Police Set Out Their Stall To Make Wakefield Towns Safer

Monday 18 October 2021

Police in Pontefract, Castleford and Normanton are setting out their stall to make town centre’s safer this autumn by establishing new pitches at popular markets.

Officers from the Wakefield North East NPT are to set a series of crime prevention market stalls in Normanton, Castleford and Pontefract from later this month to both provide advice and a contact point for residents.

It is thought having officers present for long periods of the day on busy market days will also deter street drinkers and petty thieves from operating in town centre areas.

NPT officers will begin manning the stalls starting from Tuesday 19 October in Normanton with attendance on three market days planned in each town up till Christmas.

 The team will be available to discuss any matters of concern, including violence against woman and girls, and provide general crime prevention advice on a range of topics.

The team will be available during the following locations and times:

 Normanton

  • Tuesday 19th October
  • Tuesday 9 November
  • Tuesday 30 November

Castleford

  • Monday 25 October
  • Monday 15 November
  • Monday 6 December

Pontefract

  • Wednesday 27 October
  • Wednesday 17 November
  • Wednesday 8 December

Inspector Dan Jones of the Wakefield North East Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are always looking for new ways to build closer contacts with residents and while we have plenty of online contact options, these new market pitches provide us with a great opportunity to be visible in the heart of our town centres.

“Market days are usually busy and I would advise anyone who wants to discuss issues of concern, get some crime prevention advice, or simply get to know their local officers better, to come and say hello.”

 He added: “The stalls will of course also complement our regular patrols by providing a really visible location from which officers can base themselves right in the heart of town centres in busy periods.

“We think this will provide an extra deterrent to low level criminals and street drinkers, and my team will of course be very much actively looking out for known offenders while present at the locations.”

 

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