Attacks at hospital are cut by a half

REPORTS of violent crime halved at Calderdale Royal Hospital in the past year – but the number of alleged thefts doubled.

Figures obtained by the Courier from West Yorkshire Police show there were six crimes of violence against a person reported in 2010/11, down from 11 the year before.

But there were 22 reports of theft and handling stolen goods in the same year, compared to 11 the year before.

Three burglaries were also reported to police in the past year.

The figures also showed two sex offences and two robberies were reported to have taken place at the hospital in 2008/9.

A spokeswoman for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust said: “We have a zero tolerance to crime of all forms, from theft from our premises to verbal and physical abuse to our staff.

“All crimes that are reported to us by staff or patients are further reported to the police for investigation and prosecution as appropriate.”

A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said: “All matters reported to West Yorkshire Police are managed appropriately and improved partnership working between police and health care providers has been developed over the past few years to reduce reported crime.”