Police crack down on violent crime in Sheffield

Date published: 23 September 2022 16:06
Dated: 23 September 2022 17:06:22

Nearly 30 people have been arrested and weapons, drugs, cash and vehicles seized as part of an ongoing operation to tackle violent crime in the Sharrow and Broomhall areas of Sheffield.

Since March this year, we have had additional officers working in the area surrounding Abbeydale Road and London Road in response to a series of violent crime incidents in the area in 2021 and early 2022, which we know caused great concern to the local community.

In order to tackle these issues, we introduced a dedicated team who have been working alongside officers already in working in the area to carry out a range of additional enforcement activity including warrants, stop and searches, land searches and vehicle and foot patrols over the last six months.

Over the last six weeks alone, together with our specialist units, officers from the City Centre, South West and North West Neighbourhood Policing Teams have executed three warrants, conducted 85 stop searches under the Misuse of Drugs Act and Police and Criminal Evidence Act, and stopped 148 vehicles.

These activities have been delivered in the Broomhall and Sharrow areas and led to the arrest of 29 people for various offences including possession with intent to supply, possession of an offensive weapon, robbery and assault. Some 22 knives have also been recovered and are now off the streets of Sheffield, and significant amounts of Class A drugs including crack cocaine and heroin have been seized. Over £45,000 of cash has been recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act, and a further 19 vehicles have been recovered for having no insurance.

These results come as reports of violent crime continue to reduce across Sheffield as a whole, with a 14% reduction in violent crime offences reported in August compared to July. Reports of knife crime also continue to decrease, with 27% less knife crime incidents reported to police in August than in the month previous.

Superintendent Benn Kemp from the Sheffield District Command Team, said: "We understand that instances of violent crime cause considerable concern in our communities, and unfortunately last year and into this year, there were a number of serious incidents in the areas around Abbeydale Road, London Road and the lower part of the city centre.

"In response to these incidents and local community concerns, in March a dedicated operation was launched to tackle the ongoing issues in the area and to bring those intent on committing crime to justice. A dedicated team have been allocated to this operation since Spring, which involves a mixture of enforcement work and positive reassurance work within communities, delivered alongside our partners.

"This activity has been really positively received by local people who have said they feel safer in the area due to the increased police presence. This activity will continue, and just this week our local Neighbourhood Policing Teams and Tactical Support Group delivered a targeted day of action in the area in which three warrants were executed at properties known to be causing issues nearby, leading to a number of arrests."

Alongside the enforcement work, a crucial part of this activity is working with partners to deliver a range of engagement activity as well as positive reassurance work to inform the community about the police action and gather important intelligence. Over the last six months, officers have been delivering an increased volume of engagement stalls in the area, as well as attending community meetings and events to discuss the work we're delivering and listen to the concerns of local people.

Sergeant Darius Razaghi, who is leading the current operation, explained: "Engagement forms an important part of the work we're delivering in this area, as we know that the local community may hold information which may be vital to our wider investigations.

“As always, any information relating to drugs supply and violent crime can be passed to the local neighbourhood team or shared anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers. We want to reassure people that any information shared with police will be treated confidentially – we are here to support and protect you.”

Information can be reported to us by calling 101, via our online chat, or online portal: www.southyorks.police.uk/contact-us/report-something. Alternatively, you can share information with Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or visiting their website: crimestoppers-uk.org

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