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Coun Maureen Cummings
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VICTIMS of anti-social behaviour in Wakefield district can now make challenges if they feel the authorities are not addressing their concerns.

The government’s Community Trigger initiative is being rolled out in Wakefield district in a bid to reassure residents about action being taken to curb anti-social behaviour in their communities.

People can use the Community Trigger to alert Wakefield Council, West Yorkshire Police and Wakefield District Housing if they are concerned that:

– A victim has reported anti-social behaviour on three occasions in the last six months and no action has been taken.

– Different victims have made reports about the same problem five times in the past six months.

– A victim has reported what they consider to be a hate incident in the last three months and no action has been taken.

Coun Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for environment and communities said: “It’s right that communities feel they have a way to challenge if they feel that anti-social behaviour in their area isn’t being addressed.”

A spokesman for Leeds City Council said: “Leeds was one of the areas to pilot the Community Trigger starting last summer.

“The feedback from the pilot has been fed back to the government and has helped shape the scheme, which is now being rolled out across the country.

“The Community Trigger gives victims and communities the right to request a review of their case and bring agencies together to task a joined up, problem-solving approach to find a solution.

“Leeds Community Trigger line is open for people to call at 0113 2475533 in order to tackle cases of anti-social behaviour.”

The Wakefield Community Trigger line can be reached on 0345 8506506.

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