Our Sheffield South West Neighbourhood Policing Team have been carrying out hi-visibility patrols in Sharrow over the last few days, as part of an intensive week of action.
Targeted activity including; weapon sweeps in local parks, traffic patrols, high visibility patrols to combat ASB and licensing checks are all part of plans to disrupt criminal activity and build public confidence.
Sergeant Greenwood has been leading the Sharrow team since January: “We have experienced two incidents of violence in the area in recent days which I appreciate may have caused some concern amongst residents. These are being thoroughly investigated by detectives, but it does make our activity even more timely. We are doing all we can to assist in those enquiries.”
On Tuesday (2 April) officers focused on enforcement, carrying out 11 stop and searches, issuing 11 traffic offence reports and seizing several vehicles in the area.
Sgt Greenwood explains what type of vehicles were seized: “Our officers stopped a van on Abbeydale Road which turned out to be an illegal scrap collection van; the driver had no insurance, no licence or scrap permit.”
Three men were arrested for offences including driving over the prescribed limit, driving without insurance, theft and dangerous driving. One of those arrested was also wanted on warrant for failing to appear at court and has since been sentenced to 16 months in prison.
Licence checks were also carried out at several premises on London Road with several breaches due to be followed up by licensing officers.
Fixed penalty notices were also issued to ten drivers for parking offences, with assistance from Sheffield City Council.
Sgt Greenwood explains how the week has been planned to cover both enforcement and engagement: “Whilst we have had some great results so far this week, I’m also keen to stress that there’s also been some community events taking place too. Going ahead this is a big priority for my team, building relationships with local people, businesses and community organisations. I mean it too, I want to hear what is bothering people.
“This week we have been joining local groups who are delivering knife, gun and drugs awareness sessions to young people at Highfields Adventure Playground. We’ve also helped to arrange a community litter pick on Friday, which has come about from direct feedback from residents. Please do come along if you can, meeting at 1.30pm at Highfields Adventure Playground.”
“On Sunday it’s the Sharrow Lantern Festival, an annual event which is known for bringing all parts of the community together, which we will also be part of….we might even have a go at making one…”
If you live in Sharrow and want to speak to your neighbourhood policing team, you can find their details here
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