Dewsbury week of action sees impressive results

We’ve had some great results from a joint venture to tackle anti-social or criminal behaviour in Dewsbury Town Centre.

We joined forces with West Yorkshire Police, the Vehicle Driver Standards Association (VDSA), West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, Hope for Justice, and the CHART drugs and alcohol charity for the week of action. This was to improve the feeling of safety by acting on those behaviours that can negatively affect the community, visitors and local businesses, like street-drinking.

What were the results?

The week of action was a great success, with results including:

  • Officers issued Directions to Leave to street drinkers and arrested one male who ignored the order and returned to the area.
  • Three arrests. Including one male who breached a restraining order taken out to protect his partner.
  • Officers seized three uninsured cars and summonsed the drivers to court. This was after carrying out Road safety checks.
  • The VDSA gave three commercial vehicles immediate prohibition notices. These were for brake issues, leaking engine oil and light defects.
  • Twenty taxis were checked for safety, one driver’s licence was suspended and eight other taxis were also reported for minor traffic offences.
  • Police and licensing officers checked off-licences and the standards of local private accommodation.

Councillor Carole Pattison, Cabinet Member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities, said:

“Anyone who visits Dewsbury Town Centre should feel safe and be safe. Those who choose to drink alcohol in the street and commit anti-social behaviour are intimidating to our residents, visitors, and business owners, and it’s unacceptable.

That’s why I’m grateful to the council staff, West Yorkshire Police, and everyone involved in this work for sending a clear message that we will take action against this inappropriate behaviour. 

While I’m extremely pleased with what we’ve achieved this week, I know we have work to do in Dewsbury Town Centre. I look forward to working with residents, businesses, and our partner organisations to address local concerns and ensure Dewsbury is a welcoming and safe place to visit.”

On the left, a Two police officers on Horses in Dewsbury town Centre. To the right is a second image of Police officers, council staff and partners outside a police van at Dewsbury ton hall.

Sergeant Amanda Holroyd, the Kirklees Town Centre Partnership Sergeant, commented

“Officers have been working closely with our partners to address residents’ concerns in the Daisy Hill area, particularly regarding day to day anti-social related offending.

Street drinking and related ASB can and does cause real misery to residents and hope this week’s action should make it crystal clear that they, and we, won’t tolerate it.

One male who was issued with a direction to leave Daisy Hill thought he could ignore it and return and was promptly arrested to be fast tracked before the courts.  I hope this demonstrates how effective these powers can be.”

She added:

“I want to thank partners and our Mounted Section for all their support this week. 

We all want to improve standards for residents in Daisy Hill and the wider town centre and are looking at what longer term improvements can be made at all levels

I was pleased to see residents and businesses are engaging with us and can promise the intelligence we received about ongoing criminal activity will be developed and used to plan future operations.”