Hand guns and heroin were seized by Drugs squad police in the latest Crack Down raids.

Up to 50 officers simultaneously raided six homes in a half-mile radius in the Lawkholme area of Keighley, at 8am on Tuesday.

A substantial amount of heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis was recovered, as were five guns and drugs paraphernalia. Four arrests were made, sending out a clear message that drug dealing will not be tolerated.

Det Insp Neil Benstead, new head of the Bradford District Drugs Team, said: "It is important to us and it has got to be important to the community that we carry out operations like this.

"We are saving their sons and daughters from taking heroin and leading a life of crime.

"It is massively important we all realise the problems with drugs. Everybody is touched in some way by drugs, and so we are looking to tackle particularly the harder class A drugs, such as heroin and crack."

Half a kilo of what is thought to be heroin was recovered from the bedroom of a house in Byrl Street, as well as a quantity of suspected cocaine. An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Around 180 wraps of heroin, five guns and ammunition, half a kilo of cannabis bush and drugs paraphernalia were also seized from an empty property in Caledonia Road. A 22-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of possessing firearms and possession with intent to supply class A and class B drugs.

An 18-year-old man was arrested after a large number of ecstasy tablets were found hidden in a Rover car, in Victoria Avenue, and a large amount of cash was seized from an address in the same road.

A 24-year-old man and another man aged 54 were arrested for possessing with intent to supply class A drugs.

Five of the men have been released on police bail.

Officers also arrested a 27-year-old man, who was wanted on a warrant, and he was being questioned in connection with possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

The operation was carried out as part of Crack Down in Bradford -- a Community Against Drugs. Police had planned the operation after the Dob in a Dealer hotline had been swamped with calls.

Det Insp Benstead praised the work done by the public in helping the police fight drugs crime. He said: "We get information ourselves through the force's drugs teams. But a lot of information, which is very important to us, comes from street level and the Dob in a Dealer campaign."

Police were targeting four individuals who were known to be street dealers. They lived in four of the houses raided. Another of the houses was believed to be used to store drugs and the sixth was empty but used by a team to cut and bag up drugs before deals.

Det Insp Benstead added: "Keighley does not have a huge problem with drugs. Just because we have executed six warrants it does not mean Keighley is worse than anywhere locally."

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