Public meeting called after spike in violent attacks

Public meeting called after spike in violent attacks

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COUNCILLORS have called an emergency meeting with police and the community following a spate of violence in Ravensthorpe.

Last Friday a house and several cars were damaged and three people were injured during three separate incidents.

A 25-year-old man was arrested in connection with a collision between a BMW and a 4x4 on Fir Parade at 5.35am.

The BMW driver suffered serious leg injuries while two other females suffered foot and leg injuries.

Emergency services had been called to the same housing estate at around 2.45am to reports of youths damaging the windows of several cars and a house.

Then at 6.04am officers also arrived at Victoria Street to reports of fire damage to a VW Golf and an attempt to set fire to a property.

In recent months emergency services have also been called to similar violent street incidents in Dewsbury Moor, Thornhill Lees and Savile Town.

Now Dewsbury West’s trio of Labour councillors, Darren O’Donovan, Mussarat Pervaiz and Mumtaz Hussain, have organised a meeting for residents in their ward to alert police to their concerns.

It is taking place at Ravensthorpe Community Centre on Monday (September 2, 5pm).

Coun Hussain said: “As the mayor (of Kirklees) and councillor for Dewsbury West, I am really concerned about what is happening. 

“My two councillors and local MP are working closely with the police to tackle these issues. We have arranged a meeting on September 2 at Ravensthorpe Community Centre, and a message has gone out to the community to attend the meeting and help the police with any information they might have. We have asked the police to step up their presence in the ward.”

Coun Pervaiz added: “I am a resident of Ravensthorpe and it has been very distressing to see these incidents. Rest assured we are working tirelessly with the local authority and the emergency services.”

Coun O’Donovan said: “With regards this incident, we will continue to work with the community, Kirklees Council and West Yorkshire Police as a priority to promote community safety, arrange safety and victim visits where necessary and work to find the culprits.”

Following last week’s incidents DS Mark Pattinson, of Kirklees Police, said: “We are conducting a number of investigations into these incidents in Ravensthorpe and are looking to see if there are any links between them.

“Neighbourhood Policing officers are conducting reassurance patrols and detectives and investigators are on scene conducting enquiries.

“We appreciate there will be community concern regarding what has taken place and I want to reassure residents we will be carrying out a thorough investigation into the circumstances.

“An arrest has made in connection with the collision.

“I would ask anyone who witnessed or who has information about the damage offences on Fir Parade and Victoria Street, or any mobile phone or CCTV footage, to contact us.

“Information can be given to Kirklees CID on 101 or online at”

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