GANG leaders have been warned by police: We are out to get you!

New-style Neighbourhood Policing is cracking down on two things which really annoy the public - anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.

And the teams are also catching people wanted on warrants for failing to turn up in court to show they can't escape the criminal justice system.

They want people to name the gang leaders and hardcore trouble makers. Officers will then target them.

Insp Nick Harvey, of Huddersfield police, said: "We were getting a lot of complaints about one individual in Almondbury.

"He has now been arrested, dealt with and is in youth custody.

"Since then the quality of life has improved for many people in that area and they have more confidence in the police."

Sgt John McFadzean added: "A lot of decent kids are in some of these gangs. When the person leading them astray is gone, they start to behave again.

"If we get the right information, we can act quickly.

"Give us the names and we'll take action."

Insp Harvey said Neighbourhood Policing area committees are held across Kirklees, with some covering up to three council wards.

Neighbourhood Police officers are responsible for particular wards and report back to the area committees.

Anyone can attend these meetings to air their concerns and tell police and Kirklees officials about the problems.

The neighbourhood teams are made up of police and police community support officers.

Insp Harvey said: "Neighbourhood Policing was launched across the UK this week, but we are ahead of the game here and have been up and running since January."

When police crack down on such problems, they set up a Neighbourhood Tasking Group in the area first to involve local people and businesses to find out the scale of the problem and decide on the most effective way forward.

The ringleaders are arrested, troublemakers referred to Kirklees Anti Social Behaviour Unit and the rest diverted as best as possible away from anti-social behaviour.

In Lowerhouses, for example, youth and sports schemes have been set up by police community support officers.

Sgt McFadzean revealed that a special police team of eight officers had also been set up to back up neighbourhood police teams.

This means that if an area becomes a trouble hotspot they can hit it hard.

Neighbourhood police organise surgeries in their communities where people can meet people face to face.

Phone 0845 6060606 asking for the neighbourhood policing team covering your area or email kirksouthnpt @westyorkshire.pnn.