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Operation "Venom" stings criminals

Operation briefing Credit: Calendar news

A police operation code-named "Venom" has stung criminals across West Yorkshire by reducing incidents of burglary by almost a third. Compared with the same period last year, rates of burglary have been cut by 33% across the force with specific reductions of 32% across Leeds and over 40% in Bradford.

Last week saw five days of intense police activity on the county's roads.Twenty five vehicles were seized- mostly for being driven without insurance. Six stolen vehicles have also been recovered and work is currently underway to reunite them with their rightful owners.

Twenty three people were arrested for a variety of offences including burglary, robbery, money laundering and theft. This included three burglary suspects who were arrested by new Deputy Chief Constable Dee Collins, who was out on patrol with a Roads Crime Team unit.

The unprecedented activity- a first for West Yorkshire Police- saw all vehicles with West Yorkshire Police insignia being sent out en masse and is believed to have tripled the normal deployment of police vehicles on the county's road network.

Operation Venom on the move Credit: Calendar news