Update: Successful policing operation in Dewsbury to tackle CSE and anti-social behaviour (2 May 2017)

Op _tidalmen _5_pccPolice in Dewsbury reveal successful results following the completion of a proactive policing campaign aimed to tackle CSE, anti-social behaviour and traffic offences in the town. 

The five-week operation was launched in Dewsbury on Friday 24 March and concluded on Saturday 22 April - during this time one of Kirklees most wanted criminals was arrested. 

There has been high visibility patrols with police officers, mounted officers and partner agencies in and around Dewsbury town centre with the aim to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour. 

West Yorkshire Police joined forces with various different organisations and the operation was set up to offer reassurance to residents in Dewsbury and also to raise awareness of CSE and gather intelligence as well as engage with young people and the community. 

Various partner agencies including representatives from Mental Health teams, youth workers, sexual health advisors and alcohol awareness advisors have been working alongside the police to give advice and information to members of the public. Recruitment officers from the Army, Royal Engineers, the Fire service and police were also available to give career advice to young people at the free drop-in cafe. 

After five weeks of the operation, police have achieved the following results:

  • 70 vehicles have been stopped - 19 of which were seized with no insurance and eight were issued prohibition notices
  • One domestic related arrest for breach of non-molestation order
  • One CSE arrest relating to grooming a girl under 16
  • 25 arrests of prolific and repeat offenders for offences including theft from a shop, breach of confiscation order, breach of direction to leave, an assault, obstructing an officer, wanted on warrant and public order offences
  • 9 incidents of anti-social behaviour were positively dealt with and four individuals being banned from the town centre for 48 hours
  • 16 traffic offence reports
  • One roadside fine of £750 for falsely declaring insurance details
  • 16 prohibition notices issued with VOSA and HMRC
  • Multiple warning notices issued with Kirklees licensing 

PC Nicola Wiltshire, who is leading on the anti-social aspect of the operation, said: "We are delighted on the response from the community about this operation and so far it has been incredibly successful. Now the operation has concluded we are looking at plans to create a more permanent presence in the town centre after the feedback we've had from this operation. 

"The cafe has been a fantastic asset as part of the operation, with a high turnout most weekends. I would like to thank the public and all of our partner agencies who have assisted us throughout the past five weeks to make this a great success." 

PC Chris Birkenshaw, said: "Over the past five weeks we have been incredibly pleased with the results we have achieved throughout the proactive policing operation and above all the response and engagement we've had with the community in the town centre. 

"I would like to thank the fire service and the environmental agency for their consistent support throughout the operation and also our mounted section at West Yorkshire Police who provided invaluable support in the town centre. 

"I would like to also extend my thanks to Sainsbury's, Asda and Lidl who have been generously donating supplies for the cafe over the course of the operation - it has been a tremendous help and it's really appreciated." 

Sergeant Chris Piggin, said: "The multi-agency teamwork and response during this operation has been fantastic and a brilliant result we managed to arrest and detain one of the district's most wanted criminals for burglary and theft offences." 

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said: "The results from this innovative operation speak for themselves. It's fantastic to see such positive partnership working tackling key issues at a local level in keeping our communities safe and feeling safe and everyone involved has my thanks and appreciation."

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