Doncaster neighbourhood police team issue their record number of lockdown breach fines in single incident

We seized 22 off road bikes and a quad bike and issued over 50 Covid tickets in an operation in Hatfield recently, writes Insp Alison Carr.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 5:00 pm

We also found that 90 per cent of those who were there, on February 28, were not from Doncaster. Most had come from West Yorkshire, with eight from Sheffield and seven from Rotherham.

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To get their bikes back, riders must prove ownership – some have already recovered them. They also have to pay £150 for the cost of the recovering the bike and storage charges on top of that, and the Covid tickets are £200 each.

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Some of the motorbikes seized by South Yorkshire Police in Hatfield

The tickets issued, at Mill Hill Road, were the most our Doncaster East neighbourhood team has issued at any one time.

We are still working with partners at Doncaster Council and Highways England to stop this problem.

I don’t think people realise what a nuisance this is to local residents, with the parked vans, and the concerns about motorbikes in an area used by walkers and dog walkers.

It is not an off road site and is dangerous.

We have seen antisocial behaviour in other parts of our area. There are concerns about groups of youths gathering at Dentons Green Park, in Edenthorpe.

We have also received a lot of reports of antisocial behaviour on the Willow estate in Thorne, which is causing residents a lot of concern.

Work is being done with the council and St Leger Homes on problems which have included motorbikes and Covid breaches, and bad and abusive behaviour from youths.

It is important that people contact us directly about the problems, because we cannot take action without official evidence. We hear a lot of rumours but some people are reluctant to come directly to us.

Between ourselves and the council, we will be increasing our patrols in that area.

Away from the motorbikes, we carried out a raid on a house on Mansfield Crescent, Armthorpe on March 2, because of suspected drug dealing. Cannabis and other suspected drugs were found, and two women and a man are being interviewed.

Finally, we have seen a number of thefts of vans, including incidents at the services at junction five of the M18. We are working with the operator to help prevent this.

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