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.”
Richard Smith, manager of Cafe Red on Cross Church Street, has had his window broken by drunken louts twice in the last 18 months.
He said: “People are funnelled down Cross Church Street at the end of the night and that leads to problems.”
He called for a greater police presence to improve the situation.
Martin Stokes, who runs the Huddersfield Electronics shop on the street, said his business had never had any problems.
“Most of the crime is on a night,” he said.
“We’re littered with bars and takeaways.
“The problem is with the opening hours – the pub across the road doesn’t open until midnight. When I was going out in town they were closed by then.”
Newsome Clr Julie Stewart-Turner, whose ward includes the town centre, said: “We know that area is busy most evenings.
“In relation to the number of people who use it, the crime rate isn’t actually that high and we wouldn’t want people to be afraid of going there.
“The police have a presence there and there are great initiatives like night marshals and street angels that are designed to keep people safe.”