Wakefield West

Covering: Agbrigg, Altofts, Crigglestone, Crofton, Featherstone, Horbury, Kettlethorpe, Normanton, Ossett, Outwood, Ryhill, Sandal, Stanley, Walton, Whitwood, Wrenthorpe and surrounding areas. 

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Neighbourhood Priorities


Wakefield West NPT 
Inspector: A. Dickinson

Ward 5: Crofton, Ryhill and Walton. 
Reviewed & updated 30th April 2024

Lead Area Sergeant: PS 6851 Rhees-Cooper 
Lead Area Problem Solving Officer: PC 3630 Buck

•    Anti-social behaviour around the Crofton / Ryhill area. We will increase high visibility patrols in the Crofton & Ryhill areas focusing on locations identified by local community groups, residents and Councillors, to disrupt and engage with youths. Working in partnership with WMDC ASB Officers and our own Early Intervention Team, to identify individuals and encourage / prevent youths from returning to this area. We will work with partners to identify a more suitable area / location for them to attend.  

We have conducted partnership work with other police teams and external agencies. Working closely with WMDC ASB Officers, we have issued Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs) to those youths that are identified as committing anti-social behaviour. Rural NPT will continue to take positive action against ASB offenders utilising available educational / rehabilitation programmes, including community work, to help educate and put youth offenders back on the right track without criminalising them. Rural NPT officers have created some good relationships with the local Youth Club and the young people that attend these facilities, breaking down barriers, by humanising their local neighbourhood ward officers and helping to move young people from criminality and anti-social behaviour.                                                             

•    Anti-social vehicle use and speeding in the Ryhill and Notton areas. We understand the impact of anti-social vehicles. Rural NPT will increase patrols in the area and run speeding operations at these locations. We will utilise our colleagues to support us in this endeavour working with the Wakefield District Off-Road Bike team, who take positive action against offenders where appropriate and evidence allows. We continue to conduct traffic operations, targeting areas identified by the local community, residents, and Councillors. These operations are designed to target road users travelling at excessive speeds utilising the pro-laser speed gun and Smiley SID whilst at the same time targeting drink/ drug drivers. These operations will continue over the coming months and the results will be published on Facebook and Community Alert.

•    Burglaries and acquisitive crime increase. There has been an increase in acquisitive crimes and burglaries targeting local villages within the Ward area.

Rural NPT have initiated several operations utilising both plain clothed and uniformed officers to identify and stop offenders, helping make our communities safe, just and inclusive.We are attending all victims of residential burglaries and providing them with support, crime prevention advice as well as giving them the opportunity to accept and register with Smartwater. We are also visiting neighbouring properties to deliver similar advice and property marking equipment.

 

Ward 18: Wakefield Rural (Middlestown, Netherton, Overton, Midgely, Bretton, Woolley, Hall Green, Painthorpe, Chapelthorpe, Crigglestone, Durkar, Newmillderdam, Calder Park) 
Priorities reviewed & updated 30th April 2024

Lead Area Sergeant: PS 6851 Rhees-Cooper 
Lead Area Problem Solving Officer: PC 342 Firth

•    Anti-Social Vehicle use and speeding on Old Road, Middlestown and Durkar Lane, Crigglestone. We will increase patrols in the area and run speeding operations on and around these locations, taking positive action against offenders. 

We continue to run traffic operations in the Ward 18 area targeting areas of speeding as identified by the local community, residents and Councillors. These operations have been designed to target road users travelling at excessive speeds utilising both the pro-laser speed gun and Smiley SID. These operations will continue over the coming months and the results will be published on Facebook and Community Alert.

•    Anti-social behaviour around the Crigglestone area. We will increase high visibility patrols in the Crigglestone area to disrupt and engage with youths. Working in partnership with WMDC ASB Officers and our own Early Intervention Team, to identify individuals and encourage / prevent youths from returning to this area. We will work with partners to identify a more suitable area / location for them to attend.

We continue, with our partner agencies, to tackle the increase in anti-social behaviour within the Crigglestone area including working with iSpace and the local council. As the weather starts to pick up, our Early Action Hub will resume patrols in the ASB hotspot locations, with a youth worker from St Giles Trust and a plain clothed police officer. Together they are engaging with local youths, to build a better relationship with police, and to identify any supportive needs.

•    Burglaries and vehicle crime. There has been an increase in these crimes with local villages and service stations (Woolley services both South and North bound) being targeted. 

Rural NPT have initiated several acquisitive crime operations utilising both plain clothed and uniformed officers to identify and stop offenders helping to make our communities safer. Rural NPT officers are attending all victims of residential burglaries and providing them with support and crime prevention advice as well as giving them the opportunity to accept and register with Smartwater. We are also visiting neighbouring properties to deliver similar advice and property marking equipment.

 

Ward 19: Wakefield South (Agbrigg, Sandal, Belle Vue, Kettlethorpe) 
Reviewed & updated 30th April 2024

Lead Area Sergeant: PS 6851 Rhees-Cooper 
Lead Area Problem Solving Officer: PC 6319 Thomas

•    Tackle and disrupt low level criminality and the supply of drugs and street dealing in the Agbrigg area under the operation name Op HABB (Help Agbrigg Be Better). 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

We are working with partner agencies to tackle a wide range of issues in Agbrigg.  Over the past few months that Op HABB has been running within the Ward 19 area, several successful warrants have been executed resulting in the seizure of both Class A and Class B drugs.

•    Anti-social Vehicle use and speeding on Barnsley Road, Sandal. Barnsley Road and Sugar Lane are hot-spot areas for speeding and ASB vehicle use. We will increase patrols in the area and run speeding operations on and around these locations, taking positive action against offenders targeting speeding vehicles, vehicles driven in an anti-social manner and drink/ drug drivers.

Rural NPT continue to run traffic operations targeting areas of speeding as identified by the local community, residents and Councillors. These operations, involving traffic officers, response and local NPT officers, have been designed to target road users travelling at excessive speeds, utilising both the Pro-laser and Smiley SID devices. This focus on Anti-social vehicle use incorporates drink/ drug driving and vehicles being driven in an anti-social manner. These operations will continue over the coming months. 

•     Fly-tipping in the Agbrigg area. Over recent months there has been an increase in fly-tipping in the Ward 19 area. As well as being unpleasant for the neighbourhood, fly-tipping can lead to vermin and other environmental issues within the area. We will adopt a multi-agency approach, working together to clear the areas affected and identify offenders.

We have already conducted a Day of Action working with the Fire service and WMDC, an environmental visual assessment was carried out and then WMDC followed up by clearing the areas by disposing of the rubbish. We are now working together to identify offenders and the council will then look at prosecuting offenders. 
Rural NPT will continue to work closely with our partner agencies to make Ward 19 better place to live. 

 

Ward 8 Horbury, South Ossett 
Reviewed & updated 30th April 2024

Lead Area Sergeant: PS 6517 West
Lead Area Problem Solving Officer: PC 6667 Dobson

•    Anti-social behaviour in rented accommodation. We are working proactively with Housing Officers to collate information at various locations within the Horbury area. Also looking to take positive action where drug use is a factor in the problem, by working with the Wakefield District Neighbourhood Intelligence Team to disrupt offenders. We will hold Street PACTs, to obtain information and intelligence from the local communities. 

•    Parking and speeding vehicles. We are working proactively with Specialist Roads Policing Officers to conduct speeding operations at various locations within the Horbury area. Regular patrols and positive action will be taken in regard to offending vehicles and drivers.

We have carried out a number of speed surveys in the area and will be following up on these with enforceable traffic operations. 

 

Ward 11: Ossett, Gawthorpe 
Reviewed & updated 30th April 2024

Lead Area Sergeant: PS 6517 West
Lead Area Problem Solving Officer: PC 3900 Lovidge

•    Address and deal positively with anti-social behaviour and street level drug dealing in and around Ossett Bus Station, Town Centre and Skate Park. We will do this by working with partners to identify and deal positively with offenders and working with the community, 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

We have increased patrols in and around Ossett Town Centre and we continue to work with ASB Officers from WMDC and due to this proactive work, we have seen a reduction of calls. We will adopt the same approach as the weather improves, providing high visibility and robustly dealing with offenders. 

We now have a dedicated Safer Travel PCSO, subsidised by the Safer Travel team who will be patrolling the bus station and local bus routes, they will also be sharing intelligence with colleagues at other bus stations relating to ASB offenders and regular missing people.

•    Off-Road Bikes. We have received a number of complaints due to off road bikes and Quads, this is an ongoing problem in all areas, we are arranging a proactive operation with our colleagues at Kirklees, Off-Road Bike Team and Roads policing to try and tackle these issues, however intelligence of times and locations from residents will assist in order for us to target them effectively. You can help us by reporting any information directly to us or by using Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or crimestoppers-uk.org
 

Ward 15 Outwood East & Stanley
Reviewed & updated 30th April 2024

Lead Area Sergeant: PS 6517 West
Lead Area Problem Solving Officer: PC 3926 Platten

•    Anti-social vehicle use and speedingWe will increase patrols in the area and run enforceable speeding operations at these locations, taking positive action against offenders. We will utilise partnership awareness campaigns and work with Police specialist units.

PCSO’s have conducted several speed surveys using the Smiley Sid (Speed Indicator Device), working alongside local Councillors. The information gathered will be used to plan enforceable traffic operations in the coming weeks and months. 

 

Ward 21: Outwood West & Wrenthorpe
Reviewed & updated 30th April 2024

Lead Area Sergeant: PS 6517 West
Lead Area Problem Solving Officer: PC 2234 Wake

•    Outwood and Wrenthorpe Parks. We will address and deal positively with anti-social behaviour, off-road bikes and street level drug dealing. We will do this by working with partner agencies to identify and deal positively with offenders. We will work with the community, acting on reports and intelligence received. We will also be utilising our Off Road Bike team to assist us with tackling the issues off-road bike / quads.

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

Extra patrols have been carried out in the hot-spot areas and we have conducted joint partnership work with other police teams and external agencies. WYP Licensing team have carried out licensing visits at local shops where youths are known to congregate. We are encouraging members of the public to report ASB so that we can build an accurate picture of the level of concern within the local community.

CCTV has now been installed, we hope this will help us to identify offenders and also prevent ASB in the first instance.

 

Ward 3: Altofts & Whitwood. 
Reviewed & updated 25th January 2024
Lead Area Sergeant: APS 6728 Durant 
Lead Area Problem Solving Officer: PC 5591 Swift


•    Anti-social vehicle use and speeding on Express Way. We will increase patrols in the area and run speeding operations at these locations, taking positive action against offenders. 

We have continued to provide high visibility patrols in the area to reduce speeding and anti-social vehicles use. Work is ongoing with partners to resolve the issue in the longer term. 
 
Ward 6: Featherstone. 
Reviewed & updated 25th January 2024
Lead Area Sergeant: APS 6728 Durant
Lead Area Problem Solving Officer: PC 594 Atkinson


•    Anti-social behaviour in Featherstone, Streethouse and Sharlston around drug dealing. We will provide high visibility patrols in the area and proactively deal with any offences identified. Working in partnership with WMDC ASB Officers and our own Early Intervention Team, diverting young people away from criminality. 

We have provided both high visibility patrols and plain clothed patrols, targeting drugs users and dealers along with shoplifters. Through working with local businesses, we have managed to effectively target patrols in key areas, resulting in stop-searches and arrests for both drug and shoplifting offences. 

  •   The Junction, Ackworth Road (derelict building). We have seen an increase in youths congregating in derelict premises causing damage and ASB. We will provide extra patrols and engage with any youths found at this location, where necessary, speaking to parents / carers about their behaviour and reminding them of the dangers of derelict buildings.

There has been a reduce in calls and demand around the building. Further, the correct, current owner has been identified and dialogue has began between them and local councillors. The building is boarded up and PCSO's are regulary patrolling the area. 
 
Ward 10: Normanton
Reviewed & updated 25th January 2024 
Lead Area Sergeant: APS 6728 Durant
Lead Area Problem Solving Officer: PC 6013 Young


•    Anti-social behaviour in Normanton. We will provide a high visibility presence in the area and proactively deal with any offences identified. We will work in partnership with WMDC ASB Officers and our own Early Intervention Team, diverting young people away from criminality. 

•   Royal Sovereign. We will continue to work closely with the staff at the Royal Sovereign to ensure anti-social behaviour issues are kept to a minimum.

Local officers are in constant contact with the staff and partner agencies with issues swiftly resolved.

 

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