Police have 'no plans to close vital contact point' in Thornton

Bradford District Chief Superintendent Simon Atkin

Bradford District Chief Superintendent Simon Atkin

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

Police have scotched claims from residents that a vital community contact point is to close.

Volunteers who run the Thornton contact point in the village’s Methodist chapel, say they have been told it is to close because there is no more funding.

But Bradford’s police chief said he had no knowledge of such plans.

Councillor Malcolm Sykes (Con, Thornton and Allerton) raised the issue with West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson, after he was alerted by volunteers.

He said: “The community think it is vital to have somebody there. At £350 rent a quarter, it is excellent value for money. I raised concerns with Mr Burns-Williamson and I am awaiting his reply.”

Jean Nellis, one of the volunteers who runs the contact point, which is open for two hours on Monday and Thursday, said: “The Bradford West co-ordinator, and a neighbourhood policing sergeant told us there was no more funding and the contact point would be closing.

“We have enough money left to last until Christmas and we will carry on using it until then and then we’ll have to close down.

“Anybody can come to the contact points and raise policing issues. Everybody agrees we are very useful.”

But Bradford District Chief Superintendent Simon Atkin said: “Please be reassured that I am looking to maintain this current contact point, and I have no knowledge of any plans to withdraw from this facility.”

He added: “Contact points provide an accessible location for people in our communities to raise any concerns they may have with their local officers.

“Some of them are also shared with our partners, which allows us to work closely with them to reduce crime and tackle local issues.

“Being accessible to the public is key to effective neighbourhood policing and our teams are always looking at new ways to engage with and reassure their communities.”

Mr Burns-Williamson said: “As far as I am concerned, there are no plans to close the Thornton Village contact point and I have made very clear to the Chief Constable decisions on buildings must be agreed by both me and him.

“The way we do policing is changing and we are looking at ways of working in closer partnership to make sure that your Neighbourhood Policing Team is protected and more visible in your community.

“With the damaging Government cuts we need to constantly look at how we can make savings and protect frontline policing, but I would like to reassure the public that I have had no discussions with regards to closing the Thornton Village contact point or otherwise.”

There are 35 contact points in the Bradford district ranging from large ones at City Hall and the University to ones in supermarkets attended by officers once or twice a week.

Earlier this month, concerns were raised about the possible closure of the Queensbury police contact point, though no decision has been made on its future.

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8:55am Thu 20 Mar 14

Old Peculiar says...

Community policing / keeping in touch with the locals ? I've lived in Thornton for 15 years, and wasn't even aware that this place existed.
What are you doing about the traffic calming / speeding problems in the village, 5 deaths in about 3 years within 20 mtrs?? Aye, next question - stick to drinking tea and eating biscuits with the pensioners......
Community policing / keeping in touch with the locals ? I've lived in Thornton for 15 years, and wasn't even aware that this place existed. What are you doing about the traffic calming / speeding problems in the village, 5 deaths in about 3 years within 20 mtrs?? Aye, next question - stick to drinking tea and eating biscuits with the pensioners...... Old Peculiar
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10:21am Thu 20 Mar 14

Apollo says...

I have doubts the one at Queensbury will survive as that property have a value and will be sold to fund Burns-Williamson's vastly inflated salary.

The most obvious cost saving imaginable to the Policing of West Yorkshire would be scrapping of the office of the useless and unwanted commissioner.
I have doubts the one at Queensbury will survive as that property have a value and will be sold to fund Burns-Williamson's vastly inflated salary. The most obvious cost saving imaginable to the Policing of West Yorkshire would be scrapping of the office of the useless and unwanted commissioner. Apollo
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3:18pm Thu 20 Mar 14

999 number of the beast says...

It is time Mr Burns-Williamson remembered who he represents. He represents us and not the police. West Yorkshire Police are well looked after by their respective Chief Supt., Chief Constable not forgetting the Police 'union' Federation.
Instead of moaning about the cuts get some officers in who can do the job instead of those sipping coffee with pensioners!
This force is similar to the MET who continuously deny they are not racist or corrupt. I just saw a pig fly!
It is time Mr Burns-Williamson remembered who he represents. He represents us and not the police. West Yorkshire Police are well looked after by their respective Chief Supt., Chief Constable not forgetting the Police 'union' Federation. Instead of moaning about the cuts get some officers in who can do the job instead of those sipping coffee with pensioners! This force is similar to the MET who continuously deny they are not racist or corrupt. I just saw a pig fly! 999 number of the beast
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8:33am Fri 21 Mar 14

36a says...

Old Peculiar wrote:
Community policing / keeping in touch with the locals ? I've lived in Thornton for 15 years, and wasn't even aware that this place existed.
What are you doing about the traffic calming / speeding problems in the village, 5 deaths in about 3 years within 20 mtrs?? Aye, next question - stick to drinking tea and eating biscuits with the pensioners......
Tragic whilst those accidents were, all the traffic calming, speed restrictions, signs, humps, road narrowing, etc. that you could come up with would not prevent accidents like those
[quote][p][bold]Old Peculiar[/bold] wrote: Community policing / keeping in touch with the locals ? I've lived in Thornton for 15 years, and wasn't even aware that this place existed. What are you doing about the traffic calming / speeding problems in the village, 5 deaths in about 3 years within 20 mtrs?? Aye, next question - stick to drinking tea and eating biscuits with the pensioners......[/p][/quote]Tragic whilst those accidents were, all the traffic calming, speed restrictions, signs, humps, road narrowing, etc. that you could come up with would not prevent accidents like those 36a
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11:34am Fri 21 Mar 14

J-Grey says...

Interesting article given it's the council who funded this not the police
Interesting article given it's the council who funded this not the police J-Grey
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