A WEEK of action across West Yorkshire has seen neighbourhood police tackle danger drivers, track down wanted offenders and work to prevent crime in communities.

Officers from neighbourhood policing teams (NPT) across West Yorkshire took part in the 2023 Neighbourhood Policing Week of Action between January 23 and 28, delivering a range of targeted activities across their communities.

In Bradford city centre, a road traffic operation saw officers seize four uninsured vehicles and report six persons for summons to court for offences including driving while disqualified.

Thirty-two traffic offence reports were also issued and one person was given a warning for anti-social driving.

Leeds NPT officers pro-actively targeted individuals who were wanted for outstanding offences as part of their activity, resulting in six arrests with one man recalled to prison.

Within Wakefield District NPT, officers conducted a number of high visibility patrols around schools and plain clothes operations were conducted in parts of Wakefield city centre.

Knife sweeps were also undertaken in woodland areas to search for hidden or discarded weapons.

In Kirklees, rural neighbourhood officers carried out targeted speed checks and defective vehicles with 12 speeding tickets issued and five traffic offence reports made.

Officers from Batley and Spen NPT conducted work to hunt down most wanted offenders, promoted Safe Zone spaces in retail areas and also staged proactive patrols to deter anti-social behaviour.

In an operation on Saturday, the team joined forces with colleagues from Kirklees Council Taxi Licencing as well as with Officers form DVSA/VOSA to conduct a traffic operation in Wilton Park.

Numerous vehicles were stopped including 17 taxis, with three taxi drivers issued with licence suspensions for violations. Drivers were also dealt with for issues including having no insurance, MOT or lighting offences.

Huddersfield NPT officers engaged in knife sweeps, a crackdown on wanted offenders which resulted in arrests.

A cannabis factory was also closed down in Huddersfield, resulting in officers seizing 50 plants.

In Calderdale, the Upper Valley NPT undertook ASB patrols in Todmorden and Mytholmroyd alongside youth outreach work in Todmorden.

Chief Inspector Rick Sumner of West Yorkshire Police, said: “The NPT week of action has been a great opportunity for the force to showcase neighbourhood policing and the work our dedicated resources deliver week in and week out to make our communities safer."

Alison Lowe OBE, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, said: “Neighbourhood Policing Teams are absolutely crucial in keeping our communities safe.

“They play a leading role in the prevention of crime, protecting the vulnerable and tackling local issues.”

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