Success for step up in patrols

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A WEEK-LONG crackdown on crime in two areas of Sheffield has been hailed a success.

Officers from Abbeydale and Nether Edge Safer Neighbourhood Teams took part in more than 200 hours of patrols, carried out drug raids, and conducted test purchase operations over seven days.

A haul of 260 cannabis plants with a street value of £140,000 was seized from one house and one person was arrested for cannabis cultivation.

The operation also saw a crackdown on vehicle crime, with 250 cars travelling along Abbeydale Road stopped. Of those, 11 were confiscated for not having insurance.

Local community groups got involved by organising a Bring Out Your Rubbish event, and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue carried out 60 home safety checks.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: “Twelve tonnes of rubbish - three times more rubbish than any other event held this year - were placed in skips paid for by the South Community Assembly.

“And representatives from Neighbourhood Watch engaged with the community, encouraging 10 new members to sign up to the scheme.”

The week of action was organised in response to public consultation carried out in Abbeydale and Nether Edge communities, which gave officers key areas to target.