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26 schools from across West Yorkshire compete to keep people safe online

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Schools from across West Yorkshire have registered to take part in West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner’s first ever cyber contest.

The contest challenges pupils from years 7,8 and 9 from across the county to design a resource to help keep people safe online.

The resource can take any form - for example an engaging website, impactive leaflet, phone app or even a rap or spoken message.

As part of the contest, schools have to evidence that they have tested and evaluated their entry with a sample audience to make sure it works effectively in delivering key safety messages and preventing cyber crime.

The registered schools are made up of over 29,000 students with roughly 14,000 of those being in years 7,8 and 9. In addition to the resources they produce, it is hoped that through talking about the competition with their friends and families they will help to spread cyber crime prevention messages to thousands more people.  

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “The majority of cyber crime is preventable and there are some simple steps that you can take to vastly reduce your chances of being targeted, such as ensuring you use strong passwords and don’t click on suspicious links.

“The problem comes with raising awareness of these steps which aren’t always the most interesting things to read. However, who better to help than young people themselves who are often at the forefront of technology and much more digitally aware than most adults.”

Detective Chief Inspector Vanessa Smith of West Yorkshire Police, said: “The competition encourages children to think about online safety and create content for themselves and other children which will make a difference to other children’s behaviour online. It is vital that online safety is thought about at a young age so as children are growing up, it becomes second nature. This is a fun way for children to learn and share ideas which I hope will help others not to become victims of online crime or abuse.”

Esther Dowling, Achievement Team Leader for Y6/7 at Allerton High School, who are taking part in the competition, said: “As a school we take online safety very seriously and we are keen to encourage our students to take a proactive approach in keeping safe online. It is a good opportunity to work with West Yorkshire Police on this”

The closing date for schools to submit their entries is Monday December 18 with a final being held at West Yorkshire Police’s state of the art training facility at Carr Gate on Safer Internet Day 2018.

For more information on the competition visit

Double trouble: Penalty for using mobile phones whilst driving rises to 6-points and £200 fine

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West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson has welcomed today’s change in the law which sees the penalty for drivers caught using a mobile phone at the wheel doubled.

The new penalty for the first offence is 6 points on the drivers driving licence and a fine of £200. If caught twice the driver would accrue 12 points and automatically appear in court facing a fine of up to £1,000 and a driving ban of up to six months.
Drivers who have held their licences for less than 2 years will lose their licence at the first offence. In order to regain the license they must then pay and reapply for a provisional licence and pass the theory and practical tests again.

Mark Burns-Williamson said: “I very much welcome today’s change in the law which highlights just how serious this offence is and sends a clear message to anyone that thinks using a mobile phone at the wheel is acceptable.

“Intentionally distracting yourself while driving is incredibly dangerous and needlessly puts the lives of the driver and everyone around them at risk, and recent cases have highlighted the devastation that can result.

“Road safety is a key priority for me, West Yorkshire Police and our partners and I recently held a conference to see what more we could do in partnership.

“The conference was very constructive with outputs including better communication between partners and the police, increasing communication to local communities on road safety initiatives taking place, development of a further reporting facilities and continuing to work across West Yorkshire to tackle the ‘fatal four’ offences – drink/drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt, speeding and driving whilst using a mobile phone.

“Here in West Yorkshire there is extensive on-going work and initiatives to keep our roads safe. A few highlights include the investment into Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) equipment, dedicated operations to tackle dangerous driving such as Operation Steerside which is currently running in Bradford, and the West Midlands Police close passing scheme which is soon to be piloted in Leeds.

"I also have representation on the Safer Roads Partnership which is a partnership of all 5 districts working together to tackle road safety. I have supported and funded various road safety initiatives such as a road safety DVD 'It'll End in Tears', baby safety campaign 'Strap Me Not Wrap Me', 'Safer Travel West Yorkshire' with Metro, road safety charity 'BRAKE' and Project EDWARD (European Day Without A Road Death).

“I will continue to work in partnership to help tackle dangerous driving and keep West Yorkshire’s roads as safe as possible.”

To read the full report from the PCC’s road safety conference visit

CRIME PLAN: Have your say on matters to you the most

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People are being urged to have their say in a new consultation by West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has launched a big conversation today (20th May) to find out about what matters to people across West Yorkshire and to reflect their priorities in the new Police and Crime Plan 2016-21.

This Plan will set the direction for policing and community safety over the next five years and the “Your Priorities, Your Plan” consultation involves a survey on your priorities, but will also see Mark consulting in person over the coming months with all of our communities here in West Yorkshire on their priorities.

Mark wants to hear from as many people as possible about what matters to them and this wide consultation comes after the PCC elections that saw Mark re-elected for a further four-year term.

Mark Burns-Williamson said: “I want to hear from you about your priorities and what you want to see happen in your local area and across our county to make sure you and your family are safe and feel safe in your community.

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“By launching “Your Priorities, Your Plan”, I want to make sure that you have a voice and that I listen loud and clear to the people of West Yorkshire about their policing and community safety priorities.

“These priorities will be reflected in the new Police and Crime Plan that sets the direction for policing and community safety over the next five years.

“As your Police and Crime Commissioner I am clear that I will listen to you first and that I will work with the police and other organisations to keep you and your family in our communities safe and feeling safe.

“I would be very grateful if you could spare some time to fill in the survey and encourage your family, friends and colleagues to do the same. The more I hear from people the more I can understand what needs to be done.

“It is vitally important to me that your voice is heard and as your Police and Crime Commissioner I continue to listen to you first and work with the police and many other organisations to reflect and deliver on your priorities.

“A social media campaign #YourPrioritiesYourPlan on Twitter and Facebook will also form part of the campaign urging people to make their views known to help inform the plan.

“A web chat will also take place in June where members of the public can tell me what matters to them, as well as a number of other engagement opportunities.

“I thank people for their engagement.”

For more information visit, or to request a survey call (01924) 294000.

Hate crimes – report them!

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BACKING: Tafazal Mohammed, of Building Bridges, says hate crimes ‘should never be tolerated’

BACKING: Tafazal Mohammed, of Building Bridges, says hate crimes ‘should never be tolerated’

‘We Stand Together’ campaign urges victims to speak out

Since 2007, the reporting of hate crimes in the UK has dropped by 11 per cent, meaning fewer people are coming forward after suffering both physical and verbal attacks.

Last week saw the national launch of the ‘We Stand Together’ campaign, encouraging all victims of hate crime to no longer sit in silence and speak out about the crimes.

Supported by West Yorkshire Police, the campaign seeks to bring individuals and communities together against hatred and intolerance, particularly against the background of global terrorist attacks which threaten to divide communities in Great Britain.

SUPPORT: West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commisioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, is also backing the campaign

SUPPORT: West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commisioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, is also backing the campaign

It is supported by social media activity, in which individuals and groups show their support through messages and photographs under the hashtag #WeStandTogether.

Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “West Yorkshire is a proudly diverse county and there is no room for racist or xenophobic behaviour.

“West Yorkshire Police will not tolerate hate crimes or incidents and we want people to have the courage to report matters, either directly or indirectly, to the police.

“The We Stand Together campaign was initially launched in March, as a direct response to challenges from the raised threat to Jewish and Muslim communities. However, I want to send a wider message to all our communities that we are there for them.”

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, is also backing the campaign.

He adds that hate crime should not be tolerated in ‘any of its forms’ and people should feel safe to express their own identity.

“It is important that all partners work together to offer the best possible service to victims and to ensure they feel confident to report crimes to police and that they are then dealt with appropriately,” he continued.

“That is why I am happy to support today’s (30th September)  national campaign in partnership with West Yorkshire Police.”

The police’s pledge comes just prior to the National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2015 which will run from Saturday 10th October to Saturday 17th.

Tafazal Mohammed, project co-ordinator at the Building Bridges project in Leeds, will be supporting the awareness week once again this year.

He said: “National Hate Crime Awareness Week is an opportunity for our project to invite members of the public to learn about hate crime, in all its forms, and give a strong message that it is something that should never be tolerated.”