Dearne police operation leads to drugs seizure

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Police arrested more than 53 people and recovered £5,000 worth of drugs as part of a week-long policing operation across Barnsley.

Operation Benchmark started with a series of search warrants, with officers looking mainly for cannabis cultivation centres and stolen property.

This netted over 100 cannabis plants and stolen property thought to have been taken in shoplifting offences.

A Royston man was found in possession of children’s clothes and razor blades, which are believed to be stolen. Officers also caught a Thurnscoe man with suspected stolen tools and a Royston man was caught with cannabis. In addition, police visited scrapyards and secondhand shops looking for stolen property.

Inspector Simon Leake, who led the February 6-10 operation, said: “The operation was a great success but it is just an example of the work that officers do day-in, day-out.”