Covering : Dewsbury, Mirfield, Ravensthorpe, Thornhill Edge, Town Centre, Chickenley, Earlsheaton, Upper Hopton, Lower Hopton and surrounding areas.

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Neighbourhood Priorities

Lead Inspector: 2336 Lockwood


Ward Area: Dewsbury East

Problem Solving Officers: PC 1392 Hopson, PC 3334 Sturdy

Lead Sergeant: PS 3638 Oates 

Town Centre Area – Theft / Anti-Social Behaviour: Set March 2024

  • Public reports indicate concerns of ASB and street drinking within Dewsbury Town Centre alongside theft from shop and person offences.


Police Problem Solving efforts with partners remain ongoing to intervene positively and reduce concerns around town centre crime and ASB. Officers routinely conduct high visibility patrols to proactively police those breaching the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in partnership with local authority enforcement officers, additional tasking continues for specialist resources such as mounted officers to increase Police presence and visibility, crime data is kept under review to identify patterns of key subjects, and plain clothed NPT patrols are deployed when required to increase opportunities to take positive action against offenders and protect those vulnerable to risk of harm. March 11th – 17th saw NPT’s working with Town Centre Team officers and partners during the Safer Business Action Week to engage with stakeholders, gather current intelligence, and offer crime prevention and security advice.

Youth Anti-Social Behaviour at Chickenley & Hanging Heaton: Set March 2024

  • Dewsbury NPT has received an increase in calls for service regarding youth ASB targeting residents at 2 x unrelated addresses within Dewsbury East.


Individual Problem-Solving Investigations have been instigated to review circumstances around both groups, implement structured NPT patrol plans to disrupt and identify those responsible, and inappropriate behaviour will be dealt with robustly to explore any offences alongside ASB offender management options. Key partners within the local authority and Safer Kirklees will be consulted as required to support efforts against identified perpetrators.


Anti-Social Behaviour at Town Centre Fast-Food Establishment: Set October 2023

  • Dewsbury NPT has acknowledged an increase in calls for service regarding ASB youth groups from both members of the community and staff at a fast-food chain restaurant within the Dewsbury East area.

Update March 2024:

As a result of Problem-Solving actions, a total of 12 identified individuals received ASB offender management interventions by Police with relevant partner referrals being made. This has resulted in ASB concerns subsiding and the Problem-Solving Investigation being closed. Dewsbury East NPT officers will continue to engage regularly with staff for early detection of emerging concerns and pay passing attention to the location during their daily ward patrols.


Ward area: Dewsbury West 

Problem Solving Officers: PC 4365 Olszewski, PC 4252 Gredelj, PC 3740 Husetic

Lead Sergeant: PS 5646 Clarke 


Ravensthorpe and West Town Area: Set October 2023

  • Local communities have raised concerns about the anti-social use of motor vehicles, with particular concerns that vehicles are involved in the supply of drugs in the Ravensthorpe and West Town areas.

Update March 2024

We continue to gather and act upon intelligence in respect of drug supply and anti-social use of motor vehicles.

We continue to implement Operation Tarlake which has been deployed several times in the area in addition to ad-hoc Road Traffic enforcement operations, vehicles have been identified and the users of these vehicles have been warned.

We intend to repeat joint operations with the NPT, Taxi Licensing and DVSA ensuring that identified offences are reported.

We have undertaken a contact point to specifically target the use of E-Scooters and Off Road Bikes that cause issues and will continue to seek support from specialist Off Road Bikes Officers in the area.

We will continue to pay attention in this area, along with our colleagues at roads policing to take positive action to tackle those committing offences.


Ravensthorpe and West Town Area: Set February 2023

  • Local communities have raised concerns about Anti-Social Behaviour leading to criminal damage. We will be increasing patrols in the areas and using stop and search powers where appropriate to reduce the instance of criminal damage and vandalism in the Dewsbury West Area.

Update March 2024

We continue to undertake proactive and targeted patrols in the area, we continue to gather and act upon intelligence in respect of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.

Operation Tarlake, a Dewsbury and Mirfield NPT proactive deployment, which has been deployed several times in the area and we will continue to target the area.

We continue to work with partners and youth services to prevent and deter anti-social activity.


All Dewsbury West Area: Set January 2024

  • Dewsbury West – Youth Local Priority

West Yorkshire Youth Commission have identified 4 key priorities in keeping young people safe, of those the priority in Dewsbury West will be Drugs, Gangs and Knife Crime.


We have targeted a number of locations used for the production of cannabis to impact on the opportunity for supply of drugs to young people. We have ensured high visibility patrols around routes used by young people to ensure that they feel safe accessing education. We are working with Crimestoppers to implement the Fearless campaign within education settings to empower young people to feel safer and provide support around concerns around knife crime.


Reviewed: March 2024


Ward area: Dewsbury South 

Problem Solving Officers: PC 3667 Stephens, PC 2704 Ali

Lead Sergeant: PS 2883 Prentice


Overthorpe Playing Field Area: Set October 2023

  • You were concerned about nuisance youths and ASB within the Overthorpe playing field area with increasing numbers of young people congregating near to Trojans playing fields engaging in ASB. There were 6 calls for service throughout October relating to Overthorpe Park with 5 crimes being recorded.

Update March 2024:

We continue to have passing attention to the Thornhill/ Overthorpe area, high visibility patrols after concerns have been raised with further analysis of the trends within the area being captured to assist with future patrol plans. We also have Operation Tarlake which focusses on areas with the highest ASB concerns on weekends. Positive action is and will continue to be taken on those causing ASB issues within the area. Dewsbury & Mirfield NPT are working with Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing to identify any concerns to provide early intervention to repeat offenders.


Various Roads Dewsbury South Area: Set October 2023

  • Dewsbury & Mirfield continue to receive concerns around speeding vehicles and other driving related offences in the and around the Victoria Road, Brewery Lane and Slaithwaite Road area.

Update March 2024

Dewsbury & Mirfield NPT continue to target anti-social vehicle use and speeding around Dewsbury South ward, this has been targeted with extra patrols as well as days of action utilising the speed check sites. There will be further speed check sites deployed throughout the ward over the coming months to continue to offer public reassurance. Officers are reminded to take positive action where possible to tackle any offences within the area. There has been increased police patrols to help reassure residents on those roads identified Brewery Lane, Forge Lane, Mill Street East and Saville Road.


Anti-Social Behaviour and Off Road Bikes In The Thornhill Area: Set October 2023

  • There are still concerns around the use of off road bikes riding in and around the Thornhill/ Overthorpe area. More recently residents have expressed concerns around increased presence of off-road bikes in and around the Overthorpe Avenue, with them being used on pavements and green spaces.

Update March 2024      

Officers are tasked with attending areas highlighted with issues relating to off road bikes and passing attention has been given to specific repeat offenders and those addresses known for storing off road bikes. The plan moving forward is to have a joint meeting with KNH whereby visits can be done together with a view to taking civil action via housing. The increased presence of Officers within the south ward area is being used as a deterrent to those using off road bikes and providing residents with some reassurance.

Along with Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing we are gathering intelligence to locate the addresses which are regularly being identified as storing such vehicles. The aim to locate any stolen property and to identify those who persistently ride off road bikes committing offences so that positive action can be taken. There is also a new Off road bike team that will be staffed permanently to help reduce the issues caused by those ASB off road bike users.


Thornhill Area: Set January 2024

  • Concerns around an increase in burglaries in the Thornhill area. Dewsbury and Mirfield NPT will conduct high visibility patrols in and around the south ward area acting as a high visibility deterrent. NPT will assist with CCTV and house to house visits as part of ongoing investigations to achieve early evidence of locating any potential suspects.


Update March 2024

There has been a targeted patrol plan focusing on cross boarder areas in the south ward to ensure there is a deterrent for those wanting to commit burglaries. Dewsbury & Mirfield NPT have also provided several contact points throughout the year to give advice to members of the public around target hardening for there properties.


Navigation Gardens & Brewery Lane: Set January 2024

  • Concerns around an increase in drug use in and around Navigation Gardens and Brewery Lane. We will conduct high visibility patrols and utilise positive action to act as a deterrent. Officers to be visible to provide reassurance to the local community.  

Reviewed: March 2024


Ward area: Mirfield

Problem Solving Officers: PC 4628 Coe, PC 6986 Clarke

Lead Sergeant: PS 5646 Clarke


London Park Estate: Set October 2023

  • Communities in and around the London Park Estate raised concerns around anti-social behaviour, particularly involving fireworks and other nuisance leading to damage.

Update March 2024:

We continue with a problem-solving approach to issues. We have increased hi visibility patrols and developed a bespoke patrol plan and response. This response utilises specialist resources from force wide units, Officers proactively collaborate with partners including Safer Kirklees, Local Authority teams, Education establishments and other relevant agencies. Crime reports in the locality are robustly reviewed to ensure any subjects are assessed against early intervention & ASB management processes to maximise positive outcomes. An Officer In The Case has been assigned for continuity and investigational oversight of wider issues. We encourage members of public to report directly to officers on ward patrols, via 101/999 or online reporting tools, or attendance at any publicised public meetings and share information. Information is shared where relevant on our WYP Community Alert and the Dewsbury & Mirfield NPT Facebook and Twitter page. We have also introduced multi-agency days of action and have set up a programme of joint patrols involving Police and Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing to develop a holistic approach to tackling anti-social behaviour and criminality in the area.


All Mirfield Area: Set January 2024

  • Youth Local Priority

West Yorkshire Youth Commission have identified 4 key priorities in keeping young people safe, of those the priority in Mirfield ours will be Drugs, Gangs and Knife Crime.


We proactively target those suspected involved in the production and supply of controlled drugs. We have ensured high visibility patrols around routes used by young people to ensure that they feel safe accessing education. We are working with Crimestoppers to implement the Fearless campaign within education settings to empower young people to feel safer and provide support around concerns around knife crime.


Reviewed: March 2024



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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