CTU

Wakefield Man Convicted of Manufacturing Drugs and Explosives

Thursday December 21

A 42 year old man from Wakefield has today been convicted of manufacturing drugs and explosives at his home in Westgate End.

Vladimir Madle (02/07/1975) was convicted of a total of 12 offences following a week long trial at Leeds Crown Court. He will be sentenced on February 20, 2018.

Madle was arrested in June 2017 on suspicion of possession of a Class A drug and possession of a knife. During the resulting search of his home address, a number of items of concern were discovered including an Improvised Explosive Device, pyrotechnic fuses and components, small packages containing potassium permanganate and aluminium powder together with traces of methylamphetamine.

Following the discovery of the chemicals and explosives, Counter Terrorism Policing North East took responsibility for the investigation, with the support of West Yorkshire Police. An initial assessment indicated that the material was not intended for the purposes of terrorism. However, due to the range of skills and expertise within the Counter Terrorism Unit, they retained oversight of the wider investigation and arranged for the safe removal and disposal of the chemicals and explosives. A thorough investigation later confirmed there were no links to terrorism and that all offences were crime and drugs related.

Madle was arrested for further offences under the Explosives Act and later charged with the following:

S3(1)(b) Explosives Act 1883;  possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury.

S4(1) Explosives Act 1883; possessing explosive substance in suspicious circumstances

S5(3) Misuse of Drugs Act Possess Class A drug with intention to supply (crystal meth)

S4 (2) (a) Produce a Class A Drug

S1 Prevention of Crime Act 1953 Possession of an offensive weapon (lock knife)

Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden is the Head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East. DCS Snowden said: "The unlawful possession of highly volatile items is not only extremely dangerous but is also a serious criminal offence. While this was not a terrorism investigation there was still a very real risk to public safety. The materials were being held in a well-populated residential area and the consequences of them being ignited, either accidentally or deliberately could have been tragic. Thankfully the items were removed safely and I would like to again thank local residents  for their understanding and cooperation during what was no doubt a concerning time.

“Together with the drug making equipment that was discovered at Madle's flat, it is even more vital that this man now faces a lengthy prison term and is no longer a threat to our communities.

"If the public does come across material which gives them cause for concern we'd always urge them to come forward and contact police in confidence on 0800 789 321 or via www.gov.uk/act."

Wakefield District Commander Chief Superintendent Mabs Hussain said; “Clearly this has been a significant incident in Wakefield District and could have caused serious harm to our communities. I am grateful for the support of the North East Counter Terrorism unit throughout this joint investigation and in being able bring Madle to justice.

“The success of police investigations in to these types of offences relies heavily on the intelligence and support from our local communities. In sharing their concerns and bringing issues to the attention of the authorities we can then take proportionate, appropriate action to detect potential offending, bring those responsible to justice and keep our communities safe.”

 

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. 

Confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321
In an emergency, always dial 999

more