A number of departments, units and teams across SYP joined forces earlier this week as part of a comprehensive plan of activity to disrupt organised criminality across the Arbourthorne, Manor and Gleadless areas of Sheffield, resulting in the recovery of a shotgun barrel and cartridges and a variety of bladed weapons, the seizure of class A and B drugs and arrests for drugs and driving offences.
The activity was part of Fortify, a dedicated operation focussed on tackling organised crime in these areas of the city, and was mainly concentrated on open land searches, looking for hidden, stashed and discarded items that may have been, or could be, used in criminality.
Officers from the Operational Support Unit, Tasking Teams and Neighbourhood Policing Teams have been closely working together since Monday, utilising each other’s skills and expertise to produce positive results.
The activity also gave the force an opportunity to trial the use of drones, which will potentially become another important tool to support operational work and assist in tackling organised criminality.
- Monday’s initial day of action was in and around Daresbury Road, on land off Spring Close View and in Buck Wood. A container of suspected class A drugs was recovered as well as shotgun cartridges and three motorbikes, two of which have been identified as stolen.
One man was arrested for driving offences, and another man was arrested for drug driving and a quantity of cannabis was recovered from the vehicle. A vehicle was also seized from St Aidens Road for no insurance and eight people were stopped and searched in the area; two were found with a small quantity of cannabis and issued cautions at the scene.
- On Tuesday, two warrants were executed in Manor and Arbourthone after information was received of potential firearms at a couple of properties. While there were no firearms discovered, a number of mobile phones were seized and there are further enquiries that will now be made.
- The Underwater search team were heavily involved on Wednesday at Arbourthorne ponds, recovering a shotgun barrel, a number of bladed articles and knives and two bicycles from the water.
- The teams headed to Manor fields on Thursday for further land searches, recovering a Tupperware tub of suspected class A drugs with around 60 wraps inside. A warrant was also executed at an address in the Manor and a man was arrested for failing to appear at court.
- Kenninghall Road has seen a visible police presence this morning with an open land search taking place in and around the area, with a bladed article discovered and a small container that is suspected of previously containing class A drugs.
Throughout the week there were also over 100 addresses visited by PSCOs, encouraging residents to take part in a community questionnaire, to have their say on what matters to them in their area, as well as a Community Engagement bus at various locations for people to attend and talk to officers face to face.
Detective Superintendent Una Jennings, who led this week’s operation, said: “I’m extremely pleased of the work that’s taken place over the week to disrupt armed and organised criminals in Sheffield.
“It’s been a real team effort and I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved; officers, staff and also our communities, who have been incredibly supportive.
“Offenders in Sheffield need to know there are consequences to their actions and our proactive, high-visibility presence has demonstrated we have a plan and are taking practical steps to tackle criminal activity and violence and to keep our local communities safe.”
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