Leeds police carry out the West Park chainsaw grass-acre

The doors after they had been cut through using chainsaws
The doors after they had been cut through using chainsaws
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Police used a chainsaw to cut through the doors of two flats being used by suspected drug dealers in Leeds.

In a departure from their normal forced-entry tactics, officers from West Yorkshire Police’s protective services operations unit used the power tools to get into the properties at Old Farm Drive, West Park.

They were executing drugs warrants following complaints that anti-social behaviour in the flats was blighting the lives of other residents.

A small quantity of cannabis was recovered along with some unidentified powders, which are being sent for analysis.

A 53-year-old man has been reported for summons in relation to possession of cannabis.

The tenants of the flats could face eviction by Leeds City Council

PC Edel Fox, anti-social behaviour link officer, said: “There have been numerous reports of drug dealing linked to these properties which is having a detrimental effect on the local community.

“Some residents were considering moving away and were frightened to let their children play out in the front gardens because of the anti-social behaviour it brings with it.

“We have had some really positive feedback from the residents following yesterday’s operation and will keep doing all we can to address the situation.

“We will continue to work in partnership with the council to tackle those whose behaviour has a negative impact on the local community. We will also continue to make full use of the available legislation to take lasting action against the minority of individuals who blight the lives of others through crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Coun Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for Safer Leeds said: “This is another example of the positive work that we are undertaking with partners to tackle anti-social behaviour in our communities.

“I hope this will send out a clear message to anyone who is making the lives of other residents a misery that we will not stand idly by and that strong steps will be taken to put a stop to this type of behaviour.”