We pride ourselves on being good neighbours in West Yorkshire.

But almost 900 complaints were made about anti-social residents across the Kirklees area in the last year.

And south Huddersfield was named as the place most likely to get a headache due to an unco-operative neighbour, with over three times as many reports made there compared to other areas.

However, the picture is getting brighter, according to housing officers, as the latest figure was well down on the previous year.

Noise, abuse, loitering and hate crime caused by residents were the most reported complaints by residents in social housing homes managed by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing across the whole of Kirklees from May 2013 to May 2014.

But the data also revealed that there was a drop in complaints in comparison to the previous year across the board apart from in the Holme and Colne Valleys, where incidents remained the same, which staff believed was due to an increased focus on early intervention.

A total of 868 complaints were made altogether in the last year, with 320 logged in South Huddersfield, whilst Dewsbury and Mirfield experienced the second largest amount, with 97 reports.

Huddersfield north was the next worst for complaints after 94 incidents were reported, whilst 43 were reported in Batley, Birstal and Birkenshaw and 40 in the Spen Valley.

The lowest amount of complaints occurred in the Colne Valley, where only 23 incidents were reported.

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Yet almost twice the number of reports were made the previous year from May 2012 to 2013 in some areas, such as in Batley and the Spen Valley and the overall total was much higher with 1138 incidents.

Commenting on why they thought rates had dropped in the last year, a spokesperson for Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing said: “In 2013 KNH and Kirklees Council anti-social behaviour officers joined together with specialist police officers to form a single team to deal with incidents of anti-social behaviour across all types of housing in Kirklees.

“With the emphasis being placed on prevention and early intervention and an approach that prioritises support to victims, incidents of anti-social behaviour are being dealt with more quickly and robustly now.

“This new way of working has reduced the level of repeat complaints and has contributed to a reduction in the overall level of complaints made in the last 12 months.

“It is also worth noting that crime in Kirklees is generally reducing and incidents of anti-social behavior are following the same pattern.”

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