Police day of action hailed a huge success

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More ‘days of action’ are planned in Barnsley following the success of an event in which police, firefighters, council staff and housing providers joined forces to crack down on crime and neighbourhood problems.

Police raided a home in Grimethorpe and found amphetamine, cannabis resin and cannabis bush along with suspected stolen goods.

A 44-year-old man was arrested over the discovery and bailed.

In another raid, also in Grimethorpe, a 24-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were arrested following the discovery of cannabis bush.

Eleven homes in Grimethorpe, Brierley and Cudworth were also visited on the day over the non-payment of fines imposed by courts.

A 28-year-old man from Grimethorpe and a 50-year-old man from Brierley were arrested.

Firefighters visited homes to hand out fire safety advice, and police and housing representatives patrolled the streets talking to local residents about issues of concern in the area.

Homes of 15 children who regularly miss school were also visited on the day, to put plans together to improve attendance rates.

Sergeant Nick Redfearn said: “There will be many more days of action planned for the year and we would like to send out a clear message that we will continue to target criminality within these areas and work together with the community to make these areas more attractive places to live.”

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright, said: “These days of action are an excellent way for South Yorkshire Police to work alongside partner agencies to tackle residents’ concerns and issues in their community.”