Crossbow seized during police blitz

Police raid an address in Airedale.
Police raid an address in Airedale.

A CROSSBOW, three samurai swords and ammunition were seized by police during raids in Airedale.

Officers from Castleford neighbourhood policing team (NPT) swooped on addresses across the town during a blitz on anti-social behaviour, school truancy and nuisance off-road bikes.

Three people were arrested – two for possession of drugs and one for possession with intent to supply – after police executed warrants at three properties.

The weapons, which were found during the searches, were removed by the officers for destruction.

Six children were returned to school during a truancy sweep and 16 licenced premises were visited and passed a test purchase operation.

Officers also joined forces with Wakefield and District Housing officers, who conducted checks on properties and sent out three warning letters about off-road bikes.

Four anti-social behaviour contracts were signed by offenders and 40 properties were visited by West Yorkshire Fire Service for free home safety checks.

Insp David Bugg, of the NPT, said: “We’ve listened very carefully to the concerns of the community in Airedale and tackled the problems raised by them in a multi-agency approach which has had commitment from all partners.

“All areas of neighbourhood policing have been explored successfully including enforcement, public safety, anti-social behaviour and environmental issues.”

The NPT worked with Wakefield Council’s licensing department, Her Majesty’s Court Service and colleagues from the neighbourhood enforcement team during the “day of action” on Friday March 18.

Members of the council’s environmental crime team launched a “mass tidy-up” and removed three truck-loads of rubbish, mainly from the Kershaw Avenue area.

A dog warden also visited several nuisance addresses.

One person was arrested for a breach of a drug intervention programme, a vehicle was removed for not having insurance, two people were arrested for non-payment of fines, a section 59 warning was issued to a nuisance bike rider and two people were arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Insp Bugg added: “A bit of fun was added to the proceedings with crime reduction charity NACRO coming along on the evening with their multi-use games arena – a fold-up football pitch – to entertain youngsters.

“The council’s youth development and support services hosted a community fun day on the Saturday after the operation with lots of activities and a hog roast.”