The real reasons behind a huge police operation in Honley have been revealed.

A gun and ammunition was seized after police acted on a tip-off.

Drugs were also found and inquiries are continuing.

More than a dozen armed police officers swooped on a property in Honley last month in a pre-planned operation.

Seven to eight cars and vans filled with officers, many of them dressed in black and wearing masks, were called to a property in Woodhead Road, along with a dog unit, shortly after 7am on March 31.

At the time police said it was an “intelligence-led operation” and would only confirm that a small amount of cannabis had been found.

It is believed the drugs were being grown in a caravan parked up off the road.

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But today a spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said: “Police in Kirklees are encouraging residents to report any suspicious activity to them after information from the public helped lead to the discovery of cannabis plants and a firearm at a property in Honley.

“A firearms warrant was executed at an address in Woodhead Road, Honley, on March 31.

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“Searches were made of the premises and a number of caravans on site, with 48 cannabis plants found and a shotgun and live cartridges seized.”

Det Insp George Bardell, of Kirklees District CID, said: “Our enquiries continue into the drugs, firearm and ammunition found at this property in Honley.

“I hope the action we have taken serves as a timely reminder to members of the public that we will act on information provided to us about potential criminality in our communities.

“Anyone with information about this particular operation or concerns about other drug or firearm offences happening in their area can pass information to Kirklees CID via 101 or to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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