Operation Duxford a success

Barnsley Council worked alongside partner agencies to disrupt the activities of organised crime groups as well as engaging with the local community as part of Operation Duxford on Wednesday 10 October.

With help from South Yorkshire Police, Trading Standards and other partners, thousands of counterfeit cigarettes and drugs were seized in proactive warrants across the borough.

As part of the operation:
- Stolen property was recovered
- A knuckle duster was seized
- Seven vehicles were seized for no insurance
- 10 arrests were made
- 12 stop searches were conducted
- 17 taxis were checked to ensure they are safe and operating in accordance with their licence
- 22 vulnerable vehicle owners were advised
- 28 vehicles were stopped for speeding in the Dearne
- 38 vehicles were checked by HMRC to ensure no red diesel was being used
- 57 vehicles were stopped for waste carrier checks

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said: "We're pleased with the outcome of this week's Operation Duxford and this follows on from another successful day of action in July.

"Along with partner agencies, we continue to work hard to address issues raised by the local community and deliver the best possible service to the people of Barnsley.

"We are committed to making sure that our community is healthy, safe and strong and I would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work, which helped to make Operation Duxford a success.

“If you are concerned about crime in your local area, I would urge you to contact South Yorkshire Police.”

T/Chief Inspector Chris Foster, who led the operation, was pleased with the results and levels of engagement from the public with more than 2,000 residents addressed during the course of the day.

He said: “As well as enforcement activity, which removed drugs and weapons from our streets, the biggest part of Operation Duxford is engaging with our community.

“Yesterday, we were able to demonstrate the proactive, positive work we are doing to tackle the issues that most matter to people in Barnsley.

“Throughout the day and into the evening, officers engaged with over 2,400 people, offering crime prevention advice, listening to any concerns they had and explaining more about Operation Duxford and the work officers are doing every single day.

“Over 8,000 suspected counterfeit cigarettes were seized from two businesses, during an operation with Trading Standards.

“We also accompanied the council on a commercial vehicle operation, stopping those who were carrying waste but did not have a waste carriers licence. A total of 26 vehicles were stopped but no offences were identified.

“Our work to keep Barnsley a safe and enjoyable place to live continues every single day and I hope that yesterday’s day of action demonstrates our commitment to tackling issues that matter most to the local community.

“If you do want to speak to us about something, or if anything is concerning you about crime in your area, please do get in touch with us via 101, our Facebook pages, or pop in to your local police station.”

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