Birstall men arrested as part of large scale operation to recover 330,000 rounds of stolen ammunition

West Yorkshire Police are continuing enquiries  after officers made multiple arrests and significant seizures as part of a large-scale operation to recover 330,000 rounds of ammunition stolen from the West Midlands.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 10:38 am

Six men from the Leeds and Kirklees area were arrested overnight between Thursday and Friday February 26, and significant quantities of ammunition were recovered following the police operation in Farnley and Birstall.

The men detained overnight remain in police custody under arrest for offences of conspiracy to steal and handling stolen goods, and enquiries are ongoing.

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.

Police seized 330,000 round of ammunition in Leeds
Police seized 330,000 round of ammunition in Leeds

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.”