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POLICE REPORT: At the December meeting of Crigglestone Parish Council, PS Day circulated a report which showed that 48 hours had been worked on the safe scheme in November. Police officers and PCSOs had both worked 24 hours in the month. A total of 33 incidents had been recorded, a decrease from October. Recorded crimes included four drug crimes and six house burglaries, four in Durkar, one in Newmillerdam and one in Chapelthorpe. In two cases cars were stolen as well as other items. There were four ‘other’ burglaries, where a number of bicycles had been stolen from sheds and garages. One vehicle was stolen in Durkar and four vehicles were broken into in Crigglestone, Chapelthorpe and Calder Grove. Vehicles were damaged in Hall Green and on Haveroid Lane and other damage occurred at Chapelthorpe and Denby Dale Road. Two other thefts were reported at Denby Dale Road: a wallet, and lead flashing around a window. Speed checks conducted on Durkar Lane and Bull Lane recorded low speeds but a check on Durkar Lane resulted in a number of tickets. Rectification notices were issued where vehicles had problems such as deficient lights. Foot patrols had been conducted in Betty Eastwood Park, around St James’ Church, near the Kingfisher Restaurant and at the One Stop Shop. Priorities for December would be litter from Crigglestone Industrial Estate, HGVs on Hollin Lane, speeding on Durkar Low Lane, house burglaries and anti-social behaviour in the school holidays.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: At the last meeting of Crigglestone Parish Council it was noted that the Friends of Pugneys are looking for volunteers to help improve this beautiful lakeside area with actions such bulb planting. Anyone interested should contact Wendy on 01924 201523, Mary on 01924 258327, or Marjorie on 01924 250790.
PARISH COUNCIL PRECEPT: At the November meeting of Crigglestone Parish Council Members agreed a precept of £49,000 for 2012-13.
HGVS: Crigglestone Parish Council heard that a meeting is to be held between police, district councillors and highways officers to discuss problems with HGVs using minor roads in the area to the detriment of local residents. It was hoped that parish councillors could also contribute to this meeting.
LUNCH CLUB: Last Thursday members of the Tuesday Lunch Club had a Christmas meal at the Wetherby Whaler followed by a bus ride around the Christmas lights in Leeds.
OVER 50s CLUB: Members of Bretton Over 50s Club enjoyed a social afternoon and Christmas tea in the village hall last Wednesday. Members were joined by the village Singing for Pleasure group to sing Christmas carols and songs. Peter Bowers played the music. There are no more engagements before Chrismas and the next event will be the visit to Bradford Alhambra for the pantomime in January.