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Pudsey centre anti-social behaviour on agenda at meeting

Problems with anti-social behaviour in Pudsey town centre will be discussed by councillors.

Members of the Outer West Community Committee will hear that a number of council departments and the police are attempting to tackle ongoing problems with vandalism and anti-social behaviour in the town centre.

A report to be considered by councillors on Outer West Community Committee says police have continued to work with the council to address issues with youth-related anti-social behaviour in Pudsey town centre. The report says:

“We are aware that there have been issues around the bus station and some residential locations within the town centre, and we have been directing resources to the area where possible.

“Work is currently ongoing with a range of partners to look at enhancing youth provisions locally; to provide young people with interesting, relevant and appropriate activities to undertake.”

The report also says a number of arrests have been made. It adds:

“During the summer months we had significant resources from our team deployed into the area and we successfully utilised Dispersal Orders on several occasions.

“A number of arrests were made for a variety of offences, and followup work undertaken by staff from Education and the Anti-Social Behaviour Team to try and prevent the same individuals causing issues again.”

The report, which can be read in full here, will be discussed at the meeting at Pudsey Civic Hall on Monday, 4 November 2019, starting at 1pm.

Businesses targeted by burglars

The same report states there has been an increase in the number of commercial burglaries across the Pudsey, Farsley and West Leeds area.

Offenders have targeted hairdressers and schools, amongst other properties. The report adds:

“At this time two arrests have been made, and a number of vehicles believed to have been involved in the offences have been seized. At the time of writing, the number of offences has reduced, but we are continuing to monitor this on a daily basis.”

Crime Prevention Officer and PCSOs have also been out providing advice to local businesses.

Community Committees hold at least four public meetings a year, where ward councillors make decisions about services and priorities for the local area.

The committee also allocates funding every year to both community projects and youth activities. Small grants of up to £500 and large grants over £500 are available.

The Outer West Community Committee is made up of councillors from Pudsey, Calverley & Farley and Farnley & Wortley wards.

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