Cops swoop in on Dearne crime wave

South Yorkshire Police execute a warrant in Rowms Lane, Swinton.
South Yorkshire Police execute a warrant in Rowms Lane, Swinton.

Police smashed their way into the homes of suspected drug dealers and burglars as they tackled a crime wave across the Dearne Valley this week.

Cops drew up a list of about 100 offenders as part of Operation Cobra to sweep up suspected criminals wanted by police and the courts.

They used battering rams to swoop on the homes of those on the ‘Most Wanted’ list and made a number of arrests. A further operation is planned in the coming days.

Officers tackled alleged:-

q Drug dealing in Swinton

q An assault in Mexborough

q Fuel thefts in Swinton and Rawmarsh

Superintendent Paul McCurry, who led the operation, said: “Offenders need to know if they are committing crime we will come looking for them.”

Community leader Frank Knapton (right) MBE, who attends public meetings with police every month, described the rise in crime as “alarming” but also praised cops for taking action.

The 77-year-old Mexborough man said: “As communities we have to look after each other as neighbours, relatives and friends. It is alarming to hear of these crimes but I’m pleased to see police taking action.”

Kenny Barron, 70, of Mexborough, chair of Doncaster Federation of Tentants’ and Residents’ Association, added: “I know resources are tight but its better to have more police patrolling the streets.” Specialist officers swooped on three suspected drug dens in Swinton last Thursday, making arrests at two properties in Rowms Lane and at another on Calladine Way. They discovered white powder and a quantity of cannabis.

They also executed a warrant in Tadcaster Close, Denaby, on Sunday to arrest a 24-year-old man for making off without payment.

Meanwhile, over in Rotherham thieves stole more than £1,000 worth of diesel from parked lorries while their unsuspecting drivers were asleep.

They targeted an articulated lorry on Meadow Way, Swinton, between 10pm on Sunday and 6am on Monday. Another lorry, parked at Kilnhurst Road, Rawmarsh, was also targeted between 6pm on Sunday and 3.25am, Monday. The driver heard a noise at the back of his vehicle and climbed out of the cab to find a siphoning hose near to the tank.

Police believe both incidents may be linked.

PC Andy Robinson said: “We’d urge drivers to use secure truck stop facilities, which will be well lit, have CCTV and mean they’ll be alongside other lorry drivers, rather than parking in a lay-by or close to their drop off point.”

Anyone with information about any of the incidents above should contact police on the non-emergency 101 number.