Sheffield cops arrest ten people during 21 RAIDS in massive police day of action
Ten people have been arrested and a gun, drugs and thousands of pounds in cash recovered so far in ongoing police raids in Sheffield.
More than 100 officers took part in executing 31 warrants on people alleged to have all been involved in drugs Class A supply and a turf war among drug gangs which has seen an upsurge in stabbings and shootings.
The Armed Crime Team’s senior investigating officer, DCI Paul Murphy has spearheaded the six month investigation targeting the causes of violence and shootings in recent times across the city.
DCI Murphy said firearm discharges were a result of drug dealing and drug gangs .
He said; “So far we have executed 21 warrants this morning across the city, nine individuals have been arrested.
“We have recovered three weapons including a firearm, two lots of ammunition at separate locations, some class A drugs and over £2,000 in cash.
“We have also safeguarded a vulnerable individual.”
He said the raids will continue throughout the afternoon into the evening and again over the next couple of days.
“It may seem occasionally that the police are not doing everything they can but they are working tirelessly in the background that is sometimes unseen work that then results in activity like this,” he said.
He added: “My message to members of the community is that we will always prioritise making sure our communities are as safe as possible to live in and we won’t accept random acts of violence or firearms discharges. and to reassure them South Yorkshire Police are doing absolutely everything they can to stop it.
“The message to the criminal fraternity is that you don’t come into our communities and think you can commit criminal acts with complete impunity. You will be targeted, we will find you and we will prosecute you and bring the full force of law enforcement down on your heads.”
He said the action had been targetted on the Abbeydale Road corridor – the Sheffield south area including Abbeydale Road, Sharrow and surrounding area but that did not mean mean the rest of the city won’t be targeted on other days or in other ways.
He urged members of the public with information around drug dealing, gangs, or vulnerable people who are being exploited, to report it to the police