Police, acting on intelligence provided by the local community, executed a warrant at a bar located in the heart of Wakefield city centre during the early hours of Sunday morning (3 March).

Led by the neighbourhood policing team, the operation at a Westgate-based establishment saw collaboration among various specialized departments. The venue was promptly closed to the public as authorities conducted further investigations within the premises.

At the scene, a 24-year-old man was apprehended on suspicion of involvement in the supply of Class A drugs. Subsequent inquiries led to additional arrests on suspicion of further drug offences and possession of offensive weapons. The detained individual has been interviewed and released on bail, pending ongoing investigations.

Inspector Paul Fraser, of the Wakefield Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The action taken was part of our ‘tackle not tolerate’ approach to policing across the city centre.

“Concerns had been raised about criminal behaviour taking place within this venue and we have acted on this information and recovered drugs and offensive weapons.

“If anyone has concerns about drug dealing or any other criminality taking place in our night-time economy then I would urge them to report it so that we can take action to keep the city centre a safe place for all.”