Doncaster police taking 'steps to identify' those involved in recent shootings and 'disrupt future incidents'

We’re aware of a number of linked incidents taking place in different parts of Doncaster, some involving guns, writes Insp Mark Payling.

By David Kessen
Sunday, 30th May 2021, 6:00 am

We are taking steps to identify all those involved, and disrupt any future incidents.

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Elsewhere, we carried out a two-day operation on May 19 and 20 in Hexthorpe to identify addresses where cannabis plants might be cultivated.

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Police on Aldesworth Road, Cantley, after a report of a shooting earlier this month

A raid on Mutual Street led to three arrests and the recovery of over 80 plants. A warrant at Old Hexthorpe found nothing. Another 20 properties were visited, but no drugs found there.

But three potential council tax frauds were found, four full property inspections completed and one littering fine issued. Council enforcement officers also issued eight tickets for littering.

We also carried out antisocial behaviour patrols in known hotspots, and spoke to many residents during the two days. Information and intelligence gathered meant our efforts were a success.

Away from Hexthorpe, raids on Bainbridge Road, Littlemoor Lane and Wentworth Road led to the recovery of over 250 cannabis plants and four arrests.

Unfortunately, we have received further complaints of antisocial behaviour in the Frenchgate Centre.

These have included reports of children throwing stones off the top of the car park onto cars driving below.

A number of images of people responsible for causing damage and harassing shoppers have been obtained and efforts are underway to identify them. These incidents have been occurring at weekends and therefore we are increasing patrols to counter them.

In other work, on May 10, traffic officers spotted a stolen vehicle on Lister Road, Balby. The driver tried to run but was detained a short time later.

On May 24, traffic officers spotted a suspected cloned vehicle, which failed to stop for them on Barnby Dun Road. It was later abandoned and the offenders fled. One was found hiding in a field off Wheatley Hall Road.

That same day, officers saw a stolen car in Balby. It was pursued to the Galsworthy estate. A man was detained after a foot chase, bitten by a police dog. Fortunately, he was up to date with his jabs, but he had to be taken to hospital.

Finally, we are re-introducing our engagement activity, and our next Facebook engagement event is on Thursday June 24 from 5.30pm until 6.30pm.

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