Twelve people have been arrested, over 60 people stop-searched and a number of vehicles searched as part of a three-day operation by the Violent Crime Task Force in Sheffield city centre.
The team was launched in a bid to eradicate violent crime across the county, following additional funding from the Home Office. The £2.58 million allocated to South Yorkshire Police will fund task force operations over the next 12 months as officers hone in on crime ‘hotspot’ areas and work to disrupt the work of organised criminals.
As part of the team’s efforts in Sheffield city centre last weekend, a dozen people were arrested, including individuals suspected of committing multiple crimes in the city centre.
One man has since been charged. Zain Darwish, 19, of Hallyburton Road, Sheffield, appeared before Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Monday 24 June charged with theft and possession of cannabis.
He has been bailed with conditions to appear before Sheffield Crown Court on 22 July.
In addition, one individual received a cannabis warning and two vehicles were seized for having no insurance.