Rural crime clamp down

A WILDLIFE operation run by South Yorkshire Police in a bid to stamp out rural crime saw three people arrested and four vehicles seized.

Operation Dunlin was the third such initiative to run in the last 12 months, and ran overnight.

The police teamed up with farmers, landowners and gamekeepers throughout Barnsley and Doncaster to help reduce poaching, wildlife persecution, theft, criminal damage and antisocial behaviour.

All together, the operation that was carried out in September, saw eight air weapons (rifles) seized, 15 red diesel dips, 18 street cautions (Cannabis –B), 311 police national computer checks, three arrests for animal cruelty and theft of a vehicle, ten reports on summons for poaching, 56 stop and searches and 12 roadside breath tests.

Superintendent David Hartley of South Yorkshire Police, said: “We will maintain the focus on this crime.

“We are absolutely committed to support our rural communities within South Yorkshire and this is the start of our seasonal proactivity”.