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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 July 2006, 09:51 GMT 10:51 UK
Police join forces in crime spots
Police in two crime-hit areas of Leeds have joined forces to step up the fight against offenders.

Officers in Chapeltown and Killingbeck will pool resources, skills and expertise and share information on wanted criminals from both areas.

The merger aims to break down barriers, particularly in the Harehills area, which both divisions cover.

Ch Supt Marc Callaghan said it was time for every criminal in the area to "look over their shoulders".

New image

He added: "There are now twice as many of us with your name high on our list of priorities. We are sharing information about you with more officers than before and have more officers searching the streets to bring you in."

In addition to the merger, Chapeltown Station has been given a new name in a bid to improve its image.

It will now be known as Stainbeck Police Station.

Mohammed Rafique, shadow spokesman for community safety in Chapel Allerton, said the community in Chapeltown had worked hard in recent years to improve the area's image.

He added: "We would like to thank West Yorkshire Police for taking our comments on board and taking this decision which is very positive."

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