Police crack-down on gangs and organized crime


South Yorkshire Police launched a three-month operation targeting gangs and removing criminals from the street.

‘Operation Fortify’ started on Monday and will be carried out for the next three months, as undercover agents have identified key offenders.

Sheffield’s District Commander, Chief Superintendent David Hartley said: “There will effectively be a ring of steel around Parson Cross, Manor and Arbourhorne. This is a proactive, very visible three-month operation in areas where most of the organised criminality in Sheffield is centred.”

There will be high-visibility patrols with automated number plate recognition cameras in these areas, along with specialist firearms and traffic officers.

In 2015, the top gun crime hotspots in Sheffield are, by ranking: Burngreave, City Centre, Soutmey, Firth Park, Manor Castle, Darnall, Arbourthorne, Shiregreen and Brightside, Gleadless Valley and Richmond.

The S3, S4, Cok Bak Reload and the Parson Cross are some of the major gangs that continue to plague Sheffield.

In August, 21 people were arrested believed to be involved in organised crime, armed criminality and drug offences.

The police held a three week firearms and knives surrender as a strand of the Organised Crime Group (OCG) and Armed Criminality campaign from July to August, where 35 items have been surrendered including 7 shotguns and 300 bullets.

If you have any information regarding gangs, the use of firearms or any suspicious activity in your area, you are encouraged to report your concerns either to the police on 101, or anonymously by contacting the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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