By Daniel Wood – KLTV Contributor
Officers carried out searches across Huddersfield as part of Operation Jemlock, introduced in April 2019, to reduce knife crime in the area.
Dangerous weapons, including a machete and a hammer, were found hidden in fields and woodlands in the area.
Huddersfield Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPT) in Birkby, Salendine Nook, Harpe Hinge and more carried out sweeps in an effort to tackle violent crime that has been occurring in the area.
Insp Graham Dyson of the Huddersfield NPT said: “This day of action was organised as part of Operation Jemlock with a view to ensuring any weapons that had either been hidden or discarded in areas were removed prior to any incidents of anti-social behaviour during what is always a busy and eventful evening and night.
“Reducing serious violent crime and knife crime is a key priority and without doubt, the removal of these weapons from our streets will have prevented incidents occurring.”
He added that further days of action are planned to ensure the communities are kept safe.
Norman Park in Birkby, the Pavillion on Spaines Road, Salendine Nook Playing Fields, Harpe Hinge Communal Area and Rawthorpe Lane were the full list of areas patrolled by the teams.
West Yorkshire Police were given additional Home Office funding to tackle the issue of serious violence.
The operation has significantly reduced offences involving knives and also robbery during that time.
If you need to report anything to West Yorkshire Police, they can be contacted via 999 for a crime in progress or 101 or online for other incidents or information about offending.
Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously via the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
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Today KLTV is looking back on some of our legacy videos. Our 2014 production, Food Banks in Kirklees, remains as relevant as ever. It discusses important issues such as poverty in Kirklees, the need for food banks, personal stories, and shows the people that have gone the extra mile to help out in the community.
Approximately 1.9 million people used a food bank in the UK in 2019/20, which is around 300 thousand more than the previous year.
According to The Trussell Trust’s midyear stats they gave out, on average, 2,600 parcels to children every day in the first six months of the pandemic in the UK. They are also expecting this winter to be their networks busiest time ever.
Now is an apt time to reflect on our community in Kirklees and how we can continue helping each over and moving forward as a community.
Those speaking in the 2014 production show the harsh reality of needing food banks and asks questions of ‘Why do we need food banks?’ and ‘What needs to change?’, but continues to show what we can achieve when communities come together.
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