POLICE arrested more than 53 people and recovered £5,000 worth of drugs as part of a week-long policing operation across Barnsley.

Operation Benchmark, which ran last week, saw the force targeting a number of suspects.

The week began with a series of search warrants, with officers looking mainly for cannabis cultivation centres and stolen property.

This netted 161 cannabis plants, over £3,000 worth of other drugs, more than £1,000 of stolen property, thousands of pounds in cash and three vehicles.

Throughout the week, people were arrested on suspicion of a range of offences including burglary, car crime, shoplifting, cannabis cultivation, theft, criminal damage, fraud, failure to appear at court and non-payment of court fines.

Inspector Simon Leake, who led the operation, said: "Criminals have no place to hide in Barnsley. We want our work to reassure the public that we're actively looking to protect them by bringing offenders to justice."