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Ch Supt Tim MoorbyWelcome from Divisional Commander Ch Supt Tim Moorby

Home of the famous liquorice Pontefract cakes, the newly formed Wakefield District Division follows the merger of Wakefield and Pontefract Divisions on April 23, 2001.

The division includes the city of Wakefield and major towns of Pontefract, Castleford, South Kirkby, South Elmsall, Ossett, Hemsworth and Normanton. More than 310,000 people live in the division, which has always historically had Wakefield as it's administrative centre. The area is 130 square miles and has an ethnic minority population of about 2%.

The division has excellent motorway links, intersecting the M1 and M62, and the Westgate railway station links to the mainline routes, both north and southbound. There are three main retail parks, Freeport at Castleford and the Ridings Shopping Centre and Cathedral Retail Park in Wakefield. Tourist attractions include Pugneys Country Park and Wintersett Reservoir, Wakefield Cathedral, the Nostell Priory and Pontefract Castle.

Wood Street Police Station, WakefieldThe division also contains two prisons, a women's prison at Newhall and a maximum security prison in Wakefield. Sport features strongly in the area with the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Featherstone Rovers and Castleford Tigers Rugby League grounds.

West Yorkshire Police Headquarters and the Force Training and Development Centre at Bishopgarth are also based within the Division.

Ch Supt Tim Moorby has lived in the Wakefield area for the last 25 years. He took up post as Divisional Commander in January 2000. He joined the force 27 years ago as a constable, having started his career as a police cadet in 1970. He's worked in the Leeds, Normanton, Wakefield, Dewsbury and Pontefract areas taking on varying roles and has spent time in the Task Force and Training Departments. 

He has been involved in several major investigations including Operation Lynx, which saw a man receive eight life sentences for sex attacks on women.

Policing Boost 
Front-line policing in Wakefield and Pontefract is being increased, following a major review.

Useful Contacts

Wakefield Help Desk
01924 293259

Help Desk
01977 601059

Wakefield CID
01924 293285

Pontefract CID
01977 601085

Domestic Violence 
01924 293333

Neighbourhood Watch
01924 293341

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