17 people arrested as Op Duxford takes over Sheffield

Date published: 06 September 2019 12:47
Dated: 06 September 2019 13:47:20
Sheffield was at the centre of a wide-scale policing operation yesterday, as our officers took to the streets to disrupt criminality and support their communities. 

Teams from across the district arrested 17 people, for crimes ranging from burglary, to domestic assault and drugs offences as part of Operation Duxford. 

There was some significant activity linked to suspected cannabis production, with around 200 plants being seized from properties in Darnall and Upperthorpe.

Officers carrying out warrants in Burngreave also recovered a large quantity of cocaine and around £10,000 in cash. 

Chief Inspector Lynne Lancaster, who co-ordinated the day, said: “Operation Duxford is an opportunity for us to showcase the type of proactive work we’re doing on a daily basis, but that we might not always shout about. 

“Yesterday we had officers from right across Sheffield, from lots of different teams, carrying out targeted activity in response to issues raised by the public, things that are having a negative impact on their quality of life.” 

Officers covered key areas, from the city centre, to Tinsley, Gleadless Valley, Darnall, Fir Vale and Burngreave. 

Some 326 cars were checked in a wide-reaching speeding operation, with one vehicle stop resulting in the seizure of a stolen vehicle suspected to have been used in seven burglaries. One man was arrested shortly afterwards.  

Ch Insp Lancaster added: “We were also joined by the Serious Violent Crime Taskforce last night, who were deployed in the Sharrow area. They carried out 21 stop-searches, arresting 3 people, seizing knives and recovering a stolen vehicle. They also issued four cannabis warnings; this type of activity is disruptive and makes an impact. 

“Conversation and engagement also played a part yesterday, thirty people attended one of our pop in police stations on Chapel Street, and lots of people spoke to our PCSOs in Sharrow.

“There was some fantastic feedback from the public, with residents saying they were pleased to see us on the streets, in their communities. This is a reflection of how we are continuing to build relationships and actively responding to concerns.” 

Sheffield’s District Commander, Chief Superintendent Stuart Barton added: “Yesterday was another example of how the public are telling us how they want Sheffield to policed. 

“They don’t want to see drugs being dealt on their streets, they want to feel safe in their homes and they want to live in peaceful communities. We can`t achieve this alone but days like yesterday demonstrate we are listening, and we’re listening carefully.” 
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