Operation Viper bites in Bradford


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Crossbows, swords, knives and a revolver were just some of the lethal weapons found during a day of raids by West Yorkshire Police in Bradford as Operation Viper struck again.

Specialist entry teams carried out 10 warrant searches throughout the city, as the haul of weapons were seized and seven people were arrested.

Working alongside neighbour-hood police officers, CID teams and Viper officers, the team completed the first day of an intensive week of searching on Tuesday 28th January.

SEIZED: Amongst the weapons found by police were an array of knives and swords, whilst Class A and B drugs were also seized

SEIZED: Amongst the weapons found by police were an array of knives and swords, whilst Class A and B drugs were also seized

Following a search of a property on Allison Lane, Bolton Woods, a 28-year-old man was arrested on firearms offences after a number of air weapons were recovered.

A 49-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman were also arrested from a property on Sewell Road, Laisterdyke, after suspected Class A crack cocaine, with an estimated street value of £800, was found in a kitchen cupboard.

Further arrests included a 45-year-old man from Elsdon Grove, Little Horton, who was taken into custody on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs after officers uncovered around a kilogram of cannabis at the property.

Two other people have also been arrested in connection with three burglaries and one man was taken into custody on suspicion of cannabis possession.

Chief Superintendent Dickie Whitehead, who leads Operation Viper, said: “This week is just one of a number of proactive tactics we are employing as we aim to turn the fear of crime onto criminals themselves.

“The week of action in Bradford follows on from a similar operation in Leeds that helped to reduce incidents of burglary by over 20 per cent.

“The seizure of Class A and B drugs removes them from the local market place and recovery of the cache of weapons is something that makes the streets of Bradford a safer place for local people.”
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