Detectives, specialist teams of officers and local authority partners have worked together on an intelligence-led operation to target and identify offenders engaging in organised criminality in Doncaster.
This pre-planned operation saw a week of sustained activity around Stocksbridge Lane and Hall Villa Lane in the Bentley area of Doncaster, which resulted in the recovery of an estimated £30k of Cannabis, disruption of illegal animal fighting, open land searches and council injunctions.
The specialist operation utilised the expertise and skills of different teams and services, and was carried out with the purpose of conducting directed activity aimed at dismantling and disrupting organised crime in Doncaster.
Throughout the week, the team’s implemented activity focused on protecting and providing support to vulnerable people, and targeting different aspects of organised crime. Specifically this involved working with the council to perform checks and issue civil injunctions, as well as executing search warrants.
Officers also worked in partnership with children’s services and the education authority to protect vulnerable people and provide advice, St Ledger Homes to address environmental issues and the RSPCA to execute animal welfare warrants.
This partnership work and directed activity resulted in the seizure of Cannabis plants with the estimated street value of £30k, recovery of a stolen Mercedes and a number of power tools, checks conducted by the local power supplier and the arrests of a 30-year-old man on suspicion of cultivation of Cannabis, criminal damage and abstracting electricity, and a 27-year-old man on suspicion of theft and abstracting electricity. Both men have been released under investigation as enquiries continue. The RSPCA also seized a number of Cockerels found to be used for cockerel fighting.
Head of Doncaster’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Detective Chief Inspector Paul Wilson who oversaw the operation said: “Our priority and focus for the operation was to work with our partners and community groups, to address issues affecting our local communities and implement plans to target and disrupt organised crime and violence.
“This intelligence-led operation forms one element of the wider work and actions we are doing to dismantle criminal groups in Doncaster and improve safety.
“The results achieved highlight the effectivity of this partnership work and the importance of their involvement, which was vital to the enforcement and success of this operation. I would like to thank them for their continued support and participation in this and the wider work and action we are doing to tackle criminal activity and improve community safety.
“I hope this operation and the wider work we are doing demonstrates our commitment to protect vulnerable people and bring offenders engaging in criminal acts before the courts.”