Shotgun barrel and knives found by police in Sheffield pond

Officers during a search of the water
Officers during a search of the water
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A shotgun barrel, knives and drugs have been found by police during a crackdown on organised gangs in Sheffield

Officers discovered the items this week in the Arbourthorne, Manor and Gleadless areas where searches mainly focused on areas of open land where police believe criminals are hiding, stashing and discarding items.

Officers searched open spaces during the operation

Officers searched open spaces during the operation

The activity took place under the banner of Operation Fortify, a regular police blitz on organised crime.

Action on Monday was in and around Daresbury Road, on land off Spring Close View and in Buck Wood.

A container of suspected class A drugs was recovered as well as shotgun cartridges and three motorbikes, two of which have been identified as stolen.

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A man was arrested for driving offences, and another man was arrested for drug driving and a quantity of cannabis was recovered from the vehicle.

The operation involved several different police units

The operation involved several different police units

A vehicle was also seized from St Aidens Road for no insurance and eight people were stopped and searched in the area; two were found with a small quantity of cannabis and issued cautions at the scene.

On Tuesday, two warrants were executed in Manor and Arbourthone after information was received of potential firearms at a couple of properties.

While there were no firearms discovered, a number of mobile phones were seized and there are further enquiries that will now be made.

The underwater search team were heavily involved on Wednesday at Arbourthorne ponds, where a shotgun barrel, a number of bladed articles and knives and two bicycles were recovered from the water.

Police search an area of open ground

Police search an area of open ground

The teams headed to Manor fields on Thursday for further land searches, recovering a tub of suspected class A drugs with around 60 wraps inside.

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A warrant was also executed at an address in the Manor and a man was arrested for failing to appear at court.

Kenninghall Road has seen a visible police presence with an open land search taking place in and around the area, with a bladed article discovered and a small container that is suspected of previously containing class A drugs.

Throughout the week there were also more 100 addresses visited by PSCOs, encouraging residents to take part in a community questionnaire, to have their say on what matters to them in their area, as well as a community engagement bus at various locations for people to attend and talk to officers face to face.

Drones were trialed during the week

Drones were trialed during the week

The activity also gave the force an opportunity to trial the use of drones, which will potentially become another important tool to support operational work and assist in tackling organised criminality.

Detective Superintendent Una Jennings, who led this week’s operation, said: “I’m extremely pleased of the work that’s taken place over the week to disrupt armed and organised criminals in Sheffield.

“It’s been a real team effort and I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved; officers, staff and also our communities, who have been incredibly supportive.

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“Offenders in Sheffield need to know there are consequences to their actions and our proactive, high-visibility presence has demonstrated we have a plan and are taking practical steps to tackle criminal activity and violence and to keep our local communities safe.”

Officers search woodland for illegal items

Officers search woodland for illegal items

Open spaces and woodland were searched

Open spaces and woodland were searched

Police search woodland

Police search woodland

A police diver searches a pond

A police diver searches a pond