Operation Duxford enjoys biggest success yet

The council joined forces with South Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and other partner agencies to deliver the most successful Operation Duxford to date last week.

Operation Duxford is a targeted day of action from the partners looking to tackle the issues that matter most to local communities.

This included the execution of several warrants across the borough following the gathering of intelligence from the public. One property was given a closure order notice for drug use and anti-social behaviour.

A team of traffic officers stopped 21 vehicles while nine vehicles were taken away from their drivers for having no insurance or tax.

They also pursued a stolen car which was believed to have been used in a burglary a few days earlier. The driver, a 21-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and motoring offences.

A total of 17 people were arrested for a variety of suspected offences including possession of drugs with intent to supply, possession of weapons, burglary, failing to appear at court, failing to stop and driving whilst disqualified.

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said: "We're delighted with the outcome of this week's Operation Duxford being the most successful yet following on from previous activity.

"We continue to join forces with our partners in our commitment to a safer Barnsley and we will continue to work hard to address issues raised by the local community to make sure it is healthy, safe and strong.

"I would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work, which helped to make Operation Duxford a success."

A/Inspector Matt Wood said: “Following reports of drug use and anti-social behaviour from our community, we have been able to work with Barnsley Council to secure a warning for a closure order on a property in the town centre.

“If improvements are not made in the next two weeks, we will look at closing the property and seeking a closure order from the court for a period of three months. This will completely close the property giving the local community respite from the ongoing issues.

“We are thankful to our communities for reporting the issues in their areas and I would like to encourage you to continue doing so. It may not seem like we act upon the information straight away but we are, and will continue to tackle these problems.”

Chief Superintendent Scott Green said: “We have seen outstanding results from our officers.

“We had the highest number of arrests, drugs recovered and search warrants we have ever conducted on a Duxford day in Barnsley.

“These results are testament to our communities, all of our action today is following intelligence and reports from the public.

“We know that these are the issues that matter the most to our communities are we are committed to tackling the problem."

To report instances of anti-social behaviour or crime, please call 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also report incidents to our Safer Neighbourhood Service by emailing safer@barnsley.gov.uk.

For more information about our work with partners to keep Barnsley safe, visit barnsley.gov.uk/joiningforces.

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