It may have been minus temperatures outside for most of today, but that didn’t stop our officers in Barnsley turning up the heat on criminals, making 13 arrests and seizing significant quantities of suspected Class A and B drugs as part of the first Operation Duxford of 2019.
Today’s operation (Thursday 31 January) saw police tackle the issues that matter most to their local communities, with dedicated initiatives in key parts of the town following feedback from the public.
Chief Superintendent Scott Green, Barnsley District Commander, said: “The public are by now familiar with the premise of Operation Duxford – an increase in resources from across the force working in a particular area providing high visibility policing and reassurance.
“This time we chose to tactically direct our resources in response to the issues that our local communities are raising with our neighbourhood teams – issues like off-road biking and antisocial behaviour, concerns around drug-related criminality.
“We also know how many people are concerned about dangerous driving and speeding around Barnsley, especially around schools.
“We know that these matters are incredibly important to the public we serve, so today’s Operation Duxford has been organised around these specific issues and your local teams have spearheaded the plans.
“They know the areas well, they know the concerns you raise, so we’ve given them the resources they need to tackle the problem.”
A number of warrants have been executed throughout the day, with large quantities of suspected cocaine and amphetamine seized from two separate addresses.
Three people have been arrested in connection with the warrants, with 13 people being arrested overall throughout the operation for a range of offences including possession of drugs with intent to supply, robbery and breach of bail.
There were also targeted traffic stop operations in the town centre, Kendray and Goldthorpe. Nearly 200 vehicles were stopped with a number of people processed for not wearing seatbelts and using mobile phones behind the wheel. Twelve cars were seized as a result of the proactive activity.
In Penistone, the SYP Off Road Bike Team were out in force following concerns raised by the rural communities about antisocial behaviour in this area.
Chief Supt Green added: “I hope the public of Barnsley are reassured by the action taken by our teams across the town today – we really are committed to making our communities safer and we will be investing considerably in our neighbourhood teams.
“Over 130 officers have been involved in today’s activity and the results achieved are fantastic. Today’s operation should make a real difference to Barnsley, with criminality disrupted and harmful substances taken off the streets.
“We’ve been supported today in our activity by around 50 people from a range of partner agencies including Barnsley Council, Environment Agency, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue (SYFR) and Vehicle and Operator Standards Agency (VOSA).
“We’re really grateful for the support of our partners and the wider community as we continue to work together to make Barnsley a safer place to work and live.”