‘Trojan bus’ targets estate nuisance concerns

PC Rob Scarrow from Denaby Safer Neighbourhood Team, Stagecoach driver Derek Brown, PC Dave Cook, Special Constable Dhanni Smith and PS Wayne Vernon.
PC Rob Scarrow from Denaby Safer Neighbourhood Team, Stagecoach driver Derek Brown, PC Dave Cook, Special Constable Dhanni Smith and PS Wayne Vernon.
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CRIME busting took to the bus lane to stop vandals and yobs on a Doncaster estate in their tracks.

A ‘Trojan bus’, which carried police officers in plain clothes rather than stopping for passengers, was used in the Denaby area of Doncaster to clamp down on crime as part of Operation Alliance.

Police confiscated alcohol and dealt with 12 teenagers for anti-social behaviour offences. Officers were also able to deal with a neighbour dispute and a suspected burglary while on patrol.

Wayne Vernon, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive liaison officer for South Yorkshire Police, said: “Operation Alliance is linked to a South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive initiative which sees officers visit schools to show youngsters aged 12 to 14-years-old video footage and evidence of damaged bus shelters and vehicles.

“We will be showing young people in the area the results of Operation Alliance to reinforce this message. This is something that we find really has an impact on diminishing criminal damage and anti-social behaviour.”

Bus company Stagecoach worked with the officers on the operation.