Police and Project_Twelve:31 engage with 69 Young People

Last weekend the Police invoked a Dispersal Order covering Lee Mount and most of the Ovenden area between Friday and Sunday following reports of Anti-Social Behaviour. The order gave the Police powers to deal positively with anyone behaving in an antisocial manner or causing residents to feel threatened.

In addition to this, local youth project (Project_Twelve:31) was also out and about on the night of Friday 3 March talking to young people in the area. The project spoke to 32 young people altogether.

Although no Dispersal Orders were issued over the weekend, the work of both the Police and Project_Twelve resulted in a combined total of 69 young people being engaged with.

Project_Twelve:31 conducted a survey with young people on the night to get their thoughts on activities for young people in the area. 13 had heard of Project_Twelve:31 and 9 said they had previously attended at least 1 session, but the most overwhelming response was “We just want somewhere dry to hang out”

In response to recent Ovenden ASB issues, Project_Twelve:31 will be out and about again tonight.

For more information on Project_Twelve:31 visit the Projects Facebook Page

Important News!

Halifax Neighbourhood Policing Team have received numerous reports of groups of antisocial youths causing issues in Ovenden and Lee Mount and have invoked a Dispersal Order for this weekend!

This means that anyone behaving in an antisocial manner or causing residents to feel threatened will be served a notice and will not be permitted to return to the area for 48hours. If you are under 16 years old, you will be taken home as the notice must be served in the presence of your parent or carer.

*Please note that groups of young people not causing any trouble will not be affected. Local youth workers will be walking around in the area to talk to you, if you have any concerns.

You can report antisocial behaviour to the Police on 101 (999 in an emergency).

Alternatively, you can help us build up a picture of where the worst antisocial behaviour hotspots are by emailing information to team@halifaxnorthandeast.com

Young people learn with fun at 3rd Annual Public Services Day

20160608_112055Heather Stout, from the Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative, organised the 3rd Annual Public Services Day to be held in North Halifax this week.

Junior Wardens from Ash Green Community Primary School, Mount Pellon Primary Academy and Moorside Community Primary School attended the event on Wednesday 8 June held at Halifax Rugby Union Ground.

Services who attended to explain the jobs they do in the communities included:

  • West Yorkshire Police
  • West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Calderdale Council Safer Cleaner Green Team
  • Calderdale Council Recycling Team
  • Calderdale Council ASB Team
  • Calderdale Council Community Wardens
  • Calderdale Council Countryside Team
  • Calderdale Council Environmental Health Team

20160608_122842The annual event is organised so that young people can learn about some of the important work that takes place on a daily basis in and around their communities.

All the services gave fantastic demonstrations of their jobs including West Yorkshire Police who also allowed the young people to try on a uniform and the Fire Service who demonstrated the use of a hose.

20160608_112055There were demonstrations from the Safer Cleaner Greener Team as well as talks from other services such as Calderdale Council Community Wardens and although the day is mainly to help get a serious message across to young people the event was fun filled and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

MixMatch changing behaviours in North Halifax

From now until July, there will be a number of activities taking place for young people as part of the MixMatch scheme which aims to tackle ASB within North Halifax.

The project delivered in partnership in Mixenden is all about breaking down barriers between young people and uniformed services such as the police and fire service, with strong evidence to suggest that the scheme is working.

Starting in July 2014, 64 young people from Trinity Academy and Park Lane schools went head to head in a series of mental and physical challenges organised by the Fire Service, Mixenden Initiative, Pennine Housing, West Yorkshire Police and Calderdale Youth Service.

MixMatch BonfireIn November, in recognition of their efforts and good behaviour 11 young people aged between 14 and 17 attended the Firework and Bonfire extravaganza held at Birkenshaw Fire Station… see how the event went here.

This year, building on the positive impact that the MixMatch scheme is having on our communities there are plans in place for 6 events culminating in a second MixMaxth challenge between the two local schools, in July.

The upcoming MixMatch programme includes sessions that will educate young people about criminal behaviour and the consequences of offending, as well as fun and rewarding activities to get involved in.

MixMatch timetable:

MixMatch Events Table

A message from PC Ian Harris – your Police contact in Mixenden

Ian Harris

PC Ian Harris

“It has been brought to my attention that addresses in Mixenden are suffering, and have suffered from anti-social behaviour and are at the risk of property being damaged as a result.

“If you should observe or have experienced damage and/or anti-social behaviour please contact me as I would very much like to speak to you.

“In addition, if you have children residing at your home, please could you make them aware of the consequences of reckless behaviour i.e. risk of damage or injury, in the hope that they will not be encouraged to commit anti-social behaviour in the future.

“Examples which have been brought to my attention are stones being thrown at vehicles and house windows, verbal abuse, threats, anti-social use of off-road motorbikes/quads and damage to property/vehicles.

“Those who come to my attention will be spoken to in the first instance. This will be followed by the issuing of an anti-social behaviour warning letter. Persistent anti-social behaviour could result in an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) or you could be at risk of eviction from your property.

“Anti-social behaviour is defined by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 as any behaviour that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more person not of the same household. The behaviour which has been brought to my attention falls way below what is acceptable.

“Furthermore, anyone who is implicated as being involved in criminal acts will be dealt with through the Criminal Justice System.

“Please do not hesitate to contact me on 101 or ian.harris1@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk should you need any advice or assistance in this matter”.

PC 1212 Ian Harris
Halifax Neighbourhood Policing Team
Mixenden Ward Officer