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”

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?”

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”

Fraud flop back in the news

A miscarriage of justice case that has now been running for over 13 years is back in the news. Starting next week – on Friday 14th October, 2022 – a series of three articles will cover the latest legal developments. To both recap and set the scene, the first article featuring Leeds-born Ralph Christie, 63,Continue reading “Fraud flop back in the news”

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”

Heroine police officer due in court over over alleged computer misuse

A West Yorkshire Police officer has been charged with making unauthorised searches of the Police National Computer system, writes Neil Wilby. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) say that PC Sanya Shahid is accused of accessing records in October 2020 without having a legitimate policing purpose for doing so, PC Shahid, based in theContinue reading “Heroine police officer due in court over over alleged computer misuse”

Police officer pleads guilty to £10 theft on duty

A West Yorkshire Police officer who admitted stealing £10 cash, whilst on duty was sentenced to a Community Order at Bradford Magistrates’ Court earlier today (24th August, 2022). PC Stephen Knott, currently suspended from duty, pleaded guilty to a theft charge related to an incident that occurred on 22nd September, 2021. It follows an IndependentContinue reading “Police officer pleads guilty to £10 theft on duty”

Bradford police officer to face attempted rape trial

A 22 year old West Yorkshire Police officer, based in the force’s Bradford district, appeared at Leeds Magistrates’ Court yesterday (23rd August, 2022). Jonathan Holmes, faces three charges: The attempted rape of a woman over 16 years old; sexual assault on a female; and perverting the course of justice. The alleged offences are said toContinue reading “Bradford police officer to face attempted rape trial”