70 arrests in gangs blitz

A POLICE crackdown on ‘postcode gang’ members dealing drugs across Sheffield has so far led to 70 arrests.

South Yorkshire officers began to co-ordinate dawn raids last week, with firearms experts used in the more dangerous operations.

The aim is to try to dismantle gangs in different areas by removing members who deal drugs.

Police hope their work will reduce the amount of infighting between rival gangs and serve as a warning to younger members at risk of becoming embroiled with dealing and other criminality.

Officers mounted an 18-month undercover operation before starting to make arrests.

Four ‘postcode gang’ members were killed in Sheffield between 2007 and 2009.