Dozens arrested following police blitz on car crime

A HIGH-profile police blitz on car crime saw arrests made as dozens of officers flooded the streets of South Yorkshire.

More than 100 vehicles were subject to on-the-spot checks as officers from different departments hit the roads for the high-visibility crackdown - the latest phase of Operation Impact.

Among those taking part were dog units, firearms teams, roads policing crews, mounted units and the force helicopter.

Officers stopped and searched vehicles and targeted criminals who are using the road network to commit offences.

In Rotherham, six people were placed under arrest and one vehicle was seized.

The day of action was the first in a series of hard-hitting operations to tackle the crimes affect members of the public the most.

Car-related crime was prioritised following an increase in reports of stolen vehicles, items being stolen from inside vehicles, and criminals using the road network to commit crime.

One of the officers leading the operation, Det Insp Paul Dickinson, said: “The vast majority of the vehicles we have stopped are all legal and fully in order.”

“I think it is clear the message is getting through about vehicle crime and the operation has been well received, especially with small businesspeople because this sort of thing protects their livelihoods by focusing on the rogue element.”

“This is the first of a number of days of action on auto crime led by the new chief constable, because there has been a steady increase and we want to drive the figures back down.”

In Sheffield, 17 people were arrested and 18 spot checks were carried out in vehicles.

Operation Takeaway, which ran alongside yesterday’s blitz, also removed two vehicles from the city’s roads for being involved in crime or being driven without insurance.

A further 10 arrests took place in Barnsley - including two following the execution of search warrants for stolen property and drugs.

Four vehicles were taken away and 64 checks were carried out.

Two arrests were made in Doncaster, 40 vehicles subjected to spot checks, and four cars taken away as a result. Some vehicles were found to have no insurance.

Another 926 vulnerable vehicle checks - which identify vehicles likely to be targeted by criminals, such as those which have been left insecure or with property on display - were also carried out across the area.

Officers also took to the streets to warn motorists of the dangers of leaving valuables in their cars as part of the operation.

Under the banner of Operation Impact, monthly days of high profile action will take place in a bid to put prolific criminals behind bars.