ARMED police 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 on Tuesday; and Headfield Road in Savile Town on 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 vehicle had apparently been rammed into the side of a house.
Then at around 11pm police returned to the scene after a car was set on fire outside the same property. West Yorkshire Police confirmed that the incidents were linked and that three men originally arrested in relation to offences at Park House Drive have been released, one on bail and the other two under investigation.
Two other men were arrested from a car on Wednesday on Headfield Road as part of the same enquiry, while a further two were arrested for unconnected drug offences in Ravensthorpe on Tuesday morning.
In both instances armed officers were seen surrounding a car, with support from a force helicopter overhead.
A police statement did not mention other incidents believed to have taken place – on Tuesday, armed police were seen at a property on Caledonian Road in Savile Town and emergency crews were called to another vehicle fire on Brewery Lane in Thornhill Lees.
Then at 7pm on Wednesday a raid was carried out at a garage premises on Dewsbury Road, Ossett, which is believed may be connected to the other arrests. A number of men were seen being led away.
A police spokesman said: “Police are continuing to investigate linked offences in Park House Drive and Pilgrim Drive, Dewsbury, on Monday.
“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, on Tuesday morning, during which two men were arrested for unconnected drug offences.
“A vehicle was also stopped on Headfield Road, Dewsbury, on Wednesday morning as part of this enquiry and two men have been arrested.”