Wakefield Central

Covering : Wakefield City Centre, including Eastmoor, Flanshaw, Lupset, Peacock, Portobello, Thornes and surrounding areas.

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Neighbourhood Priorities


Wakefield Central NPT 
Inspector: P. Fraser
 

Ward 17: Wakefield North (City Centre, Peacock, Flanshaw & St. Johns). 
Reviewed & updated on 30th April 2024

Lead Area Sergeant: PS 2148 Milbourn
Lead Area Problem Solving Officers: PC 84 Garlick & 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. 

Wakefield NPT have a 3-step approach to tackle the issue of begging and vagrancy around the city centre. Those that are seen to be homeless or caught begging are provided with information and assistance to obtain help, support, and accommodation. Those people are given 3 chances obtain this support. If after those 3 chances they choose not to obtain any help, they will be dealt with under the offence of Vagrancy. 
 

•    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 continue to carry out plain clothed operations which are a valuable source of intelligence, ultimately leading to prosecutions. 

•   Retail theft. There has been a nationwide increase of retail thefts and we are seeing this at retail premises within the city centre and local retail parks  

We are working alongside our Crime Prevention Team, engaging daily with staff and security to offer advice and support. We are conducting regular operations working in plain clothes to identify offenders.  We have a high success rate with prosecuting prolific and repeat offenders and every month we see a high number of offenders appearing in Leeds Magistrates Court for these offences. 

 

Ward 20: Wakefield West (Thornes, Lupset & Cathedral Retail Park).
Reviewed & updated on 30th April 2024

Lead Area Sergeant: PS 6125 Heron
Lead Area Problem Solving Officers: PC 3441 Webber & PC 1028 Hanmer

•    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

This location is still a current ASB hot spot, we are moving from the darker nights into the spring where the park will be utilised more often. We have been patrolling Thornes Park, and seized off Road Motor bikes which have been causing ASB around the park, and damage to the grounds. We will continue to provide high-visibility patrols in the park and we are looking forward to "Days of Action" with partner agencies.   

We are also undertaking bike marking events in around Thornes Park Stadium, to increase security of bikes. Look out for dates on the website and Facebook. 
We also have a Contact Point at Stork Lodge café as well as the one at the Athletics Stadium. 

•    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

We are continuing to make your communities safe by carrying out drug warrants within your area, and tackling the use of drugs and associated criminality. Look out for us over the coming weeks. 
 

•    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. 

Following on from the Christmas period which saw an increase in foot fall, we have extended this patrol priority, into begging and theft from shop. We have made arrests under the vagrancy act, and continue to attend and deal robustly with those that persistently offend, through successful prosecutions.  

 

Ward 16: Wakefield East (Eastmoor, College Grove, Pinders Heath, Portobello). 
Reviewed & updated on 30th April 2024

Lead Area Sergeant: PS 1466 Hardwick
Lead Area Problem Solving Officers: PC 3287 Pickering, PC 3250 Gleeson, PC 4511 Denton  & PC 5232 Smith. 

•    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 several proactive drugs operations in the ward. We have been successful in obtaining drugs warrants under the misuse of drugs Act, located significant quantities of drugs and prosecuted offenders. 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.
 

•    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. 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 continue to with colleagues in the roads policing unit/ casualty reduction team / council to organise evenings of action at keys times and locations. 

Officers have conducted several operations in the portobello area where the supply of class A drugs from vehicles has been targeted. Officers have recovered both drugs and weapons from vehicles and identified key offenders. Vehicles have been seized offenders arrested. We continue to work with the community to gather intelligence on vehicles involved in the supply of class A drugs and the location in the ward where dealing takes place.

    

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Dates for your diary
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The PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting for the City Centre & St Johns areas will be held at New Wells Centre, Thornihill Street on the above date and time.

We would like to invite residents and business owners from the area to join the meeting with Neighbourhood Police and local Councillors, to discuss any issues which may be affecting you in the community.

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Do you own a pushbike / E bike? Why not bring it along to the Bike Register event where our Neighbourhood officers will provide security marking and register it for free with the National Bike Register.

Registering on Bike Register means you could be reunited with your bike in the event of it being stolen. 
 

The PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting for the Thornes area will be held at St James' Church, Denby Dale Road on the above date and time.

We would like to invite residents and business owners from the area to join the meeting with Neighbourhood Police and local Councillors, to discuss any issues which may be affecting you in the community.