News In Brief: Police stop and search for drugs

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A STOP and search operation will be held in Sheffield today to look for people carrying drugs and weapons.

The initiative, to be repeated next Tuesday and Wednesday, is aimed at rooting out those peddling or taking drugs, and people who arm themselves. Police officers will stop people on the streets at all times of the day and night, and drugs dogs will be used to detect those carrying illegal substances. Checks will also be carried out in pubs and clubs.

Inspector Ian Roberts said: “Our aim is to provide a high-visibility and reassuring presence and a strong deterrent to potential troublemakers.”

A SHEFFIELD man who found a child’s bike in almost-new condition dumped in city woodland has informed officers at Moss Way police station, and is keen to hand it back to its rightful owner. The bike was found in woods near Owlthorpe on April 12. Anyone who has lost a child’s bike or had one stolen should call the police station and the man looking after the bike will be contacted.

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A HAND pistol and cannabis were found by police during raids on two Chesterfield homes. Officers found the weapon in a property on Wenlock Close, Loundsley Green, and the drug in Kipling Road, Newbold. Acting Sgt Martin Rothwell said: “We are working closely with Chesterfield Council’s housing department to share evidence of drug use so we can both take relevant action.”

A MAN was checked over by paramedics as a precaution after inhaling smoke when a pan caught fire in his kitchen. The flames were out when firefighters arrived at the property on Dixon Street, St Ann’s, Rotherham. In Sheffield firefighters ventilated a smoke-logged kitchen on Lupton Road, Lowedges, after a pan left on the hob caught fire.