A TOP councillor is refusing to back down over claims police â€˜play downâ€™ crime in Mirfield after attending a public meeting.
The townâ€™s mayor, Coun David Pinder, was at the Salvation Army Hall session last Thursday with police commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson.
Tory Coun Pinder previously claimed officers try to â€˜hideâ€™ crime in Mirfield by not reporting it widely enough.
He spoke out after linking several incidents, including a town centre jewellery store robbery, into what he described as a â€˜crime waveâ€™.
Fellow town councillor Coun Martyn Bolt (Con) arranged for Mr Burns-Williams to come to Mirfield to discuss any concerns people have.
The Press understands moves to organise a meeting were first made soon after Mr Burns-Williams was elected in November. Issues raised included the policeâ€™s controversial stance on arrangements for a Huddersfield Town football match later this month.
But The Press understands no questions were asked by the public about the recent â€˜crime waveâ€™ or how the police publicise crimes.
Coun Pinder said: â€œThe meeting was a welcome step forward and Coun Bolt is to be congratulated for organising it.
â€œBut an orchestrated PR meeting and consoling words are only that.
â€œI heard nothing which made me wish to change my previous comments.
â€œIndeed, the bland, formulaic statement I have since received from the police regarding one of my questions only serves to
strengthen my concern.â€