The last month has seen lockdown measures continue to reduce and life is starting to return to the ‘new normal’ for a larger number of us.
It has been a challenging time for all of us including my team and colleagues. I would again like to thank the residents of South Leeds for following guidance and adhering to social distancing, ensuring that you are keeping yourselves, your family and your community safe.
This month we have had a determined focus on keeping you safe on the roads as more people return to travel. We have conducted a number of operations across South Leeds, in particular focusing on speeding.
On 22 June one of the Inner South ward officers stopped and dealt with a driver who was driving at 73mph in a 30mph limit on Domestic Road in Holbeck. This is extremely dangerous and completely unacceptable and the driver has been summoned to court for this offence.
Road Safety is an extremely important aspect of our job and I know the concern that this brings to residents across the city. We will continue to tackle this and take positive action wherever we can.
As well as speeding, a regular complaint from residents is the anti-social use of vehicles on roads. On 17 June we attended Middleton District Shopping Centre where a vehicle was seen to be doing doughnuts in the carpark. The driver was stopped and their vehicle was seized due to this behaviour.
We have also seized a number of other vehicles including an off road motorbike that was again causing a nuisance in the Middleton area.
As a team we take a proactive approach to identifying such vehicles and offenders and welcome any information from members of the public in relation to individuals or vehicles involved. If you have any information please report to us through 101 or 101 Live Chat and of course 999 in an emergency.
Between 7-13 June we supported Neighbourhood Watch Week and visited a number of premises to raise awareness of this scheme. The Neighbourhood Watch is an excellent scheme that ensures that information can be shared effectively and can really help reduce crime in your neighbourhood. If you are interested in becoming involved then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The part of my job that I enjoy the most is engaging with communities in a variety of different ways. Listening to your concerns and feedback to ensure that we are tackling the issues that are a priority to you. Due to Covid 19 the last few months have been difficult to do this as we have seen meetings and events cancelled.
We are using social media and a variety of networking platforms to keep in touch with people and keep you updated. There continue to be a variety of ways that you can keep in touch with us and all details are on our website www.westyorkshire.police.uk/my-neighbourhood/leeds/leeds-south.
On the website you will find information about the team, how you can contact us as well as details about our priorities each month for each ward area. We welcome feedback from residents about the priorities that we have set and want to ensure that we are working effectively in partnership with the community to tackle the issues that matter to you.
As always, the South Leeds Neighbourhood Policing Team is proud to continue to ensure we keep you and all the communities of South Leeds safe.
This post was written by Insp Lucy Leadbeater