FOUR hundred and seventy one plants with an estimated street value of £295,000 have been recovered across Barnsley during a month-long crackdown on cannabis cultivation.

Operation Barracuda has been running throughout May and was set up to target individuals involved in cannabis cultivation.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Wilkie, who led the operation, said: "We acted on information received and visited over 80 properties across Barnsley.

"I'm really pleased with the results; not only have we recovered a substantial amount of plants, we will also have had a significant impact on any illegal financial gain that would have come from growing the plants."

During the operation, 22 people were arrested, 26 people were cautioned, eight warnings were given out and six people received fixed penalty notices for cannabis cultivation.

Police and Crime Commissioner of South Yorkshire, Shaun Wright said: “The campaign in Barnsley has been a great success and I’m glad that the force is taking tough action to catch these criminals.

"They cannot be allowed to profit from breaking the law. I’d also like to thank any members of the public that came forward with information that helped to make these arrests as the police could not do their job without this assistance."

Anybody with any further information should contact the police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Any information received will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

Full list:

Cudworth: 161

Thurnscoe: 94

Royston: 59

Wombwell: 43

Central: 32

Kendray: 28

Darton and Dodworth: 26

Hoyland: 18

Goldthorpe: 10

The people arrested are all currently on bail, nobody has been charged yet.