Wednesday, 16 July 2014 11:09

VIDEO: Sheffield Police’s ‘Operation Kustody’ raids

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South Yorkshire Police at Operation Kustody raids in Sheffield South Yorkshire Police at Operation Kustody raids in Sheffield

A new video follows South Yorkshire Police officers as they execute warrants during dawn raids in Sheffield.

The region’s police force have released the video to enable Sheffield residents to observe their crackdown on burglary and other crimes.

Cameras and press followed the police during the raids at various addresses in Parson Cross, Manor and Heeley on Monday.

A handgun and knives were amongst the items seized during the raids, along with several suspected stolen mobile phones and other articles.

One man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm, two people were arrested for handling stolen goods and sixteen further people were detained, suspected of various offences including assault, drugs offences and shoplifting.

Speaking outside an address in Danewood Avenue, Manor, Acting Sergeant Phil Mackey of Darnall Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “We’ve just gone into this address on the Castlebeck Estate executing a misuse of drugs act warrant. Whilst executing that warrant we have just found a silver revolver handgun.

“Other associated weapons were hidden in the address.”

A South Yorkshire Police van at the Operation Kustody raids

Several months of work has been carried out by officers on Operation Kustody, focusing on gathering information regarding burglary and the stolen property market in the city.

The arrests made this week are the first stage of the ‘strike phase’ of that process, aimed at disrupting the stolen property market.

Executing a warrant at an Heeley Bank Road address, Detective Constable Nathan Hoole said: “This is actually more important than dealing with the theif itself because its an age-old adage that people only steal if they can get rid of the goods.

“If you get rid of the handler, people then struggle to sell it on.”

Operation Kustody is expected to continue throughout the summer.

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