Wakefield East

Covering : Ackworth, Airedale, Castleford, Ferry Fryston, Glasshoughton, Hemsworth, Knottingley, North Elmsall, Pontefract, South Elmsall, South Kirkby, Upton and surrounding areas. 

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Neighbourhood Priorities

Wakefield East NPT Inspector: G Costello

Wards 1, 7, 14: Ackworth, North Elmsall, Upton, Hemsworth, South Elmsall and South Kirkby. 
Reviewed & updated 3rd May 2024 

Lead Area Sergeant: PS 1129 Lockwood
Lead Area Problem Solving Officer: PC 3328 Davies

•    Tackle and disrupt the illegal supply of drugs in the whole of the South East NPT area. We are committed to investigating and developing intelligence received in relation to drugs. Whether that be in relation to possession, dealing or production. We have successfully executed numerous warrants in recent months and will continue to execute more.
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South East NPT and the Wakefield Neighbourhood Impact Team continue to carry out numerous drugs warrants throughout the South East area led by community intelligence; numerous persons have been arrested and drugs have been seized. We are committed to investigating and developing intelligence received in relation to drugs. Working with the community we will act on reports and intelligence. We have stop and search a number of people across the South East and investigations are still ongoing, we will continue to act robustly in order to tackle the issues within our communities.

A number of drugs warrants have been executed across the South East area with some positive results, arrests and drugs seizures.  More warrants will be executed shortly based on valuable community intelligence.  

•    Anti-Social Behaviour across the area, in particular Barnsley Road, Moorthorpe and South Elmsall. After an increase in Anti-social behaviour in the area the NPT will be focusing on youths causing anti-social behaviour in and around Aldi and Asda.  Taxis and Buses have also been victims of abuse and criminal damage.  Our community should be able to use retail outlets and transport services without being victims to or witnessing ASB.  This behaviour will not be tolerated, and a number of initiatives are planned to tackle anyone causing ASB in our community.  

A significant reduction of ASB has been seen in this area due to increased patrols.  This is however something that will be ongoing in order to prevent ASB re-occurring in this area.  

•    Anti-social vehicle use, off-road bikes, quads and speeding vehicles. We will increase patrols in and around local businesses, parks, and schools. We will increase the number of patrols and enforceable speeding operations. We will work with Police specialist units and in partnership with the local authority, taking positive action against offenders.

We have a number of planned operations to tackle dangerous drivers across all South East wards. We will be working with the WYP Mounted section to issue penalty notices to motorists committing offences during Operation Close Pass. We will be conducting speeding operations in conjunction with our specialist units and in partnership with the local authority in the identified areas of concern as reported by the local community. NPT officers will continue to conduct speed surveys and enforceable traffic operations at various locations across the area.

A recent operation has taken place where a number of persons have been dealt with for the illegal use of bikes and quads and a number of bikes and quads have been seized by Police.  This will continue over the coming weeks and months.  

Ward 9: Knottingley
Reviewed & updated May 2024

Lead Area Sergeant: PS 4620 Crisp
Lead Area Problem Solving Officers: 
Knottingley: PC 5974 Jones, PC 946 Picken
Warwick: PC 526 Ragsdale, PC 1232 Pool 

•    Anti-social behaviour around the Hill Top Area and Retail Park. We are committed to tackling youth ASB in this area by having a consistent policing footprint and a designated PCSO. We are working closely with Partner Agencies to tackle ASB and related offences such as vagrancy through both engagement and enforcement tactics. We plan to deal with this issue by increasing high visibility patrols in the area. We will also use ASB Legislation if required to prevent the youths from returning to the location if warnings are not heeded. We will focus in particular around ASB hot spots, working with our partners and local businesses collaboratively.

ASB has reduced in this area through partnership working and engaging with local youths and businesses.  We are working with our early intervention officers to support local families carrying out interactive youth diversion inputs. 

Week of action planned for the week of July to target youth ASB and off-road motorcyles. 

Ward 12 Pontefract
Reviewed & updated 25th January 2024

Lead Area Sergeant: PS 4620 Crisp
Lead Area Problem Solving Officers: PC 1843 Kent, PC 6728 Durant  

•    Pontefract Town Centre and bus station. We are committed to tackling youth ASB in the town centre by having a consistent policing footprint and a designated PCSO. We are working closely with Partner Agencies to tackle ASB and related offences such as vagrancy through both engagement and enforcement tactics. We plan to deal with this issue by increasing high visibility patrols in the area. We will also use ASB Legislation if required to prevent the youths from returning to the location if warnings are not heeded. We will focus around ASB hot spots; Valley Gardens, Town Centre and Horsefair Flats. 

ASB at the bus station has reduced over last few months. We have a new safer travel PCSO that will be focusing on this location engaging with youths and supporting staff and customers. 

Several ASB warning letters and banning notices have been given out to tackle the issues at the bus station. 

Week of action planned for the week of July to target youth ASB and off-road motorcyles. 

Ward 13 Pontefract South
Reviewed & updated 25th January 2024

Lead Area Sergeant: PS 4620 Crisp
Lead Area Problem Solving Officers: PC 2799 Michael Pointer, PC 4320 Luke Dale.

•    Traffic offences and speeding. We will be increasing patrols in the area and issuing penalty notices to any motorists committing offences when we can. We will also be looking at the issue of vehicles ignoring weight limit signs in Wentbridge Village which is being caused by the A1 roadworks This priority has been set following concerns raised by local residents and at the PACT meetings.We will also be looking at the issue of vehicles ignoring weight limit signs in Wentbridge Village which is being caused by the A1 roadworks This priority has been set following concerns raised by local residents and at the PACT meetings. 

NPT officers have carried out extra patrols in these areas and stopped a number of vehicles issuing fixed penalties. The problem we are encountering is that the road works are ongoing until April and drivers are not paying attention to the signs or not understanding them in terms of foreign lorry drivers. We are working with highways to review the situation and ensure that road safety is a priority, they are reviewing the signage and diversions. We ask that road users be patient and follow adhere to signs put in place for your road safety.

Local NPT officers have carried out some speed enforcement work issued motorist with advice and given out tickets for some drivers. Our prosecution and Casualty reduction unit have been carrying out some speed data collection and deploying a highways safety van and mobile enforcement vehicle. There may be further operations in the locality to promote road safety and carry out further enforcement work. 
 

Ward 2 Airedale & Ferry Fryston
Reviewed & updated 3rd May 2024                                                                    

Lead Area Sergeant: PS 1771 Jaworski 
Lead Area Problem Solving Officer: PC 841 Shaw

•    Anti-social Vehicle use including off-road bikes and uninsured / untaxed vehicles. We will target anti-social vehicle use including the nuisance use of off-road bikes and the use of uninsured / untaxed vehicles on the streets of Airedale & Ferry Fryston. We will increase patrols and continue to work in partnership with Roads Policing Units, Off-Road Bike Team, and other partners including Council ASB to tackle offenders utilising legislation under the banner of ‘Operation Mindstoke’.

We have increased patrols alongside the Off-Road Bike Team which have resulted in an increase in bike seizures and prosecutions for no insurance / no tax. We have carried out a number of enforceable speeding operations around Airedale with offenders being prosecuted. 
 

•    Tackle and disrupt the supply, cultivation and possession of drugs in the area. We will take action against drug dealing and drug possession across Airedale through executing warrants, targeted patrols, developing community intelligence and proactive policing measures. We are committed to investigating and developing intelligence received in relation to drugs. Working with the community we will act on reports and intelligence. 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 have undertaken collaborative work with the Wakefield District Neighbourhood Impact Team to develop intelligence and execute drug warrants. A recent warrant executed by Castleford NPT resulted in arrests being made for a cannabis farm in Airedale as a result of Community Intelligence. Increased patrols have been conducted in hot-spot areas, including proactive measures by officers in plain clothes, resulting in an increase in arrests through utilisation of powers such as stop and searches.

•    Anti-social behaviour and nuisance youths. We will target anti-social behaviour caused by nuisance youths around the Airedale ward, in particular at the Library, Children’s Centre and around the Square. We will increase patrols and visibility to provide a deterrence and reassurance, along with using all available Police tactics including Dispersal Orders which have recently been used by Castleford NPT when appropriate.

We have recently undertaken collaborative work in partnership with the council, WDH and other local partners to ensure that those identified as responsible in this behaviour are robustly dealt with, as well as continuing working with diversionary partners to ensure there are positive outlets for local youths. 
 

Ward 4: Castleford Central & Glasshoughton. 
Reviewed & updated 3rd May 2024

Lead Area Sergeant: PS 1771 Jaworski
Lead Area Problem Solving Officer: PC 3972 Lazenby

•    Street drinking, anti-social behaviour and shoplifting in Castleford Town Centre. Enforcement of the Public Space Protection Order in partnership with Council Enforcement Officers by ticketing offenders who breach the order. We will continue to have high visibility patrols in the town centre as part of our daily business; liaising with local shops and businesses to identify and deter offenders and provide reassurance to all who visit Castleford. Identified offenders are dealt with robustly and we will work with council ASB officers to seek Criminal Behaviour Orders upon conviction. 

Action is continuing under the banner of ‘Operation Meritburg’ which has seen an increase of dedicated resources for Castleford town centre. Over the past 6 months there has been an identified decrease in criminality in Castleford town centre, particularly in theft from shop as a result of the collaborative approach of partners.

Partnership working continuing with the Castleford Town Centre Business Review Group to promote engagement with local businesses to improve the standards of the town centre to make it safe for all.
 

•    Tackle and disrupt the supply, cultivation and possession of drugs in the area. Take action against drug dealing and drug possession across the Castleford Central & Glasshoughton ward through executing warrants, targeted patrols, developing community intelligence and proactive policing measures. We are committed to investigating and developing intelligence received in relation to drugs. Working with the community and taking action on reports and intelligence received. 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

An increase in patrols around identified hot-spot areas from community intelligence has led to an increase in arrests through utilisation of powers such as stop and searches. Officers continue to work past their shift in plain clothes to target drug dealers within the community. The work in disrupting the supply of drugs is also mirrored in tackling vehicle offences as they are often linked. The team have taken steps to form relationships with charities who assist with the rehabilitation of offenders within the town centre.
 

 

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Theft From Shop
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Ref: WD6303
Theft non specific
Wakefield
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Ref: WD6300
Theft From Shop
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Ref: WD6298
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Ref: WD6296