Team effort keeping Doncaster safe in run up to Christmas

Date published: 02 July 2019 09:54
Dated: 20 December 2018 09:57:31

Arrests, warrants, stop and searches and enforcement action – it’s been a busy time for our teams in Doncaster recently.  

Over the past week, officers across the district and staff from Doncaster Council have been carrying out a week of action, keeping Doncaster safe in the run up to Christmas, as Detective Chief Inspector Paul Wilson explains.

“While many people will be winding down for Christmas, our officers are still working tirelessly to tackle issues that matter most to you, our local community, and will be doing so throughout the festive season.

“Together, with our colleagues from Doncaster Council, we’ve had a successful week of intensified action, making a number of significant arrests and carrying out other enforcement action including working with trading standards to visit local takeaways and restaurants.”

A total of 10 arrests were made over the week, for offences including shoplifting, a town centre burglary and an assault on an emergency worker. Two of those arrested were also later charged for begging in the town centre and bailed with conditions not to enter that area.

A further arrest was made after a warrant was carried out, with the illegal money lending team, which also saw £2,000 cash recovered.

In addition, 71 fixed penalty notices were issued for litter, 221 penalty charge notices for parking offences and three dispersals under the Public Space’s Protection Order (PSPO) for the town centre. 135 PSPO breaches were also identified with the appropriate action taken.

DCI Wilson continued: “Throughout the week we also carried out a knife arch operation at the local college in addition to stop and searches across the district.

“While a large part of the week of action was about enforcement, it was also about raising awareness – Christmas is a busy time of year for us and we can often see an increase in certain types of crimes.

“We want everyone to enjoy the festive season and to do so safely but to also know that while our officers will be there for any help you may need and for your reassurance, we will also be there to quickly apprehend anyone intent on ruining the festivities, meaning they’ll be spending their Christmas behind bars.”

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