Community’s concerns about louts and bikers

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CONCERNS about yobs, speeding and illegal motorbikes were raised at a police and residents’ meeting in Halifax.

The Illingworth Partners and Community Together meeting at Illingworth fire station heard reports of a rise in anti-social behaviour in the car park near Beechwood Park on Heathy Lane and the Keighley Road and Beechwood Road areas.

Dehumidifiers had been stolen from St Andrew’s Church in Beechwood Road, the meeting heard. The police said they were aware of the theft and were collecting the names of regular yob offenders.

There were also concerns about bikes using the bridle from Heathy Lane to Trinity Academy and claims that residents who park their cars nearby have had windows smashed.

Bollards have been asked for to stop this.

One resident said a trader in Illingworth Road had complained of problems with youths. Police said they were aware but said the number of young people hanging around that area had reduced significantly.

Another resident said motorbikes had been seen using the BMX track in Beechwood Park.

Speeding in Riley Lane was a worry, with one person concerned at the number of children walking to school in that area.

The meeting heard the number of complaints about anti-social behaviour had fallen from 27 in August to 24 this month.

Reports of break-ins and damage were up and police said they were working to tackle this kind of crime, particularly thefts from vehicles.

Officers advised making sure sheds and garages were secure, especially the hinges, as thieves have been getting in by removing them.

Police priorities for the area were agreed as tackling yob behaviour around Illingworth Road, Beechwood Park and Abbey Park.

A joint ward forum and Partners and Community Together meeting takes place on Thursday, December, 1 at 6.30pm for 7pm at Holy Nativity Church in Mixenden, Halifax.