Dearne criminals targeted in operation

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Police are launching a week-long crackdown operation on crime across part of the Dearne on Monday.

South Yorkshire Police and partners will be targeting a number of suspects in Barnsley throughout Operation Benchmark, which runs from February 10 to 16.

Officers will also be offering crime prevention advice to residents to help prevent them from becoming victims of crime.

Inspector Simon Leake, who is leading the operation, said police would be targeting reducing incidents of house burglary and vehicle crime.

He added: “But we’ll also be tackling overall crime by carrying out warrants, road traffic work and visiting second-hand dealers, scrap yards and licensed premises.

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

“In addition, local policing team officers will be conducting high-visibility patrols in key areas to drive home crime prevention messages and carry out vulnerable vehicle checks.”