OVER 180 officers have hit the streets of Barnsley today as Operation Duxford returns to the town for the first time in 2024.

Briefed by district commanders and armed with equipment and intelligence, a dedicated operation focussing on child exploitation, neighbourhood crime and domestic abuse will run throughout the day and night as specialised teams from across South Yorkshire Police join Barnsley officers.

Barnsley District Commander Simon Wanless explains more about today’s action. He said: “Those believed to be involved in criminality may have already had a morning wake-up call from officers who have been executing warrants across our communities for drugs.

“Throughout the rest of the day, teams will be focussing on protecting our most vulnerable and carrying out property checks to ensure criminals are not exploiting them and their homes.

“Our other areas of focus include domestic violence, burglary and robbery, and those wanted on recall for prison or outstanding offences can expect to see our officers.

“If you are out in Barnsley today and see our officers, please stop to speak to them. We are here to help.”

Barnsley Central Neighbourhood Team will be outside the Glass Works showcasing emergency service vehicles and equipment.