FOUR pitbulls were seized in Barnsley yesterday as part of a police operation which also saw seven men arrested and a large amount of drugs seized from across the town.

As part of the force-wide Operation Duxford initiative, around 140 officers and PCSOs were out across town, with a focus on the town centre, Barnsley Interchange, Royston and Goldthorpe.

During the operation, seven men were arrested for a variety of offences, including the possession of drugs and failure to appear at court.

Police also say that a large quantity of cannabis, some heroin and a variety of drugs paraphernalia was seized from various address across the borough.

In Royston, four pit-bull terriers were seized under the Dangerous Dogs Act, two vehicles were recovered by the DVLA and staff from Barnsley Council issued two fines for fly tipping.

Nine vehicles were also seized for having no insurance.

Barnsley District Commander, Chief Superintendent Scott Green, said: “As well as some great results from warrants, we also spoke to almost two thousand members of the public, which is a key part of Operation Duxford.

“We had crime prevention stalls stationed across the district, which enabled officers and PCSOs to offer advice to residents, listen to any concerns they have and let them know about all the good work we’ve been doing, tackling the issues that matter most to them.”