Leeds crime zones named

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TODAY the Yorkshire Evening Post names some of Leeds’s most crime-ridden streets.

The findings are part of our in-depth analysis of the latest police statistics detailing the thousands of crimes committed across Leeds in a month, which will allow readers to gauge the levels of crime happening in the streets around their own homes.

Every day this week, we will focus on different neighbourhoods, pin-pointing the most crime-affected areas during the month of May as well as revealing some surprising findings, together with reaction from police, local residents, councillors and victims of crime.

Today the focus is on inner-city Leeds, Hyde Park and Headingley.

Subsequent reports will focus on North Leeds and will show how wealth, poverty and crime are inextricably linked.

But the figures also reveal that there is one crime which seems to affect all communities more than any other, regardless of their supposed prosperity – anti-social behaviour.

Later on in the week, South Leeds will be in the spotlight, with some surprising trends emerging. For example, Holbeck has the lowest set of crime figures despite having a prostitution problem.

Beeston and Beeston Hill, meanwhile, have the highest, with 601 incidents of crime, of which one third (199) was related to anti-social behaviour.

Other areas under our spotlight include Seacroft, Harehills, Cross Gates and East End Park in East Leeds.

In West Leeds we will look at Bramley, Rawdon, Yeadon, Armley and Pudsey.

The data that we have analysed has been published on the police website www.police.uk, which provides detailed maps with a street-by-street breakdown of crimes.

The crimes are split into six categories including burglary, robbery, vehicle crime, violence, anti-social behaviour and other crime.

‘Other crime’ includes drug offences, shop lifting, and criminal damage amongst others.

When the £300,000 police website was launched in February, millions of visitors were left frustrated as 75,000 people attempted to log on every minute, causing the site to crash for the day.

A new pilot website called ‘In the Dock’ has also been launched in West Yorkshire, which gives names, photographs and details of the crimes committed and sentences given for adults given custodial sentences at the county’s crown courts and some magistrates courts.

Visit: www.westyorkshire.police.uk/ITD/ for more information.

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