West Yorkshire Police receives 11,000 calls in just three days over Easter weekend

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West Yorkshire Police has had one of their busiest weekends of the year after receiving nearly 11,000 calls in just over three days.

Officers across the county recorded around 6,033 police logs which required attention between Good Friday and Easter Monday, including 3,915 emergencies.

Incidents dealt with included high-risk missing people in Wakefield, a fatal house fire in Bradford and a number of fights.

The force also dealt with 24 sexual offences and 535 domestic incidents.

Asst Ch Con Mark Milsom, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “It has been an extremely busy Easter Bank Holiday weekend in West Yorkshire in which officers have recorded nearly 4,000 emergency calls and taken on 6,033 investigations in just 72 hours.

“These have included extremely serious incidents such as sexual assaults, a number of domestic assaults and of course Sunday’s tragic fatal house fire in Wibsey.

“On top of that the force has also had football matches to manage and has provided enhanced night time patrols in city centres on what is always a very busy weekend for those socialising in bars and clubs across the district.”

He added: “It is no secret that police numbers are lower than they once were, and our officers have been working extremely hard over the past three days to keep our communities safe.

“We plan carefully for the Easter weekend and the extra demand it creates but when we are this busy it is even more important that we use our valuable resources wisely and only attend genuine incidents where officers are needed.

“We have taken several hoax calls over the past three days and also received calls about matters which are not police business. I would ask residents to please only ring police when appropriate and warn those who make hoax calls that those calls will be investigated and we will prosecute those who make them.”