Drug-dealing crackdown targets neighbourhoods

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POLICE have launched a crackdown on drug dealing and anti-social behaviour around Sheffield.

Officers have revealed they are targeting a series of hotspots of bad behaviour in Broomhall, Nether Edge and Sharrow.

■ Drug dealing, anti-social behaviour and street drinking in and around the park area bordered by Harwood Close and Randall Place, off Bramall Lane, and outside the Lloyds Pharmacy in Alderson Road, Sharrow.

■ Drug dealing and anti-social behaviour in the area of Club Garden Road, at its junction with Mount Street and also Cliff Street, Sharrow.

■ Youth-related anti-social behaviour in Woodstock Road, Nether Edge, in particular around St Peter’s Community Centre.

■ Anti-social behaviour at Salvation Army, Psalter Lane, Nether Edge.

■ Anti-social behaviour in Walton Road, Broomhall.

■ Anti-social behaviour and drug dealing in Broomspring Lane, Broomhall.

The initiative was revealed by Sergeant Murtaza Awan, who heads the Broomhill and Sharrow safer neighbourhood policing team, in a newsletter to residents and councillors.

The crackdown was supported by Councillor Shaffaq Mohammed, Sheffield Council member for Broomill, whose ward includes parts of Sharrow among the hotspots being targeted.

Coun Mohammed, leader of the opposition Liberal Democrat group, said: “I’d welcome any action the police are taking to reduce these problems.

“The safer neighbourhood team’s work sends a message to those involved that their criminal behaviour will not be tolerated.”

“Ordinary people feel uneasy walking around the streets where drug dealing is taking place.

“They are also concerned about groups hanging around on the streets who may well be involved in illegal activities.”