Three knocks and they’re out!

Police raids at Surrey Street, Hopwood Lane, Halifax.
Police raids at Surrey Street, Hopwood Lane, Halifax.

Crooks felt the full force of the law during a police day of action in Calderdale.

Raids were carried out at three homes in Surrey Street, Hopwood Lane, Halifax, where drugs warrants were executed under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

In total there were 17 arrests including five for theft and two for robbery; eight non-arrestable offences were dealt with by warnings and notices.

A “ring of steel” targeted thieves entering Calderdale and more than 100 vehicles were stopped on the district’s boundaries.

Fifty-plus breath tests took place and two vehicles were seized for non-insurance.

There were several stop searches and 150 anti-theft number plate screws fitted in Halifax town centre where mounted police also patrolled and over 300 people visited a crime prevention stall.

More than 70 officers from the division and from around the force were involved in the “Operation Viper Day” on Tuesday.

Viper is a project to drive down crime, particularly house burglary, vehicle crime, shoplifting and drugs offences.

A briefing was held at Halifax Police Station before officers were deployed.

Chief Inspector Steve Thomas told the teams that officers had been working hard getting to grips with crime locally and he welcomed reinforcements.

“It’s a real opportunity to grasp with both hands,” he said.

The day started with the execution of warrants and Insp David Shaw, who organised the Viper day, told officers to be dynamic and secure and preserve evidence to get successful prosecutions.

Officers smashed through doors and made a thorough search of the properties.

PCSOs were deployed in the area following the exercise.

Throughout this week there has also been planned activity including carrying out high-visibility patrols and targeting wanted people.

“I am pleased my front line officers are out in communities dealing with and arresting offenders whilst reassuring law abiding residents,” said Insp Shaw.

“The message to the criminals is clear - if you commit crime then there are consequences and Calderdale district will be knocking on your door.

“There is no place to hide and you will be looking over your shoulder.”

Anyone with information about crime can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.