A LOCAL resident has hit out at incidents of vandalism and anti-social behaviour in the Eccleshill and Fagley areas of Bradford.

An Eccleshill resident who wished to remain anonymous recently noticed vandalism in the Harrogate Road area of Eccleshill, saying there was graffiti on the side of the Co-op Food store, on a sign at the new Lidl, on a wall at the new Starbucks and on a postbox on Harrogate Road.

He said: "It's not a good thing for the area.

"There's also a lot of anti-social behaviour down Fagley Lane. They're making a mess down there.

"They should have more respect for their surroundings. There's no excuse for it."

Although he is upset about the crime, he still likes Eccleshill.

"It's a really nice area but it's spoiled by anti-social behaviour."

Councillor Brendan Stubbs (Lib Dem, Eccleshill) said: "Fagley estate was a hotspot for various anti-social behaviour complaints and last year £550,000 was invested in the area for security fencing and most of the installation happened in the spring of 2021.

"We have police team meetings to discuss the main concerns from a crime point of view and Fagley is one of the priority areas.

"This is also a time of year where we see increase in crime. We see an uptick on darker nights because it's harder for people to see people in the dark.

"The most important thing is to report incidents they see happening to police, or to the council if it something like graffiti which needs to be cleaned up."

"If it's not reported, it won't get the attention it deserves."

Inspector Al Milner of the Bradford East NPT: “We are aware of recent anti-social behaviour in the Fagley area and have been working to identify suspects and conduct problem solving work to find some longer-term solutions to issues there.

“The NPT has worked with partners since the summer to secure funding and carry out crime prevention work including improvements to street lighting and the provision of crime prevention packs to every house on the Fagley estate.

“Officers are well aware of the highly negative impact persistent offences such as graffiti and vandalism can have on an area and are drawing up plans for further imminent action in the area.

“We continue to work with residents to help build intelligence regarding those involved in crime in the Fagley area and are appealing for witnesses and information.”