Drugs, antisocial behaviour and traffic offenders in the spotlight as Duxford comes to town

Published Tuesday, 17th April 2018
Drugs, antisocial behaviour and traffic offenders in the spotlight as Duxford comes to town
Drugs, antisocial behaviour and traffic offenders in the spotlight during Operation Duxford

Operation Duxford is back in the borough for the third time and has a range of engagement and enforcement activities throughout the day.

The focus of the day is on drugs markets, organised crime gangs, traffic offenders and benefit fraud as well as immigration offences.

Chief Inspector Rebecca Chapman said: “If you are breaking the law, we will find you and we are coming after you.

“You will see more police in Rotherham today and we will share our results as soon as they come in.

“If you want to talk to us about problems in your area, we will listen. Today is as much about positive interaction as it is about putting offenders behind bars.”

As well as community engagement, officers will be carrying out warrants, traffic stops and targeting wanted offenders. The activities have been chosen based on information from communities.

Eastwood, Wellgate, Brinsworth and Kimberworth have been highlighted as areas of concern and officers, along with partners, will host community events and promote youth activities.

In Brinsworth, officers will tackle parking issues at Whitehill Primary School, Manor Junior School as well as Waverley, and carry out patrols in areas identified as having problems with antisocial behaviour.

Sheffield Lane in Catcliffe is also the focus of traffic enforcement.

There is a crime reduction stall at Morrisons at Catcliffe and residents will be asked to fill in surveys about quality of life issues.

“Operation Duxford is all about us showing members of the community our drive and determination to make Rotherham safe,” added CI Chapman.

“Our aim is to provide a high-profile visibility that reflects the work we do day-in and day-out to tackle crime and reduce antisocial behaviour.

“Protecting and looking after our most vulnerable members of society is at the heart of our work and we want you to feel safe, we want you to feel reassured and we want you to have confidence in us.”

Rotherham Council’s Assistant Director of Community Safety and Street Scene Tom Smith said: "Having strong communities living in safe and clean places is a priority for the Council. We continue to work closely with South Yorkshire Police, other agencies and the public, to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, and to support the most vulnerable people in Rotherham.

“Working together does make a real difference.”

You can follow today’s activity via Twitter #OpDuxford #EyUpDux or via Facebook.

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