NINE suspects are already in the cells within a few hours of the start of Operation Duxford.

Officers from across the force executing warrants gave early morning wake-up calls to those believed to be involved in criminality and drug supply within and the questioning of those will now take place.

Today, 180 staff including teams from the Operational Support Unit and Barnsley Council descended across Barnsley as part of the first dedicated operation of 2024.

At mid-day, seven search warrants had been executed at addresses in the town centre, Smithies, Athersley, Dodworth, Ingbirchworth and Carlton.

During searches of the properties, four cannabis cultivations were discovered totalling over 160 plants and a quantity of Class A drugs and weapons.

Eight men and one woman have been arrested in connection with various offences including cannabis cultivation, possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, going equipped and possession of offensive weapons.

As the day continues across the district enforcement will focus on those involved in exploitation, burglary and robbery and domestic abuse.

Barnsley District Commander Simon Wanless 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.