A THREE million pounds cash injection is being made to police in West Yorkshire to tackle crime.

The funding is part of a £51 million national package which is being used to help address serious violence.

The ‘surge funding’ is intended to support operational activities through increased patrols and weapon sweeps, equipment for officers and overtime.

This additional money is part of the £100 million Serious Violence Fund announced by the Government in March.

In response to the announcement, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said: “Any additional investment to tackle the scourge of knife and violent crime is welcome and this money will help bolster our response here in West Yorkshire, albeit we are still awaiting further announcements on the full use and allocation of all the funding which is frustrating given that we are already into the new financial year.”