Batley and Spen

Covering : Batley, Birkenshaw, Birstall, Cleckheaton, East Bierley, Gomersal, Heckmondwike, Liversedge and surrounding areas.

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Neighbourhood Priorities

Lead area Inspector on all priorities: Inspector 1917 Nicholls

 

Ward Area: Batley West

Local Priority Lead Sergeant: PS 6140 Maloney

Local Priority Lead Problem Solving Officer: PC 2480 Stanley, PC 5691 Kemp

Millbrook Gardens: Set May 2024

  • To disrupt and engage with nuisance youths at Millbrook Gardens and the surrounding areas, particularly targeting off road bikes and Anti-Social Behaviour. We plan to deal with this issue by increasing high visibility patrols in the area, utilising our off road bike team and working with partners in Kirklees council to deter further behaviour.

 

Blakeridge Mill Shopping Centre: Set November 2023

  • To disrupt and arrest shoplifters that are attending at the shopping centre and stealing goods. We will conduct high visibility patrols, engage with the stores and work in partnership with crime prevention and the ASB team to deter offenders.

Update: May 2024

Officers continue to work in partnership with the businesses and Crime Prevention Officers to disrupt and deal with shoplifters. We have had several convictions at court recently some involving custodial sentences.

 

Ward Area: Heckmondwike

Local Priority Lead Sergeant: PS 6140 Maloney

Local Priority Lead Problem Solving Officer: PC 5235 Somers, PC 3108 Wood

 

Lobley Street: Set May 2024

  • To disrupt and engage with nuisance youths in the Lobley Street area, particularly targeting Anti-social behaviour. We plan to deal with this issue by increasing high visibility patrols in the area and working with partners in Kirklees council to deter further behaviour.

 

All Heckmondwike: Set January 2024

  • To disrupt the illegal growing of Cannabis within the Batley West area, we will be working with partners to gather information and intelligence and executing warrants to search premises that are growing Cannabis. 

Reviewed: May 2024

We have located 2 large Cannabis farms in the Heckmondwike area in May seizing in excess of 200 plants.

 

Ward Area: Cleckheaton

Local Priority Lead Sergeant: PS 5150 Rawlinson

Local Priority Lead Problem Solving Officer: PC 1049 Tolson, PC 1946 Fox, PC 3368 Terry

 

Cleckheaton Town Centre Set: October 2022

  • To target anti-social behaviour and nuisance youths in the town centre causing issues to local businesses, in particular around the Bus Station and Memorial Park.

Reviewed: April 2024

Hi visibility patrols are ongoing in Cleckheaton which have been noticed by and commented on by the local community. The Christmas period saw a rise in ASB but this is now decreasing. Further work is being carried out with METRO to increase safety at the bus station and the council for other surrounding areas.   

 

Cleckheaton (All) Set: August 2023

  • To target and disrupt the use of off-road bikes in the area by using the force motorbikes to conduct hi visibility patrols and seizing any vehicles found to be used illegally and dealing positively with offenders. 

We have seen additional patrols within Cleckheaton over the summer months with specially trained officers using off road motorbikes to target the issues of nuisance motorcycles. This has resulted in a number of motorcycles being seized and offenders being dealt with for driving offences. 

Reviewed: April 2024 

To be removed on the basis that the Police Off Road Bike team have conducted consistent patrols and will continue to do so as part of routine duties on the Neighbourhood Policing Teams.

 

Cleckheaton (All)  Set January: 2024

  • To deter, react to and investigate burglaries and vehicle crime in the Cleckheaton area. There has been an increase in this crime type over recent months. Operation TOADCREST and JIVEPARK have been initiated that investigates crime patterns, enhances recording of data, follow up investigations and increases Police patrols in the area and later into the night. 

Reviewed: April 2024

 

Ward Area: Batley East

Local Priority Lead Sergeant: PS 5150 Rawlinson

Local Priority Lead Problem Solving Officer: PC 5937 Haskell, PC 6144 Leatham, PC 6017 Thompson

 

Batley Town Centre: Set February 2022

  • To target anti-social off-road bike use in the Batley Town Centre area.

Reviewed: April 2024

The local Neighbourhood Policing Team off road bike officers have been conducting consistent duties in the area and continue to attack criminality and anti social behaviour relating to off road bikes. 

 

Batley (All) Set August 2023

  • To work in collaboration with local businesses to reduce shoplifting and theft in the local area. Therefore, reducing call demand.

Reviewed: April 2024

An entire district effort driven by the Neighbourhood Policing Teams has taken place to efficiently respond to incidents, collect evidence and successfully prosecute suspects of thefts. This has resulted in many nominals being imprisoned because of Police action. The local businesses such as Tesco and Aldi have worked with Police to employ crime prevention tactics and effective crime reporting to allow this result to happen. Incidents have reduced and will continue to be monitored by Neighbourhood Policing Teams.

 


Ward Area: Birstall, Birkenshaw and East Bierley

Local Priority Lead Sergeant: PS 2440 Hinchcliffe

Local Priority Problem Solving Officer :PC 2785 Hurst & PC 5143 Ashley PC 6174 Waite 


Fieldhead Estate Set September 2023

  • To disrupt and engage with nuisance youths at Fieldhead Estate and the surrounding areas, particularly targeting off road bikes and Anti-Social Behaviour. We plan to deal with this issue by increasing high visibility patrols in the area, utilising our off road bike team and working with partners in the anti-social behaviour team to deter future behaviour.

Reviewed: May 2024

 

Due to the success of our ad hoc off road bike team. Kirklees District is now looking to trial a dedicated fulltime off road bike team, comprising a Sergeant lead, with several PCs and PCSOs as dedicated off road bike officers. They would look to move to the problem areas/locations currently highlighted to Police through the Publics calls for service. They would deal with seizing vehicles used in an ASB way and would prosecute any motoring offenders through the courts. Currently foot/vehicle patrols of Fieldhead Estate continue by NPT staff to deter/deal with any local ASB issues (supported by council CESO’s and the council CCTV van when available).

 

Oakwell Hall Country Park Set September 2023

  • To prevent offences within Oakwell Hall country park – We will patrol and engage with the public within the park and work with CESO’s from Kirklees council to do the same.

Reviewed: May 2024 – Now closed priority

Due to targeted patrols by the Police and our partners, drug use/dealing in the car park has ceased. This location will now be removed as a priority location from our patrol plans. Visits will still be conducted though (sometimes in plain clothes/vehicles) to ensure there is no increase in criminality in the area. Removed as a local priority.

 

Birkenshaw Park: Set May 2024

  • To disrupt and engage with nuisance youths who have been seen to be ‘hanging out’ in Birkenshaw Park. These youths have allegedly been causing a nuisance, been threatening and anti-social in their behaviour. We plan to deal with this issue by increasing high visibility patrols in the area. We will speak with the youths/their parents when necessary and we will be working with partners in the anti-social behaviour team to deter future behaviour. Offenders will be given directions to leave (Section 35 notices) and the Police will seek to obtain anti-social behaviour contracts where necessary. Any criminality will be dealt with robustly.


Ward area: Liversedge

Local Priority lead Sergeant: PS 2440 Hinchcliffe

Local Priority Problem Solving Officers: PC 1380 Armitage, PC1587 Harrison

 

Windy Bank Estate area: Set September 2023

  • To disrupt and engage with nuisance youths at Windy Bank Estate and the surrounding areas, particularly targeting off road bikes, the misuse of drugs and Anti-Social Behaviour. We plan to deal with this issue by increasing high visibility patrols in the area, utilising our off road bike team and working with partners in the anti-social behaviour team to deter future behaviour.

 

Reviewed: May 2024

 

Due to the success of our ad hoc off road bike team. Kirklees District is now looking to trial a dedicated fulltime off road bike team, comprising a Sergeant lead, with several PCs and PCSOs as dedicated off road bike officers. They would look to move to the problem areas/locations currently highlighted to Police through the Publics calls for service. They would deal with seizing vehicles used in an ASB way and would prosecute any motoring offenders through the courts. Currently foot/vehicle patrols of Windy Bank Estate/Liversedge continue by NPT staff to deter/deal with any local Drugs misuse and ASB issues (supported by council CESO’s and the council CCTV van when available).

 

Mill Bridge Area: Set September 2023

  • To reduce the number of shoplifting offences in the Mill Bridge area. We will be ensuring shoplifters are arrested for any offences committed, working with the local stores and crime prevention officer to provide advice and the ASB team to issue criminal behaviour orders to persistent shoplifters. 

Reviewed: May 2024 – Now closed priority.

 

Police action at this location has been fruitful and there has been a considerable reduction in calls for service. Identified suspects have been dealt with robustly. Patrols in uniform and plain clothes have prevented/deterred shoplifting offences and caught offenders in the act who have been prosecuted or dealt with by way of an out of court disposal. Removed as a local priority.

 

 

Spen Lane/Shirley Estate, Gomersal: Set May 2024 

 

  • To disrupt and engage with nuisance youths who have been seen to be disrupting traffic/people in the location. These youths have allegedly been causing a nuisance, been threatening and anti-social in their behaviour (often wearing masks to intimidate). We plan to deal with this issue by increasing high visibility patrols in the area. We will speak with the youths/their parents when necessary and we will be working with partners in the anti-social behaviour team to deter future behaviour. Offenders will be given directions to leave (Section 35 notices) and the Police will seek to obtain anti-social behaviour contracts where necessary. Any criminality will be dealt with robustly.

ALL AREAS

You Said....

 

Kirklees District has received 1430 calls for service regarding off road motorcycles / nuisance vehicles such as quads in 2023 to date.

Similar community complaints have also been echoed within community meetings and via local Councillors in most ward areas.

We Did...

The impact of these issues is acknowledged and recognised by all NPTs across the district and when required, Problem Solving Occurrences have been instigated to co-ordinate policing resources and involve key partners to resolve.

In addition, all NPTs have adopted a new process involving PCSOs re-contacting reporting parties to maximise Intel gathering and reassurance. This has seen good information supporting policing efforts to identify riders and locations where vehicles are stored.

Operation Taskabbey provides 6 specially trained Police off road motorcyclists to support NPTs with deployments in high demand areas on key dates, which has generated additional seizures and prosecutions as published on WYP social media.

Operation Teakshot enhanced the special trained officer footprint using Safer Streets funding to enable bespoke Police deployments and support partnership interventions aimed to tackle bike/quad issues. Again, large numbers of illegal motorcycles and quads have been seized and published on WYP social media. Funding expired in September 2023, but further bids are being sought for future projects of a similar nature.

Across the district in 2023 to date combined policing efforts have resulted in approximately 73 stolen motorcycles being recovered, 139 nuisance bikes/quads being seized, and 9 formal warnings issued under section 29 of the Police Reform Act 2002.

 

 

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