SIXTEEN arrests were made in Barnsley yesterday as part of a police operation, including arrests for possession of drugs and shoplifting.

As part of the force-wide Operation Duxford initiative, almost 200 officers and PCSOs were out across town, targeting the town centre, Barnsley Interchange, Kendray and Goldthorpe.

A warrant carried out at Harold Avenue, Barnsley, saw four cannabis plants seized, while another warrant executed at a house in Goldthorpe saw police seize a quantity of cannabis, two air rifles and two BB guns.

A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply, and remains in police custody.

Sixteen cars were also stopped as part of the initiative, for either driving without insurance, driving without tax, or both.

Chief Inspector Mark James said: “Operation Duxford enables us to put the focus on Barnsley for a day, however I want to stress that each and every day, our officers are continuing to work protect vulnerable people in Barnsley and tackle issues such as antisocial behaviour and drugs offences.

"Yesterday was a really successful Operation Duxford for us and I hope it sends out a clear message that criminal activity in Barnsley will not be tolerated and we will do everything we can, and use all resources possible, to prevent and detect criminality as well as protecting members of the public and listening to your concerns.”