POLICE took to the roads in a two-week cross-border operation to stop criminals in their tracks.
Operation K Deny saw officers from South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire join forces to target organised criminals, ‘two in one’ burglars who break into homes and steal car keys and high-powered cars, robbers and those committing other automotive crime.
On the penultimate day of the operation yesterday, Det Chief Insp Dave Barraclough said officers had seized drugs, weapons and ammunition, made 25 arrests, executed 12 warrants, and recovered stolen cars worth more than £250,000.
Among the vehicles were Harley Davidson motorcycles and executive cars. The operation has been conducted around the clock for two weeks.
DCI Barraclough said: “The message we want to get out is that we will continue to focus on the criminals who think they can get away with crimes committed in South Yorkshire by travelling to other areas. This is to show they can’t.”
Officers visited secondhand shops to warn retailers about selling on stolen goods. They visited scrap metal dealers to deter the trade in car parts sold for scrap.
Agencies supporting the operation included British Transport Police and trading standards.
Among those taking part were acting Sergeant Colin Dixon and PC Andy Tucker from the regional roads policing team. During the hunt for stolen vehicles they stopped several motorists in Sheffield yesterday morning in Fox Hill and Shirecliffe.
Two men in a Transit van were stopped and searched on Foxhill Lane because they were linked to crimes including theft.
A man on a scooter who had previous convictions for violent offences had his details checked.
They also carried out on-the-spot insurance checks to ensure motorists had valid cover.