West Yorkshire Police

Chief Constable decision a step closer

The Temporary Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police has been named as the preferred candidate to take on the role full-time.

John Robins
West Yorkshire Police

John Robins, who has been in the role on a temporary basis since December, has been named as Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson's preferred candidate.

Mr Robins joined West Yorkshire Police in 1990 and was appointed Deputy Chief Constable in 2017.

A panel will confirm West Yorkshire's new Chief Constable next month.

Former chief Dee Collins retired in April over "health issues".

Thieves don't quite manage to make stolen tractor vanish

Here's a test of your observational skills - pit them against West Yorkshire Police.

Tractor in the trees
West Yorkshire Police

The force says one of its crews managed to spot and recover an abandoned stolen vehicle which had been, er, cleverly hidden by thieves.

The West Yorkshire force posted this pic on social media and posed the question: "Can you see it?"

Well can you? Take your time. Have a good look...

Drugs, cash seized and 11 arrested in 'county lines' raids

Police cracking down on drug gang activity in West Yorkshire say they've made 11 so-called "county lines" arrests in the past week.

Suspect in handcuffs
BBC

County lines is the name given to gangs and organised crime networks in urban areas exploiting children and vulnerable people to sell drugs in rural areas.

As part of the operation, offices seized cocaine and cash to a value of £120,000 as well as a quantity of crack cocaine.

The force says a vulnerable man and a vulnerable woman were also identified and safeguarded.