Drugs, cash and vehicles seized in Rotherham

Date published: 23 August 2018 10:46
Dated: 23 August 2018 11:39:42

From bungee slides to breaking down doors, there was a bit of everything this Tuesday when Operation Duxford was back with a bang in Rotherham.

Enforcement, safeguarding and engagement activity took place across the district to tackle crime, assist vulnerable people and offer advice, notably in Ferham, Eastwood, Manvers, Masbrough, Brinsworth and Rotherham town centre.

During the day, officers made five arrests – two for drugs offences, two for GBH and possession of an offensive weapon, and one for burglary.

Drugs, cash and vehicles were all seized as part of the day of action, including three vehicles, £4,500 in cash, six cannabis plants, and quantities of dry cannabis and cocaine.

Local youngsters meet Police Horses Oakwell and Brinsworth at ferham School

Local youngsters meet Police Horses Oakwell and Brinsworth at ferham School

Police raid a house in Eastwood during one of eight warrants across Rotherham

Police raid a house in Eastwood during one of eight warrants across Rotherham

Chief Inspector Becky Chapman, who led the operation, said: “Duxford is all about police from across the force coming together every month with local partner agencies to show what we do on a daily basis to tackle crime and protect people, demonstrating the breadth of work that takes place.

“Around 100 police and partners were involved in Rotherham’s latest Duxford operation, using various powers to address key issues raised by local communities, like drug dealing and antisocial behaviour, as well as providing some fun activities for youngsters and families to give us an ideal opportunity to speak with local people about their issues.”

The day started with an early morning briefing at Main Street Police Station and a drugs warrant in the Eastwood area, the first of eight warrants conducted during this Duxford operation.

Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, Rotherham Council and South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue joined police and PCSOs for a community activity day at Ferham School involving football, a fire safety demonstration, a bungee slide, a local litter pick and a popular visit from Police Horses Brinsworth and Oakwell!

Members of Rotherham Central NHP team also visited over fifty local residents, businesses and faith organisations in the Ferham area, as well as signing local people up for SYP Alerts using one of the force’s mobile kiosks.

Elsewhere in the Central area, PC Paul Gray delivered an Internet Safety talk at Cranworth School in Eastwood to a group of local parents in conjunction with Rotherham Council, covering topics such as grooming, sharing nude photos, reporting to CEOP and using parental controls. The parents really enjoyed the session, saying they felt more able to discuss internet safety with their children.

Later in the evening, members of staff from the Barnardo’s charity joined neighbourhood officers for foot patrols in the Eastwood area, talking to youngsters and ensuring their safety.

In the north of the district, Chief Constable Stephen Watson and Chief Inspector Paul Ferguson joined PC Brett Thompson at Waterfront Golf Club in Wath where staff and pro golfers gave their time teaching local youngsters from Swinton Comprehensive School how to play the game. And nearby at Cortonwood Retail Park, members of Rotherham North NHP team spent the day offering crime prevention advice at a pop-up stall.

Down south, high-visibility antisocial behaviour patrols took place in the Brinsworth area involving RMBC Youth Services and PCSOs from Rotherham South NHP, as well as test-purchasing operations at key licensing premises. There were also crime prevention and water safety events at Rother Valley Country Park involving South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, warning of the dangerous consequences of swimming in open water.

Chief Constable Stephen Watson with budding golf stars in Wath

Chief Constable Stephen Watson with budding golf stars in Wath

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