Spen police move to Heckmondwike

Inspector Tim Holland outside Heckmondwike police station. (d24081121)
Inspector Tim Holland outside Heckmondwike police station. (d24081121)

CLECKHEATON police station is to close its doors, with officers moving to Heckmondwike from September 6.

Spen police are moving from the York Street building to the larger station in Heckmondwike because the Cleckheaton one is too small.

However, Spen police chief Insp Tim Holland says they will still maintain a strong police presence in Cleckheaton, Scholes, Hunsworth and Oakenshaw.

“I understand that residents and businesses of Cleckheaton may be concerned about this move as there has been a police presence in Cleckheaton for longer than I can remember,” Insp Holland said.

“The decision to move is purely an operational one as York Place is no longer able to support the number of staff working here. Last month we were joined by two new PCSOs and another is joining us in October.”

Insp Holland said that reorganisation within West Yorkshire Police meant that large parts of the Heckmondwike station, in Claremont, were now empty.

He added: “The move to Heckmondwike provides improved working conditions for my staff and provides me with the opportunity to increase the number of special constables from the two that currently work here.

“I want to reassure the communities of the Cleckheaton ward that they will not see any reduction in service from my team.”

Spen MP Mike Wood voiced concern that the move would mean officers were based further away from the fringes of Cleckheaton.

Mr Wood said: “These concerns will not least come from people and traders who live and work on the fringes of the Kirklees division – people in Scholes, Oakenshaw and Hunsworth.

“Police officers will now, in theory, be that much further away from their homes and businesses.

“However if the move will allow extra officers to be deployed locally at a time when police numbers in West Yorkshire are being cut then this is a clear benefit.”

Cleckheaton councillor Kath Pinnock said that the old building was inadequate and welcomed more police on the streets.

“If residents have any concerns about this, they should contact their ward councillors and we can raise them with police,” she said.

From September 6 the new police number will be 01924 206357 and email address is ea.svnpt@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

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