Drugs arrest after dramatic chase through Doncaster market town: Police column

A driver who tried to escape capture was arrested after we had to pursue him around the streets of Thorne, writes Insp Andy Coulter.

Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 10:47 am
Updated Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 9:51 am

The Volkswagen Golf he was driving failed to stop for officers who wanted to speak to him, and a short pursuit followed around the mainly empty streets of Thorne. The driver lost control and collided with a parked vehicle.

He ran from the vehicle and was arrested after a chase on foot. He was found in possession of class A drugs and arrested. The outcome of the investigation is yet to be finalised.

This incident, around midnight on November 20, was not the only drugs find this month – and certainly not the biggest.

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We dismantled a significant cannabis factory, with drugs found with an estimated street value between £1 million and £1.5 million.

This significant find was discovered at the Harlequin pub on King Edward Road, Thorne. The pub is closed and the premises had been up for sale and regeneration. The drugs were found after a check by one of the utility providers who went to check on the premises. It was a sophisticated set up with hydroponics and lighting units. We think it has been run by an organised crime group.

There have been no arrests yet, and we are appealing for information. Call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 quoting incident 200 of December 9.

A lot of work over the last month continued to involve areas hit by last month’s floods. In Fishlake we are still providing high visibility patrols and pop-up police stations in the affected communities.

Anecdotally, we have had reports of people looking in skips and gardens for discarded property, and we’re working with our partners to combat that.

We have also seen a spike in vehicle crime around the service station at junction five of the M18, with work vehicles attacked for tools. We urge people not to leave tools in their vans overnight.

We are appealing for volunteers to help us run community speedwatches. They help us build up a picture of where speeding is an issue. Email us at [email protected] to take part.

Finally, may I wish you all a happy Christmas.