I WAS rather confused on reading on page one of the August 10 edition of the Keighley News – 24 arrested during blitz on 'heart of criminality'.

My reason being that on August 11, my garage once again, for the second time this year, was broken into.

Not only my garage but my next door neighbour's and three others within 100 yards of my house.

On ringing 101 for West Yorkshire Police (wherever they are now based), I was given a crime number and advised to contact my insurers, and was also informed there would be no police visit as it was not now the policy.

However, on further reading of the August 10 Keighley News, on page four, I saw an article about a black Mercedes, which had crashed into a Keighley shop window – Car smashes into town shop. No one injured, I might add.

To quote from this article, the shop's marketing manager said: “The police were fantastic, arrived very quickly and arranged the boarding up."

The above brings to mind the local view of Keighley residents. Why bother with a local police force at all when a call for help can be answered from who knows where?


Shann Lane, Keighley