SUSPECTED car criminals in the Colne Valley were targeted by police in a spate of early morning raids today.
Almost 80 officers took part in co-ordinated raids on homes and businesses in Marsden, Slaithwaite, Golcar and Milnsbridge.
By mid-morning, six men were arrested and detailed searches for stolen property and drugs were still going on.
A man in his 20s, along with a 44-year-old and a man of 23, were arrested in Marsden on suspicion of stealing vehicle parts.
A 30-year-old Golcar man was detained on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply.
A Slaithwaite man aged 32 was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply and stealing vehicle parts.
A 26-year-old Milnsbridge man was taken into custody on suspicion of stealing garage equipment.
All were being questioned at Huddersfield police station today.
Police said they had recovered drugs including cannabis and Ecstasy. Also recovered were several suspected stolen vehicles, including a Ford Escort, a Subaru Impreza, a Ford Fiesta, a Land Rover and a Rover, along with five scooters or motorcycles and industrial plant machinery such as cutting equipment and large compressors.
Police also discovered stolen vehicle parts, along with car radio cassette and compact disc players.
The raids were led by Huddersfield Community Safety Vehicle Crime Unit. The unit had co-ordinated intelligence on the suspects and has been targeting areas in the Colne Valley where there have been increases in car crime.
Officers from the unit, along with colleagues from the countywide operational support unit and Huddersfield police, struck at the target properties shortly after 7am.
Huddersfield police commander Chief Supt Barry South led one of the raid teams. Battering rams were used to get in quickly.
In all, five houses and four businesses were raided.
Sgt John McFadzean, head of Huddersfield Community Safety Vehicle Crime Unit, said: "Today's operation has gone well so far.
"Being on the receiving end of car crime can not only be distressing, but also very inconvenient.
"Hopefully, we have gone some way to redressing the balance."
Det Chief Insp Colin Prime, head of Huddersfield CID, said the raids would send shockwaves out to all those involved in car crime throughout Huddersfield - especially those who store stolen cars, alloy wheels and car parts for others.
"Car crime is a priority for us," he said. "This is organised crime. The message from today is simple. If people are involved in car crime they will be arrested, their homes searched, they will be prosecuted and could end up in prison."
* Anyone with information on car crime should phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.