Sheffield & South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire criminals hampered by festive ruse

Christmas hamper Image copyright South Yorkshire Police
Image caption Some of those arrested were wanted in connection with offences including burglary and dangerous driving

Wanted criminals were duped into arrest after falling for the promise a free Christmas hamper.

South Yorkshire Police sent a card from a fictitious company to those wanted for arrest, saying they had been specially selected to receive a hamper.

In order to receive it they were required to book a delivery slot with the fake firm, but when the knock came they were met by officers.

The force said 21 people were arrested as a result of Operation Holly.

Those arrested on 18 and 19 December were wanted in relation to charges including supplying an illegal article into prison, dangerous driving, drink-driving, assault and fraud.

Det Ch Insp Lee Berry said the force would continue to "explore new avenues" to catch wanted criminals.

He added: "Sending officers to addresses where wanted people no longer reside is a drain on valuable police resources."

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