by Andrew Green
arrests were made by the New Deal police team between April
and August this year, and 149 items of information were received
from the public – described as ‘very valuable’
intelligence by Inspector Trevor Bichard at a public meeting
called by South Yorkshire Police Authority on 14th November.
search operations continued, with 176 searches conducted,
53% of them on white people. The police received no complaints.
Bichard claimed police work in Burngreave had been a success,
with only two serious violent incidents in the last two months.
But a member of the public said that following a shooting
incident involving an airgun at Ivy Lodge Clinic, police took
45 minutes to arrive – this is outside the New Deal
area, so the New Deal police team were not responsible for
the slow reponse.
operations in the area discovered illegal immigrants and overstayers.
Large scale operations will continue, Inspector Bichard promised.
Other police departments including the Drugs Squad are involved,
and results affecting major drug dealers are expected soon.
drugs-related crime has been recorded – but that is
simply the result of their intense activity, police say. A
member of the public reported open sales of drugs from cars
on the street. The police claim that fewer people are coming
from outside the area to buy drugs or to muscle in on the
drugs trade. Doncaster police are said to be outraged that
the drugs trade has moved from here to their patch!
cameras at Ellesmere Green have made a big difference, Superintendent
John Brennan said. No one should imagine that surveillance
is restricted to one location. Covert surveillance cameras
are in use at secret locations all over Burngreave, regularly