Doncaster week of action – tackling crime and improving the local area

Date published: 12 February 2019 11:27
Dated: 12 February 2019 11:03:37

Over £50k of drugs have been seized and hundreds of speeding checks carried out as part of a joint week of action in Thorne and Moorends.

Numerous community meetings were also held throughout last week, as officers, PCSOs and Doncaster Council staff asked people living and working in the area what improvements they would like to see made.

There was time for a bit of fun and games too, with officers from our partner agencies getting involved in the New Age Curling Championship, held by the Smile-A-While group in Thorne. The group aims to help adults who may be socially isolated or suffering from health issues.

In addition to getting to know residents better, there was also lots of enforcement activity, as Sergeant Dan Wilson from the Doncaster East team explains.

“Throughout the week we also seized 61 cannabis plants from warrants, thought to be worth between £42-61,000. Our enquiries remain ongoing to identify those involved.

“Our off-road bike team were also well received in the area, as they carried out a six hour patrol operation covering areas including Armthorpe, Edenthorpe, Dunsville, Dunscroft, Hatfield and Stainforth.

“The team spoke to lots of people who were out walking and were happy to see officers in areas where illegal off-road biking has been raised as an issue.”

Officers from both the neighbourhood and tasking teams were joined by Doncaster Council, St Leger Homes and Trading Standards throughout the week.

Sergeant Wilson continued: “With the help of those agencies mentioned, we have also been able to put the wheels in motion to make improvements in the area.

“For example, one spot in Thorne was identified as being a problem area for antisocial behaviour, drug taking, fires and noise complaints. This was referred to the local housing estate team, who have begun putting measures in place to improve the area.

“It was also great to be able to get the local community involved during our week of action, to find out what if anything is concerning them where they live.

“We carried out a number of workshops, including at schools, listening to what improvements they would like to see made in the area. Now, along with key stakeholders, we can look at how we can act on those.

“We carried out a number of workshops, including at schools, listening to what improvements they would like to see made in the area. Now, along with key stakeholders, we can look at how we can act on those. "
- Sgt Dan Wilson


“We have already acted on concerns raised by the Moorends Community Ambassadors around speeding in the area. Over the week we checked a total of 645 vehicles, 20 per cent of which were found to be speeding.

“All in all we’re really pleased with how the week of action went and the results we obtained and we’d encourage anyone with concerns about crime in their area to get in touch with their local neighbourhood team so that action can be taken.

“There will be further weeks of action in the future across Doncaster East, where we will work with our partners to help tackle crime and antisocial behaviour and improve the area for all.”

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