By Nathan Findlay –
Over the last week, there have been several incidents including two men arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and a former West Yorkshire Police employee is jailed.
Monday 26 April 2021 | Two Men Arrested Over Shooting, Carlton View, Little London, Leeds.
Two men have been arrested by detectives investigating a shooting in Leeds.
A 20-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Officers executed a warrant at an address in Moortown in the early hours of Monday morning last week (26 April).
The arrest is believed to be connected with an incident in Carlton View, which happened shortly before, on Friday (23 April) at 10pm.
Officers were called to the scene and found a Grey Volkswagen Polo with damage matching the firearm discharge.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Marc Bowes stated: “While our enquiries remain at a relatively early stage, we believe this has been a targeted attack on the occupants of the vehicle.”
Wednesday, 28 April 2021 | Former Employee Jailed for Stealing Seized Cash from Police Property Store
A former West Yorkshire Police employee, who had stolen seized cash from a police property store in Kirklees, has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Andrew Roberts, 53, was a property manager of the Kirklees divisional property store when he was arrested in June 2017.
He pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court on 3 March to seven offences of fraud by abuse of position.
The offences have been dated back to 2008, with him stealing more than £110,000 from the property stores. Roberts abused his position to steal cash from property items booked in the store for safekeeping. Andrew no longer works for the force.
Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Bottomley, Head of West Yorkshire Police’s Professional Standards Directorate, said: “Andrew Roberts abused the position of trust he was in and fell way short of the high standards and values expected of him as an employee of West Yorkshire Police, both by his colleagues and the public.
Friday 30 April 2021 | E-Fit Appeal after Attempted Burglary, Leeds
Police in Leeds have issued an E-Fit of a wanted male in connection with an attempted burglary in the Bramley area of the city.
The incident took place on 29 March at around 11:20pm St. Catherine’s Crescent. The window to the victim’s home had been forced open before the offender was disturbed and an activation of the security light.
The man is described as been his late 20s to early 30s, slim and with short black hair. The man was wearing a black top, trousers and gloves.
The image below shows the E-Fit computer-generated image of the male which creates a close recreation of the suspect’s real face.
E-Fit Appeal After Attempted Burglary, Leeds. Friday, April 30, 2021
Police in Leeds have issued and e-fit of a man wanted in connection with an attempted burglary in the Bramley area of the city.
— West Yorkshire Police (@WestYorksPolice) April 30, 2021
Friday 1 May 2021 | Over £300,000 worth of Drugs Seized Following Intelligence-Led Operation in Holme Wood
On Thursday 29 and Friday 30 April, police executed six warrants at various locations in the Holme Wood area. It resulted in a total of five arrests and a large number of drugs seized.
At a property on Wentworth Crescent, Bradford teams recovered a large-scale cannabis grow with approximately 300 plants. The cannabis grown had an estimated value of £280,000.
A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of the production of cannabis and is appearing at Bradford Magistrates today (30 April).
At another property located in Edward Street, officers found 2kg of suspected amphetamine worth an estimated £28,000 street value.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Farrell said, “This week’s operation has been focused on disrupting and tackling organised crime in our communities to minimise risk and reduce crime. We hope that the local residents of Holme Wood feel reassured and confident in our efforts in keeping them safe.
“It will undoubtedly send a very clear message to those in the area of Holme Wood who attempt to maintain a grasp of control within the community through use of violence and fear.
“This operation has illustrated joint working undertaken by our Programme Precision officers alongside specialist colleagues and partnerships in the planning and execution over the past two days.
“We remain committed to doing everything in our power to ensure the safety of all people who live, work and visit Bradford and to target those individuals who are involved in drug dealing and organised crime.
“The findings of the operation were led by intelligence and information we received from the local communities. We have used all the information provided and this has been our direct response. I cannot stress how vital the intelligence we receive is and I would continue to encourage local communities to come forward with any concerns or issues.”