Residents’ concerns tackled with operation

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DRIVERS were fined, litter hotspots were targeted, and crime advice given out during a community police operation in South Yorkshire.

Operation Collaboration was carried out in Wentworth and Harley near Rotherham by officers from the local safer neighbourhood team, after a drop-in session was held for residents to air their concerns.

Schoolchildren from Wath Comprehensive helped with traffic patrols, two drivers were reported for speeding through Wentworth village, and one was issued with a fixed penalty notice.

Fines were also given to three drivers who refused to take up an education package to tackle speeding.

School pupils watched a presentation about firework safety, and council wardens were deployed at litter hotspots, identifying three fly-tipping sites.

Police identified 11 vehicles vulnerable to break-ins on the Wentworth village car park, and crime prevention leaflets were posted to homes in Harley.

Tips were on offer from officers at Wentworth Garden Centre, where shoppers were advised about handbag security and ‘purse dipping’ - where pickpockets dip their hand into shoppers’ bags to steal wallets.

Sgt Sarah Hoyle, from South Yorkshire Police, said: “The main success of the day was not the enforcement but the relationships strengthened within the community by all engaged in the operation.

“Wentworth and Harley are small rural communities which place little demand on police resources. It was rewarding for the team to give them some well-deserved focus and attention on the issues that mattered to them.”