Sheffield criminals back behind bars

South Yorkshire Police Officers
South Yorkshire Police Officers

Twenty-seven criminals have been arrested by police in Sheffield and sent back to jail - for breaching the conditions of their release.

The crooks were sent back to custody as part of a crackdown carried out by South Yorkshire Police officers working on the Operation Lockdown campaign.

The campaign is targeting those who commit burglary and vehicle crime across the county.

Normally when offenders have served part of their jail terms, they are released on licence into the community but are subject to strict conditions.

If they breach those conditions they can be arrested and sent back to jail – recalled – to serve the rest of their sentence.

The Probation Service is notified if the criminal breaches the terms of their licence and the person is recalled.

Then the police have to track them down, arrest them and return them to custody.

Jan Hannant, director of probation in Sheffield, said: “South Yorkshire Probation Trust is committed to making South Yorkshire safer and has done so by significantly reducing re-offending.

“We play a vital role in helping offenders to turn their lives around but, when necessary, we will make difficult decisions to recall someone to court or prison.”

A police spokeswoman said during operation K2, 10 people were arrested on the same day they were recalled to prison.

A further 12 offenders were arrested within 72 hours of their recall and only one of the 28 individuals recalled since October 1 is still being sought.

Chief Inspector Jayne Forrest, leading the city’s K2 activity during Operation Lockdown, said: “South Yorkshire Police and the Probation Service in Sheffield are committed to returning people to prison who breach the conditions of their release.

“We are determined to relentlessly pursue those who otherwise would remain free over Christmas to commit crime.”