Crimewatch Roadshow hits South Yorkshire

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South Yorkshire Police were the stars of the show when the BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow hit the county.

Producers filmed the live show in Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster for three days as part of a month-long series.

Among the crimes featured was the theft of copper piping and radiators from an empty property in Kimberworth, Rotherham – and, following the appeal, two men were arrested and will appear in court on Monday.

Executive producer Christina Macauley said the show was a mixture of appeals for information and showcasing frontline policing techniques.

Presenter Dave Guest took a look at one of South Yorkshire Police’s newest weapons in the fight against dangerous driving – an unmarked lorry which allows officers to look down on HGV drivers and see what they are up to in their cabs.

Christina said: “While we were out filming on the M18 we caught one driver using a mobile phone at the wheel of a big truck and he was given a fixed penalty notice.

“We also caught another driver who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and a third with a faulty tacheograph.”

Also featured was a raid on a Co-op store in Doncaster where a gang broke in and filled a water butt with hundreds of packets of cigarettes.

A training session for mobilty scooter drivers about safe driving was filmed at the Lifewise Centre in Rotherham, and BBC Look North presenter Nicola Rees was filmed driving in a simulator while drinking a cup of coffee and eating an apple to show how dangerous and distracting it could be.

The team also filmed a day in the life of a PCSO.

And they interviewed police dog foster carers who look after police puppies before they start their training.

The programmes are still available to watch on BBC iPlayer.