Machetes, zombie knives and baseball bats seized by police in Huddersfield and Halifax

-Credit: (Image: West Yorkshire Police)
-Credit: (Image: West Yorkshire Police)


Dangerous weapons have been taken off the streets of Huddersfield and other parts of West Yorkshire during a week of action.

In Huddersfield town centre, police officers seized knives, baseball bats and drugs and made one arrest during two operations with a drugs dog.

And in Halifax, police confiscated six zombie knives, two machetes and two hatchets as well as Class A drugs. Two men were arrested for possession with intent to supply drugs and weapons offences.

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Officers from West Yorkshire Police’s Operation Jemlock Team attended at 25 addresses in Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield last week in joint work with the UK Border Agency to intercept knives, swords and knuckle dusters ordered by residents and which are being imported into the country.

In Wakefield police conducted weapons sweeps of areas where knives can be hidden and test purchase operations in which young persons attempted to buy knives son behalf of the force.

All 14 retailers visited complied with legislation and did not serve the test purchasers.

Knuckle duster seized by West Yorkshire Police -Credit:West Yorkshire Police
Knuckle duster seized by West Yorkshire Police -Credit:West Yorkshire Police

Officers in Wakefield and Calderdale also conducted engagement events to warn residents and young people about the dangers of carrying weapons.

Neighbourhood policing and specialist Jemlock officers were also active in schools to try and raise awareness among young people of the dangers of carrying knives.

Chief Inspector James Kitchen of Operation Jemlock, said: "Proactive patrols, arrest operations and other activity... has seen officers make over 80 arrests and carry out sweeps of public areas for discarded and hidden blades, with some dangerous weapons recovered.

“Operations with the UK Border Agency are particularly valuable as through close work with them we are able to track illegal weapons being imported into the country and stop these dangerous, illegal items from ever hitting the streets.

Weapons seized by police in Halifax -Credit:West Yorkshire Police
Weapons seized by police in Halifax -Credit:West Yorkshire Police

“There is no justifiable reason for someone to want to own a flick knife or a knuckle duster and we have taken action against persons trying to import these products."

He added: "I want to thank policing colleagues and partners for all their support over the Sceptre Week. Results such as the test purchase in Wakefield in which every shop we visited complied with legislation by not selling knives to juveniles were really heartening and show the progress we are making.

"As we have said, knife crime has been stable and starting to fall in West Yorkshire and it is really important we continue to work in partnership with communities to make it unacceptable in society to carry bladed weapons."

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Director of the West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Partnership (VRP), Detective Chief Superintendent Lee Berry said: “Some excellent results have been achieved across West Yorkshire during the latest Sceptre, and this work perfectly compliments the significant amount of knife crime prevention work ongoing with partners in communities.

"Nearly 25,000 young people under 24 have been engaged with in just the last year through our programmes with partners.

“It is this work and support from communities which will be key in the long term from deterring young people from ever wanting to carry weapons of the sort officers recovered in this operation."