Crime: Four arrested in blitz on Leeds estate’s criminals

Police and partner agencies have joined forces to target crime and other issues in and around Hawksworth.
Police and partner agencies have joined forces to target crime and other issues in and around Hawksworth.
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FOUR people were arrested during a blitz on crime and antisocial behaviour in a Leeds community.

Police teamed up with partner agencies for a day of action – dubbed ‘Operation Aboard’ – in Hawksworth. Three men were arrested on suspicion of stealing a motor vehicle and another man was arrested for theft of a motorcycle.

Two people were arrested for failing to pay court fines and two others handed over outstanding payments to officers when they were caught.

Officers using automatic number plate reading technology stopped 29 vehicles and immediately seized two after the drivers were found to have no insurance or a valid licence.

A vehicle check site saw staff from council’s waste management and taxi licensing working alongside officers.

Of the 19 vehicles checked, one taxi was taken off the road for having incorrect documents and the drivers of five vehicles transporting waste were issued with notices requiring them to prove they were legally covered to do so or face a £300 fine.

The action day saw North West Inner Neighbourhood Policing team up with roads policing officers and the Force’s ANPR Intercept Team, working alongside staff from Leeds City Council, HM Revenue & Customs and the Courts Service.

Sgt Rick Wilson, who ran the operation, said: “We hope the results will help to reassure the residents of Hawksworth that we are tuned in to the issues that concern them the most and will keep doing all we can to address them.”

Meanwhile, West Inner Neighbourhood Policing Team police, stopped 85 vehicles at a checkpoint on Canal Road during an operation to trap burglars. One vehicle was seized and two people wanted on warrant were arrested.

A total of 45 fixed penalty tickets were issued for different offences and drivers were given verbal warnings.,uk

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