THE most crime-ridden street in Huddersfield is Cross Church Street in the town centre.
According to the newly launched www.police.uk website, there were 50 crimes “on or near” the street in December.
The website, which crashed when it was launched this week as millions of people tried to log on, is the first to provide a street-by-street guide for an entire country anywhere in the world.
It breaks the statistics down into crime types – burglary, antisocial behaviour, robbery, violent crime, vehicle crime and other crime.
The figures for Cross Church Street show there were eight incidents of anti-social behaviour, 12 violent crimes and 30 other crimes in December.
Sgt John McFadzean, of Huddersfield’s town centre policing team, said: “Cross Church Street is the busiest street at night. These statistics were over Christmas and new year, when it would have been especially busy.
“There are a lot of taxi offices and takeaways that make it what is referred to as a honey trap for people leaving pubs and clubs.
“A lot of the incidents we deal with are fights in taxi queues and takeaways.”
Sgt McFadzean said there had been action to combat problems on Cross Church Street, including a decision to prevent more takeaways from opening and stricter licensing conditions for certain premises.
He added: “It’s much safer than it was two years ago – the number of assaults has drastically reduced.”