POLICE SWOOP NETS 212 ARRESTS

A CRIME crackdown by Wakefield Police has proved a massive success netting over 200 arrests in two months.

Operation Deadline, which focused on burglary and drug crime, ran throughout November and December.

Of the 212 people arrested, 98 were for drugs, resulting in 100 charges for drug offences.

44 of those were for supplying heroin and quantities of heroin and cannabis were also recovered.

Insp David Shinkfield of Wakefield Police said: Drugs, especially the dealers, are a major concern for Wakefield residents especially the dealers.

With Deadline we took positive action to arrest dealers and I m so grateful to the public who have provided us with this.

There were also 36 arrests for burglary and 18 in relation to vehicle crime. This resulted in offenders being charged with nine thefts of vehicles and 17 thefts from vehicles.

Methods of crime reduction included City Centre Team officers using a video camera, increased crime prevention roadshows.

Insp Shinkfield said: Deadline was a great example of how we can combine crime prevention with focused targeting of offenders and have a real impact.

We will continue with much of the work even though Deadline is officially over.

People should never underestimate the part they can play.

Any information people have how ever small, may be vital to us. If you think we already know about it, tell us anyway we would rather be told a dozen times than not at all.

We value the support and assistance we receive from other agencies in Wakefield. They are a big part in helping us to keep the division safe.

Insp. Shinkfield asked anyone with information about crime should contact police on 08455 6060606 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.