Bailiff Bridge is hailed as ‘an inspiration’!

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A celebration of the relationship between police and the community was marked with a special visitor.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson visited Bailiff Bridge Community Centre and its memorial park to see first hand the work that has taken place over the last few years.

He was treated to a tour of the village by chair of Bailiff Bridge Residents Association Malcolm Silkstone.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: “I was elected on my promise to try and protect neighbourhood policing and I will do that. I also believe in NPTs based in the communities they are going to be policing.

“One of the things that comes out time and time again is that it is important. People like to see stability of officers and what I have said to the chief is that I want a minimum of two years for anyone on the NPTs particularly at inspector level.”

He told Mr Silkstone: “The amount of work that has gone into this village is unbelievable and I can only praise the work you have done and local companies.

“It is an example of what can be done. It is an inspiration to see what has been achieved to restore what is a really pleasant public space.

“A very dedicated individual with Mr Silkstone, who is the driving force, he appreciates the help and assistance he has had from local companies and I’m really please how Inspector Mohammed Nawaz and his team have helped to protect this space from major problems with anti-social behaviour and vandalism.”

“I have met with Inspector Nawaz and Sergeant Dean Maddocks and his team and there is a clear sense of pride and ownership in working with the local community.”