A CRACKDOWN on poaching, wildlife persecution and other rural crimes in South Yorkshire led to the seizure of eight air rifles and three arrests, police have revealed.
Police teamed up with landowners and gamekeepers for Operation Dunlin in Barnsley and Doncaster after complaints from rural communities about crimes.
The overnight operation resulted in two arrests for animal cruelty and one for the theft of a vehicle.
Police seized four vehicles and eight firearms and reported 10 people for poaching.
A total of 18 people were cautioned for possessing cannabis.
Officers carried out 311 checks against the national police computer database and breathalysed 12 motorists.
Supet David Hartley, the wildlife lead for South Yorkshire Police, said: “I am delighted with the latest result from Operation Dunlin.
“We are aware of the seasonal trends for rural crime and by listening to our rural communities we were prepared for this increase.
“We will maintain the focus on this crime and my message to anyone who thinks rural crime or poaching is an easy option be assured it is not and the result will be your vehicle or equipment seized and a day in court.
“We are absolutely committed to support our rural communities within South Yorkshire.”