33 arrests during Sheffield Operation Duxford

Date published: 02 December 2021 16:27
Dated: 02 December 2021 13:02:45

More than 370 officers took to the streets of Sheffield yesterday (Wednesday 1 December) as part of a pre-planned operation to disrupt criminality and tackle the issues that matter to local communities.

Teams from across the city made arrests for various crimes including domestic abuse, drug supply, possessing indecent images, blackmail, robbery and burglary.

A total of 33 arrests were made during the day.

Officers also recovered 12 dogs, seized 5 vehicles, conducted 11 house and vehicle searches, and issued 23 traffic offence reports. The Safety Camera Partnership issued 99 Notices of Intended Prosecution from five locations in the city.

A number of early morning raids took place as 16 warrants were executed. From those warrants, 11 arrests were made, 500 cannabis plants and Class A and B drugs with a street value of £8,000 were seized, and approximately £14,000 in cash was recovered.

The District Commander for Sheffield, Chief Superintendent Shelley Hemsley, said:

“Operation Duxford is about shining a spotlight on the sort of policing activity we carry out every day.

“It’s about showing law-abiding citizens that we take their concerns seriously and listen to what is happening in their neighbourhood.

“At the same time we are making a point to those still intent on causing harm in the communities we serve – we will not tolerate their criminal activities and allow them to be a blight on the city.

“Our district teams were supported throughout the day by teams from the RSPCA, Safety Camera Partnership, Sheffield City Council, Probation Services, Sustainable Communities Workers and Immigration.

“Traffic officers were focusing on speeding and other motoring offences and five drivers had their vehicles seized for various motoring offences including having no licence or insurance.

“Neighbourhood Officers took part in weapon sweeps and conducted joint patrols with our partners in key problem areas.

“The force’s off-road bike team ORBIT were on patrol between Grenoside, Firth Park, Parson Cross, and Wharncliffe in response to anti-social behaviour complaints.

“We are stronger with the support of our communities, so public engagement is as important as the enforcement side of our work. We made a point of speaking with people and listening to their concerns.

“A series of pop up police stations were created across the city so people could come and have a chat with us about the issues that matter the most to them and pass on information that could help inform our policing work and future Duxford operations.

“I would like to thank the teams involved, our partners and the people who took the time to speak to our officers about the positive work in their communities and would urge anyone to report your concerns either via 101, your local neighbourhood team or anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers.”

**UPDATE** on the 12 dogs recovered

Yesterday, as part of Operation Duxford, we conducted a joint operation with the RSPCA under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
A warrant was executed at allotment in Darnall, where 12 dogs were located and recovered, due to concerns regarding the environmental conditions at the allotment.
All 12 dogs are being checked to understand if any of them have previously been registered as stolen, and to see if they have tags which may help to understand if they have a registered previous owner.
The RSCPA are safely looking after the dogs and are looking at re-homing opportunities.
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