ONE of Kirklees’ most wanted criminals was arrested along with 25 prolific and repeat offenders in a five-week campaign to tackle child sexual exploitation, anti-social behaviour and traffic offences in Dewsbury.
Along with the arrests, 19 vehicles were seized for having no insurance and eight were issued with prohibition notices.
There was one domestic-related arrest for a breach of a non-molestation order and a child sexual exploitation arrest was made relating to the grooming of a girl under 16.
The 25 arrests were made for offences including shop theft, breach of a confiscation order, assault and public order offences.
Sergeant Chris Piggin said: “The multi-agency teamwork and response during this operation has been fantastic and a brilliant result. We managed to arrest and detain one of the district’s most wanted criminals for burglary and theft offences.”
Police joined forces during the campaign with other agencies and created a ‘drop-in’ cafe in the town centre to offer advice and meet local people.
There are plans to follow up the success with a permanent community point in Dewsbury.
PC Nicola Wiltshire, who led the anti-social aspect of the operation, said: “We are delighted at the response from the community about this operation and so far it has been incredibly successful.
“Now the operation has concluded, we are looking at plans to create a more permanent presence in the town centre after the feedback we’ve had.”
PC Chris Birkenshaw said: “Over the past five weeks we have been incredibly pleased with the results we have achieved throughout the pro-active policing operation and above all the response and engagement we’ve had with the community in the town centre.”
West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson added: “The results from this innovative operation speak for themselves. It’s fantastic to see such positive partnerships tackling key issues at a local level in keeping our communities safe.”