Proactive patrols by City Centre Neighbourhood team tackle ASB and drug supply

Date published: 20 April 2021 13:56
Dated: 20 April 2021 14:56:32

If you’ve headed back to Sheffield city centre over the last week then you might have spotted our local neighbourhood policing team on patrol.

The team have been supporting local businesses and shoppers as Covid-19 restrictions start to ease and ensuring everyone continues to follow remaining rules.

Inspector Ali Bywater said: “It’s been a busy week for my officers and all of those working in our city centre. We’ve been around to make sure that people are being responsible and continuing to do all they can to keep each other safe and follow restrictions that are still in place.”

Officers have also taken to the streets for Operation Sidewinder over the last week, focusing on the city centre, Ecclesall Road and Endcliffe Park.

Op Sidewinder is routinely deployed by the Sheffield City Centre Neighbourhood team and is a high-visibility operation used to deter drug use and supply.

The team carried out 48 stop searches, with eight people being dealt with for possession of controlled drugs including cocaine.

Two Section 35 dispersal notices were issued to deal with incidents of anti-social behaviour and one man was arrested for theft, failing to appear, and breaching a court warrant. He has since been charged.

Inspector Bywater added: “We have been really pleased to see so many people being responsible and continuing to respect restrictions that are in place, wearing masks and adhering to social distancing in shops and businesses.

“By doing this, you are keeping everyone safe, there is still a risk to public health and it’s vital that we all continue to work together to keep people safe.

“Our foot patrols continue and if you see us, come and say hello and get to know your local neighbourhood team.”

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