Bars, shops, businesses and volunteers who play a key role in fighting crime in Leeds had their efforts recognised during an awards dinner.
The winners of the fourth annual BACIL Awards were announced last night when more than 300 guests gathered at the Leeds Queens Hotel.
Among them were representatives from West Yorkshire Police, Leeds City Council and the 380 member businesses who together make up the Business Against Crime in Leeds (BACIL) network.
Rachael McGlynn, of BACIL, said there had been a record number of nominations this year.
“It was a fantastic night and I would like to say a huge congratulations to all the winners and runners up," she said.
"The winners were selected for their contribution to mitigating crime in Leeds and their effective integrated working and intelligence sharing through BACIL systems.
"They do a truly fantastic job of working together to keep the city safe."
The event also raised more than £1,000 for Leeds Community Foundation.
The foundation supports thousands of charities and voluntary groups across the city, addressing inequalities and creating opportunities for those that need help most.
Rachael said: "I am delighted that the event raised lots of money for our charity partner, Leeds Community Foundation. They are a real catalyst for positive change in Leeds, striving to create a city of opportunity for all.“
THE 2018 BACIL AWARDS WINNERS
Best National Chain Retailer: House of Fraser
Runner up: Monsoon
Best National Chain Bar: O2 Academy
Runner up: Revolution
Best Independent Retailer: Love Aroma
Runner up: Forbidden Planet
Best Independent Bar: Fibre
Runner up: Belgrave Music Hall
Best Daytime Security Team: Merrion Centre
Runner up: House of Fraser
Best Night-time Security Team: Professional @ Fibre
Runner up: First Direct Arena
Outstanding Partner to BACIL: Leedswatch
Runner up: Street Outreach
Highly commended: Cath Arkle
Outstanding Contribution to Leeds: Angels of Freedom
Runner up: Kyle Roberts
Highly commended: Emma Gilpin
The winners were chosen by a judging panel made up of Inspector Andy Berriman, of the Leeds City Centre Policing Team; Claire McCall - Safer Leeds Community Safety Coordinator;
Cath Arkle - West Yorkshire Police Licensing Department; Andrew Cooper- Chief Executive, Leeds BID; Jon Hancock- BACIL Co-Chair (Night Time Economy); and Susan Mendoza- BACIL Co-Chair (Day Time Economy).