Cash offer to residents of Doncaster street plagued by drug den power cuts

Residents of a Doncaster street plagued by power cuts from illegal cannabis dens are being offered £100 each by a power company as an apology for disruption.

By Darren Burke
Tuesday, 22nd December 2020, 11:49 am

People living in Spansyke Street, Hexthorpe, say their lives have been made a misery in recent months – and that four separate drugs factories have been discovered on the road in the last few weeks.

Workers from Northern Powergrid have been working alongside officers from South Yorkshire Police to tackle the problem, which has seen residents plunged into darkness on dozens of occasions because of supplies being overloaded by drugs factories tripping out connections.

Now the firm has written to householders offering them £100 as compensation for the problems.

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Spansyke Street in Hexthorpe has been dug up by power workers after the discovery of a number of drugs dens.

One called it a ‘belated Christmas gift’ but has urged both the power firm and police to come down harder on the culprits.

He said: “With extensive disruptive work being carried out, numerous police raids, cash is being offered to disheartened resident. The question on everybody's lips is ‘at what cost?

“Let’s not forget all this is down to criminal activity. The police have invested time and resources yet the perpetrators remain free and NPG are transforming the area into a building site to try to resolve the immediate issue with the power supply.”

Residents have describing the smell of drugs in the street as ‘eye-watering’ with police carrying out door to door investigations and power workers digging up the streets to get to the bottom of the ongoing issues.

Earlier this month, residents said four cannabis dens had been discovered in the street.

In addition, 500 cannabis plants were also found at a property in nearby Kirk Street.

But they fear it is just the tip of the iceberg and fear many more could be operating.

A Northern Powergrid spokesman said: “We would encourage anyone with information to contact the police on 101 or our partners Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on freephone 0800 555 111 or fill in the simple and secure anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.”

Anyone with any information about drugs dens in any part of Doncaster can contact South Yorkshire Police on 101.