Human faeces repeatedly left outside people's front doors in part of Wakefield
Human faeces are being repeatedly left on the doorsteps of residents living in part of Wakefield.
Police have confirmed they had received regular and disturbing reports of excrement being left outside homes on the eastern side of the city in recent times.
Officers condemned the behaviour as "completely unacceptable" and urged those responsible to stop.
Incidents have been reported at addresses on Stanley Road and neighbouring streets including Upper Warrengate, Grantley Street and Trilby Street.
Homes near the Lightwaves Centre have also been affected, including ones on Lower York Street and Hatfeild Street.
Wakefield East councillor Stuart Heptinstall, who has been liasing with police over the issue on behalf of victims, said the incidents were occurring frequently.
He said: “It’s been going on for some months.
“It’s very unpleasant and families don’t like having to deal with it. It’s not what they want, having to wake up to something like that on their doorstep.
"The council have been out and cleaned it up in numerous cases."
Anyone with information about the incidents has been asked to call the police's 101 non-emergency number.
Inspector Mick Preston, head of Wakefield city and north west neighbourhood policing team said: "We have been made aware of this issue and are looking into it with partners.
"Behaviour of this type is completely unacceptable and creates an obvious risk to public health, which given the current pandemic is even more of a pertinent issue.
“This has not just been confined to a single occasion or location and there must be someone out there who knows who is responsible and I would ask them to report this issue so associated concerns can be dealt with, as well as asking those responsible to stop this and to seek appropriate support from health services if needed.”
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