As redevelopment and investment continues in the Haymarket area of Sheffield, South Yorkshire Police efforts to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) and criminality are also gathering momentum.
Earlier this week (28 August) five people were arrested as the Serious Violent Crime Taskforce (SVCTF) teamed up with neighbourhood officers for the day to carry out targeted activity in relation to drugs and ASB.
Arrests were made for a range of offences including burglary, common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Police officers also stop-searched 31 people, recovering two knives and issuing a number of cannabis warnings and cautions.
Inspector John Mallows from the Central & North West Neighbourhood Team said: “There is a huge amount of proactive work going on in this area and it was great to have the SVCTF join us on Wednesday.
“We have been working really hard in recent months to improve things around Haymarket, King Street and Angel Street, as there have been some very real concerns from businesses and the public about ASB, drug dealing and drug use.
“The area is currently attracting a lot of investment and interest, with some fantastic new businesses springing up; we want those people to stay, and to do that we need to get a grip on certain issues.”
The team have secured new CCTV cameras for the area and have helped establish the ‘Castlegate ASB & Crime Liaison Group’ who meet once a month, raising any ongoing issues with officers.
“A key issue that keeps coming up is around street-begging and the issues this can cause. We are of course taking the time to signpost people to support services, but we’re also using enforcement powers, such as Criminal Behaviour orders (CBOs) where necessary.”