Op Scorpion takes to the streets of Sheffield once more

Date published: 17 January 2022 11:23
Dated: 17 January 2022 11:23:32

Ten people were arrested, nine vehicles seized and two dangerous weapons taken off the streets as the latest Operation Scorpion was held in northern Sheffield on Thursday (13 January).

Teams from the force’s Operational Support Unit united for a day of action against criminality linked to organised crime gangs – including the Roads Policing Group, Tactical Support Group, Firearms Support Group and the Off-Road Bike Intervention team (ORBIT).

They were joined by officers and staff from the Safer Neighbourhoods Service and Sheffield’s Intelligence Unit, while the force’s various camera partnerships also played their part.

The focus was known gangs and serious offenders who operate in the areas between the city centre and Oughtibridge to the north west – namely Burngreave, Walkley, Southey, Parsons Cross and Hillsborough.

Property searches were carried out by officers from Sheffield’s Burglary Unit and the tactical Support Group, while other units took to the road to keep a watchful eye for any known offenders.

Highlights included the arrest of a 17-year-old man from Manchester on suspicion of failing to appear, an 18-year-old Sheffield man on suspicion of breach of bail, a 24-year-old man from Rotherham on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs, theft of a motor vehicle, handling stolen goods, driving without a valid license or insurance and drugs possession, and a 27-year-old man from Rotherham on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, handling stolen goods and drugs possession.

A 20-year-old man from Sheffield was arrested on suspicion of going equipped, interfering with a motor vehicle and possession of an offensive weapon, an 18-year-old man from Sheffield was arrested on suspicion of going equipped, drugs possession and driving under the influence of drugs and an 18-year-old man from Sheffield was arrested on suspicion of going equipped, possession of an offensive weapon, theft from a vehicle and possession with intent to supply a drug of Class A.

Elsewhere, an uninsured red Seat Altea was seized after being found abandoned in Parsons Cross, and a knuckle duster and knife were also seized and taken off the streets.

Community engagement played a part, with dozens of house-to-house letters also delivered to explain what was happening.

And partners from the force’s Safety Camera partnerships attended sites on Ecclesfield Road, Yew Lane, Wordsworth Avenue, Halifax Road, Chapeltown Road and Burncross Road to monitor vehicles.

Field Intelligence Officer Tim Scothern from the force’s Specialist Crime Services unit, said: “The focus of the operation was about high intensity and pro-active policing to take suspected criminals off of Sheffield’s streets.

“We prioritised detection and disruption of criminal behaviour, and showed the communities through high visibility policing that we continue to sustain public protection and deny criminals the use of the roads.

“We are very happy with the results obtained and hopefully this will send out a message to those undertaking organised criminal activity that you are not safe and we will continue to hunt you down and disrupt your actions, bringing you to justice.”

The next Op Scorpion is due to take place in Doncaster this Wednesday (January 19).

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