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Anti-social issues trouble Bradford's residents
A hard-hitting new report has revealed that more people in Bradford than anywhere else in West Yorkshire believe anti-social behaviour has increased.
The Bradford Council report showed that 15 per cent of Bradford residents believed the problem was on the up, compared to 12 per cent across the county.
In 2012-13, there were 15,825 such incidents recorded by the police, most of them youth-related.
Results from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Survey showed traffic, and rubbish and litter left lying around, were the top anti-social issues for the district’s residents.
There were high negative perceptions of both issues in the neighbourhood policing team areas of City, Bowling Barkerend and Bradford Moor, and Manningham and Toller. Rubbish was also an issue in Great Horton and Little Horton.
In other areas, hate crimes – an indicator of community tensions – recorded by West Yorkshire Police reduced by 1.5 per cent in 2012-13, to 729. Almost nine out of ten of those were racially motivated.
The report added that “the under-reporting of hate crime continues to be a challenge for the district and there is a clear need to improve reporting” of such crimes based on sex, religion and disability.
It went on: “Bradford has a tradition of welcoming new arrivals from around the world and is a district where people from different backgrounds do, on the whole, get on well together.
“The Office of the Crime Commissioner Survey findings show little change in response to the question of people who agree that their local area is a place where people from different backgrounds and communities live together harmoniously.”
Another survey found that 20.3 per cent of the district considered that not treating each other with respect and consideration was a problem. This rose to 45 per cent in Eccleshill, and was also high in Wyke, Tong, Bolton and Undercliffe and Manningham, but fell to four per cent of people in Wharfedale.