THORNHILL residents are fighting back against crime and anti-social behaviour with the formation of a neighbourhood watch scheme.
The new group was officially launched last week to help tackle criminal activity in the village following work by Conservative Parliamentary Candidate Mark Eastwood.
A meeting to discuss forming a neighbourhood watch group was organised after Mr Eastwood received hundreds of responses to a crime and anti-social behaviour survey delivered to homes in the area.
Mr Eastwood said: “I have been inundated with hundreds of responses to my survey from residents across the constituency, who are all concerned about crime and anti-social behaviour where they live.
“Setting up a neighbourhood watch scheme is just one way people can help to tackle the issues in their area.
“The Prime Minister’s announcement on recruiting 20,000 extra police officers is great news and a major step forward. I will be fighting to make sure Dewsbury gets its fair share of the new officers.”
Thornhill Neighbourhood Watch Scheme co-ordinator Brian Leach said: “We (residents) see setting up the Watch as something that will pull Thornhill people together and establish a much-needed sense of pride and community spirit in our neighbourhood.”
Anyone who is interested in setting up a similar scheme in their community can contact Mr Eastwood at www.markeastwood.org.uk.