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From a police perspective: The latest policing news in and around Doncaster

This month, South Yorkshire Police updates us with the latest policing news and priorities in and around Doncaster.

An investigation has been launched following the discovery of a man’s body at an address in Balby, Doncaster.

Officers attended the flat in Hatfield House, Grove Place shortly after 11pm on 26th August and found the body of a 39-year-old man.

Three people present at the scene were detained on suspicion of murder. Two women, aged 45 and 40, and a 21-year-old man, remain in police custody at this time.

Formal identification and a postmortem examination are yet to take place. A police cordon will remain in place as enquiries continue.

Anyone with information about the man’s death is asked to contact police on 101. The incident number to quote is 926 of 26 August.

Furthermore, fortify officers recovered £11,000 from an address in Doncaster last month after executing two warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

The properties, on Sydney Road and Acacia Road, were raided after intelligence suggested the addresses had links to county lines drug dealing. County lines sees organised crime groups groom and exploit children and vulnerable adults in order to traffic drugs between counties.

Police also seized a quantity of Class A drugs, thought to be cocaine, and a quantity of suspected cannabis.

Detective Inspector, Steve Smith said: “County lines is an incredibly damaging tactic undertaken by certain organised crime groups. It involves children or vulnerable adults being systematically moved around the country to supply drugs in smaller towns or in more rural areas, and widen the gang’s network.

“Carrying out warrants and seizing drugs and suspected proceeds of crime is vital in disrupting these tactics. We want to make life as difficult as possible for dealers while gathering more information about their operations and building up a picture of their criminal network.

“County lines gangs are a threat to our communities; most of all to vulnerable people, both adults and children. We will be relentless in our efforts to eradicate them, but we cannot do it alone. Under Operation Fortify, we work hard alongside key partner agencies, local schools and charities to raise awareness and protect those who are most vulnerable.”

If anyone has any concerns that someone they know is involved in this type of crime, please report this to police through 101. Alternatively, you can stay completely anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers via their website Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling their UK Contact Centre on 0800 555 111.

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