Cannabis seized in action day

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A CRACKDOWN led police to seize 24 cannabis plants, arrest three people for non-payment of fines, and catch 15 people watching TV without a licence in Barnsley.

A day of targeted action in Grimethorpe involved staff from South Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, Barnsley Council, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, Meterplus and TV Licensing, as well as benefit fraud investigators,

The aim was to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and provide reassurance and fire safety checks to residents.

Police seized 24 cannabis plants and arrested a 49-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman.

Anti-social behaviour officers arrested three people – a 37-year-old man, 21-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman – for non-payment of fines, while another man paid up.

A total of 52 vehicles were checked and six issued with prohibition orders.

Four drivers and passengers were given fixed penalty tickets for not using their seat belts.

TV Licensing caught 15 people watching television without a valid licence, and education welfare officials visited 11 families, while staff from Meterplus checked 14 households and 15 residents were given advice about welfare reforms.

A further 56 homes were visited by benefit fraud investigators and the fire service visited 51 properties.

The council’s environmental regulatory unit investigated eight possible fly-tipping offences.

Community safety officers removed graffiti from four locations, while the council’s neighbourhood pride team collected about two tonnes of dumped waste.