A NEW team of police community support officers is patrolling Keighley bus station and others in the region.

The 15 full-time PCSOs will also travel on the bus network to provide reassurance to passengers.

Aim of the initiative is to combat criminal activities and anti-social behaviour, and increase safety for women and girls.

The £1 million funding for the venture is being provided from the Bus Service Improvement Plan of West Yorkshire mayor, Tracy Brabin.

And support has been given by local authorities, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and bus operators.

In September, we reported how action was being demanded to stamp out anti-social behaviour in Keighley town centre, particularly in the area around the bus station.

There had been several attacks and incidents of intimidation.

Ms Brabin says: "Everyone should feel safe in West Yorkshire, and that includes when travelling on public transport.

"The new team is a highly visible resource, ready to make a difference, so do feel free to say hello or ask for help when you see them.

"Devolved powers have made this possible and I can make informed decisions about where this cash goes to improve life for local people, for a safer, fairer West Yorkshire."