WEST Yorkshire Police has launched a new system to allow witnesses to provide telephone statements.

Initially being piloted across the Leeds and Bradford Districts, the service will save those taking part from having to travel to a police station or be visited by an officer.

It requires the consent of the witness, who must be over 18, to give details about an offence ‘down the line’.

The information will be put directly onto the force’s systems and the witness will receive an online link via e-mail, with personal details and a security code - provided by an officer - required to view and approve the content.

West Yorkshire Police’s Assistant Chief Constable, Catherine Hankinson, said: “Not only does this remove the need to visit a police station but similarly the journey of an officer in visiting an address, saving time and money.

“If successful,we will look towards a roll-out across the rest of the county.”