Doncaster named as drug trafficking capital of Yorkshire

Doncaster has been named as the drug trafficking capital of Yorkshire.

Doncaster has been named as the drug trafficking capital of Yorkshire.

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Doncaster is one of the country’s hotspots for drug trafficking, new crime figures have revealed.

Doncaster is one of the country’s hotspots for drug trafficking, new crime figures have revealed.

Figures from the Home Office place the town as 19th in England and Wales for the number of drug trafficking offences that have taken place over the last year - with a total of 259 incidents recorded in the 12 months leading up to June 2015.

This is the equivalent of 8.5 crimes taking place for every 10,000 people in the borough.

It is the only place in Yorkshire to feature in the list of the top 20 areas blighted by drug trade crime.

Superintendent Natalie Shaw from Doncaster’s Local Policing Unit said of the figures: “Drug crime has the power to devastate local communities and we continue to treat this as a high priority.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to tackle this crime, we execute regular warrants and take robust, positive action wherever we can to seize drugs and apprehend those involved.

“In the last week alone, we have executed 11 warrants for drugs offences. From those warrants, a quantity of Class A drugs and cash were seized, over 20 cannabis plants were recovered and over 30 people were arrested for a variety of offences.

“We take drug related crime incredibly seriously and we appreciate the public’s support as we continue our work to address this issue.”

Public Health specialist, Helen Conroy, said there is ‘a lot of work to do’ in order to tackle the number of people using drugs in Doncaster.

She added: “That is why approximately £7million is budgeted for tackling drug and alcohol addiction in 2015/16.

“The number of people in formal drug treatment programmes in Doncaster has stayed relatively stable, but we have seen a change in the pattern of drug use. Fewer young people are initiating heroin use, with a rise in non-opiate drugs and alcohol.

“We will continue to work hard with partners throughout the health sector to further tackle this problem, and hope to see fewer and fewer people using drugs in the coming years.”

Nottingham was named as the worst area for the offences, with a total of 470 recorded between June 2014 and June 2015.

Newport came second in the list followed by Stevenage, Southend-on-Sea, Stoke-on-Trent, Preston, Knowlsey, Liverpool, Manchester and with Northampton in 10th place.

Anyone with information on drug trade crime should call South Yorkshire police on 101.