TWO people were arrested, cannabis worth thousands of pounds was seized and 120 households were found to have no TV licence on a clampdown day in Barnsley.

Police and council enforcement officers swept through Darfield on November 19 to combat anti-social behaviour.

Staff from the DVLA were also on hand to clamp cars without road tax and five were stopped for driving offences including speeding and the use of a mobile phone.

Sgt Phil Jenkins said: "The message was to go out and meet the community. We had different agencies working and it's important for the community to know that we're there."

Officers from Berneslai Homes also visited tenants to remind them of the terms of their agreement to discourage anti-social behaviour.

With fewer officers, there has been concerns that a lack of a police presence is seen as an encouragement of crime.

Another aspect of the operation was to gather intelligence so police can pinpoint the problem areas and target them in future.

"I'd say that 95 per cent of the people were helpful and it's about people telling us the areas that need looking at," Sgt Jenkins added.

"We try to have a presence but we're not able to be out as much as we would like. When we pool our resources like this we can be effective."