Video: Cops arrest dozens in Leeds burglary purge EXCLUSIVE

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A total of 36 people have been arrested in a purge against burglaries and linked crimes in Leeds.

Officers swooped on addresses as part of “Operation Abstract” to combat a recent increase in burglaries in the north west of the city.

Police arrest a man in connection with burglary.

Police arrest a man in connection with burglary.

Those arrested ranged from 20s to middle-age and were detained for crimes including suspected burglary, handling stolen goods and drugs offences.

Working on information and tip-offs from the local communities targeted suspected prolific offenders thought to be behind the majority of domestic burglaries in the north west of the city. So far 16 charges of burglary have been brought, three of handling stolen goods and two of attempted burglary.

During the raids officers seized quantities of suspected stolen goods, suspected drugs and items used in thefts and other crimes.

Substances believed to be illegal drugs confiscated during the swoops included suspected “magic mushrooms,” LSD and ketamine.

Specialist police teams - some with search warrants issued under the Misuse of Drugs Act - entered homes looking for named suspects and controlled drugs.

In one swoop officers raided a terrace house in Kelsall Place, Hyde Park, Leeds, after reports of a man dealing in illegal drugs. Officers arrested the middle-aged man on suspicion of possession of drugs,took away bags of substances for analysis and carried out a detailed search.

At a maisonette in Iveson Drive, Ireland Wood, Leeds, a man aged in his late 20s was taken away under arrest on suspicion of committing burglaries.

During a number of the raids neighbours asked what was happenening and police officers reassured them that they had nothing to fear.

Det Insp John Dexter, said: “Operation Abstract sees us really turning up the heat on burglary by relentlessly targeting the hardcore of offenders who we believe are behind the majority of burglaries.

“It is a determined effort, over and above our normal activities, and we expect it to make a significant impact on the number of burglaries. Information from the community is at the heart of this operation and it is reassuring that people are continuing to let us know about those suspected of being involved in committing burglaries.

“I encourage communities to keep that information coming as it plays a vital part in helping us to target the criminals”

“At the same time, we are encouraging people to put to think about their home security. Anyone with any information on people suspected of being involved in burglary or handling stolen goods can contact their local neighbourhood policing team via 0845 6060606 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously and in confidence, on 0800 555 111.

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