Sheffield city centre police operation a success - as four found in possession of Spice

Police targeted Sheffield city centre yesterday (September 24), to crack down on begging, antisocial behaviour and drug possession.

Friday, 25th September 2020, 1:59 pm

Officers conducted over 20 stop searches and four people were found in possession of Spice.

One person was also found in possession of cannabis and there was a quantity of Class A recovered following a dog search of the Exchange Street area due to suspicious activity.

Four arrests were also made for multiple offences including rape and breach of bail.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

The police conducted over 20 stop searches as part of Operation Steel, and four people were found in possession of spice, and one was found in possession of cannabis.

The new operation will target the different specific crimes and issues that are causing Sheffield communities the greatest concern, including modern slavery, domestic abuse, and drug use.

Chief Inspector Gareth Thomas, leading on the operation, said: “Life has changed, but one thing that hasn’t is our dedication to the people of the city.

“This operation is about pooling all our resources to deal with issues that could create barriers to people feeling safe, where they live or where they work.

“Whilst this type of activity is, of course, our daily business, combining different teams in a concentrated time period increases arrest opportunities and disrupts those intent on causing issues.”

Operation Steel focused on the Castle Square, Cathedral, Fargate and Moor Market areas – locations that are of particular concern and that have recently re-opened and seen an increase in issues surrounding criminality.

Chief Inspector Thomas added: “I hope people have seen officers today and felt reassured by their presence.

"People right across the city will hopefully see us in the coming months, if you do – stop us, say hello, we can work better with your support.”