‘Bradford cells full during hectic New Year’

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: West Yorkshire Chief Constable Mark Gilmore West Yorkshire Chief Constable Mark Gilmore

Police cells in Bradford were full to bursting early yesterday as officers dealt with double the usual number of calls during the New Year celebrations.

The Bradford South division received 286 calls in the 24-hour period from 7am on New Year’s Eve to 7am yesterday.

The busiest period was the eight hours between 10pm and 6am, as the police dealt with 49 emergencies, 24 priority incidents and a further 65 standard incidents.

Inspector Deborah Garnett said many of the calls would have been about domestic incidents or breaches of the peace and at times all the cells in both the Bradford and Calderdale districts had been full.

“It was a very busy night,” she said.

Across the force West Yorkshire Pol-ice received more than 1,500 calls during the New Year celebrations, making it one of the busiest in recent times.

By 5.30am yesterday there were 180 people in custody across the county. Most were arrested for drunkenness, public disorder and minor injury assaults.

Hundreds of staff were on duty across the force, including additional call takers, custody staff, PCSOs, Special Constables and patrol officers - led by a senior officer in each of the five districts.

Between midnight and 5am West Yorkshire Police answered 1,505 calls. Almost 1,100 of these were to the 999 number – an increase of about 50 calls compared to New Year’s Eve in 2012.

Some of these calls related to vulnerable missing people. All of whom were found safe and well.

West Yorkshire Chief Constable Mark Gilmore (pictured) said yesterday: “I want to thank all of our officers, staff and volunteers for their dedication last night - many of whom worked very long shifts - to ensure we were able to cope with the demands.

“Often faced with intimidating and unpleasant situations, their selfless and positive actions ensured that the vast majority of the public were able to enjoy the New Year's celebrations safely.”

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6:58am Thu 2 Jan 14

Albion. says...

Well done the police, now watch the courts let them all off! That's if any of them actually get prosecuted.
Well done the police, now watch the courts let them all off! That's if any of them actually get prosecuted. Albion.

9:43am Thu 2 Jan 14

999 number of the beast says...

Albion. wrote:
Well done the police, now watch the courts let them all off! That's if any of them actually get prosecuted.
So how come the cells were not near capacity the rest of the year? The cells were full because the (useless) police are trying to save their frontline jobs.
Remember the police have only their self interest at heart. The Tories have only a year left in power. I hope they are successful in replacing this shambolic 'LAbour' police force with a market orientated police force. Roll on the call centres from Bangalore and Mumbai!
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Well done the police, now watch the courts let them all off! That's if any of them actually get prosecuted.[/p][/quote]So how come the cells were not near capacity the rest of the year? The cells were full because the (useless) police are trying to save their frontline jobs. Remember the police have only their self interest at heart. The Tories have only a year left in power. I hope they are successful in replacing this shambolic 'LAbour' police force with a market orientated police force. Roll on the call centres from Bangalore and Mumbai! 999 number of the beast

2:31pm Thu 2 Jan 14

yezboss says...

Could one of the reasons Trafalger House and Calderdale cells were full is because they have closed their Keighley accomodation when Bradford North and Bradford South Divisions were amalgamated late last year and after a lot of money was spent there? This was all done under the watch of the current Chief and more to the point the PCC. Maybe they should explain.
Could one of the reasons Trafalger House and Calderdale cells were full is because they have closed their Keighley accomodation when Bradford North and Bradford South Divisions were amalgamated late last year and after a lot of money was spent there? This was all done under the watch of the current Chief and more to the point the PCC. Maybe they should explain. yezboss

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