Crime Crackdown success for York police.
9:53am 17th December 2010
11 arrests as police take action
York police have made more arrests as Operation Secure continues the fight against crime in the city.
Officers made 11 arrests yesterday (Thursday 16 December 2010) during the latest phase of the operation, which was established to tackle acquisitive crime and prolific offenders throughout the city.
Police made a number of arrests for drug related offences during a series of early morning search warrants and also targeted people failing to pay court fines and drivers ignoring road regulations.
Inspector Mark Henderson, of York Central Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Yesterday’s day of action was a direct result of intelligence we have received from the community.
“Operation Secure was established to tackle issues that matter to our residents and their cooperation has been vital to our efforts.
“It is very pleasing that we have managed to build on previous successful phases of this operation and the 11 arrests we have made will go some way towards disrupting criminal activity in the city.
“We are planning further days of action throughout the coming year and criminals operating in York can be certain that we will target them and do whatever it takes to make life difficult for them.”
Officers made seven arrests for drug offences in a number of raids throughout the city.
During a raid at a house on Spalding Avenue in Clifton, two men were arrested for possession with intent to supply after officers discovered a substantial quantity of white powder.
A 25-year-old man and a 23-year-old man have both been released on police bail as enquiries continue.
In a further raid at a property on Swann Street, off Nunnery Lane, officers found a large quantity of cannabis and tablets.
A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply and has been bailed as police continue their enquiries.
A 30-year-old man was charged with possession of a controlled substance after officers conducted a search warrant at a property in Cromer Street in Clifton.
He will appear at York Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 30 December 2010.
A further man was also arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance after officers arrested him St Leonards Place.
The 21-year-old man remains in police custody.
A 22-year-old man was arrested in St Helens Square on suspicion of theft and when police searched his home he was also arrested on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs.
He has been released on police bail as enquiries continue.
Non-payment of fines
Officers from the Operation Secure team also made six arrests for failure to pay outstanding fines owed to the courts.
Four men and three women were all taken straight to York Magistrates’ Court.
In partnership with the DVLA, officers patrolled the city looking for vehicles being used without valid tax.
19 vehicles were identified as not displaying an up-to-date tax disc and police issued 19 fixed penalty tickets to the value of £90.
Joint patrols were also conducted with Trading Standards and City of York Council’s Street Environment targeting unmarked vans being used for trade purposes.
Three drivers were dealt with by fixed penalty ticket for offences including failure to comply with traffic lights and not complying with a mandatory left turn.
The Street Environment team accompanied by local PCSOs conducted litter patrols throughout busy areas of the city and issued eight people with £80 littering tickets.
Officers conducted an Operation Secure letter drop informing residents of the day of action and offering crime prevention advice. In total 1400 addresses were visited.
Police also visited every house on the Baker Street cold calling zone in Clifton to gather intelligence, offer crime prevention advice to residents and minimise distraction burglaries in the area.
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