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

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.

24%
rise in violent crime year-on-year

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.