POLICE were visiably present across Barnsley yesterday as Operation Duxford took place.

Over 130 police officers were on the operation. Significant quantities of suspected Class A and B drugs were seized and 13 arrests were made during the first Operation Duxford of 2019.

Nearly 200 vehicles were stopped with a number of people processed for not wearing seatbelts and using mobile phones behind the wheel. Twelve cars were seized as a result of the proactive activity.

In Penistone, the SYP Off Road Bike Team were out in force following concerns raised by the rural communities about antisocial behaviour in this area.

Chief Superintendent Scott Green, Barnsley District Commander, said: “The public are by now familiar with the premise of Operation Duxford. This time we chose to tactically direct our resources in response to the issues that our local communities are raising with our neighbourhood teams – issues like off-road biking and antisocial behaviour, concerns around drug-related criminality.

“I hope the public of Barnsley are reassured by the action taken by our teams across the town today – we really are committed to making our communities safer and we will be investing considerably in our neighbourhood teams."