Police arrest 411 in six-month crime blitz

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A six-month operation to cut crime in Rotherham has been declared ‘extremely successful’ by police – with around £3 million of cannabis seized and more than 400 people arrested.

Operation Canberra focused on burglary and vehicle crime, but also the recovery of drugs and other items such as stolen vehicles and property.

During the course of the operation, stolen property worth more than £380,000 was seized, including electrical items, bikes, jewellery, fishing tackle and computers.

Cannabis to the value of £3m was recovered from an address in Hellaby and heroin with a street value of £7,000 was also seized.

More than 20 stolen vehicles, including a high-value VW Golf and a Mercedes, were also recovered by South Yorkshire Police.

Rotherham district commander Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin said today: “Rotherham has had a very challenging 12 months in terms of serious and volume crime.

“The results are testimony to the district and our other crime fighting partners doing everything we can to make Rotherham safer.”

A total of 411 people were arrested, 236 charged and 60 remanded in custody.