New chief constable John Robins insists West Yorkshire is "a safe place" despite rise in violent attacks and knife crime

John Robins talks to ITV News Calendar Credit: ITV News Calendar

The new Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police has insisted the region is "a safe place" despite a rise in violent attacks and knife crime.

John Robins officially started work in the top job yesterday, having worked his way up since starting as a Police Constable, almost 30 years ago.

Like his counterparts across the country, the Chief Constable faces the challenge of overseeing policing on limited resources: since 2010, the force has lost £140m (around a third) from its budget.

Yet Mr Robins says he's "really looking forward" to the job.