SPEN Valley will be at the centre of a two-day crime crackdown next week.

The area, which includes Gomersal, Heckmondwike and Cleckheaton, will be the focus of police attention next Monday and Tuesday, backed up by several Kirklees Council departments.

The blitz is the latest in a spate of two-day clampdowns that are part of an continuing campaign called Kirklees Focus.

The main aim is to clamp down on anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.

Officers from the Spen Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) will be working with crime reduction officers, Kirklees Anti-Social Behaviour Unit, the Drug Interventions Programme, Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, Kirklees Council Environmental Services, the Probation Service, trading standards and Outreach/Drugsense.

Every month the operation targets a different area of Kirklees.

The operations tackle issues such as anti-social behaviour, drugs, cleaning up the environment, providing crime prevention advice, monitoring motor vehicles, targeting known offenders and catching people wanted on warrant.

Spen Valley NPT’s Insp Stef Wiseman said: “We have identified a number of issues in the Gomersal, Heckmondwike and Cleckheaton areas that are of concern to residents.

“Over the course of the operation we shall be taking positive action with our partners to address those issues.

“This is an excellent opportunity for us to work together and provide a visible presence in the community so that people can talk to us about their concerns as well as see the work that all the agencies are doing to make the Spen Valley a safer place.”

She added: “Each time such operations have taken place across various areas in Kirklees they have received positive feedback. We have also made a number of arrests.

“Although this is a concentrated partnership effort lasting two days it does make a difference as it allows us to identify issues with members of the public which can then be followed up in our day-to-day policing.

“I think it is primarily about giving people a confidence in their Neighbourhood Policing Teams and a reassurance that their concerns will be met with action.’’