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