POLICE made seven stop and searches in Edlington yesterday (Thursday) and seized a haul of illegal weapons and substances including crossbows and cannabis.
A Section 60 order granted under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 was brought into play from 4pm until midnight in a bid to deter people from carrying weapons.
Chief Supt Shaun Morley, district commander for Doncaster, confirmed seven stop and searches had been carried out by officers last night, which resulted in two crossbows being seized, along with two petrol canisters.
"Two safeguarding referrals were also made - one for a vulnerable adult and another for a vulnerable child," Chief Supt Morley added.
Officers from the Fortify team, local policing team and operational support services, who were carrying out the proactive patrols, also identified a cannabis cultivation at a house in Staveley Street.
Chief Supt Morley said around 25 cannabis plants had been found in the raid, as well as cultivation equipment - and an investigation is now underway to establish who lives at the property and is linked to the set up.
“In publicising the order yesterday, we not only wanted to make people in the area aware that they may be subject to a stop and search, but to also deter people from carrying weapons," he added.
“Our efforts to eradicate violent crime in Edlington and the surrounding areas will continue and a Section 60 order is just one element of the ongoing work we are doing.
“We will continue to have proactive operations in the area, identifying those involved in such criminality, carry out warrants and also working with the local community to ensure they feel safe where they live and offenders are brought to justice.”
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