Bradford Council will receive a portion of a £1 million regional grant aimed at reducing crime and combating anti-social behaviour in the district.

The Safer Streets fund, administered by the Home Office, provides financial support for projects that address anti-social behaviour, violence against women and girls, and neighbourhood crime. A successful joint bid involving the Mayor of West Yorkshire, West Yorkshire Police, Bradford Council, Calderdale Council, Kirklees Council, Leeds City Council, and Wakefield Council has resulted in a £1 million injection of funds for these initiatives throughout the region.

Bradford’s share of the fund amounts to £185,000, which will be used to support the priorities of Safer Bradford (Bradford Community Safety Partnership). These priorities include addressing issues related to nuisance motorbikes and quad bikes, ensuring the safety of women and girls, targeting anti-social behaviour hotspots, enhancing safety in the city centre, and promoting a secure nighttime economy. Additionally, the district will benefit from a portion of the broader funding allocated by West Yorkshire Police for forensic marking and target hardening.

Cllr Abdul Jabar, Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said: “This extra funding is extremely welcome and gives the work already being done by us and our partners to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour a much-needed boost. Our successful bid also shows that working together with our neighbouring authorities, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and West Yorkshire Police benefits the whole region. We all have shared goals when it comes to making our streets safer.”

Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire, said: “We’re working together to create a safer, fairer region.

“This investment supports a range of projects that will make a real difference in our communities.

“This includes public priorities such as the safety of women and girls, tackling anti-social behaviour and neighbourhood crime.”

Temporary Chief Superintendent Richard Padwell of Bradford District Police said: “This significant injection of funding will benefit priorities across Bradford District which we know are of concern to residents.

“Tackling anti-social behaviour, dealing with nuisance motorbikes and quad bikes, along with safety in the city centre’s nighttime economy.

“We welcome this investment and by working in partnership with Safer Bradford we together can make the district a better and safer place.”

The Safer Streets Fund was launched in 2020 and has already allocated £120 million through four rounds of funding. The recent announcement marks the fifth round of funding, known as SSF5, which was launched in July. Police forces across England and Wales have been offered up to £1 million each to implement a range of interventions.