A MAJOR police operation is underway in Barnsley today after months of investigations into the trading and handling of stolen goods.

Operation Obtain kicked off at 9am this morning where over 400 officers from South Yorkshire Police started storming properties that they suspected were hubs for criminal activity. Search warrants have been issued for various locations across Barnsley and Rotherham as part of the operation.

Already, scores of police officers have been spotted at Cudworth and West Green Bypass carrying out the first phase of the operation.

We Are Barnsley will be speaking to senior officers on the scene later today for a full rundown.