Crime crackdown sees 50 people arrested in police operation

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West Yorkshire Police have made over 50 arrests and seized 46 vehicles after scoring a surprise hit in their latest operation.

Officers from Protective Services Operations Division were out in force again from June 21 to June 23, as part of Operation Viper 5.

The operation aims to target people and areas linked to criminality. But unlike the previous four occasions, this time it was not publicised beforehand.

During the three days, 11 people were arrested for burglary offences with another 40 people arrested for other offences including drugs supply, drink driving, going equipped and theft of motor vehicle.

“Officers also seized 33 vehicles from drivers who either could not produce insurance or a valid driving licence and a further six vehicles that had been linked to crime, including a £30,000 Mercedes Benz that had not been insured.

Another seven suspected stolen vehicles were also recovered.

Superintendent Pat Casserly, of Protective Services (Operations), said: “Through analysing crime patterns we have identified times of heightened risk, so deploy all of the available resources of Protective Services Operations in targeted plans to intercept criminals before they commit crime.

“We have used the tactic five times this year and on each occasion brought about reductions in burglary of between 20 and 30 percent.”

Speaking about the latest operation, sup int Casserly added: “This resulted in our largest number of arrests. No doubt we will repeat this operation and may choose not to announce our plans in advance. It seems like the villains had better keep watching over their shoulder.”

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