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.