Latest community policing news from Belle Isle and Middleton

In the last of this week’s post’s looking at the work of south Leeds’ Neighbourhood Policing Teams, we take a look at Middleton and Belle Isle teams..

Do you own a van or know anyone who does?

Scrap metal thieves have been targeting vehicles with the intention of removing the exhaust system, resulting in high replacement costs.

Northside Truck and Van Ltd and West Yorkshire Police are working in partnership to protect these types of vehicles.

For further information please ring 0845 686 0368. The service team will discuss your options and products available. Prevention can be far cheaper than repair.

Check your car is locked

If you have a keyless car key (also known as Smart Keys or Advanced Keys) don’t automatically assume the doors and boot lock when you get a certain distance from the vehicle. The best idea is to experiment with it to be sure. It is another way to prevent being a victim of vehicle crime. Many thieves are opportunists, if it’s open then they’re in!
Remember… If In Doubt – Test It Out!

Appeal: Assault in Middleton

Police are trying to trace a driver who stopped to help an assault victim in Middleton.

A 25 year old man was walking along Sharp Lane in Middleton at 11.45pm on Tuesday, January 10, when he became aware of something hitting him on the back of the head.

He turned and was confronted by a white man wearing a dark hooded jacket with the hood pulled up who began to kick him causing him to fall to the floor.
The suspect searched his pockets and stole items but was disturbed by a car, believed to be a Ford Focus, containing a man who was around 6ft and in his 40s. He stopped to help the victim who sustained minor cuts and bruises.

Police are trying to trace the man who stopped to help. Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Clare Richards at City and Holbeck CID on the non emergency number 101.


Renew Leeds are running a free course designed to help adults aged 19+ to find work.

The course starts on Wednesday 8 February at the Play & Learning Centre, Throstle Lane, Middleton.

For more information, please contact the Employment Team on 0113 3833940 or e-mail

Crime is down in Middleton

Did you know? In 2004/5 there were 3,503 crimes recorded in Middleton Park Ward. In 2010/11 there were 2,392. This means that there were 1,111 less victims of crime in 2010/11 in that area compared to 2004/5.

Have you seen it?

This bike was stolen from the driveway of an address on Middleham Moor, Middleton. It’s a Cannondale Trail SL1 bike. If you know who took it or where it is now please contact us, in confidence, on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111