Operation Duxford sees 12 arrested and 16 warrants carried out

Date published: 17 April 2018 15:40
Dated: 17 April 2018 16:39:15

A cannabis factory accessed through the back of a wardrobe containing around £15,000 of drugs was among one of the finds from a day of action in Rotherham.

Today (Tuesday 17 April) officers have executed 16 warrants, arrested 12 people, retrieved five knives, seized three cars and issued five tickets for parking offences as part of Operation Duxford – a multi-agency crime crackdown.

Running the operation Chief Inspector Rebecca Chapman said: “So far it has been an extremely successful day with more activity to follow.

“Today is all about us showing our communities the work that we do, reassuring them that we are listening and that they can have confidence in us.

“This is very much a team effort and without the support of all the districts, additional resources from our Operational Support Unit and our partner agencies, we would not be able to achieve the results that we have.”

As well as early morning drugs raids, officers from across the force, along with partners, came together to carry out traffic stops, parking enforcement, crime reduction events and hi-vis patrols.

Chief Constable Stephen Watson, who joined officers carrying out warrants in Eastwood, said Duxford was a rolling programme at the heart of neighbourhood policing.

“Operation Duxford sits at the very top of our neighbourhood policing model which is all about us acting on the information given to our officers on the ground,” he said.

“Along with our partners, we’re targeting those making other people’s lives a misery. Where there are people breaking the law, we will respond vigorously.

“This is about us being on the front foot, being proactive and not just responding to things once they’ve happened.”

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