Police and Kirklees Council have thanked the residents of Batley for their support after today's demonstrations in the town centre. Both the EDL and We Are Batley events passed off peacefully with up to 350 EDL members demonstrating outside the town hall and no more than 60 We Are Batley counter demonstrators gathering on the New Way car park. No arrests were made at the demonstration itself.
I want to pay my thanks to the people of Batley for the way they have conducted themselves today. The events have passed off with very few issues and that has been helped by the behaviour of local residents who have not got involved and left managing the events to the police and colleagues at Kirklees Council. Demonstrators have the right to protest and we have to facilitate that right, but both the police and council have worked hard to minimise disruption to residents. Keeping everyone safe and then allowing the town to quickly return to normal has been our top priority.
– Superintendent Ged McManus of Kirklees Police, said:
Kirklees Council staff have worked closely in partnership with local communities, businesses, and police to keep Batley safe and open for business as usual today. Everyone has done a great job – thank you for all your hard work and support.
– Councillor Peter O’Neil, Kirklees Council, Cabinet Member for Communities
Police have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to over an incident of indecent exposure in Wilton Park in Batley.
It happened when a 24-year-old woman was walking her dog along in the woodland area of the park around 7.30pm on Wednesday July 2, 2014. It is being linked to a similar incident in the park two weeks earlier.
"I would urge who recognises the man pictured or has any information about either of the reported incidents to call Batley and Spen Neighbourhood Policing team on 101"
Police are appealing for help to find a puppy which was stolen from its owners in Batley. The seven month old pug called Peaches was taken from the front garden of her home in The Grove in the town, on Sunday June 15, 2014.
"Enquiries are ongoing regarding this theft and we would like to speak with anyone who has information about Peaches' whereabouts or who may have seen the persons who took her. Peaches is much missed by her owners and I would ask anyone who has information about her to contact police."
People living in a part of Batley were forced out of their homes last night following a gas leak.
Firefighters were called out to a rubbish fire on Grafton Street, where it became clear the fire had also damaged the gas supply. 10 houses were evacuated as a precaution and 20 residents were moved to safety until gas engineers could make the area safe.