ARMED police have arrested nine men in a series of operations in Dewsbury following a spate of violence across the town.
Officers were seen at addresses in Pilgrim Drive, Dewsbury Moor, and Park House Drive, Thornhill Lees, on Monday; Huddersfield Road in Ravensthorpe and Frank Lane in Thornhill the following day, and Headfield Road in Savile Town earlier today (Wednesday).
Police were first called to Park House Drive in the early hours of Monday morning after a group of men were seen smashing the windows of a car with weapons and shouting at people inside a house.
Hours later more officers arrived at Pilgrim Drive where a car had been rammed into the side of a house. Then at around 11pm police returned to the scene after a car was set on fire.
West Yorkshire Police confirmed that the incidents were linked and that three men originally arrested in relation to what happened at Park House Drive have been released, one on bail and the other two under investigation.
Two other men were arrested this morning on Headfield Road as part of the same enquiry, while a further two were arrested for unconnected drug offences in Ravensthorpe yesterday (Tuesday) morning.
A spokesman for WYP said: "Police are continuing to investigate linked offences in Park House Drive and Pilgrim Drive, Dewsbury, on Monday.
"Overnight, two men have been arrested in connection with the arson offence on Pilgrim Drive. The men, aged 26 and 32, are currently in custody.
"A 26-year-old man arrested in connection with the incident on Park House Drive has been released on bail while enquiries continue. The other two have been released under investigation.
"Officers have been conducting enquiries at a number of addresses in the wider Dewsbury area over recent days in connection with this investigation.
"This includes the stop of a vehicle on Huddersfield Road, Ravensthorpe, yesterday morning (July 2), during which two men were arrested for unconnected drug offences.
"A vehicle was also stopped on Headfield Road, Dewsbury, this morning as part of this enquiry and two men have been arrested."