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Offences on the rise in Leeds party district

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Figures have revealed that crime has increased three-fold in one of Leeds’ busiest roads.

The Yorkshire Evening Post this week released details of the 10 streets in the city centre with the highest number of call-outs.

Once again, the aptly-named Call Lane clocked up the most night-time offences – 778 incidents were reported to West Yorkshire Police last year, compared to 228 in 2008.

The road, well-known for a string of popular bars and nightclubs, has had the highest level of overnight crime for the past three years.

The figures, which were included in a report to Leeds City Council’s licensing committee, showed that Briggate (627 offences) and Albion Street (566) were among the other hotspots for offences including theft and being drunk and disorderly.

Chief Insp Steve Palmer, Leeds city centre commander, said that crime overall had fallen in the past 12 months, but acknowledged there had been a rise in street robberies and thefts after dark.

“The analysis gives a clear illustration of the parts of the city centre that see the most incidents and, not surprisingly, they are the areas that have the highest footfall and the highest concentrations of licensed premises,” he told the Evening Post.

“The mapping of these ‘hotspot’ areas helps to inform the approach we are taking in partnership with other agencies to reduce the number of offences and keep people safe in the night-time economy.”

The organisation Business Against Crime in Leeds is also stepping up efforts to reassure the public and confirmed that a number of street marshals, dressed in high-vis jackets, would be patrolling the streets in the run-up to Christmas.

At Lester Morrill, our criminal law team are experienced representing clients facing a range of charges, including robbery, theft and public order offences such as being drunk and disorderly. For more information about how our Leeds-based solicitors can be of assistance, contact us today.

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