PCC visits Proceeds of Crime Act funded project and joins roads policing operation in Brighouse (6 Mar 2017)

009 - 27-Feb -2017West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson had a busy afternoon in Brighouse last week (27/02).

Mark started with a visit to Field Lane All Residents Association (FLARA), who had a project funded by the Safer Communities Fund to reduce anti-social behaviour in their area.

The Safer Communities Fund is run by Mark and financed through money recovered from criminals by West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors.

FLARA received £5250 in grant round 4 of the fund and used it to turn a neglected piece of land into a young people's space.

The space now provides an innovative area for young people to use and feel invested in. The money from the Safer Communities Fund went towards a new sheltered area and improved landscaping including raised planting.

026 - 27-Feb -2017Mark then met with Valley North East Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) and joined them on a roads policing operation targeting speeding drivers on Bradford Road in Brighouse.

Mark said: "It was great to visit Field Lane All Residents Association to see the difference they've made in their community with the grant from the Safer Communities Fund. They are obviously a very motivated and caring group and it was good to see the work they have done with young people.

Andrea Bloom of Field Lane All Residents Association said: "The project has been most successful in removing problems from outside the parade of shops and bus stops. The site is well used by young people of varying ages and even in bad weather young people can be seen using the sheltered area."

Mark added: "After visiting FLARA I had a very useful meeting with the local Neighbourhood Policing Team, it's important that I make myself available to officers and staff on the frontline and listen to their feedback.

"I also joined the NPT on a roads policing operation targeting speeding drivers. Keeping our roads safe is a key priority for me and West Yorkshire Police and is regularly raised with me by communities."

024 - 27-Feb -2017Sergeant Darren Bedford of the Valley's Neighbourhood Policing Team said; "It was a great opportunity to once again welcome the Police and Crime Commissioner to Brighouse and to demonstrate some of the work the neighbourhood team do every day in tackling the issues that really matter to the community. The use of inappropriate speed on Calderdale Roads is something the team regularly seeks to address through targeted operations, aiming to make the roads safer for all road users."

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