Police top brass visit Keighley community

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson (front) meets community members during his visit to the Emily Street mosque in Keighley

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson (front) meets community members during his visit to the Emily Street mosque in Keighley

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A Keighley mosque, school and community centre all featured in a tour of Keighley by West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner this week.

Mark Burns-Williamson called into the Markazi Jamia Mosque, Eastwood Primary School and Hainworth Wood Community Centre on Tuesday.

Accompanied by acting police inspector Diane Collins, he visited the Emily Street mosque at midday, following an invitation from the Keighley Muslim Association (KMA).

KMA community relations and education officer Mohammed Saleem said he and his colleagues had been delighted to welcome the commissioner.

Some of the topics discussed during the visit included the issue of people of Muslim appearance being stopped by airport security, as well as more general crime-related problems.

Mr Saleem added: “It was really nice to meet Mr Burns-Williamson, and he assured us he would be doing his best for the community.

“It was a good opportunity for Keighley Muslims to discuss the issues affecting them. The event went very well, and we showed Mr Burns-Williamson around the mosque, as this was the first time he’d come here.

“Although it was only an initial, brief meeting, we will be arranging a further visit from the commissioner, where more local community representatives will be able to ask him questions and have an input.”

While dropping into the Hainworth Wood Community Centre, Mr Burns Williamson enjoyed a game of dominoes, and chatted to members of an over-50s group about the need to protect neighbourhood policing.

At Eastwood Primary, he was introduced to year six pupils, who told him they would like to see less speeding and less anti-social behaviour in the town.

He explained the importance of teamwork in policing, and how vital it is for people to be able to feel safe and happy in their community.

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