Police search for weapons

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POLICE carried out dozens of searches in and around Ecclesfield and Parson Cross in an operation aimed at tackling drugs, knife crime and anti-social behaviour.

Officers visited parks and open spaces with a sniffer dog trained to detect drugs.

They also used a search wand to check whether anyone was carrying weapons.

The operation led to the arrest of one man for possession of cannabis and breaching of a court order and two other men were issued with cautions for drug offences.

Police also seized a bottle of vodka, six bottles and a can of lager as well as a number of fireworks.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “The operation demonstrated how we utilise our resources effectively to tackle issues relating to drug misuse and associated anti-social behaviour.

“We will continue to target the areas and individuals involved.”

He added: “We continue to deal robustly with any incidents involving knifes and weapons and are keen to engage with our communities through schools, community centres as well as out on the streets in order to highlight how we are tackling this serious issue.”