West Yorkshire’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime and Judith Cummins MP hear of positive police work during Holme Wood visit.
Bradford South MP Judith Cummins has invited West Yorkshire’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Alison Lowe OBE and Bradford South Neighbourhoods Inspector Andrew Thornton to Holme Wood to discuss recent work successfully tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.
During the morning street ‘walkabout’, the group visited local community group the Valley Project and met with residents in Holme Wood to hear about local concerns and discuss future plans for the area.
Speaking with residents, Judith, the Deputy Mayor and Inspector Thornton heard of the immense pride and strong sense of community that residents of Holme Wood have, but how issues of anti-social behaviour and criminality were causing problems and having a negative impact on the perception of the estate.
Residents also spoke about the problem of nuisance quads, an issue that Judith has raised in Parliament and is campaigning for tougher laws to curtail the use of these dangerous vehicles on our streets. Judith has been working together with Bradford South Police and the West Yorkshire Deputy Mayor to take action on antisocial behaviour and illegal use of vehicles, which has resulted in Bradford South Police operations successfully removing a number of problem cars, quads and motorbikes from our streets.
At the Valley Project, Judith and Alison met with the team to hear about their remarkable work over summer with hundreds of young people at their adventure playground, their plans for the future of the project, and the overwhelming community response to the recent vandalism on the site. Judith has supported the Valley Project since its launch, having previously helped the project secure funding for their vital work.
Speaking afterwards, Judith said: “Residents know their areas better than anyone. That is why I am always happy to invite senior figures to visit our communities to see and hear for themselves the issues residents are facing so we can harness the strength of the community to affect change.
West Yorkshire’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Alison Lowe OBE said: “I was delighted to be invited to visit Holme Wood with Judith, police and local residents to talk about what work the police are undertaking in the area and what more needs to be done alongside our partners.It was particularly pleasing to see the fabulous Valley Project again who are making a massive difference to the lives of young people in the area and who are truly valued by those they serve. I look forward to returning in the coming months to take todays discussions forward.”