Police crackdown in South Yorkshire hailed a success

Police searching a scrap yard in Barnsley
Police searching a scrap yard in Barnsley
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A week-long crackdown on crime in South Yorkshire has been hailed a success – with police making 53 arrests and recovering £5,000 of drugs.

South Yorkshire Police ran Operation Benchmark as a local response to Operation Lockdown, which is aimed at reducing burglary and vehicle crime following an increase in offences over recent months.

It involved officers raiding homes across Barnsley looking for stolen goods and people involved in crime.

Police found 161 cannabis plants and more than £3,000 of other drugs.

Inspector Simon Leake, who led the crackdown, said: “We wanted to give a focus to Operation Lockdown, the force’s crackdown on house burglary and vehicle crime, but also take the opportunity to carry out warrants, road traffic work and visits to second-hand dealers, scrap-yards and licensed premises to tackle overall crime.

“We executed three search warrants in Athersley on the first day. This was followed by local patrols to let residents know we were around and to reassure them.

“Criminals have no place to hide in Barnsley. We want our work to reassure the public that we’re actively looking to protect them by bringing offenders to justice.

“Last week’s operation was a great success but it is just an example of the work that officers do day-in, day-out in South Yorkshire.”

Suspects were arrested for a range of offences including burglary, car crime, shoplifting, cannabis cultivation, theft, criminal damage, fraud, failure to appear at court and non-payment of court fines.

Scrapyards and second-hand dealers were visited to check for stolen property.

A stolen pedal cycle worth over £600 was seized.