Operation Ashmill

Friday 13th May 2022


A proactive policing operation is targeting crime and anti-social behaviour in west Leeds today.

Operation Ashmill is an initiative which combines the expertise of local neighbourhood policing teams with other resources from across Leeds District and the Force, as well as partner agencies, to tackle neighbourhood crime and community issues.

Today’s instalment is being led by officers from the Leeds West Neighbourhood Policing Team, focusing on the Armley, Bramley and Pudsey areas.

So far, a series of warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act has led to the recovery of an electronic stun gun and the seizure of a number of cannabis plants.

Several people have been arrested, including for drugs offences, serious violent crime and failing to appear at court.

A roads policing operation to disrupt criminals on the roads network and an increased focus on enforcing standards of driving has seen several uninsured vehicles seized.

Patrols are being targeted into key hotspot areas throughout the day and into the evening to focus on a range of issues from drug dealing, burglary and street robbery to violent crime and anti-social behaviour, linked to local street gangs.

Superintendent Russ Hughes, Operations lead for Leeds District, said: “Today’s operation is a robust and proactive response to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in some of our hardest hit communities.

“This initiative clearly illustrates our determination to confront the problems head on and show the law-abiding majority that we are fully committed to making their areas safer.

“The extra police resources we have brought into the area today are giving a real boost to the daily work carried out by neighbourhood policing officers and we are convinced it will make an impact on the issues that affect local people the most.

“This is by no means a one-off and we intend to build on the success of Operation Ashmill as it targets other neighbourhoods across Leeds over the coming weeks and months.”

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