CRITICISM over the police's slow response to an attack on a pub has been countered by a top officer.
Police turned up at the Swan Inn at Outlane 12 hours after thugs smashed nine windows in what appears to have been a revenge attack.
But Det Chief Insp Tony Craven, the man in charge of Huddersfield CID, said that once the police operator had confirmed that no-one had broken into the pub, the call was not graded as needing an immediate response.
He urged people to keep phoning the police to report crimes.
The Outlane incident, reported in Wednesday's Examiner, was apparently a revenge attack after thieves realised the landlord of the Swan, Martin Conway, 53, had told police they were stealing a mini digger across the road from the pub.
The thieves were thwarted by 53-year-old Martin Conway's quick-thinking actions.
He saw them loading the digger into a white van outside his pub at about 1am last Thursday.
They fled, but abandoned the van and digger on New Hey Road near Scammonden and drove away in a Subaru Impreza.
That car was seen again when rocks were hurled through the pub's windows at 3.20am on Tuesday.
He complained that no-one had thanked him for his help or taken a statement about the digger theft.
He added that police took 12 hours to arrive after the attack on the pub.
Det Chief Insp Craven said he was very grateful for Mr Conway's help on the night the digger was stolen and would be thanking him personally.
He added: "We would encourage people to keep ringing us. Retributive attacks of this nature are very rare.
"The attack on Mr Conway's pub will be vigorously investigated. We are taking this matter very seriously."
He said Monday night into Tuesday morning was exceptionally busy for police in Huddersfield.