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West Leeds: Hooligans are locked out by ginnel gates

GETTING CLOSURE: From left, Gill Hunter of Safer Leeds, PCSO Sharon Senior, Brent Brady of Safer Leeds, Coun Janet Harper, Insp Wheeler and PC Jenny Smith.

GETTING CLOSURE: From left, Gill Hunter of Safer Leeds, PCSO Sharon Senior, Brent Brady of Safer Leeds, Coun Janet Harper, Insp Wheeler and PC Jenny Smith.

  • by Bruce Smith
 

Metal gates have been shut in the face of antisocial yobs making life a misery for residents in a west Leeds suburb.

A ginnel running between Conference Road and Whingate, Armley, Leeds, had been a haven for fly-tippers, graffiti merchants and general hooligans.

Now in a joint move by Leeds west inner neighbourhood policing team, Safer leeds, Leeds anti-social behaviour team and West North West Homes Leeds, the troublecausers have been shut out by a council gating order.

The ginnel was finally closed-off with high gates after staff from Leeds City Council’s environmental action team mounted a clean-up operation of the ginnel and binyards in the area with help from offenders completing unpaid community work with the Probation Service.

It is believed the gates will also protect local rail services from thugs who have used it to throw missiles at passing locomotives.

The closure is the latest initiative in the district-wide ‘alleygating’ campaign that is aimed at improving security and the condition of the local environment through a joint approach involving police, council and partner agencies.

To coincide with the closure, local residents were visited by officers from the West Inner NPT who offered free crime prevention advice and gave them the opportunity to voice any other concerns about issues in their neighbourhood.

Insp Mark Wheeler said: “The closure of this alleyway will help to reduce instances of fly-tipping, graffiti and other antisocial behaviour.”

“Not only will this benefit local residents but British Transport Police and Network Rail will also benefit by not having items thrown from the alleyway towards the train line and embankment below.

“As well as the longer term benefits residents, were also able to take advantage of a personal home visit by one of their local officers to receive crime prevention advice and other literature about the ongoing work of the team.”

Leeds has 26 gating orders and it is anticipated council officers will recommend the extension of the orders for a further year.

 

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