Crackdown on crime to tackle north Leeds trouble hotspots

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A CRACKDOWN to tackle burglary, anti-social behaviour and drug crime was held across north Leeds.

Neighbourhood policing officers joined forces with partner agencies such as Leeds City Council to mount a multi-pronged attack in Chapel Allerton, Roundhay and Moortown.

It was part of the ongoing Operation Champion initiative, aimed at tackling crimes as well as vehicle and licensing issues.

Organised by local NPT ward managers PCs Malcolm Bolland, Gary Cavanagh and Steven Ward, the operation saw officers working alongside Leeds City Council, housing organisations, HM Revenue & Customs and others. Mounted officers and council off-road bikes and CCTV vans also patrolled.

Environmental clean-up work, involving the Community Payback scheme, took place in the Queenshill estate.

A total of 14 visits were carried out at licensed premises with one landlord issued with a notice for a breach of conditions. Civilian warrants officers recovered £1,310.

Vehicle checkpoints to target unlicensed waste carriers were set up in Stainbeck Road and Princess Avenue and 17 vehicles stopped eight legal notices issued.

Taxi and private hire licensing staff checked 43 vehicles and suspended nine drivers and issued six notices requiring faults to be corrected.

Exhibition vans were deployed across the areas with 130 people visiting them to discuss local issues and get crime prevention advice.

Housing staff conducted a crime survey and PCSOs gave out crime prevention advice to guard against bogus officials.

HM Revenue & Customs carried out inspections of shops seizing 12,000 UK non-duty paid cigarettes and four kilograms of hand-rolling tobacco.

Inspector Andrew Briggs said: “This demonstrates the impact we can have in local communities to tackle the issues that affect people’s quality of life the most.

“There was an excellent turnout from our various partner agencies and we have had some positive feedback.

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