Number of most serious assaults falls in Keighley area

Keighley News: Number of most serious assaults falls in Keighley area Number of most serious assaults falls in Keighley area

The number of serious assaults on people in Keighley district has fallen in a year, new police figures show.

West Yorkshire Police say there were 67 reports of grievous bodily harm (GBH) in the old Airedale and North Bradford division – which included Keighley – between April 1 2012 and March 31 last year, compared to 105 in the previous 12 months.

And reports of actual bodily harm (ABH) dropped from 1,004 to 928.

Statistics, released under the Free-dom of Information Act, show that across West Yorkshire, there was a 12 per cent reduction in GBH reports and a ten per cent cut in ABH.

But the number of arrests that led to charges fell from 1,213 in 2011-12 to 1,019 in 2012-13.

Chief Inspector Sarah Baker, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “We welcome the reduction in assault occasioning actual and grievous bodily harm offences that has been seen from 2011 to 2013.

“However, we are not complacent and will continue to work with partner agencies and key stakeholders, such as local councils, the NHS and licensees, to put measures in place to tackle this kind of offending.”

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