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Calls For Town Centre Summits To Tackle Violence

The leader of Bradford Council is calling for “summits” in town and city centres in the district to discuss how to better tackle anti-social behaviour and violence.

The leader of Bradford Council is calling for “summits” in town and city centres in the district to discuss how to better tackle anti-social behaviour and violence.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe will raise a motion at a full council meeting on Tuesday calling for action to make sure centres are places people can visit and work “comfortably and without fear.”

It will refer to an incident in City Park last month where a group of teens attacked a 15-year-old kicking him in the head. The incident was filmed by an onlooker and uploaded online, making national news.

Three people have been arrested over the incident and a police investigation is ongoing.

Councillor Hinchcliffe says: “We condemn mindless violence wherever it happens but it is particularly distressing when we see it happening in our city and town centres.”

“These are familiar places we all own and where we feel at home. No one, whoever they are, has the right to inhibit others from using that space comfortably and without fear. Our city and town centres belong to all of us, not to a mindless few.

We must act quickly to make sure that in the Bradford District our young people are diverted from such dangerous activity.”

The motion also criticises government cuts to police and council services.

As well as demanding an increase in police funding, it will call for:

  • parents and carers to partner with the council to help prevent their children from being involved in violent incidents
  • town centre summit meetings to be held in aims of refresh plans in place to tackle anti-social behaviour
  • the youth service to engage more in town centres with young people
  • review the offer being provided by the Youth Offending Team to see what more can be done to turn young people away from crime

As well as the City Park incident, the past 12 months has seen numerous incidents of anti-social behaviour across the district, including in inner city areas around Bonfire Night and in Ilkley over summer.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I welcome Bradford Council’s motion which comes at a particularly relevant time.

“Ensuring that our communities are safe is the core vision of my Police and Crime Plan and in order to achieve this it’s crucial that the police and partners, such as the council work closely together.”

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