Drug raids, burglaries and knives: Doncaster police reveal details of string of crimes
Police in Doncaster have revealed details of drug raids, a string of burglaries, knife crime and dozens of other criminal acts in a round-up of anti-social behaviour across the town.
Doncaster Central Neighbourhood Policing Team has revealed how officers have been kept busy with a string of crimes in recent months.
In a newsletter update to residents, South Yorkshire Police’s Inspector Mark Payling revealed details of car crimes, the seizure of hundreds of cannabis plants at a number of addresses as well as motoring offences.
Here’s what has been happening in Doncaster:
On Tuesday 6 April, local Police Community Support Officers carried out a mobile speed gun operation on Bennetthorpe. No vehicles were witnessed travelling over the legal limit, however, PCSOs will be carry out further operations over the next few weeks and months.
Three commercial burglaries have been reported in the town ward area.
The first, on Hall Gate involved the fire door being forced and entry gained.
Another was at Asda on Gliwice Way where a man was found in the loading bays, enquiries are ongoing.
The third was at Buzz Mobile on High Street where entry was gained via a side door, several phones were stolen and
enquiries are ongoing.
One residential burglary has also been reported.
Entry was gained to a property on Drake Road by means of snapping the euro profile lock on the patio doors, an amount of cash was taken, and this is still under investigation.
A man was detained on Christ Church Road for domestic offences and affray after brandishing a knife at officers. The man was charged and remanded to court for the offences.
A drugs warrant executed at Methley House – one man was detained and released under investigation for possession of controlled drugs whilst they are sent off for forensic testing
A further drugs warrant was executed at Cusworth House – a woman at the address was reported on summons at the scene for possession of cannabis and spice.
Meanwhile, officers on mobile patrol noticed a car being driven erratically on Sandford Road in Balby. The driver was spoken to and it soon transpired that he was a disqualified driver and had no insurance. He was also wanted for failing to appear at court. He was taken to Doncaster custody charged and remanded to court.
The vehicle was also seized.
Meanwhile, there were also a number of burglaries.
A property on Heatherwood Close was entered by means of snapping the euro profile back door lock.
Jewellery and some coins were taken. The occupants were not in at the time of the break. This is still under investigation.
Cheltenham Road was the location of another. The back-door window was smashed, and entry gained.
Jewellery and a car key were stolen. All lines of enquiry have been completed.
Adlard Road was the scene of the third burglary. Entry was gained via an insecure back door.
A car from the drive of the house was taken, along with keys for another car. Officers were later in pursuit with the stolen car in the local area. The car crashed and came to a stop on Wheatley Hall Road, four young people ran from the car but were arrested a short time later. They have all been charged with burglary and the driver has also been charged with a string of driving offences.
During a traffic operation in the Intake area, a quad bike was seized on Truro Avenue after it was found that the rider had no insurance. Later that same day a further off-road bike was also seized for no insurance, the rider was also reported on summons for other driving offences.
On Wednesday 7 April, officers from the off-road bike team visited what is locally called “The Straight Mile” at the racecourse due to complaints of nuisance motorcycles. Officers seized a pit bike which was being ridden in a dangerous and inconsiderate manner, the rider was reported for no insurance.
Officers from the Mounted Section were around the Cathedral Estate conducting high visibility patrols.
During these patrols, a 14-year-old boy was arrested for breach of the peace after an incident on Hereford Road.
A Silver Vauxhall Insignia was brought to a tactical stop by specially trained officers and the assistance from air support after reports of it being driven dangerously and at speed in the Intake area. The car also collided with a parked car, potentially writing it off. All four occupants were detained in cuffs at the scene. The driver was suspected to be over the prescribed limit and the car (which was on false plates) was also suspected to have been used in crime throughout the borough. – The driver was charged with several driving offences and the passengers released under investigation.
Officers also took part in a day of action with other teams and neighbourhoods whereby several warrants were executed simultaneously across the area including one on Clay Lane. The operation resulted in a number of van parts being recovered linked to van thefts across the district, two men were detained and are under investigation.
On Friday 9 April, officers from the Central Safer Neighbourhood Team executed a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act at an address on Beckett Road Wheatley. Officers discovered approximately 200 cannabis plants over all floors of the property. The electric supply had been bypassed. Two men were arrested at the scene charged and remanded to court.
A mobile speed check was conducted for on Goodison Boulevard which is a 30mph road.
64 vehicles were checked at this location: Two vehicles were exceeding the limit at 32mph
Five burglaries have been reported over the latest period in the area.
A property on Kelsey Gardens was entered via smashing a window at the back of the house. The occupants were away at the time. Cash was stolen. There were no CCTV or forensic opportunities.
Ellers Drive was the next location, where offenders broke in by snapping the back-door lock. The alarm activated and the offenders ran off. The investigation is continuing.
Ellers Crescent was also targeted on the same day. This time the back-patio doors were forced, and entry gained. Items of jewellery and car keys were stolen. CCTV work has been completed and unfortunately there are no further lines of enquiry.
Kelsey Gardens – Burglary via insecure back door. Cash and an apple watch were stolen. Enquiries are ongoing.
Almond Road Cantley was subject to a burglary that caused extensive damage to windows and items inside the property. A quantity of gold was stolen.
Our detectives in Doncaster are urging the public to contact them with information following a firearms incident in Cantley on 12 April. Police were called at 9.28pm following multiple reports of a disturbance and a firearms discharge on Maple Grove. Armed response officers were deployed to the area and two people were arrested at
This incident may be linked to a car being abandoned on Mill Street Armthorpe a short time later. A number of weapons were found in a blue Subaru Forester and enquiries are ongoing at this time.
Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Henderson said: “We are urgently seeking witnesses, CCTV or dash cam footage from either incident as part of our enquiries. If you saw what happened on Maple Grove, then please do contact us and share that information. “We’re also keen to hear from you if you have information about the vehicle found
abandoned in Armthorpe. Did you see the occupants leaving the scene? Can you tell us anything about that vehicle? We want to hear from you.”
You can call 101 or make a report online quoting incident number 1004 of 12 April
A bike rider was who had been riding around on Hexthorpe Road and been reported by a resident has been cautioned. Bike seized and off to the scrap yard.
On 30 March the local policing team PCSO’s attended to reports of an abandoned vehicle on Ventnor Close, Balby that matched descriptions of a car believed to be linked to a ramming incident on Warmsworth Road few days earlier – The car was subsequently seized and enquiries are ongoing.
A 22-year-old man was arrested for burglary on Victoria Road after being found inside the address by occupants. He has been charged and remanded to court for this offence and for shopliftings which he was also suspect for.
A drugs warrant has been executed at an address on Warmsworth Road.
327 cannabis plants were seized over three floors of the address; one man was detained, charged and remanded for the offences.
Victoria Road was the scene of a burglary where entry was gained by smashing the glass in the back door.
The offender made his way to the bedrooms where the occupant was. The offender was detained and has been charged and remanded to court.
On Wednesday 14 April, police officers from Doncaster’s Central Neighbourhood and Fortify Teams worked with colleagues from DMBC, immigration services and Northern Power Grid in Hexthorpe where they visited 39 addresses on a number of different streets in search of cannabis cultivations, illegal immigrants and council tax verification.
The partnership efforts resulted in five men being arrested on suspicion of being involved in the cultivation of cannabis and over 600 plants recovered from three separate addresses. A further two men were arrested at a fourth address on suspicion of money laundering and entering the country illegally. £40,000 in cash was seized
during the subsequent house search.
Two more were arrested at the fifth address on Craithie Road for the production of cannabis.
This operation took several weeks to plan and supported previous and ongoing enforcement action taking place in the area.