Police highlight work carried out against Doncaster gangs with raids seizing drugs, cash and guns

Police in Doncaster have said organised gang activity has fallen with officers carrying out dozens of raids seizing drugs, cash and guns.

By George Torr, Local Democracy Reporter
Thursday, 17th February 2022, 6:00 pm

Documents seen by councillors reveal that crimes committed by organised crime groups (OCGs) have fallen by nearly a third.

It says that the number of offences associated with an active OCG decreased by 31 per cent compared to 2020. These offences are where an OCG member or associate is either a victim/suspect/witness or involved party in the offence.

Organised Criminal Groups (OCGs) are principally managed by Police Fortify Teams supported by Neighbourhood Teams in the borough. .

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Police in Doncaster have said organised gang activity has fallen with officers carrying out dozens of raids seizing drugs, cash and guns. Documents seen by councillors reveal that crimes committed by organised crime groups (OCGs) have fallen by nearly a third.

In the last six months, reports show police have carried out 37 warrants in relation to organised crime. Around £240,000 in cash, 1,150 cannabis plants, 40 kg of cannabis and 3 kg of cocaine were recovered as well as three guns.

The team has also secured five gang injunctions against mapped gang members that are in place until February 2023.

Due to Doncaster’s large prison population, South Yorkshire Police has established a Prison Crime Unit and an Anti-Corruption Team dealing with organised criminality in prisons.

From this, there have been 84 investigations in the last six months and these have led to additional sentences totalling 16 years and 3 months.

Police in Doncaster have said organised gang activity has fallen with officers carrying out dozens of raids seizing drugs, cash and guns. Documents seen by councillors reveal that crimes committed by organised crime groups (OCGs) have fallen by nearly a third. Credit: George Torr/LDRS

Rachael Long, crime and community safety theme manager at DMBC, said: “Each Organised Criminal Group in Doncaster is mapped and partners work together using a ‘Four P’ plan to disrupt and target individual groups.

“We share a great deal of intelligence and the sensitive work of the police we cannot share until it is appropriate and safe to do so.

“Serious and organised crime affects more UK citizens, more often, than any other national security threat and leads to more deaths in the UK each year than all other security threats combined.

“It costs the UK at least £37 billion annually and has a corrosive impact on society. A large amount of serious and organised crime remains hidden or underreported, meaning the true scale is likely to be greater than we currently know.

“Criminals prey on the most vulnerable in society, including young children, and their abuse can have a devastating, life-long effect on their victims.”