Criminals are caught out as police swoop in

A day of action has netted some outstanding results for police.

Officers from the Lower Valley neighbourhood policing team were out disrupting the activities of criminals as part of a day of action with different departments from Calderdale Council.

Brighouse police patrols. Police offiocer Nick Bamforth checks traffic speed in Bradford Road, Brighouse.

Brighouse police patrols. Police offiocer Nick Bamforth checks traffic speed in Bradford Road, Brighouse.

Inspector Dave Shaw who heads the team, joined his officers on the street.

They held a crime prevention stall at Tesco assisted by Calderdale Crime Prevention Officer Tracy Pritchard and PCSO Jane Saxelby-Wyatt. They handed out advice to staff and customers at the store around all aspects of crime prevention.

PC Nick Bamforth and Special Constables Ash Huck and Mohammed Asghar alongside colleagues from the Environmental Health Service were out dealing with local priorities in both Brighouse and Hipperholme and Lightcliffe areas.

During the morning they carried out speed checks and a number of vehicles were stopped. Officers checked they held the correct licence and their vehicles were checked.

Lower Valley Neighbourhood and Policing team day of action.

Lower Valley Neighbourhood and Policing team day of action.

From the 12 commercial vehicles checked, two were issued with vehicle defect rectification notices, one driver was issued with a ticket for not wearing a seat belt, and one for having no insurance, the vehicle was also seized.

One vehicle was caught travelling at 43mph in what was a 30mph area and the driver was issued with a ticket, and another was issued with a ticket for having no insecure/dangerous load.

In the afternoon the police were joined by Calderdale Council, Pennine Housing, the fire service and community volunteers for a street briefing on the Stoney Lane estate in Lightcliffe.

The team then visited more than 200 houses knocking on doors and offering crime prevention advice while officers from Calderdale Council and the volunteers carried out satisfaction surveys asking the residents what they had to say about the area and what really mattered to them.

Inspector Shaw said the customer satisfaction survey had raised the Hipperholme and Lightcliffe area as a slight concern and he wanted to tackle it straight away.

“There were concerns about not seeing a police officer but when we visited the area we got some really positive results.

“We were also reinforcing the dark nights initiative that is running at the minute with ‘It only takes a minute’ and ‘lock it or lose it’.” He added: “As the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Inspector I would like to thank our dedicated special constables and Volunteers for working with my team and helping to act on our communities local priorities. The recent road checks and community walkabout is just one example of the good work conducted by our Special constables and volunteers who help support my regular officers and make the Lower Valley a safer place to live.”

Another day of action is planned for the Greetland and Stainland area on December 4.