Drug dealers don't care, but Keighley residents do!
Crimestoppers is urging residents in Keighley, West Yorkshire, to contact the independent charity with information on drug dealers in the area, with a campaign launching on 21st January 2017.
"People feel intimidated and frightened, so remain silent"
- local resident.
A survey carried out by Kris Hopkins MP highlighted the huge impact drug related crime is having on the residents of Keighley. Following the results of this survey, Kris has been working with the Police, local council, community groups and Crimestoppers to launch a campaign to help deal with these crimes.
Kris Hopkins commented: "Since I launched my anti-drugs survey I have had an enormous response with hundreds of people contact me and offering their support to tackle this issue.
"As a result of this work we are now able to launch a campaign with Crimestoppers, funded by the Bradford District Safer and Stronger Communities Partnerships, and supported by the police and the local community.
"I believe we can make a positive difference and, indeed, project Keighley as a national leader in tackling drugs collectively as a community. The support we are receiving from Crimestoppers and West Yorkshire Police is clearly invaluable because they are at the sharp end. But it is the local residents coming forward who I believe will have the greatest impact on our chances of success."
Gemma Wilson, Regional Manager for Crimestoppers in Yorkshire, said: "It is clear there are people out there who have information about drug dealers and crime which is causing fear to the people of Keighley. Crimestoppers is here for everyone to help us make Keighley a safer place to live and work. We can take away the worry of reprisal that people fear, by reporting anonymously what they know.
"We promise complete anonymity for everyone who calls our 0800 555 111 number, or who uses our non-traceable online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. Since the charity started, 29 years ago, we have kept our promise of anonymity to everyone who has contacted us. We are completely accessible to everyone and can take reports 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in any language".
"You can openly see people dealing drugs on the street and in their cars. Intimidation is one reason I have not reported"
- local resident.
The campaign aims to give the community of Keighley a voice and the ability to safely report information about drug dealing in the town. It also serves as a warning to those individuals who are committing these crimes that the public have had enough and want something done about it. The police are working hard to tackle the problem and see that communities feel safer and their concerns are being taken serious. West Yorkshire Police have already conducted a drugs operation in recent weeks, resulting in 21 arrests, 13 charges and the seizure of drugs and cash, and will continue to act on information provided by the public either directly to them, or by information provided through Crimestoppers.
You can report information to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111, or using our Anonymous Online Form - you will remain completely anonymous.