On 12th September Rachel chaired a public meeting at Castleton Primary School, which was triggered by a number of parents raising concerns with the school regarding crime, drugs and anti-social behaviour in the area.

Various agencies came together to discuss the issues with the public and suggest ways to improve the area. Speakers included Rachel, Deputy Head Andrea Riley, Bill Graham from BARCA, Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson, Housing Chief Executive Chris Simpson,  Armley Ward Councillors Alison Lowe and Jim McKenna and various Leeds City Council officers.

After hearing from the public, the top areas of concern were deemed to be: anti-social behaviour on Armley Town Street, drug use and dealing and lack of recreation available for children.

Fundraising has begun for a children’s playground in the area and residents were encouraged to report any crimes witnessed, as the police explained they have limited complaints, which means they are unable to put more resources into the area.

If you witness a crime in your local area remember you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on: 0800 555 111.

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