Saturday, 29 September 2007

BRADFORD: More police on streets

More police on streets

Extra police are on patrol in the Allerton and Lower Grange areas of Bradford in a renewed crack down on drug-related activity, damage and anti-social behaviour.

In the last seven months police have arrested 25 drug dealers, seized £88,000 of drugs and imposed ten anti-social behaviour orders. A total of 24 crack houses have also been closed in two years.

A huge billboard poster highlighting the recent successes is on display in the area and a portable version will be used at other locations.

Inspector Paul Hepworth, of Bradford North Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "This campaign is in direct response to the community expressing concerns over the level of drugs activity in the area.

"Drugs can have a major impact on the quality of life in any area and it is only by working alongside local residents and our partner agencies that we can make a real difference.

"I would encourage the people of Allerton and Lower Grange to be reassured by the work we have done so far and to play their part in helping us to improve the situation even more for the future."

Detective Inspector Neil Benstead, of Bradford District Drugs Team, said: "A large part of our success depends very much on communities having the confidence to pass on information to support our efforts."

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