Drugs seized in police actions

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DRUGS and loud music equipment have been seized in a series of raids on homes in Doncaster as part of a police clampdown.

The action by officers from the Intake and Wheatley Safer Neighbourhood Team was tied in with a number of patrols in the area after residents complained about drug use and noise nuisance on their estate.

Police worked in partnership with Doncaster Council and St Leger Homes, which manages the borough’s council housing stock, to carry out the operations.

During one of the patrols, police officers and a housing officer visited a property on Montrose Avenue, acting on information that had been passed to them.

They found a seven-foot high cannabis plant growing in the property, which was seized and destroyed. The occupant of the house received a caution.

They also carried out a raid using a warrant at a property in Sidney Road, following reports of noise nuisance.

They visited the property with an environmental health officer and seized a large stereo system with surround sound speakers.

They also liaised with St Leger Homes, who have now issued a warning to the householder highlighting the tenancy conditions by which they must abide.

PC Dave Fisher said: “This is a good example of how the Safer Neighbourhood Team links in with partners to combat issues in the area. We will continue to work closely with our partners and ensure that we tackle any issues and concerns that residents tell us about.”

It is the latest action to deal with antisocial behaviour in the Wheatley and Intake SNT area.

A dispersal order come into effect in June covering Beckett Road, Chester Road, Durham Road, Ely Road, Lichfield Road, Lincoln Road, Liverpool Avenue, Parkway North, Ripon Avenue, Southwell Road, Wells Road, Wheatley Hall Road, and Unity Flats, all in Wheatley, following complaints of yob behaviour and vandalism. The order, in place for six months, means police can disperse groups who are causing a nuisance

It also allows the police to return a young person home if they are under 16 and unsupervised in a public place after 9pm.

In the first month, 34 people were dispersed out of the area for causing a nuisance while seven people living in the area were taken back to their parents due to being involved in anti-social behaviour.