Hotspots for drug dealing and anti-social behaviour are being hit in an new initiative launched by Morley police.
Officers from Morley Neighbourhood Policing Team have joined forces with a local waste company, residents and young people to clean up a corner of Gildersome that has been a magnet for crime and anti-social behaviour for seven years.
The ginnels that run between homes in Forest Bank and Mill Lane have been targeted in the first of many clean-up operations to rid streets of criminal behaviour.
Neighbourhood policing ward managers from the Leeds Outer South area are working with local firm Associated Waste Management (AWM) Ltd to help them spruce up the area that has been the source of complaints during the last three years.
Morley ward managers PC Paul Coates linked in with the company’s group marketing director Mike Robinson to put a clean-up plan to Gildersome Parish Council two weeks ago, and were given the go-ahead.
Work got underway yesterday with a specialist team from the company joining local residents and young people to troubleshoot the area.
PC Coates said: “The location is badly overgrown and littered and there has been damage caused to the fences bordering the surrounding homes.
“We hope that once the area is cleaned up and better lit this will help support our work to provide a long-term solution to the problems there have been.”
Mike Robinson, Group Marketing Manager at Associated Waste Management, said: “Following on from the successful interaction with Neighbourhood Policing Teams in Bradford we were keen to do something similar in our head office’s hometown, Gildersome.
“Working with the police, council and parish council members, we’ve been able to collectively structure a project that addresses specific issues. As part of our ongoing community engagement programme this is the perfect opportunity to offer help and assistance to the community we work within.
“Our aim is to give all concerned an ownership and pride in the areas we create with a view to hopefully reducing the number of calls the police get to problem areas. By way of reward as a business we will purchase sports kit for the youths for them to channel their energies in a positive way.”