Two motorbikes were seized and a wanted man arrested by the SYP off-road team yesterday, as it took to the streets of Sheffield as part of the Operation Duxford day of action. Officers on agile, high-powered motocross bikes were deployed to the neighbourhoods in and around Stovin Drive and Little Dale Road in Darnall during late afternoon and evening, in response to community concerns around illegal biking.
Chief Inspec...tor Lydia Lynskey explained: “Our off-road team took two bikes out of circulation yesterday and arrested an 18-year-old man who is alleged to have stolen equipment from the back of a truck in Derbyshire. We also recovered a pedal cycle which we believe to be stolen. This is encouraging and reflective of our broader success across the city to tackle the issue, which had a real impact in recent months. I am certain residents will welcome the latest police action.”
“Illegal off-road bikes are not just a danger and blight to our communities, but are often used to enable criminality. The man arrested yesterday is alleged to have snatched a power tool from the back of a vehicle while riding motorcycle .”
Police community support officers (PCSOs) from Sheffield West Neighbourhood Policing Team were actively engaging people around fast food premises in Hillsborough during late afternoon, due to reports of anti-social behaviour. Their presence, like that of the off-road bike team was in direct response to feedback from the public.
Elsewhere, the Op Duxford initiative saw PCSOs on Beighton Road and Furnace Lane at Woodhouse. 11 vehicles were identified as speeding and advisory letters will soon be dropping through their owners’ letterboxes.
Chief Inspector Lynskey concluded: “Thank you to everyone who stopped to talk to my colleagues yesterday. There was plenty of encouragement for our activity and people were more than happy to share valuable information, which will be used to inform further enforcement action and the next Operation Duxford, when we will be aiming to beat yesterday’s 20-arrest total.”
*SYP off-road team is pictured on a previous operation.