Raids as Wakefield police launch criminal crackdown

Multi agency vehicle checks on the A61 near Newmillerdam.
Multi agency vehicle checks on the A61 near Newmillerdam.

A house was raided in connection with stolen mobile phones during a week of operations by police.

A new specialist team of officers has been created to work alongside communities to target burglars, drug dealers and thieves.

On Wednesday police executed three warrants as part of an investigation into mobile phone thefts.

A house on Cliff Park Avenue, off Balne Lane, was raided, along with searches of commercial premises in Dewsbury and Pontefract town centres.

A 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and was bailed pending further inquiries.

DI Mark Catney, of Wakefield District CID, said: “Officers have become very skilled at identifying crime patterns and cracking down early on problems before they have become widespread.

“By combining our teams we allow officers to share skills and become more flexible, allowing us to spend more time in communities and on streets targeting offenders.

“I would appeal for members of the community who know who is committing crime and dealing drugs in the Wakefield area to contact CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 to help us make your area a safer place to live.”

On Tuesday the police and other agencies carried out random road checks on 
the A61, Barnsley Road, between Newmillerdam and Woolley.

Thirty vehicles were stopped and two fixed 
penalty notices issued to drivers.

Another person was reported for summons to court.