A MAN has been arrested after more than 300 cannabis plants were found inside a property in Goldthorpe.
Last Wednesday, officers from the Barnsley South East Neighbourhood Policing Team patrolled a popular bus route through Thurnscoe and Goldthorpe – which has recently been suspended by Stagecoach due to a spate of antisocial behaviour.
Plain-clothed officers jumped on the buses across an eight-hour period on the day after listening to concerns from the community and partner agencies about antisocial behaviour being committed along the route.
PC Oliver Hepton, one of the team involved, said: “This was not an operation to target antisocial behaviour on buses, but to see just what ASB was taking place on the route the bus would travel and if any ASB was directed towards the bus.
“We have been receiving reports of ASB taking place on the route which has led to disruption to the service.”
The officers got off at known ASB hotspots along the route, such as School Street, throughout the day and found no issues to deal with.
However, a warrant was then executed in Goldthorpe as 310 cannabis plants were seized by officers.
Bledian Elezi, 33, of no fixed abode, was was arrested and subsequently charged with producing a controlled drug.
They appeared at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court and will next appear at Sheffield Crown Court on October 25.