THE two people charged following a police operation in Grimethorpe on Wednesday appeared in court on Friday.

Ian Claughton, 58, and Lesley Claughton, 57, both of Brierley Road, were charged with bringing a realistic firearm into the UK, two counts of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs, possession of a firearm and being concerned with production of Class B drugs.

Ian Claughton was also charged with setting a man trap with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm. They both appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Ian Claughton was remanded in custody ahead of his next appearance before Sheffield Crown Court on June 7.

Lesley Claughton was released on conditional bail ahead of her next appearance before the same court on the same date.

The small cordon surrounding three properties on Brierley Road in the Grimethorpe area of Barnsley was fully removed on Friday evening as officers concluded their searches.

Local residents who were originally evacuated were able to return home after a number of suspicious items were removed and the area was made safe by the army’s EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) team.

All roads in the area fully reopened on Thursday and on Friday evening, the remaining cordon surrounding three properties in Brierley Road was also taken down.