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UPDATE: Seven Arrests In First Week Of Major Robbery Investigation

Thursday, 14 January 2016

A total of seven people have been spoken to by police in the first week of a major cross-district robbery investigation.

Bradford District CID is leading the investigation which was sparked last week following a series of robberies in Bradford, Leeds and Kirklees over the 4 and 5 January, where high performance cars were stolen by males armed with knives, screwdrivers and pool cues.

Detectives from across West Yorkshire are working on the operation which has so far seen three men charged with offences including burglary, assault, robbery and vehicle crime.

A 25-year-old man, who was arrested in Bradford yesterday on suspicion of burglary, assault and robbery remains in custody at this time.

The first offence occurred at an address in Woodlands Crescent in Gomersal at about 6.40pm on Monday, 4 January, where a silver VW Golf GTi was taken from a driveway after two men threatened a 42-year-old man with a knife.

About two hours later at an address in Tyersal Park, a blue Vauxhall Insignia was stolen after a man was threatened with a screwdriver and punched. This was followed by an incident in Bolton Drive, Bradford at about 10pm, where a silver Mercedes A200 was taken after threats were made to the occupants.

At about 6pm on Tuesday, 5 January, four men forced entry into a property in Lumb Bottom, Drighlington and made threats to the occupants before taking a black Audi A4 estate car.

A similar incident occurred in Langley Lane, Shipley at about 7pm, when three men in balaclavas broke into a house and threatened the occupants before taking an Audi Q7. This was recovered by police in Laisterdyke a short time later.

Then at 9pm, four men entered a house in Rooks Close, Wyke, where a woman was punched in the face before the keys were stolen to a silver Mercedes E250 car.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Gary Hooks, said:

"Our detectives are continuing to follow up a number of leads as this major investigation continues.

"We would like to thank the public for the information they have provided so far, which has helped this inquiry to progress to this stage.

"However, we continue to ask for their assistance where possible and anyone who has any information about any of these offences is urged to contact Bradford CID on 101, or to contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, which can be contacted anonymously, on 0800 555111."


Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Two more people have been arrested in connection with an investigation into a series of robberies where high performance cars were stolen across West Yorkshire.

Two men, aged 18 and 25, from Bradford, have been arrested today (Wednesday) on suspicion of burglary, assault and robbery.

A 46-year-old man, who was arrested in Bradford yesterday on suspicion of burglary, robbery, assault and vehicle crime remains in custody.

A 46-year-old woman, who was arrested yesterday (Tuesday) on suspicion of assisting an offender has been released on bail pending further enquiries, as has a 26-year-old man who was arrested on Monday on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

Police are continuing to appeal for information and would ask anyone who may be able to assist the investigation to contact Bradford District CID on 101, or to call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, where reports can be made anonymously.


Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Police have arrested two more people as an investigation into a series of robberies where high performance cars were stolen across West Yorkshire continues.

Earlier this afternoon officers attended an address in Bradford and arrested a 46-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman.

The man was arrested on suspicion of burglary, robbery, assault and vehicle crime.

The woman was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Both remain in custody at this time along with a 26-year-old man from Bradford, who was arrested yesterday (Monday) on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

Police are continuing to appeal for information and would ask anyone who may be able to assist the investigation to contact Bradford District CID on 101, or to call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, where reports can be made anonymously.


Monday, 11 January 2016

Police investigating a series of robberies across West Yorkshire where high performance cars were stolen have made another arrest.

The 26-year-old man from Bradford was arrested in the city earlier today (Monday) on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

He remains in custody at this time.

Police are continuing to appeal for information about these incidents and would ask anyone who may be able to assist the investigation to contact Bradford District CID on 101, or to call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, where reports can be made anonymously.

 


Saturday, 9 January, 2016

A man has been charged with handling stolen goods in connection with an investigation in to a series of robberies across West Yorkshire.

Zafar Iqbal, 39, of Clipstone Street, Bradford, has been charged with handling stolen property in relation to a robbery at a property in Rooks Close, Wyke, on 5 January.

He appeared at Bradford Magistrates Court today (9 January) and is due to next appear at Bradford Magistrates Court on 8 February.

A 26-year-old man from Bradford arrested on 7 January in connection with the robbery series has been released on bail.


 

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Police investigating a series of robberies across West Yorkshire where high performance cars were stolen are appealing for a dog walker to contact them.

The man was seen walking a small dog in Woodlands Crescent, Gomersal at about 6.45pm on Monday, 4 January.

Detective Inspector Ryan Bragg, of Bradford District CID, said:

"We believe this man may have vital information which may be of assistance and we would urge him to contact us on 101, quoting log *1227 of 4 January."

A 26-year-old man from Bradford has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and remains in custody at this time.

 


Thursday, 7 January 2016

Police have launched a major investigation following six robberies across West Yorkshire where high performance cars were stolen.

The raids occurred at addresses in the districts of Bradford, Leeds and Kirklees on Monday and Tuesday this week and involved males with face coverings armed with weapons including knives, screwdrivers and pool cues.

The first of these occurred at an address in Woodlands Crescent in Gomersal at about 6.40pm on Monday, 4 January, where a silver VW Golf GTi was taken from a driveway after two men threatened a 42-year-old man with a knife.

The men are believed to have been accompanied by two other men in dark clothing, who left the scene in another vehicle.

About two hours later at an address in Tyersal Park, a blue Vauxhall Insignia was stolen after a man was threatened with a screwdriver and punched. This was followed by an incident in Bolton Drive, Bradford at about 10pm, where a silver Mercedes A200 was taken after threats were made to the occupants.

At about 6pm on Tuesday, 5 January, four men forced entry into a property in Lumb Bottom, Drighlington and made threats to the occupants before taking a black Audi A4 estate car.

A similar incident occurred in Langley Lane, Shipley at about 7pm, when three men in balaclavas broke into a house and threatened the occupants before taking an Audi Q7. This was recovered by police in Laisterdyke a short time later.

Then at 9pm, four men entered a house in Rooks Close, Wyke, where a woman was punched in the face before the keys were stolen to a silver Mercedes E250 car.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Gary Hooks, said:

"There are a number of similarities involved in each of these incidents and a team of specialist detectives is investigating these under one large-scale inquiry.

"Enquiries are at an early stage with regard to who the suspects might be and any vehicles which may have been used, but officers are already following up a number of leads.

"Resources have been drawn from each of these districts to help with the investigation and public reassurance, and officers will be happy to speak to any residents about any concerns they may have.

"The level of violence used in these offences is clearly of concern and we are committed to keeping the public safe, so we would ask anyone who has any information about any of these offences to contact Bradford CID on 101, or to contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, which can be contacted anonymously, on 0800 555111."

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