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Ward Area – Leeds East wide - set July 2023
Lead Inspector: INSP 4072 Nicholls
Lead Sergeants: PS 0801 Collett and PS 1125 Bell
- To address anti-social motorcycles, vehicular nuisance, and associated criminality across the Leeds East ward areas. As part of Operation Dieselcrest and Operation Republic we will continue to proactively gather intelligence and identify those involved in the anti-social use of motorcycles, vehicles, and associated criminality. We will continue to monitor and respond to incident demands, collate evidence, conduct disruption visits on known offenders, holding targeted days of action across the Leeds East ward areas. In addition, we continue to work collaboratively alongside partner agencies to utilise all enforcement methods available, against those repeatedly involved in such behaviour.
Update September 2023
- Since the introduction of Operations Dieselcrest and original local priority set in October 2022, there has been a significant reduction in nuisance motorcycle and quad bike calls across the East Leeds area in comparison to the previous year. We have executed misuse of drugs warrants, held targeted days of action, and conducted proactive patrols resulting in several arrests along with drugs, motorcycles, quad bikes, weapons, vehicles seized, and Section 59 Warnings issued.
- Working alongside Operation Leodis and Leeds City Council, following identification of several individuals involved in anti-social behaviour and associated criminality, we have issued 14 Community Protection Notice Warnings (CPNW). A Community Protection Notice was issued, following breaches of one warning. Following ongoing legal work, one individual has been issued with a five-year criminal behaviour order and two individuals have been issued with a 2-year Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction Order. Leeds City Council also secured a Leeds City wide Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), with the news release published in June 2023, the news release was previously shared and can be accessed at: Anti-social Behaviour Awareness Week sees city-wide Public Space Protection Order comes into force (leeds.gov.uk)
- In July 2023, we implemented Operation Republic working alongside North Yorkshire Police on the force borders to tackle illegal, anti-social and dangerous car meets, a news release was circulated in partnership with NYP, you can read the full release at: Police forces join together to tackle illegal car meets | North Yorkshire Police
- The local priority was updated and re-set in July 2023 to reflect these changes and the implementation of Operation Republic, alongside Operation Dieselcrest to address the priority. Since the amendment, over 150 motorists have received a notice of impending Community Protection Warning letters. We have held a Police and Community Together meeting at Squires Café, for motorcycle owners and riders, to facilitate open discussions and provide crime prevention information and advice, and we have seized several vehicles and motorcycles
Inner East Priorities
Ward Area - Burmantofts and Richmond Hill - set August 2023
Lead Sergeant: PS 3893 Attree
Lead Area Problem Solving Officer: PC 1001 Coopman and PC 1353 Rooks
- To address reports of urban street gangs and organised criminal groups involved in serious and organised crime, particularly across the Lincoln Green and Burmantofts section of the ward. We will gather intelligence and disrupt offenders involved in urban street gangs, organised criminal groups as part of Operation Bunkmill and we will arrest offenders. We will work collaboratively alongside partner agencies to ensure vulnerable victims are identified, signposted, and safeguarded accordingly. We will work proactively alongside partner agencies and third sectors to educate, disrupt, and divert young people away from criminality.
- To address reports of drugs supply and use across Burmantofts and Richmond Hill. As part of the Clear, Hold and Build initiative and Operation Bakegreen, we will gather community intelligence to obtain and conduct drugs warrants on properties, involved in the supply of drugs. We will conduct proactive and targeted patrols, to gather intelligence and disrupt offenders involved in such criminality. We will seek to obtain warrants and bring offenders, involved in the supply of drugs to justice.
Update September 2023
- To address reports of urban street gangs and organised criminal groups across Lincoln Green and Burmantofts, we have conducted focused and proactive patrols, gathering intelligence to identify and disrupt offenders. The multi-agency approach remains in place for vulnerable residents at risk of cuckooing, regular meetings are held, and support mechanisms are in place for vulnerable victims. Working alongside Leeds City Council Anti-Social Behaviour Team, several partial premise closure orders have been secured on properties, across the affected localities. In addition, we have conducted several days of action supported by West Yorkshire Operational Support Teams, Leeds City Council Housing, Leeds City Council Anti-Social Behaviour Teams, and Youth Provision Providers. On the 15th August 2023, officers arrested an adult male and drugs were seized in Lincoln Green, as part of Operation Bunkmill deployments. A local NPT news release was published, which can be read at: Adult Male Arrested And Drugs Seized As Part Of Operation Bunkmill In Lincoln Green, Leeds | West Yorkshire Police
- Police Community Support Officers continue to conduct engagement sessions alongside Youth Provision providers across the ward, to build positive relations with young people. Focused educational inputs, in relation to knife and drug related crime has been delivered, to raise awareness of the dangers, and to divert young people away from criminality.
- In response of public concerns regarding drug supply across Burmantofts and Richmond Hill, we have obtained and executed several misuse of drugs warrants and held proactive operations as part of Clear, Hold and Build - Operation Bakegreen. This has resulted in drugs being seized, several arrests, and suspects remanded into prison. We have previously published multiple news releases, which the public can access at: News | West Yorkshire Police
Ward Area - Gipton and Harehills - set August 2023
Lead Sergeant: PS 633 Goringe and PS 3315 Ellis
Lead Area Problem Solving Officer: PC 2640 Rawson, PC 1875 Farrar, and PC 5789 Dixon
- To address reports and incidents linked to drugs supply, organised criminality, and street drinking, with a particular focus along Harehills Road, the Bayswater’s, and Ashton's in the Harehills section of the ward. As part of the Clear, Hold and Build Home Office initiative, locally named as CommUnity Harehills we will work with the community to develop intelligence and act on reports, and information received. We will hold targeted days of action, multi-agency operations and seek to obtain warrants, to pursue and disrupt offending.
- To target youth-related anti-social behaviour throughout Harehills. We will increase high visibility patrols across the raised and identified locations, to identify young people involved. We will work closely with partners in Youth Service Provisions, to engage with young people, in order to direct them into available diversionary activities. In addition, we will liaise with Leeds City Council Anti-Social Behaviour Team, to review and take action against those repeatedly involved in anti-social behaviour.
Update September 2023
- We conducted targeted Burglary patrols and disruption visits at known offenders addresses and held three Burglary Crime Prevention events in Gipton, to address the previous local priority. In addition, PCSO Ali also raised awareness of the increase in Burglary offences with Asian gold targeted, by attending Friday prayers at local Mosques. As the darker nights approach, there will be a series of Crime Prevention Roadshows held across the ward, to continue to raise awareness, whilst providing information and advice on home and business security, along with personal safety.
- On Friday 23rd July 2023, we launched CommUnity Harehills, to target serious and organised crime as part of the Home Office’s ‘Clear, Hold, Build’ tactic, which aims to rescue areas of the country most blighted by organised crime. Find out more at: New Campaign Against Organised Crime To Build Change For Harehills Community | West Yorkshire Police. Prior to the launch of CommUnity Harehills, multiple drugs warrants were executed as part of Op Bakegreen from March 2023 onwards, to address the supply of drugs in the locality. This resulted in drugs seized, several arrests, with several suspects charged and remanded into prison, for a variety of offences including possession with intent to supply drugs, money laundering, possession of weapons and more. Several news releases were previously circulated, and can be accessed at: News | West Yorkshire Police
- As part of CommUnity Harehills, we continue to address the supply of drugs, organised criminality, and street drinking. Throughout August we held several engagement sessions across Harehills, providing a wide range of information, local newsletters in English and Romanian. We deployed alongside GamCare Yorkshire and Humber, on Compton Road, to engage, support and advise those affected by gambling and we held a Police and Community Together Meetings for young people, in partnership with the Junior Sports Hub at Bilal Sports Hub on the 22nd August 2023. You can keep up to date with Leeds East planned meetings and events at: Events and meetings | West Yorkshire Police. In addition, alongside multiple partner agencies, a two-day operation was held across the ward which saw five people arrested, nine vehicles seized, a cannabis farm located, an offensive weapon seized, and 25 closure warning letters issued to licensed premises. Three Community Protection Notice warning letters were also issued. A significant quantity of alcohol, tobacco and electronic vapes were also seized. You can access and read the full news release at: Agencies Join Forces For Latest Push On Harehills Campaign | West Yorkshire Police
Ward Area - Killingbeck and Seacroft - set April 2023
Lead Sergeant: A/PS 1571 Halloran
Lead Area Problem Solving Officer: PC 5339 Loram, PC 4133 Croft and PC 3558 Yates
- To proactively address reports of drugs supply across the Seacroft ward and take positive enforcement actions. We will conduct targeted patrols to gather intelligence, and disrupt offenders involved in the supply of drugs. We will seek to obtain warrants and bring offenders involved in the supply of drugs to justice.
- To seek to reduce the levels of youth related anti-social behaviour and criminality across the Killingbeck and Seacroft sections of the ward, with a particular focus across on Brooklands Close and the Killingbeck and Seacroft retail parks. We will deploy police resources to conduct targeted and proactive patrols, across the affected street locations, retail premises and derelict buildings. We will engage with retail premises regarding repeat behaviours identified, collating CCTV evidence of criminality and anti-social behaviour. We will seek to take enforcement action against those repeatedly identified, as being involved in such behaviour. We will also engage with and educate young people on the dangers of entering derelict buildings, whilst signposting them into suitable youth provisions available.
Update September 2023
- To address drugs supply we have executed misuse of drugs warrants, conducted proactive mobile patrols across the ward and gathered intelligence, which has resulted in drugs and vehicles seized, along with several arrests for possession with intent to supply drugs and driving whilst under the influence of drink and drugs.
- We have conducted targeted patrols across the Killingbeck and Seacroft retail parks, engaging with young people involved in anti-social behaviour at the sites, signposting them into local provisions available and submitted referrals for those repeatedly identified as causing anti-social behaviour. As a result, we have liaised with the Leeds City Council Anti-Social Behaviour Team and ASB link officers, who issued several prohibition notices, to young people involved.
- To address the repeat anti-social behaviour and criminality across Brooklands Close, we implemented a multi-agency approach with Operation Leodis and Leeds City Council partners. The action was taken following incidents of damage, public order, assaults, harassment, and arson. A warrant was executed, a partial premise closure order obtained, referrals submitted to relevant partners and vulnerable residents supported. Following the proactive work conducted, crime across the street reduced by 76.5% and 73% of residents reported they felt there was less anti-social behaviour. NPT officers continue to engage with residents and conduct proactive patrols, across the street.
Outer East Priorities
Ward Area - Crossgates and Whinmoor - set September 2023
Lead Sergeant: PS 3550 Nicholson
Lead Area Problem Solving Officer: PC 764 Drew and PC 1000 Bradley
- To address reports of anti-social behaviour involving young people, with a particular focus on the White Laith Shops, the Bus Terminus and Whinmoor Library. We will utilise a multi-agency approach to tackle the rise in anti-social behaviour from young people, at the Bus Terminus and surrounding shops and buildings following reports of nuisance behaviour, bus surfing, criminal damage, and littering. We have and will continue to work with partner agencies, primarily Leeds City Council Youth Services team in order to support early intervention, educating young people as to the dangers of these types of anti-social behaviour, and will work with Leeds City Council Anti-Social Behaviour Team to review those repeatedly involved in such behaviours. We will liaise and work with First Bus Service to address the reported demands, collate and view CCTV, with a view to identifying those involved.
- To continue our focus on addressing the use of stolen and off-road motorcycles driving illegally and in an anti-social manner in Swarcliffe, Stanks, Whinmoor and Crossgates. We have seen a significant reduction in the numbers of such motorcycles across the ward, however, we know that the motorcycles remain present in the area to some degree and our objective is to reduce this even further. We will achieve this by utilising a number of tools, primarily community information to identify where the bikes are being stored, and those responsible for the theft and illegal use of bikes. We will conduct targeted operations in line with Operation Dieselcrest, which specifically targets those offenders involved in this criminal and ASB activity, and the use of the off-road motorcycle team.
Update September 2023
- To address anti-social behaviour across the previous demand locations namely the East Leeds Orbital Route (ELOR) and Swarcliffe, we conducted high visibility and plain-clothes proactive patrols. We worked with Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour team to issue tenancy warnings to parents of young children, repeatedly involved in such ASB. We liaised and worked alongside Leeds City Council Youth Services, to identify, engage and educate young people involved in the anti-social behaviour. As a result of the proactive work across the ward, two young people were identified and charged for damage to motor vehicles across the ELOR, and a further two were identified for criminal damage to property at a local primary school. In addition, we worked alongside the elected members to host additional contact points and community meetings, to reach communities in Swarcliffe.
- In line with the new anti-social behaviour locations identified, to date we have provided an increased and visible presence across the areas affected and utilised the FIRST Leeds ‘Trojan’ bus to deploy to the locality, to disrupt and prevent any offences. We have liaised with Leeds City Council Youth Service in our Community Safety multi-agency tasking meetings, who have advised they will be attending the location to speak with young people and divert them into provisions available.
- We continue to deploy as part of Operation Dieselcrest to robustly tackle the primary offenders, serving community protection notices and injunctions on those persistently involved in criminal and anti-social behaviour.
Ward Areas – Garforth and Swillington, Kippax, Methley and Villages – set February 2023
Lead Sergeant: PS 0801 Collett
Lead Area Problem Solving Officer: PC 3826 McAleese and PC 2484 Jenkins
- To address public concerns of youth anti-social behaviour, drugs misuse and alcohol misuse across public park areas with a particular focus on Barley Hill Park, Garforth, Glebelands Park, Garforth and Rocket Park, Millennium Village, Allerton Bywater. We will continue to conduct targeted high visibility patrols at the affected locations, during peak times identified from call demand analysis and information provided by local communities. We will deploy in ‘plain clothes’ to gather intelligence and identify individuals involved in anti-social behaviour and criminality. We will work closely with the Leeds City Council Anti-Social Behaviour Team and Youth Services, to respond to any repeat youths identified and divert young people into local provisions and planned activities in the locality. We will aim to inform, engage, and provide advice for young people so they can make safer choices, whilst signposting and referring young people who need further support.
- To target and address multiple road safety concerns including speeding and parking offences across the ward areas. We will continue to arrange planned operations in line with Fatal4 to address speeding and driving offences in the communities we serve, along with utilising Speed Indication Devices to raise public awareness. We will work closely with Leeds City Council Parking Services to address repeat incidents and reports of local parking issues and obstructions. Penalty Notices will be issued, to anyone found to be causing an obstruction and parking on a pavement.
Update September 2023
- We have conducted multiple targeted patrols and engagements, across the identified public park areas to address reports of anti-social behaviour, public order, and criminal damage. We liaised with partners and elected members, who have worked to increase the youth provision offers across the locality, following public and young people's feedback. Two young people were identified for anti-social behaviour and criminal damage, they were subsequently managed by the Youth Offending Service and have since finished a Youth Rehabilitation programme. In addition, throughout the summer holidays a safer school officer deployed to key locations with open water areas, to engage with young people about the dangers of open water swimming.
- As part of our ongoing commitment to address road safety concerns, we have delivered road safety lessons in schools and conducted multiple schools parking patrols, with advice given to parents regarding safe parking. Between May and July 2023, we conducted multiple road safety deployments, alongside West Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Unit, neighbouring forces and partner agencies, resulting in multiple actions taken. A local news release was published with the results, which can be accessed at: Road Safety Matters - Local Priority Update | West Yorkshire Police
- Recent speed checks have been conducted across Barley Hill Road and Lidgett Lane, resulting in one motorist being issued with a ticket for speeding at 32mph in a 20mph zone. Officers also deployed to Swillington Lane and Church Lane, Micklefield, we were pleased to report no motorists were speeding.
Ward Area - Temple Newsam and Halton - set August 2023
Lead Sergeant: PS 1125 Bell
Lead Area Problem Solving Officer: PC 1438 Mortimer and PC 687 Campbell
- To address road safety concerns and road related offences, across the Temple Newsam and Halton ward with a particular focus on Temple Newsam Park and The Springs Retail Park. We will continue to proactively deploy in line with Fatal4, to address vehicular nuisance, speeding and driving offences in line with Operation Dieselcrest and Operation Republic. We will proactively deploy at peak times identified and work closely with site management teams, to obtain and review CCTV footage, in order to identify offenders. We will work closely with Leeds City Anti-Social Behaviour Team, to take enforcement action against those repeatedly involved in the anti-social use of vehicles inclusive of anti-social car meets.
- To address reports of urban street gangs and organised criminal groups involved in the supply of drugs and serious violence, particularly across the Wykebecks and Halton Moor sections of the ward. As part of Operation Doleedge and Operation Bunkmill, we will seek to obtain warrants and bring offenders involved in the supply of drugs and associated criminality to justice. We will utilise a range of operational tactics to disrupt offending, identify offenders and gather intelligence. We will work closely with partner agencies, to utilise all enforcement methods at our disposal, inclusive of seeking to obtain premise closure orders on properties, whilst ensuring vulnerable victims are identified, signposted and safeguarded accordingly. We will work proactively alongside partner agencies and third sectors to educate, disrupt and divert young people away from criminality.
Update September 2023
- We have conducted multiple road safety deployments across the ward, recovering and seizing motorcycles and vehicles involved in Anti-Social Behaviour and criminality. A motor vehicle was seized under S59 of the Police Reform Act on the 26th August 2023, during proactive cross border deployments with the Burmantofts and Richmond Hill NPT Team in the Wykebecks and Rookwoods localities. In addition, we have conducted targeted overt and covert operations across the Springs Retail Park, to disrupt car meets and theft in line with Operation Republic.
- To address serious and organised crime and violence across the ward we have conducted house to house engagements, across identified street locations to meet residents, delivering key contact information and discussed local issues and concerns with them. In response to community feedback, incidents, and crime we have implemented a new Operation alongside the Burmantofts and Richmond Hill NPT Team called Operation Bunkmill, which sits alongside Operation Doleedge.
- As part of Operation Bunkmill we have assigned a dedicated officer, who conducts proactive diversionary patrols, to engage with identified individuals and divert them away from criminality. In addition, as part of Operation Doleedge we have executed several misuse of drugs warrants, seizing drugs, weapons and have made several arrests. News releases were previously published, to provide information of the action taken across the ward, which can be accessed at: News | West Yorkshire Police
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