Cutting down on ‘rowdies’

CALLS to upper Calder Valley police about anti-social behaviour have fallen by 14 per cent following a drive by the local Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT).

Between April and December 2010, there were 258 fewer calls from the public than in the same period in 2009, showing the commitment to local policing is continuing to make a positive impact.

Inspector Allan Raw, in charge of the Upper Valley NPT, said: “Dealing effectively with anti-social behaviour is really important to us, and while we’ve seen positive reductions in incidents, which is great news, we know there is still work to do.

“In the last 12 months, we have worked closely with partners to achieve a reduction in all types of anti-social behaviour.

“One such type - ‘rowdy behaviour’ - which can really cause people distress and annoyance, is down 20 per cent across the Upper Valley, and down a quarter in Todmorden.

“The public has responded positively to this, and I continue to urge anyone who has any concerns about anti-social behaviour to tell us about it and we will take positive action.

“Everyone who reports an incidence of anti-social behaviour will be given the opportunity to speak to a member of the NPT.”

The Upper Valley NPT holds regular Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meetings which the public are invited to attend to discuss local policing priorities and to help set a policing agenda for the local area.

Insp Raw said: “I urge anyone who is concerned by anti-social behaviour to speak to us at the PACT meetings, where we can meet local people and identify what sort of anti-social behaviour is affecting an area and deal with it appropriately.”

For the full list of forthcoming PACT meetings in your area, visit www.westyorkshire.police.uk/npt.

l HAVE you noticed a decrease in the amount of anti-social behaviour in your area? Do you think the police could do more to tackle the problem? Email your comments to hbtimes@hebdenbridgetimes.co.uk or todnews@todmordennews.co.uk. Alternatively, write to Hebden Bridge Times, 19a Crown Street, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 8EH; or Todmorden News, Fielden Square, Rochdale Road, Todmorden, OL14 7LD.