Bradford is taking part in new "immediate justice" trials under a wider plan to stamp out anti-social behaviour in West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire is among 16 areas taking part in the Government's latest measures to crack down on areas blighted by high amounts of low-level crime.

Under so-called Immediate Justice proposals, the aim is for perpetrators behind anti-social activity to carry out repair and clean-up works within 48 hours of being handed community orders.

Offenders will be made to wear high-vis vests or jumpsuits and work under supervision while picking up litter, removing graffiti and washing police cars as punishment for their actions.

Victims of anti-social behaviour will be given a say in how criminals are disciplined to ensure justice is visible and fits the crime, according to the Department for Levelling-Up, Housing and Communities.

Some areas will trial having enforced police patrols, branded "Hotspot Policing" by ministers.  

Officials said those areas will see an increase in police presence, alongside other uniformed authority figures such as wardens, in problem areas including on public transport, high streets and in parks.

Other areas will conduct both trials for Immediate Justice or Hotspot Policing - including Northumbria, Cleveland, Derbyshire and Durham.

The intention is to roll out the measures across England and Wales from 2024.

The Prime Minister Rishi Sunak unveiled the news as part of a £160 million plan for increased police patrols, swifter punishments, and a ban on Nitrous Oxide sales. 

Drug testing of criminals will become more prevalent, on-the-spot fines for graffiti and fly-tipping will be increased and more money will be ploughed into youth centres, Mr Sunak said. 

Other measures in the anti-social behaviour plan

  • A reporting tool for the public to log anti-social behaviour and receive updates on any action to tackle it.
  • Increased fines for graffiti and littering, rising to up to £500, and up to £1,000 for fly-tipping.
  • Landlords and housing associations being given more powers to evict unruly tenants who create persistent noise.
  • Reopening empty shops by giving councils new powers to quickly take control and sell off empty buildings.
  • Setting up an anti-social behaviour taskforce jointly led by the Home Secretary and Levelling Up Secretary.
  • An additional one million hours of youth services in areas with the highest rates of anti-social behaviour to increase early anti-offending measures.
  • Tackling the practice of “cuckooing” or home invasion by considering the scope of a potential new criminal offence.
  • Making it an offence for criminal gangs to organise begging networks, which officials say are often used to facilitate illegal activities.
  • The levelling-up department said £5 million would be invested in making parks and green spaces safer with new CCTV, as well as providing money to repair equipment, playgrounds and plant more trees and flowers.

Which areas are taking part in the Immediate Justice and Hotspot policing trials?

The 16 pilot Police and Crime Commissioner areas include:

  • West Yorkshire (Immediate Justice)
  • South Yorkshire (Hotspot policing)
  • Nottinghamshire (Immediate Justice)
  • Merseyside (Immediate Justice)
  • Sussex (Immediate Justice)
  • Dorset (Immediate Justice)
  • Northamptonshire (Immediate Justice)
  • West Midlands (Hotspot policing)
  • Essex (Hotspot policing)
  • Lancashire (Hotspot policing)
  • South Wales (Hotspot policing)
  • Staffordshire (Hotspot policing)
  • Northumbria (Immediate Justice and Hotspot policing)
  • Cleveland (Immediate Justice and Hotspot policing)
  • Derbyshire (Immediate Justice and Hotspot policing)
  • Durham (Immediate Justice and Hotspot policing)