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GRASS UP A DEALER BY TEXT; Or a yobbo or a nuisance or a robber New text service in the fight against crime.

TEXT us details of yobs and criminals!

That was the plea from Huddersfield police today as they stepped up efforts to deal with troublemakers in part of the town.

A new community texting service in the Bradley and Deighton areas - the first in the country - is being extended to let people pass on information about possible crimes.

Police and officials working to target yobbish behaviour believe it is an ideal way of sending out the zero tolerance message.

TEXT The texting service has been used up to now to pass on community information but police hope it can also be used for information about crime and anti-social behaviour. They praised people in the area for coming up with information which led to arrests in Bradley and Sheepridge during disturbances in August last year and also arrests for burglaries. More police officers have been appointed to the area and they are working with other agencies to increase public confidence in the text messaging service set up by residents in the Bradley area where they can receive community messages and share information.

Other work has been going on in the area and the Deighton and Brackenhall Initiative (DBI) has helped fund an extra three police community support officers for the area. Police will follow up information about alleged crimes while complaints about anti-social behaviour will be passed on to the Kirklees Anti-social Behaviour Partnership. The Brackenhall and Sheepridge Tenants' and Residents' Association has arranged places for young people at risk of carrying out anti-social behaviour at the BUMPY motorcycle tuition charity which teaches young people to ride motorcycles safely. Sgt Gareth Crossley of the Huddersfield North Neighbourhood Police Team said:

"The DBI has shown how the police, council and the community have joined together to make a stand against crime and anti-social behaviour. "By making arrests and referring people for possible ASBOs, a joint zero-tolerance attitude to crime is taking hold in the community and this can only be a positive and encouraging position to be in." The Bradley Tenants' and Residents' Association became first in the country to distribute their community newsletter using text messages. People in Bradley get local information texted direct to their phones every week. Sixty people have signed up to receive the free service in the first two months and now police hope more will join in.

Mandy Boatswain-Tomkin, who set up the service, said: "We send out news about everything from free home security advice to children's events. "But if we waited to put that in a printed newsletter, lots of it would already be out of date, so local people would miss out. "One of the best features is that last minute reminders can be texted. If there is something going on in the evening, we can send out a quick text in the afternoon to remind people. We know the message will get through because people always check their texts. Nothing else works so well." The texting number is 07786 205227. Messages should start with the words Bradley News.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Apr 6, 2012
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