Anti-social complaints down by 14 per cent

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COMPLAINTS about rowdies in parts of Calderdale are down 14 per cent.

Police say a drive to cut anti-social behaviour around Todmorden, Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge has led to 258 fewer calls about the problem between April and December 2010, compared to the same period last year.

Inspector Allan Raw, who leads the Upper Valley neighbourhood policing team, said: “Dealing effectively with anti-social behaviour is really important to us and while we’ve seen positive reductions in incidents, which is great news, we know there is still work to do.

“In the last 12 months, we have worked closely with partners to achieve a reduction in all types of anti-social behaviour. One such type – rowdy behaviour – which can really cause people distress and annoyance, is down 20 per cent across the Upper Valley, and down a quarter in Todmorden. “The public has responded positively to this, and I continue to urge anyone who has any concerns about anti-social behaviour to tell us about it and we will take positive action.”

He said everyone who reported yob behaviour to police would be able to speak to a member of the neighbourhood policing team, and urged residents to attend Partners and Communities Together meetings so they could give their views on what police should deal with.

For forthcoming meetings visit www.westyorkshire.police.uk/npt.