Arrests over drug production near Doncaster

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A CLAMPDOWN on crime has been carried out in Maltby, near Doncaster, to deal with problems which have been highlighted by residents.

Officers from the Maltby Safer Neighbourhood Team joined forces with Rotherham Council, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and residents for a day of action, which included arrests for cannabis production.

Police joined forces to focus on issues and concerns that residents had highlighted at their local Partners and Communities Together meeting.

The operation took place around Berseford Road, Nelson Road, Farquhar Road, Tickhill Road, Glenncairn Court and Highfield Park, which is known locally as China Town.

Officers along with young people from the community conducted a speeding operation along Tickhill Road, after residents had complained about speeding motorists. Thirty-two vehicles were checked using the hand held speed gun, no motorists were found to be speeding.

They officers gave road safety advice and booklets to local children, and high visibility vests were handed out to the local newsagents for their staff to use when delivering papers.

A drop in surgery was held at Glenn Cairn Community Centre, where residents could go and talk to local officers from the SNT about any issues they had in the area. Crime Prevention advice was also given to the residents.

Officers from Rotherham Council along with local people collected litter and waste from around the area filling a large skip.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue visited properties in the area offering fire safety advice and conducting checks in the properties.

SNT officers patrolled the area talking to local residents offering crime prevention advice and checking properties. Police officers and Council officers visited properties on Lincoln Street, Farqhuar Road and Nelson Road after they had been identified as having issues with antisocial behaviour.

Two people were arrested for cannabis production at a property on Birks Holt Drive after 20 plants and a hydroponics setup was found at the property. A man was cautioned for possession of cannabis after officers found a small quantity of cannabis on him.

PC Anna Perry from the Maltby SNT said: “It was a really positive day with a fantastic turn out from the community. We hope to continue these action days and are really keen to hear from people about any issues or concerns they have in their area. It was great to see the residents taking pride in their community.”

To your local SNT about any issues or concerns, you have in your area, phone 101.