Worth Valley is safe, say police

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Worth Valley remains one of the safest places in West Yorkshire, according to a neighbourhood policing team (NPT) sergeant.

Sgt Chris Watson, of the Worth Valley NPT, delivered his latest crime figures to a meeting of Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council last Thursday.

But in response to queries from Councillor Alan Watts, he stressed his update did not include all crimes committed in the parish.

“For example, I don’t report domestic assaults to this meeting,” he said. “But those figures are available online.”

Offences reported in the parish in the previous six weeks included nine non-residential burglaries, seven thefts from motor vehicles and two cases of criminal damage.

Sgt Watson said most of the incidents took place late last year, adding 2013 had so far been “very quiet”.

Officers have been targeting a person suspected of stealing from sheds and garages, and these incidents had since tailed off.

He said he hoped another person, suspected of stealing and selling stone, could be ordered to pay back money under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

“We’ve done some work to tackle thefts from unsecured vehicles, including checking vehicles ourselves,” Sgt Watson added.

“We’re also getting a new Worth Valley police constable, PC Kelly Ashton. That will bring our total up to three.”

Police and council officers will be spending a couple of hours knocking on people’s doors in Cross Roads on March 6.

“We’ll ask residents to voice any concerns they might have about local crime or environmental issues,” he said.

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