Six men from Leeds and Kirklees have been arrested as part of a large-scale operation to recover 330,000 rounds of ammunition stolen from the West Midlands.
The arrests took place overnight between Thursday and Friday, February 26 and a significant amount of the stolen ammunition was recovered following the police operation in the Butterbowl gardens area of Farnley. Police also made arrests in Birstall as part of the same operation.
The men were detained overnight remain in police custody under arrest for offences of conspiracy to steal and handling stolen goods, and enquiries are ongoing.
Detective Superintendent Mark Swift of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said:
“A significant and highly complex policing operation has been ongoing into the theft of ammunition from West Midlands with law enforcement colleagues.
“As a result of those enquiries West Yorkshire officers were able to make six arrests on Thursday evening and locate stolen ammunition in a vehicle in the Leeds area.
“Although our searches remain ongoing and will take some time, I would like to reassure the public we believe the vast majority, if not all, of the ammunition has now been recovered.
“Clearly this is a very welcome development, and we are continuing to spare no effort and dedicate every necessary resource to this investigation.”
West Yorkshire Police has been working in partnership with colleagues from the West Midlands Police, Yorkshire and Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit and the National Crime Agency (NCA) to conduct the investigation.
The ammunition was stolen on February 17.