128 Arrests Made In Knife Violence Crackdown In West Yorkshire

It's after the force was granted an additional £4 million in funding to tackle knife crime.

More than 128 people have been arrested and more than 35 knives seized as part of an ongoing operation to tackle violent crime.

The ongoing operation, which involves high visibility patrols in higher crime areas was launched at the start of April after Temporary Chief Constable John Robins met with the Home Secretary in March.

Following on from the meeting police forces were given greater stop and search powers to tackle the threat of knife crime. West Yorkshire Police was given £4 million of additional funding for work to tackle knife violence in our region.

Since the start of April the operation has been running in the communities of West Yorkshire to help reassure law-abiding residents and deal with those committing crime. Most of the work has been carried out in and around the Kirklees District after recent high-profile attacks there and subsequent community concern.

Assistant Chief Constable Catherine Hankinson, said: “The additional funding from the Home Office has meant we have been able to increase the numbers of officers and to target them in areas where there is the greatest threat and it has helped to make a real difference in Kirklees in particular.

“This is helping to reassure residents that we take the problem seriously and send out a warning to criminals or those looking to commit crime that their actions will not be tolerated.”

And the operation has already had some significant results.

Throughout April 129 people were arrested across West Yorkshire on suspicion of a range of offences including possession of an offensive weapon, assault, drug possession and violent disorder.

There were 172 stop searches, 112 vehicle stopped, 25 vehicles seized and further pieces of intelligence gathered. The vast majority of the results were in the Kirklees District.

Detective Chief Inspector Fiona Gaffney of Kirklees District Police, said: “I understand the recent concern in the community about violent crime in Kirklees but this operation shows that we take it extremely seriously.

“This operation has brought about specific results which will send a loud and clear message to criminals that they have no place in Kirklees or West Yorkshire. The operation has been intelligence led, meaning our resources are specifically targeted where we know they will have the maximum impact possible."

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