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PC Danny Gray had a short-lived and undistinguished West Yorkshire Police career. Not helped by being posted at the now notorious Killingbeck Police Station on the eastern side of Leeds. Killingbeck was most notably, of course, the scene of the famous ‘sex in the sauna’ incident involving Head of CID, DCI Elizabeth Belton and a neighbouring Divisional Commander, C/Supt Ian Whitehouse. Read more here.
Killingbeck also features in a host of other incidents reported on this website, including the nationally-known Operation Douglas corruption scandal, reported on extensively by the Yorkshire Post‘s Rob Waugh, in a major piece of investigative journalism, and featured on this website here.
It was also the base of the infamous Jimmy Savile bodyguard and chauffeur, Inspector Mick Starkey. Now identified as the ‘Inspector 5’ referred to in the Operation Yewtree report ‘Giving Victims a Voice’. Two convicted paedophiles, PC’s Michael Conlon and Gary Simpson were also stationed there, together with serial flasher, Sgt Ian Poskitt.
Danny Gray, 27, had a gambling problem and his addiction ultimately led to the loss of his police career, followed by a spell in jail. His police service ended after at leat two known incidents at Killingbeck. He allegedly stole over £4,000 from the property/exhibits store and was also suspended over alleged thefts from his police colleagues. He wasn’t charged over either of those offences but instead let loose, without warning, on the local community in true West Yorkshire Police style..
True to type, he ran up further gambling and trader debts amounting to almost £10,000 but, by this time, in July 2010 turned to robbing the public to buy his way out of trouble. Gray targeted his 58-year-old victim after watching him cash in his roulette chips and leave with £5,350 from the Gala Casino on Wellington Bridge Street in Leeds. He then hired a taxi and followed the lucky gambler back to his home on Scott Hall Road in the Chapel Allerton area of the City.
Prosecuting counsel, John Bull, said Gray then approached the victim as he parked his Mercedes-Benz car on the driveway to his home. Gray then falsely claimed that there had been a collision between the two vehicles but the victim feared for his safety and tried to reverse his car out of the driveway to escape his attacker. Gray then smashed the driver’s side window to prevent him doing so and told the victim he had a knife.
Gray then stole £350 from his victim and ran off with his car keys. Around £1,000 worth of damage was caused to the Mercedes car. The victim also suffered minor injuries in the attack. The police were able to trace their former colleague by studying CCTV footage siezed from Gala Casino.
Gray had earlier been involved in a fraud a fortnight before the casino incident when he ordered items from a Leeds roofing supply company, Grahams, but failed to pay for them after they had been delivered. Appearing at Leeds Crown Court before Recorder James Baird QC, Gray pleaded guilty to robbery and obtaining goods by deception.
Advocate Richard Reed (pictured top right) of Leeds solicitors Grahame Stowe Bateson, for Gray, said the offences occurred at a time when his client had run up at least £9,000 of debt. Describing the casino-inspired robbery, Mr Reed said: “That was a spur of the moment offence, having seen the complainant with that amount of cash. It wasn’t a particularly well executed crime.”
Jailing Gray for two and a half years, the Recorder said: “I take the view that the offence of robbery is a serious one. Having seen the complainant with a not insubstantial amount of money you decided to follow him home. Your purpose in following him was to rob him. What you were thinking I do not know“.
He concluded: “You were in drink, which is no excuse, and you were under some financial pressure.”
It may have been a very different outcome for Gray if his previous offending at Killingbeck police station had been put before the Court, as well as his former occupation as a police officer.
More troubling to uPSD is that this is the fourth known incident where large amounts of cash, or high value drugs, have been stolen from property stores, or safes, within West Yorkshire Police stations. Namely Killingbeck (as above), Holbeck, Trafalgar House in Bradford and Crime Squad HQ at Wakefield 41 Industrial Estate.
The lax security and audit procedures is one aspect, but when exhibits go missing there is often a knock-on effect with lengthy and hugely expensive criminal trials collapsing. That is certainly the case in the theft of two tranches of cash amounting to £12,000+ from Trafalgar House.
The cesspit that is Killingbeck Police Station now has a page on this website entirely devoted to the chancers, liars, thieves, perjurors, perverters, paedophiles and perverts that have infested it. Read more by clicking here.