Sword found in Doncaster drugs raid

A sword and drugs were seized when we carried out our most recent week of action in Edlington, writes acting Insp Richard Mangham.

Wednesday, 31st July 2019, 13:24 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th August 2019, 11:14 am

After we received information about a house on Princes Street in the former pit village, we sent a team of officers in a van on July 21 to have a look what was going on.

When we arrived we found the house was not locked, and there was a small amount of cannabis leaf outside.

Inside, was a large amount of cannabis, and a small samurai sword. No arrests have been made yet, and the matter is under an ongoing investigation. But both the drugs and the sword have been seized and destroyed. It is a dangerous weapon taken off the streets of Doncaster.

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You may have seen police horses on the streets of Edlington during the week of action, which also involved Doncaster Council and St Leger Homes.

We also seized five cars and two off road motorbikes. For the cars it was for road traffic offences, and the bikes were for anti-social use.

They had been riding on the royal estate, and nuisance bikers seem to be becoming the main issue there.

We also had a mobile speed camera operating on Sheffield Road, Broomhouse Lane and Edlington Lane. It recorded 26 offences, and enforcement action will be taken on those.

The week also saw engagement work by our mounted officers, who visited two primary school, Victoria and Hill Top, with their horses.

They were not the only schools were our officers have visited in recent weeks. Our community support officers have been into Denaby Main Academy to talk to pupils about summer safety. They warned pupils about dangers including swimming in open water, road safety, and antisocial behaviour.

Elsewhere, three youths will be appearing in court over a succession of offences which have taken place in and around a school in the north of Doncaster.

Our officers have this week processed the cases, which and date back to March.

The charges against the three, two aged 15 and one aged 14 are two counts of common assault, two counts of causing nuisance on school premises, and one section five public order offence, a charge which is used to cover causing alarm, harrassment and distress.

The individuals have been reported on summons to court.

Meanwhile, Operation Drum Alpha, against gangs in Mexborough his still proceeding. On July 17, the force’s tasking team arrested two street dealers in Mexborough for possession with intent to supply drugs .

One estate in Mexborough, the Pastures estate, has recently seen a spate of home burglaries. As a result of that, our PCSOs have been in the area distributing smartwater to residents. Smartwater is a chemical marker, that when applied to items in a property proves that they acme from that address, making it easier to trace them.

If there are homes on the estate who want their property marking and have not already had it done, please contact us.

July 19 saw us called to the service station on the A1 at Skellow, where we assisted officers from another force in detaining a man. Drugs were found in his van, and he was arrested for possession with intend to supply.

In terms of vehicle crime, Bentley has recently seen a slight shift in what is happened there. We are currently seeing cases of theft of number plates there, and we have a quantity of anti-theft screws that we will be handing out at community engagement stalls there, and when we attend crimes.

Vehicle crime has also been an issue recently in the laybys near junction 37 of the A1(M), at Marr. They are routinely used by heavy goods vehicles, and by cars.

We are seeing an increase in theft from vehicles there, and fuel has been stolen overnight from lorries.

The message is, be vigilant, don’t leave items on show in the car, and report any suspicious activity to us.

In terms of police response, we’re increasing patrols in the area and we’ll contact victims to see if there are lines of inquiry.