A MAN wanted for an alleged benefit fraud is the latest bail bandit to be named by police.
Fifty-year-old John Morrison was last known to be living on Halifax Old Road in Birkby, but failed to turn up at Huddersfield Magistrates Court after he was charged with benefit fraud and a warrant was issued for his arrest on December 4 last year.
Morrison is a white man with brown hair.
Another bail bandit is 24-year-old Dominic Wood who was last known to be living on Hoffman Street in Milnsbridge.
He is accused of breaching a Community Order and a warrant was issued for him by Huddersfield Magistrates on Valentine’s Day this year.
Wood is white, 5ft 9ins tall with sandy-coloured hair.
The scheme to catch bail bandits has been pioneered by the Examiner and officers from Kirklees CID’s intelligence unit.
Now they are named in the Examiner with people who know where they are encouraged to phone in with information. Some wanted people hand themselves after they have been in the Examiner.
Bail bandits can tie up valuable police time as officers try to catch them.
Discovering where they are takes officers away from being out and about on patrol, clamping down on anti-social behaviour and crime.
A woman named as a bail bandit on July 26 has been arrested.
Harjinder Sidhu from Lowerhouses was wanted for theft and was arrested at the weekend. She had failed to appear in court on May 9.
Huddersfield Magistrates gave her a three-week curfew order on Monday.
Another bail bandit, Paul Heywood, wanted for breaching a Community Order was also arrested at the weekend.
The 31-year-old from Moldgreen was named in the Examiner on May 13.
He had been charged with assault, but failed to turn up at Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court on November 1 last year.
Again he appeared in court on Monday and was given a 12 month Community Rehabilitation Order.
Det Sgt Jim Carter, from Kirklees CID intelligence unit, said: “The campaign to catch people wanted on warrant is working well and we would encourage people to keep the calls coming.”
Anyone with information about bail bandits should contact Det Sgt Carter direct on 01484 436675, the police switchboard on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.