South Yorkshire’s Operation Duxford saw the arrest of 17 people, due to the success of a day of raised crime action, earlier this month.

Launched in 2018, Operation Duxford pushes key partner agencies work together with South Yorkshire Police, for a day of heightened enforcement and community engagement across different South Yorkshire districts.

In its latest instalment, on 5 October, the operation helped police seize more than £4,800 cash, nine vehicles and execute five warrants in and around Rotherham.

The operation also saw the arrest of 17 individuals.

One of the warrants even resulted in 340 cannabis plants being seized from a property in the Ferham area. Another one saw the arrest of a man and woman for the possession of two firearms.

One of the biggest arrest successes, on the day of raised action, brought four men, at a ‘chop shop’ on Common Lane, to justice for the theft of a vehicle.

Operation Duxford’s lead, Chief Inspector Natalie Gilmour, said: “Bringing resources together from across the force for Operation Duxford has allowed us to conduct targeted activity across Rotherham on a large scale.

“These have included a number of engagement events with our local communities and businesses, proactive and prevention operations focusing on the illegal trade of Vapes and knives, fly-tipping, speeding and other motoring offences along with executing a number of warrants and arrests targeting our most serious crime and those that commit them.”

The police also took time to engage with members of the community, to talk about matters and issues that are important to them.

SYP set up patrols with partners from their mental health team, an engagement stall at Swinton Library and an engagement event for taxi drivers, to give them an opportunity to talk with the police and Rotherham Council on matters that are affecting them.

Chief Inspector Gilmour adds: “The activities of today have enabled us to prevent weapons & drugs being used and arrest those that pose a risk to the community and I would like to thank the community of Rotherham for their engagement and support during the operation.”