POLICE are stepping up patrols in Dewsbury town centre in an attempt to crack down on crime.
Officers were called on to do more following a spate of attacks on businesses in the town centre.
Novo Coffee House, on Longcauseway, was broken into for the second time since the beginning of the year last Thursday when a man wearing a beige coat and carrying a walking stick stole a charity box.
There were three further attacks at the new Costa Coffee outlet, a hair salon on Kingsway Arcade and Cafe Etienne next to the Post Office.
Dewsbury neighbourhood sergeant Joanne Flexney said: “Since the beginning of the year, there have been five incidents of criminal damage in the area around the church in Dewsbury.
“The Neighbourhood Policing Teams have been conducting extensive enquiries including CCTV enquiries in and around the area.
“We are working closely with the council to monitor activity in the town centre and have two dedicated PCSOs who work alongside our anti-social behaviour officer and partner agencies to solve any issues.
“In the past three weeks, we have carried out proactive days of action in the town centre with support from the mounted section and additional high visibility police patrols which has proved successful.
“We have secured further funding for similar operations in the town centre to help reassure the communities that we are taking positive action to tackle these issues.
“I would like to encourage people to report crimes or issues to the police as soon as possible so that we can access them and take appropriate action.”