In a significant crackdown on criminality and anti-social behaviour, the Bradford South Neighbourhood Policing Team, in collaboration with various partners, has successfully confiscated drugs valued at more than £2 million from the streets.

The operation initiated a year ago in the Holme Wood area, involved a dedicated effort from not only the police but also partners such as Bradford Council, Incommunities, NHS, volunteers, and Environmental Health.

Over the past year, the joint efforts have resulted in the arrest of over 200 individuals, with six people recalled to prison. The Bradford South Neighbourhood Policing team conducted more than 60 address searches, comprising 48 searches for Class B drugs, 8 for Class A drugs, and 5 for theft warrants.

During this period, a staggering 2,739 cannabis plants were seized, with an estimated street value exceeding £2 million. Additionally, law enforcement confiscated 50 bikes and 87 cars linked to criminal activities.

Inspector Tany Ditta who heads up Bradford South’s Neighbourhood Policing Team said;
“This operation led by Sergeant Daniel Stoker and his team highlights our continued commitment to making Holme Wood a better and safer place to live.

“We have seen a reduction in crimes committed in the area with 300 fewer crimes than the previous year.

“Crime and anti-social behaviour is a huge concern for residents and I hope these results show we are committed to tackling them.

“We know that the work doesn’t stop here. We will continue to work tirelessly with our partners to tackle the problem.

“I hope this sends a strong message to people involved in crime and anti-social behaviour on the Holme Wood Estate, that it will not be tolerated, and we will find the people responsible.”

Lindsey Roche, Head of Neighbourhood Management at Incommunities said; “We’re incredibly grateful to Sergeant Stoker and his team for the dedication and focus to reduce crime within the Holme Wood community. We remain committed to working in partnership with West Yorkshire Police to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in Holme Wood and across the Bradford district. Residents of Holme Wood deserve to live in neighbourhoods that are safe and allow them the opportunity to grow and thrive without fear. As a landlord, we will continue to tackle breaches of tenancy and take a zero tolerance to crime being committed within the homes that we provide and our neighbourhoods.”

Cllr Abdul Jabar, Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said; “This operation has been a huge success due to the police and partner organisations working together. Everyone deserves credit for what they have achieved. But we recognise there is still work to be done and will continue to support the police and others in their continued efforts to make Holme Wood and other parts of the district a safer place to live.”