Sheffield police team seizes drugs worth £2.7 million – and makes over 70 arrests in first year

A Sheffield police team seized drugs worth £2.7 million and made over 70 arrests in its first year of operating.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 12:15 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th March 2021, 1:03 pm

The Walkley team, which serves Walkley, Hillsborough and Upperthorpe, formed last February and has just released results to show how successful it has been over the last 12 months.

Drugs worth £2.7 million have been seized, over 70 arrests have been made and officers have removed 80 vehicles from the streets.

Sergeant Simon Kirkham, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “We formed on February 24, 2020, straight into the teeth of a global pandemic but we have maintained an effective policing footprint all the way through.

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A new police team in Sheffield has shared its results, including the seizure of drugs worth £2.7 million, in its first year of operation (Photo: Getty)

“We have been busy and successful.

“In the last 12 months we made over 70 arrests. The greatest sentence we won at court for a prosecution was two years and eight months.

“The cumulative total of drugs seized and taken from our streets is valued at £2.7 million, we have taken over 80 vehicles off the streets and we have and continue to arrest burglars.

“A recent arrest recovered a trove of property from local victims and we have repatriated much if it.”

He added: “You will have seen some photo appeals sent out. I have to thank our communities and residents because we have now identified a number of suspects that have been arrested or can expect a visit real soon.

“I cannot understate the value of great community support.

“We are busy. We are successful and we appreciate your support. The work goes on.”

Call 101 to reach the team.

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