Police operation in Dewsbury leads to grooming arrest

By Jamie Williams

Police investigating alleged paedophiles have arrested a suspect in Dewsbury.

One person has been arrested in relation to the grooming of a girl under the age of 16.

West Yorkshire Police have made the arrest after a proactive policing campaign in the town centre.

The operation also lead to one arrest for a breach of a non-molestation order and 19 cars being seized for having no insurance.

The campaign, which aimed at tackling child sexual exploitation, anti-social behaviour and traffic offences, lasted for five weeks and ended on April 22.

During this time, one of Kirklees most wanted criminals was also arrested.

PC Nicola Wiltshire, leading the anti-social aspect of the operation, said: “We are delighted on the response from the community about this operation and so far it has been incredibly successful.

“Now the operation has concluded we are looking at plans to create a more permanent presence in the town centre after the feedback we’ve had from this operation”.

There were high-visibility patrols, mounted officers and partner agencies in around Dewsbury town centre.

There were also 25 arrests of prolific and repeat offenders for a range of offences, nine incidents of anti-social behaviour and 16 prohibition notices issued with VOSA (Vehicle and Operator services agency) and HMRC.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said: “The results from this innovative operation speak for themselves.

“It’s fantastic to see such positive partnership working tackling key issues at a local level in keeping our communities safe and feeling safe and everyone involved has my thanks and appreciation.”

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