Crackdown on Doncaster estate hooligans


Police have made arrests for cannabis growing and criminal damage in a crackdown on thugs on a Doncaster estate.

Officers have been running a series of patrols on the Royal Estate in Edlington after residents raised concerns.

They revealed they have made a string of arrests since the start of the action.

Last week a man was interviewed over alleged cannabis cultivation at a house on Princes Crescent.

In June, 12 cannabis plants were destroyed and a man was arrested, also for allegedly growing the drugs.

Three off-road motorbikes were seized from a property on Gordon Road.

All three were destroyed by officers.

Within the first six weeks of the crackdown, one man was arrested and charged with 11 counts of criminal damage.

Another was arrested and charged for two separate allegations of criminal damage, police said.

A spokesman for the Edlington Safer Neighbourhood Team said extra resources had been allocated to the estate.

He added: “There is a ‘No Tolerance’ approach to crime on the estate.”

The issue of anti-social behaviour in Edlington was made a priority for the area’s Safer Neighbourhood Team after it was raised by the public at a Partners and Communities Together public meeting, known as PACT.

Officers will meet residents again next week to decide whether drug growing and criminal damage in the area are still the main priority.

The decision will be made after the meeting on Thursday, July 17 at Yorkshire Main Community Centre.