Rotherham Central

Man given community order for possession of indecent images

A 32-year-old man from Rotherham has been sentenced to a three-year community order after admitting possessing indecent images of children.

Richard Codd, of the Crescent West, Sunnyside, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday (11 January) where he was convicted of three counts of possessing indecent images of children and one count of extreme pornography.

Codd was sentenced to a 36-month community order, given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will be on the sex offenders’ register for life. He will also attend mandatory rehabilitation training.

NEIGHbourhood officers joined on patrol by special guests

The clip-clop of horse hooves could be heard around the streets of a Rotherham village this week as three special guests joined officers on patrol.

Police horses Stocksbridge, Cubley and Bawtry teamed up with Rotherham Central neighbourhood officers on Tuesday (9 January) as part of a community engagement event to clamp down on anti-social behaviour.

Officers, along with staff from Rotherham Council’s ASB team, were in Eastwood village to speak to residents and gather feedback and evidence in relation to reports of anti-social behaviour.

On-going work to tackle street begging in Rotherham

For many of us, the winter months are spent wrapped up in the warmth surrounded by family, fairy lights and festive food.

For others, with no one to turn to, the freezing conditions bring pain, fear and desperation.

Over recent weeks, officers from the Rotherham Central Neighbourhood team, working with partners, have been focusing on street begging with the aim of helping those in need and tackling those taking advantage.

Rotherham Central Inspector Jenny Lax (pictured) talks about her team’s approach to street begging and the results from a recent day of action.

Rotherham teenager awarded for chasing down street thieves

A Rotherham teenager who showed ‘public spirit and bravery’ has received a Christmas-time commendation for helping police to arrest three thieves.

Martin Putnoky, 17, from Broom, was walking in All Saints’ Square in Rotherham Town Centre on November 9 when he saw three men confront another man and steal his bag.

As the offenders left the scene, Martin alerted the police, chased and stopped the offenders, which led to their arrest.

The Rotherham College of Arts and Technology Student then came to the aid of the 52-year-old victim and gave him back his stolen property.

Man charged with Rotherham town centre street robbery

A 44-year-old man has been charged with robbery, possession of a bladed article and witness intimidation following two incidents in Rotherham town centre.

Mark Lawton, of no fixed abode, was charged yesterday (Monday 11 December) following incidents in the Wellgate area on Wednesday 6 December and Friday 8 December.

It was reported that at around 10pm on Wednesday 8 December a man was threatened with a knife and had cash stolen. Two days later, the same man was reportedly approached and allegedly warned not to tell police.

Officers take to the streets in stance against domestic abuse

Rotherham officers joined women from across the town to ‘take back the streets’ and make a stand against domestic and sexual abuse.

Inspector Jenny Lax, along with three Police Community Support Officers, attended the annual Reclaim the Night event on Friday (17 November) which features an after-dark walk around Rotherham town centre to highlight issues of safety.

Whizz kids are top of the class when it comes to Bonfire safety

Youngsters from schools across Rotherham have shown that they are flying high when it comes to firework safety.

Officers have been visiting primary schools across the borough to help teach pupils how to stay safe in the run up to Bonfire Night.

The talks, which are part of Operation Dark Nights, feature a quiz, facts about fireworks and the dangers of being around fire.

Police Community Support Officer Paul Gray said: “We have been extremely impressed by the knowledge of the young people and how seriously they are taking fire safety.

Officers carry out drug warrants following information from public

An operation to help protect vulnerable members of the community has taken place in the Eastwood area of Rotherham

At around 4pm yesterday (Monday 16 October), officers carried out visits to five properties in response to information from the public about the supply and production of class A drugs.

During the op, Rotherham Central neighbourhood teams were joined by representatives from Rotherham Borough Council, including trading standards, immigration and food hygiene officers.