Thousands of pounds of cannabis has been seized and two arrests made as part of a targeted crime crackdown in a Doncaster community.
Officers carried out a day of action in Balby on Thursday in a bid to disrupt criminal activity and drive home the message ‘crime will not be tolerated’.
A total of five warrants were executed during the day of action and a substantial amount of cannabis was seized from several addresses, which is estimated to be worth several thousand pounds.
One man has been arrested and bailed in connection with the operation.
A 16-year-old boy has also been charged and remanded.
Another male has been cautioned for drugs possession.
Detective Chief Inspector Craig Jackson said: “Thursday’s police activity was about tackling all crime in the Balby area and this action will continue.
“While the aim is to reduce overall crime, we recognise that there appears to be a strong link between drug-related crime and burglary, theft and other forms of acquisitive crime.”
He added: “Therefore as part of our continued work, we will crack down on individuals engaging in cannabis production, drug dealing and other drug-related criminality in a bid to reduce other associated crimes.”
As part of the crackdown, officers paid unexpected visits to known offenders in the area.
They also attended used good shops and spoke to staff, to raise awareness of the consequences of handling stolen goods and to make contact with police if they have any suspicions an item may have been stolen.
The automatic number plate recognition – ANPR – team were sent out and about in the area to assist in tackling crime with any vehicles that may be a cause for concern flagging up on the system.
Sergeant Lynne Lancaster told The Star the day of action was the culmination of several months of work to target crime in the area.
She added: “There’s quite a high level of burglary and other types of crime.
“And while it has come down, per ratio it’s still higher than it should be so officers have been working to bring crime in the area down.
“The new policing teams should also mean there is now more of a presence in the area.”
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