Operation Sierra update

Scunthorpe: More arrests made

16 Nov 2017

We are now well into the second week of Operation Sierra, our partnership initiative in Scunthorpe aimed at targeting offenders involved in drugs, violence and theft-related offences, in particular dwelling burglaries and robberies.

So far, four warrants have been executed which has resulted in 13 men being arrested. These crimes have involved the supply of drugs, possession of offensive weapons, aggravated burglary, theft, robbery and violence.

160 wraps of Class A drugs containing heroin and cocaine have been seized. Quantities of cannabis have also been recovered as well as offensive weapons and stolen property.

Humberside Police have increased the number of officers to target these offenders. We have been very active conducting stop-checks and searches on people and vehicles. There are also more uniformed officers out on patrol.

This morning 16 November 2017 one man was charged with aggravated burglary and is in custody. A second man has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Out of the total 13 arrests, one man is currently on remand in prison for robbery. We believe he was a violent and dangerous individual who could have gone on to commit further offences. Another man has been summoned to court for drugs related offences. The other males remain under investigation.

Operation Sierra will continue to target these offenders.

Detective Inspector John Cram said, “We, the police, are here to stay and it is the days of the criminals that are numbered. Using this partnership approach we are committed to ensuring the residents of North Lincolnshire feel safe in the communities where they live.

“I cannot stress enough the importance of the role of the public. We need you to assist us by providing information to the police so we can target these offenders.  

“The simple message is “help us to help you”. I would urge the public to continue to contact the police with any information which they believe will assist us with our enquires, and make it a safer place for you to live.”

Detective Chief Inspector Nicki Miller said: “Humberside Police are dedicated to targeting offenders of such serious crimes. It cannot be underestimated the impact that these offenders have on victims of these types of crime, and the overall effect on the community.

“We want to work with the public, businesses and partners to make the community a safer place to live.

“People who take drugs often need support which can be sought when they come into custody and through the courts. There are agencies who will support people who have addictions to either drugs or alcohol, but they need to acknowledge it and seek support.

“I would urge family members to seek this support if they believe family members are taking drugs. Often those that take drugs resort to crime. If they incur debts they often resort to dealing to pay off those debt or become involved in other crimes. 

“We would urge the community to look after the vulnerable members of society and if you see them being targeted then please report this to the police. 

“Just one drug dealer in the community can have such a huge impact on so many families by targeting the more vulnerable.”