Police blitz flats

PCSO Steve Dye, Jack Kershaw (chair town centre partnership), Albert Millican (resident), Jenny Dobson (resident) outside the flats on Horsefair, Pontefract. The police are conducting a clean up operation and want neighbourhood volunteers.
PCSO Steve Dye, Jack Kershaw (chair town centre partnership), Albert Millican (resident), Jenny Dobson (resident) outside the flats on Horsefair, Pontefract. The police are conducting a clean up operation and want neighbourhood volunteers.

A BLITZ on crime and anti-social behaviour has been launched at Pontefract’s Horsefair flats.

Officers from Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT) have been assigned a block at the Horsefair complex, where they will act as a point of contact for residents having problems.

PCSO Steve Dye, who will work with occupants at Francis Lane House and Violet Prichard House, has formed an action plan to improve the lives of those living in all ten blocks.

The officer said he plans to hold a drop-in surgery at Luke William House, create an information drop-off point for residents to contact police and hopes to launch a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in each complex.

He will also visit residents to help them mark their property with ultraviolet pens and wants to organise for the building’s graffiti-hit corridors and stairways to be repainted.

He said: “I am wanting to involve the probation service’s Community Payback scheme in a project to paint all the stairways in the flats that have been blighted by graffiti over the years.

“In the coming weeks I will be speaking to Wakefield Council and working together to make the entry points a more pleasing place to walk through.”

Sgt Alan Studd added: “Tackling crime and anti-social behaviour will always be a priority for the NPT but we cannot work in isolation. “The community and our partners play an integral role in our success.

“We have improved our levels of communication with residents and the feedback we have received has been very supportive.

“We hope to move on to the next level so residents can feel proud to live in Horsefair flats.”

For more information, visit www.westyorkshire.police.uk and search for the NPT.