The spectre of alleged institutional racism, that has hung over West Yorkshire Police for decades, has returned to haunt them after a High Court judge found the force had defamed a black Royal Marine. This is the first occasion upon which a police force has been found to have committed the highest level of defamation,Continue reading “Racism rears its head again in West Yorkshire Police”

Two West Yorkshire officers face misconduct hearings next week

PC 1792 Kevin Wood will attend a misconduct hearing for allegedly breaching the Standards of Professional Behaviour in relation to: Authority, Respect & Courtesy and Discreditable Conduct It is alleged that the officer, whilst on duty, slapped two female colleagues on the bottom. Date of Hearing: 14th & 15th December 2022 at 1000 hrs. A separate misconductContinue reading “Two West Yorkshire officers face misconduct hearings next week”

Public urged to be police’s eyes and ears to counter terror threat

Counter Terrorism Policing North East and its host force, West Yorkshire Police, has asked people to be their eyes and ears this Christmas, as cities, towns and villages across the county begin to celebrate the festive season. With footfall expected to increase significantly over the coming weeks, officers are urging members of the public toContinue reading “Public urged to be police’s eyes and ears to counter terror threat”

Police watchdog probes fireworks tragedy

A seventeen year old male tragically died on Bonfire Night after injuring himself in the garden of a property in Vickerman Street, Halifax, He was rushed to hospital but died as a result of the injuries he had sustained. Following the young man’s death, West Yorkshire Police confirmed it had referred itself to the IndependentContinue reading “Police watchdog probes fireworks tragedy”

‘You couldn’t make it up’

On this day nine years ago, 14th October, 2013, a criminal trial, alleging large scale fraud, opened at the picturesque courthouse in Chania, Crete. A notable event as Greece’s largest island is a popular tourist destination with exceptionally low levels of crime The stakes were high as the defendant, Ralph John Christie, 52 years oldContinue reading “‘You couldn’t make it up’”

Will landmark birthday bring change of heart for troubled ex-cop?

Today, 17th October, 2022, marks the 60th birthday of Cedric Mark Christie, writes Neil Wilby. The youngest of four brothers, he grew up in Headingley, Leeds before joining the police service as a cadet. He graduated in 1981, becoming a warranted officer and giving ‘exemplary’ service for 30 years before retiring at the rank ofContinue reading “Will landmark birthday bring change of heart for troubled ex-cop?”

Two Oldham men amongst twenty-four whom allegedly ‘raped and prostituted’ young girl

Twenty-three men, including two from Oldham, appeared at Bradford Magistrates’ Court throughout the month of September, 2022 facing a range of charges of historic sexual offences, all relating to one female complainant who was said to be between 13 and 17 years old at the time. A twenty-fourth, Omar Taj, 35, of Bradford, appeared beforeContinue reading “Two Oldham men amongst twenty-four whom allegedly ‘raped and prostituted’ young girl”

Mermaids revelation sends local police force into tail spin

Mermaids, a Leeds-based charity which advocates for ‘gender variant and transgender youth’, has confirmed that they provided ‘support training’ to a group of officers from their local police force in 2019,  alongside others from Merseyside Police. The training session was opened by then-Assistant Chief Constable of the latter force, Julie Cooke. Mrs Cooke retired fromContinue reading “Mermaids revelation sends local police force into tail spin”

Car chase leads to long list of criminal charges for police officer

A serving Greater Manchester Police officer, based in their Salford district, has been charged with a number of criminal offences after a police chase led to a man being arrested in Leeds. PC Jessica Verbruggen was arrested after a car allegedly failed to stop during a pursuit by West Yorkshire Police in November 2021. 29 yearContinue reading “Car chase leads to long list of criminal charges for police officer”

Detective sergeant to face court over assault charges

A serving police officer has been charged with two counts of common assault, believed to have occurred on on 29th April, 2022, whilst off-duty. West Yorkshire Police say the alleged offences relate to an incident in Baildon, on the outskirts of Bradford, that involved a single victim. A force spokesperson added that Detective Sergeant GarethContinue reading “Detective sergeant to face court over assault charges”