Police success

Insp. Lisa Kirkland from Featherstone and Normanton NPT
Insp. Lisa Kirkland from Featherstone and Normanton NPT

ANTI-social behaviour in Featherstone has dropped by almost half, according to police chiefs.

Complaints relating to adult nuisance, alcohol, fireworks, parking and travellers has dropped by 41 per cent since January 2011, according to figures released by Normanton and Featherstone neighbourhood policing team (NPT).

Insp Lisa Kirkland of the NPT said the success was down to a number of factors, including stepping up neighbourhood patrols, building links with the community, and working with other services to stamp out anti-social behaviour.

She said: “I don’t think people realise just how much work is going on in the background on anti-social behaviour. People listen to the news and look at what happened with the London riots last year and think everywhere is out of control.

“Locally, I think we have upped our game. It’s an unbelievable result but it’s not just down to my team. It’s down to working with other agencies and the public too.

“We’re going into their neighbourhoods more which gives them the opportunity to come up to us and they’ve now got the confidence to ring us.

“Anti-social behaviour has gone down because of that.”

Insp Kirkland said the NPT had been holding six-weekly meetings with Wakefield Council, Wakefield and District Housing, British Transport Police and other agencies to identify problem areas and share services.

Police officers are also on hand to give advice every Thursday between 10am and noon at Lidl on Pontefract Road.

The team’s next PACT meeting will be at Featherstone Methodist Church on February 15 from 7pm to 8pm.

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