OVER 800 people were stopped and searched in a new crackdown on violent crime and anti-social behaviour in Sheffield city centre.
During the three-day operation officers from South Yorkshire Police arrested seven people for offences including drunk and disorderly behaviour, breaching bail conditions, theft, begging and being over the drink drive limit.
Alcohol was confiscated from five people and cautions were given to two people for possession of cannabis.
Also, six fixed penalty notices were issued for motoring offences and one fixed penalty notice was given for drunk and disorderly behaviour. Special ‘dispersal’ powers were also used by the police to ban seven people from the city centre for 48 hours over fears that they may have become embroiled in alcohol-fuelled disorder.
Inspector Ian Roberts, who led the operation said: “The aim of policing operations like this is to try and make people feel safer.
“We want people who come into the city centre to have a good time, and not be intimidated by the small minority of troublemakers.”
“During the three days, officers also carried out licensing checks on 10 city centre premises.
“We are pleased to say there were no issues with any of the premises visited.”
Insp Roberts added that the overwhelming feedback given by the public was good.
He said: “They were reassured by both the increased policing presence and the engagement style adopted by officers involved.”