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Police project slashes crime in Gildersome

Morley police, councillors, residents and local businesses cleaning up the land between Forest Bank and Mill Lane, Gildersome.  (d620k421)

Morley police, councillors, residents and local businesses cleaning up the land between Forest Bank and Mill Lane, Gildersome. (d620k421)

A police project which has seen a troublesome area of Gildersome transformed has been heralded as a crime-cutting success.

Forest Bank residential area in the village was previously beset with anti-social behaviour and large congregations of youths, with up to 24 calls a day being made to Morley police from the area.

The problems were attributed to an area of land with overgrown vegetation and dingy conditions, which provided an ideal environment for petty criminals to hide.

However, thanks to an initiative which saw police, local residents, Princes Trust volunteers and staff from private company Associated Waste Management team up, the long grass has been cut, lighting repaired and pathways opened and made safer.

As a result, crime has been slashed and the cost-effective scheme is now being hailed as a blueprint for future community projects.

Paul Coates, of Morley Police, delivered a presentation to the town’s Mayor Wyn Kidger and West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson last week to explain the process.

PC Coates said: “The scheme’s been a huge success and it’s resulted in no calls whatsoever from the Forest Bank of late.

“The residents we’ve spoken to are delighted - there are no reports of people gathering to commit anti-social behaviour anymore and there is no evidence of drug-taking.

“This project started out as a trial run, but we’re now looking at replicating it elsewhere because it’s worked so well,”

 

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