Police have made 100 arrests and seized 12 imitation guns, two stun guns, CS gas canisters, £1.3 million of suspected drugs, 130 vehicles and over £290,000 in cash during an operation in Bradford.
The crackdown on illegal firearms, drugs and cash has seen 115 raids carried out across the city since February 4.
Bradford District Chief Inspector Dan Greenwood said the operation has made a significant dent on criminality:
“Over the two weeks, we have made one of West Yorkshire’s biggest operational seizures of drugs and recovered a number of firearms and offensive weapons including a selection of knives and swords.
“Two of the imitation guns also appeared to be in the process of being transformed into live firing weapons and really underlines the importance of this partnership work.
“The fact that stun guns were also intercepted via the post, is an indication of the level of our investigations over what are key priorities for both the police and the public.
“Significantly, on Wednesday we made an arrest of a 30-year-old man in the Wyke area of Bradford on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
“This followed a seizure of two guns in the Keighley area in December last year and a considerable amount of scientific work by forensic officers.
“There are clear connections between drugs, money and firearms and we have worked to tackle every element of this network throughout the District.
“On Monday for instance, we searched a property of Glenbrook Drive in Lidget Green and seized 17 cannabis plants. This led to the search of a further address where £1,000 in cash was found and an estimated £5,000 of suspected drugs. Three people were arrested and bailed.
“A further cannabis factory was uncovered yesterday on Parsonage Road, West Bowling where 60 plants were seized estimated at around £6,000. Another was located this morning on Farmhill Road in Thorpe Edge.
“Throughout this operation we have focused our efforts on removing the root causes linked to firearms with some significant success.
“This could not have been achieved, however; without the support and co-operation of the genuine and decent members of our local communities.
“They have come forward with information which has enabled us to build upon our own intelligence and take action to make the District a safer place to live and work.
“I would call on local residents to continue to stand up for what is right and work with us in maintaining the pressure on this criminal minority.
“Operation Sabredale does not end here. We will be using all the information we have received to develop and pursue offenders in the weeks ahead.
“If you have any information about those involved in the supply or possession of drugs and guns you can all us in absolute confidence.
“Contact Crimestoppers anonymously via the number 0800 555111 or alternatively, you can speak to your local officers via 101.”