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Since my election I have been really concerned to hear of so many incidents of antisocial behaviour in Wakefield, Horbury and Ossett.


With funding from Mayor Tracy Brabin, I am pleased that Labour managed to secure 60 new officers for Wakefield. However, I know that there is much more work needed.


Arrests have halved since the Conservatives took office in 2010 and 14,000 neighbourhood police officers and PCSOs have been cut nationwide.  


People have lost faith that reporting crimes will lead to any action, let alone an arrest. Despite the valiant work of hardworking officers, the Government is letting the country down when it comes to policing.


That's why I'm launching my local campaign to encourage residents to report crime and antisocial behaviour when they see it. 


It's a case of use it or lose it. Because if we don't report crimes and antisocial behaviour, the official statistics will show crime and antisocial behaviour going down in our communities - even though we know that this is far from the truth, but the consequence will be less resources and less police for our area.


I hope that you find the website helpful. Please contact me if you think I may be able to be of further assistance.


Simon Lightwood MP

Member of Parliament for Wakefield

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What kind of Anti-social behaviour would you like to report today?

It can be difficult to know where to turn when you're experiencing anti-social behaviour as responsibility is often split between different agencies such as the Police, Wakefield Council and WDH to name but a few.

We've pulled together a list of the most common types of anti-social behaviour below. Click on the option which  describes your situation to be taken to the most appropriate agency to complain to. If your situation isn't listed or you need further support please don't hesitate to contact of the office of Simon Lightwood MP, and we'll do our best to help.

Share your experiences

If you've been impacted by anti-social behaviour please share your story with us so Simon can campaign for better resources to tackle the scourge of anti-social behaviour in our communities.


Your personal testimony can be very powerful, to demonstrate the real-life impact of antisocial behaviour. Don't worry we'll always anonymise your story, unless we have your explicit permission.  If you are happy to share your own experiences, please leave some details below.  Please read our Privacy Policy

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Getting involved with, or setting up a neighbourhood watch group

In our constituency survey lots of people said they would like more information on how to get involved in, or how to start a neighbourhood watch group.


Neighbourhood Watch is the largest voluntary crime prevention groups in the country. It is based on the idea of communities coming together to help reduce crime and increase community cohesion.


Benefits of Neighbourhood Watch


People join Neighbourhood Watch for several reasons, to assist with improving personal/community safety, or to join a group of likeminded people in your local area.


Neighbourhood Watch can:

  • Reduce/prevent local crime and disorder

  • Reduce fear of crime

  • Address anti-social behaviour issues

  • Create safer neighbourhoods

  • Build community spirit and cohesion

  • Reassure members of the public

  • Increase partnership working with other local groups

  • Provide information to the Police that could assist with apprehending criminals

  • Improve quality of life and the local environment

How does Neighbourhood Watch work?


Neighbourhood Watch schemes vary in size and geographical area.  Some schemes may consist of only a few houses covering a street, whilst others may extend to an entire village.


Residents tend to meet on a regular basis to discuss ways in which they can tackle low-level problems relevant to their area. However, some Neighbourhood Watch schemes exist via social media groups, making use of technology to communicate and share information.


Neighbourhood Watch groups are not expected to and should not act as vigilante groups, but they are encouraged to pay attention towards any suspicious behaviour, and report concerning information to the police.


Neighbourhood Watch Schemes often run campaigns promoting crime prevention advice as well as ways to bid for funding to help the community.

Labour's plan to drive down antisocial behaviour

After 13 years of neglect, the Conservatives are missing in action in the fight against crime.


The result is that families worry that their house will be robbed. Women worry walking home alone at night. Parents worry about their children playing in the park. Small businesses worry they will be targeted by shoplifters. Elderly people worry their bags will be stolen on the street.  

The Conservatives have gone soft on crime with millions of victims paying the price. On their watch, arrests, charges and cautions have collapsed. That’s because they have cut 10,000 prison cells and thousands of neighbourhood police.

The next Labour government will take back control of our streets by preventing crime, punishing young offenders and protecting the public.   

  • Labour will prevent crime by rebuilding policing with 13,000 extra neighborhood officers and PCSOs on our streets.

  • Labour will punish antisocial behaviour by letting victims choose how offenders pay back their communities through Community Payback.  

  • Labour will protect the public by introducing tougher sentences to deter crime.  

A Labour government will deliver safer homes, safer streets and safer communities.  If you have been a victim of crime or would like to share your views, please share your experiences with me.

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