Covering : Wakefield City Centre, including Eastmoor, Flanshaw, Lupset, Peacock, Portobello, Thornes and surrounding areas.
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Wakefield Central NPT
Inspector: P. Fraser
Ward 17: Wakefield North (City Centre, Peacock, Flanshaw & St. Johns).
Reviewed & updated on 1st September 2023
Lead Area Sergeant: PS 4499 Miller
Lead Area Problem Solving Officers: PC 84 Garlick, PC 5232 Smith & PC 599 Thimm
• Street drinking / begging and associated ASB in Wakefield City Centre. A Public Space Protection Order is in place and will continue to be promoted within the community and enforced according to the legislation. We will adopt a partnership approach with the local council and various third sector charities to assist the most vulnerable and sign post them to appropriate services whilst ensuring we take appropriate action against those individuals that take advantage of our communities’ generosity.
We have issued a number of street drinking tickets and continued with our promise to deal robustly with repeat offenders. We have worked closely with partner agency WMDC Anti-Social Behaviour Team, successfully issuing a number of banning orders and prison sentences to repeat offenders and we will continue to police and enforce the Public Space Protection Order within the City Centre.
• Drug Dealing Wakefield City Centre. We will adopt a number of initiatives / operations to deal with the issue of drug dealing within Wakefield city centre. Examples of this are working in partnership with specialist units to deal with travelling drug dealers who are using motor vehicles to deal from. We will look to engage our community and obtaining relevant information which will then be acted upon swiftly in order to minimise the impact of drugs within the city centre. You can help us by reporting any information or concerns you have directly to us or by using Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or crimestoppers-uk.org
A number of warrants have been executed in the area which have led to arrests, prosecutions and drugs seizures. Our officers have carried out a number of plain clothed operations which have been a valuable source of intelligence, ultimately leading to prosecutions. We have also been working alongside the WYP Mounted Section with extra patrols in the drug hot-spot locations. These patrols have led to a number of stop-searches and offenders being dealt with for drugs offences.
• Commercial burglaries. There has been a number of commercial burglaries in the city centre of late. We are working alongside our Crime Prevention Team, engaging daily with business owners to offer advice and support.
Extra officers are being deployed in plain clothes operations along with unformed officers on late night patrols in the city centre. We hold regular Business Watch meetings, providing updates in relation to crime trends in the area and to provide feedback in relation to arrests. Over the summer months we have made a number of arrests leading to prosecutions and prison sentences. A number of live investigations are still ongoing and we hope to make more arrests in the near future.
Ward 20: Wakefield West (Thornes, Lupset & Cathedral Retail Park).
Reviewed & updated on 1st September 2023
Lead Area Sergeant: PS 6125 Heron
Lead Area Problem Solving Officers: PC 4232 Darnley & PC 2310 Sissling
• Thornes Park – Crime and Anti-social behaviour. We aim to reduce incidents of crime and ASB by providing high visibility patrols in the area, working with WMDC and key partners to identify and proactively deal with anyone identified as being responsible for criminal offences and ASB in and around the park. You can help us by reporting any information or concerns you have directly to us or by using Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or crimestoppers-uk.org
Officers from Wakefield West NPT and WYP Crime Prevention took part in an Environmental Audit at Thornes Park along with local Councillors and Alison Lowe, Deputy Mayor for West Yorkshire. They were joined by staff from a number of partner agencies and together, they had a "walkabout" around the park, discussing ideas for working together and problem solving to address issues including crime, ASB and fly tipping within the park.
Regular patrols are carried out by Wakefield West NPT, WMDC ASB Officers and Park Rangers, engaging with youths in and around the park, directing them to a range of activities and support that is available to them through our partner agencies. Work around Thornes Park has seen increased visibility with a regular contact point at the Athletics Stadium. The park is a seasonal hotspot and this year has seen the expected increase in calls and incidents.
• Lupset - Anti-social behaviour and drugs. We aim to reduce incidents of crime and ASB, with high visibility patrols and positive action taken against offenders. Target drug use and drugs supply. High visibility and plain clothes patrols to be completed. Court Warrants will be obtained to target drugs supply and organised crime in the area. Partnership work will continue to be completed with Wakefield District Housing (& other Housing Providers) and Wakefield Council to address concerns, target the tenancy of offenders and support the community. You can help us by reporting any information or concerns you have directly to us or by using Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or crimestoppers-uk.org
Enhanced patrols, engagement and reassurance continue in the ASB hot-spot areas. Working with the local Housing Provider, identified offenders have been targeted and arrested for a variety of offences. Working with specialist teams, drugs warrants and drugs related arrests have continued across Thornes and Lupset. Officers from the Wakefield District Early Action Team have been engaging and working with youths from the local area, providing targeted intervention sessions.
• Westgate and Cathedral Retail Parks – Begging and theft from shop. We will adopt a partnership approach with the local council and various third sector charities to assist the most vulnerable and sign post them to appropriate services whilst ensuring we take appropriate action against those individuals that take advantage of our communities generosity. We will work with our partner agency WMDC, to ensure that offenders receive appropriate warnings and banning orders.
We have worked with the businesses at the retail park and continue to hold regular meetings with store security and management in relation to crime prevention and we are working together to identify offenders and bring them to justice. Regular high visibility patrols continue to be carried out across the retail parks and we have conducted a number of community engagement events at these locations.
Ward 16: Wakefield East (Eastmoor, College Grove, Pinders Heath, Portobello).
Reviewed & updated on 1st September 2023
Lead Area Sergeant: PS 1466 Hardwick
Lead Area Problem Solving Officers: PC 3287 Pickering, PC 3250 Gleeson & PC 2148 Milbourn
• Drug Dealing and drug taking in College Grove. We target both drug use and the supply of drugs by acting on intelligence received, and through proactive operations in the area. We utilise the intelligence gained to obtain warrants and target offenders. Partnership work will continue to be completed with Wakefield District Housing (& other Housing Providers) and Wakefield Council to address concerns, target the tenancy of offenders and support the community. We will also continue to work significantly with partners at Marshway House and Lightwaves. You can help us by reporting any information or concerns you have directly to us or by using Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or crimestoppers-uk.org
Officers continue to be successful in identifying offenders involved in the supply of class A drugs, through a number of proactive drugs operations in the ward. We have been successful in obtaining drugs warrants under the misuse of drugs Act. PCSO's have gained intelligence identifying the key locations for drug dealing within the ward where dealing is taking place. They have then targeted their patrols to these locations, disrupting offending. Officers have worked closely with partners at Marshway house who have now installed fencing around the complex. It is anticipated this will reduce overt drug taking and supply at the location. Officers will continue to monitor the impact this has.
• ASB in Eastmoor. Anti-social behavour including street drinking and the illegal use of motor bikes in the College Grove and Eastmoor areas. We aim to reduce these incidents by providing high visibility patrols in the area, working with WMDC and key partners to identify and proactively deal with offenders by utilising the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) powers. You can report anti-social beahviour to us by using our online reporting system or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or crimestoppers-uk.org
Officers have identified a number of youth offenders involved in ASB that have been successfully referred for intervention work with partners. Officers have targeted key locations and a number of bikes have been seized when offences arise. Officers have utilised their powers under S59 RTA issuing warnings for anti-social driving. They have taken a robust approach to alcohol related ASB making arrests where appropriate. These offenders have then been referred to addiction support services from custody. Officers continue to work with school and community groups in the area to identify offenders and gather intelligence.
• Drug dealing and anti-social driving in the Portobello area. Priority set on 1st September 2023. Drug dealing from cars is becoming increasingly common in the area alongside speeding and other anti-social driving by the dealers. We will target both drug use and the supply of drugs by acting on intelligence received, and through proactive operations in the area. We will utilise the intelligence to obtain warrants and target offenders. We will be working with colleagues in the roads policing unit/ Casualty reduction team / council to organise evenings of action at keys times and locations. We will share results from speed operations on our Facebook page and via the Community Alert messenger.
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