Doncaster car wash closed after operation reveals illegal workers: police column

You may have seen a big police presence in Armthorpe recently, writes Insp Mark Payling.

Monday, 3rd June 2019, 7:19 am
Updated Monday, 10th June 2019, 9:47 am

That’s because we’ve had a week of action, along with Doncaster Council and other public services, to try to deal with concerns raised by residents ranging from dangerous parking near the schools to fly tipping.

And it even saw a business closed after illegal workers were found.

We have received complaints about parking in the village, particularly around the schools at their opening and closing times. As a result, 20 advisory notices were issued and a further ticket for illegal parking. The situation has improved significantly since previous deployments and I’m sure this is down to road-users taking heed of previous advice. The arrival of warmer weather has seen many parents walking to school with their children. We ask that parents and other road users continue to consider local residents when they park to drop off or collect their children.

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Officers from the councils trading standards and licensing departments conducted spot-checks within shops ensuring that all products and records are up to standards. They were also joined by Immigration Officers, who found four men working illegally at a local car wash business. The business was closed as a result and the owner may be subject to a fine of up to £80,000.

We also looked at fly tipping. Nearly 80 vehicles were stopped through the course of day three.

We conducted some anti social behaviour patrols with the council officers, which led to a fixed penalty notice get issued to one inconsiderate person for littering.

Our mounted section deployed in to the village and they were able to cover a vast area including hot-spot areas for nuisance behaviour. Our officers were joined by police horses “Bawtry” and “Woodthorpe” who were able to visit Shaw Wood Academy, Mere Lane.

The off-road bike team visited the village during the week, particular those areas where we have received complaints about nuisance bikes and quads. The team covered a vast area and I am happy to report that today there were no nuisance motor-bike issues reported. Future deployments are planned to try and keep on top of this issue.

The week of action saw speed operations at locations including Church Street, Mercel Avenue, Doncaster Road and Hatfield Road. In total, we checked the speed of almost 550 vehicles of which 28 people were advised about speeding. A further three were issued with a ticket. Further deployments are planned including “Operation Slow-Down” - this will be a community speed-watch initiative where members of the community will help us. .

We were lucky enough to be invited to a car show at Doncaster Motor Trades GTA on Rands Lane.

Although we set up an information stall next to our Police Mercedes Riot Van, it is fair to say our vehicle did not draw the crowds quite as much as the nearby Lamborghini and Aston Martin did. GTA is a charity organisation that offers vehicle maintenance training for young people, they have over the years made a positive impact on many young people’s lives.

Finally, we executed a drug search warrant at an address on Ridgewood Avenue, Edenthorpe where Cannabis was recovered along with associated paraphernalia. A man was interviewed and processed in relation to this matter.

We have also been working hard in other local communities in the North East of Doncaster too.

Crime in Moorends continues to remain significantly lower than in recent months, but we know we must maintain our high visibility patrols. Work in the area continues to address the behaviour of a few certain residents, which has caused a concern to many.

In the Hatfield ward, the issue of burglary continues and although we recorded four attempted and eight actual residential burglaries, which is similar to the number last month, I can report that two suspects have been arrested. We have also recovered two stolen vehicles from the Hatfield and Stainforth area this week.

Finally, in the Askern ward, we received information about a house in which a number of cannabis plants were being grown. Officers attended and arrested a man on Avenue Road. We found 167 plants.

Please join me at one of our community engagement meetings or contact me via our Facebook engagement event – further details are on our website. You can also find out more about what police activity is occurring in the East of Doncaster, by signing up to SYP Alerts via our website Alternatively, you can follow us on Facebook at Doncaster East NHP.