New crime cameras in South Yorkshire prove worth

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New police cameras are providing a ‘ring of steel’ around Rotherham in a blitz on criminals using the roads.

South Yorkshire Police have switched on 11 new automatic number plate recognition cameras in Rotherham.

The gadgets were funded by the county’s Safer Roads Partnership and Rotherham Council. To coincide with the cameras going live, a three-day crackdown on crime – Operation Chevrolet – was also launched.

Extra police officers and the region’s police helicopter have been responding to alerts from the cameras generated by stolen vehicles, those without insurance, and those known to be used by criminals.

After one vehicle was stopped the occupant was arrested on suspicion of drug possession with intent to supply.

Chief Inspector Ian Wormersley said: “Within hours the cameras were demonstrating their worth – alerting us to serious criminals.

“We now have over 20 ANPR cameras in Rotherham providing a ring of steel around the town. They are excellent in helping us to tackle crime and protect communities in our aim to make Rotherham a safe place to live, work and visit.”

In total there are now more than 100 ANPR cameras in South Yorkshire.