£15k worth of stolen goods seized in raid on traveller camp

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A burnt out car, £15,000 worth of stolen industrial equipment and four horses have been seized as part of a crack-down on anti-social behaviour at a traveller camp in Knottingley.

Wakefield Council and West Yorkshire Police carried out a joint operation on a site of 30 caravans just off Windermere Drive on the town’s Warwick Estate on Thursday.

Officers recovered the industrial equipment, four horses which were being grazed illegally, and issued fines to the owners.

The Vehicle Operating Services Agency, West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service, the Department of Work and Pensions, HM Revenue and Customs, Wakefield and District Housing and HM Court and Tribunal Services were also involved in the operation.

Coun Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for environment and communities, said: “The council will not tolerate illegal or anti-social behaviour. By carrying out this successful operation with our partners we are sending out a very clear message that we will take action to deal with these anti-social behaviour problems.”