Wakefield Man Charged With Explosives Offences

Wednesday June 28

Searches continue in Westgate End, Wakefield in connection with an ongoing police enquiry.

Specialist teams are working to ensure the Westgate End area is safe for the return of local residents. Public safety remains a priority.

Controlled explosions may be heard while any material of concern is safely disposed of by specialist teams.


Tuesday June 27

Vladimir Madle,41 years from Westgate End, Wakefield has been charged with 2 offences under the Explosives Act, possess offensive weapon and 2 drugs offences.

He will appear before Leeds Magistrates Court tomorrow.

He was arrested on Sunday June 25 and charged this evening (Tuesday June 27) following an investigation by the North East CTU supported by West Yorkshire Police.

We appreciate that the search which was carried out caused disruption and alarm and we are grateful for the understanding, patience and support of the local community.

Monday June 26

Following the arrest of a 41-year-old man in Leeds on suspicion of drugs offences on Sunday afternoon a property on Westgate End in Wakefield was searched by police yesterday evening. 

We can confirm that potentially suspicious material has been found at the property and examinations are ongoing. As a result of the discovery of the material, nearby properties were evacuated and roads were closed as a precaution in the interests of public safety. 

Road closures have now been lifted. A safety cordon remains in place and this may be in place for some time. Whilst the search continues, public safety remains the priority of investigating officers. 

The North East CTU is leading the investigation, supported by West Yorkshire Police. At this time, this is being treated as an isolated incident. 

Residents will be kept as informed as possible and we are grateful for their understanding, patience and support while the search is concluded. 

The man remains in police custody. 

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