POLICE in Barnsley teamed up with farmers, landowners and gamekeepers to help reduce poaching, theft, criminal damage and antisocial behaviour on rural land.

The third 'Operation Dunlin' was run over night in Barnsley and Doncaster and featured specialist road crime teams, district duty officers and wildlife officers.

Four cars and eight rifles were seized, there were 15 red diesel dips, 18 street cautions and three people arrested (two for animal cruelty and one for theft of a vehicle.)

There were ten reports of poaching and 12 roadside breath tests.

Superintendent David Hartley, the Wildlife lead for South Yorkshire Police, said: “We will maintain the focus on this crime and my message to anyone who thinks rural crime or poaching is an easy option be assured it is not, and the result will be your vehicle, or equipment seized and a day in court. We are absolutely committed to support our rural communities within South Yorkshire and this is the start of our seasonal proactivity.”