Ex-detective admits child porn charges

w2926q035 General views of Wakefield. Police HQ Laburnham Road.
w2926q035 General views of Wakefield. Police HQ Laburnham Road.

A FORMER detective has admitted a string of child pornography charges.

Michael Vause, 59, was working for West Yorkshire Police Force’s professional standards department, based at police headquarters, on Laburnum Road, at the time of his arrest.

Vause has admitted ten counts of making indecent images of children.

He appeared before Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court last Thursday to enter his pleas but sentencing was adjourned until next month.

West Yorkshire Police revealed Vause, of Pontefract, was immediately suspended from his civilian role when the allegations came to light.

They say the offences are totally unconnected with his work and he has since resigned from the force.

A police spokesman said: “He is due to be sentenced on July 5 at Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court.

“These are very serious matters which have been investigated by West Yorkshire Police’s Child and Public Protection Unit.

“The allegations were totally unconnected with his work. The member of police staff was immediately suspended from duty when the allegations came to light and has since resigned from West Yorkshire Police.

“West Yorkshire Police take all allegations of this nature very seriously and ensure that all offenders - whoever they may be- are brought before the courts.”

During his career Vause was previously commended for outstanding work across the Wakefield district as a detective based at Pontefract CID.

In 2002, he and a colleague were runners-up for the force’s annual Denis Hoban Trophy, which recognises outstanding detective work.

The citation said their “commitment and professionalism” investigating serious crime, using a range of detective skills and techniques, had a “positive impact” on community safety in Wakefield.

Vause subsequently moved to the professional standards department before retiring as a serving officer after more than 30 years service then returning to the same department as a civilian investigator.

Vause is on bail pending sentencing.