Marine Unit help find weapon in South Yorkshire


6 Jun 2019

The Regional Marine and Search Unit, based here in Melton, have helped to find a weapon used in an armed robbery in South Yorkshire.

On 5 April 2019 a pizza delivery driver in Rotherham, South Yorks, was held at gunpoint and had his motorbike and delivery package stolen.  The bike was recovered in the River Rother by South Yorkshire police and last week they requested the services of the regional team.

The underwater search section of the team, part of our Special Operations Unit, were requested to look for the weapon officers suspected had been used in the robbery.

Sergeant Paul Jackson of the Regional Unit, said, “We were pleased to be able to assist in this enquiry.

“The River Rother had very limited visibility and the location we were searching in was underneath a bridge and was full of debris, it was pretty difficult working conditions for the team.

“The search, which consisted of five members of the unit, was slow and methodical and after three days of diving and finger-tip searching we found a black hand-gun.

“Detectives for South Yorkshire have confirmed it is matches the description of the weapon used in the armed robbery.  This is a great result and will add to the evidence against those accused of the robbery.”

South Yorkshire Police Constable Helen Hancock, who is investigating the case said; “This was brilliant service by the underwater search team.  They met with me at the search site before the work started, laid out their initial plans in full and kept me updated throughout the whole search.  I want to thank them for their contribution to our investigation.

“Curtis Pass (21) from Rotherham and a 17-year-old boy, also from Rotherham were both charged on 11 April with robbery and possession of an imitation firearm. They are both currently remanded in custody.”

The work of the Regional Underwater Marine and Search Unit was in the spotlight recently during the search for Libby Squire.  The team worked tirelessly to search every water-course and pond near where Libby was last seen working around the clock to contribute to the huge police operation involved in the search.

The sergeant and nine constables that make up the unit are a dedicated regional resource that can be deployed anywhere within the four forces, Humberside, North, South and West Yorkshire. 

Covering a huge area they can be called upon 24 hours a day and have specialist knowledge and training to be able to search in any type of water-course.

The Regional Underwater Marine and Search Unit are one of many specialist units that work within the Humberside Police family, their work is valued greatly by all four regional Forces.