Arrests made in crime crackdown in South Yorkshire

Officers had an early morning briefing
Officers had an early morning briefing
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Arrests have been in a crime crackdown in South Yorkshire involving 200 police officers.

Bobbies have flooded Barnsley in a blitz aimed at tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, protecting vulnerable people and engaging with communities in order to provide reassurance and make them feel safer where they live.
Among the first arrested was a man on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to supply and another on suspicion of theft from a supermarket.

Two other men for whom warrants had been issued were also arrested and four drivers were stopped for having no insurance or tax.

Police officers are working with a number of partner agencies as part of the day of action, known as Operation Duxford.

Chief Inspector Mark James, from Barnsley, said: “After an early morning briefing for officers and staff, we have already executed a number of warrants this morning across Barnsley.

“Throughout today, you can expect to see an increased police presence in the district and in particularly in the town centre, around the interchange and in Kendray and Goldthorpe.

“We will be focusing on tackling anti-social behaviour and criminal damage, as we know this has been an issue in the areas.

“We already deploy numerous resources to tackle these issues, as well as working alongside partner agencies such as the council, and Operation Duxford allows us to utilise further resources to have a dedicated day of action to apprehend offenders and further engage with the community.

“Activity will continue throughout the day, with ongoing patrols in the town centre, work alongside partners to tackle issues relating to potential overcrowding, as well as further arrest warrants.

“If you see us out and about, please do come and speak to us. We want to hear what issues are affecting you where you live so that we can do something about it.”

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