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Police Operation Targets Barnsley

Wednesday August 22 2012

A MAJOR police operation in Barnsley today has seen 15 people arrested and 40 people searched for drugs.

The borough wide impact operation saw passive drugs dogs out in force in the town centre, randomly checking areas like Cheapside, Peel Square and the Transport Interchange.

A spokesman said: "Police in Barnsley have been out in the town centre with support from mounted officers and dog handlers as part of an operation to target the main offenders in the borough.

"So far officers have arrested two people for theft and one for burglary and one for prison recall. They have stopped and searched a total of 40 people in the town centre."

The town centre operation was running at the same time as others in the districts - in total 15 arrests have been made so far for crimes like burglary, vehicle crime and drugs.

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Reply Posted by Robert on Wednesday August 22 2012 at 14:30
Do you know what... all of a sudden, I feel safer!

Reply Posted by Midge on Wednesday August 22 2012 at 15:14
Thing is...this shouldn't be a operation which implicates its out of normal duty policing....it should be run of the mill stuff anyway...that said....well done to the boys in blue :)

Reply Posted by Andy c on Wednesday August 22 2012 at 15:57
The courts will say it's self use waste of police time

Reply Posted by ryan on Wednesday August 22 2012 at 17:15
they can walk the streets but if we call them when we have been broken in t they dunt want t know

Reply Posted by Craig on Wednesday August 22 2012 at 17:34
Can we start to do these in or outside town centre pubs ?

Reply Posted by chez on Wednesday August 22 2012 at 18:32
cant they do then on our street cos more houses are been rented out to undesirables than ive ever known

Reply Posted by GLEN on Wednesday August 22 2012 at 20:04

Reply Posted by Zoe on Wednesday August 22 2012 at 20:37
I work in a shop and I felt so safe today, was great to see them, wish they were around all the time

Reply Posted by kal on Wednesday August 22 2012 at 21:34
if ppl reported drug dealing as soon as they see it the dealers would go somewere else but every one turns a blind eye pretend they dont see it or thinks nothing to do with me. well its our town and the shops and staff see these dealers day in day out .you want to feel safe every day form a group to pass on info to each other and cops we all have a part to play

Reply Posted by Liam on Thursday August 23 2012 at 09:42
I see what you mean someone crashed into one of chefs car when I was working
He was drinking and we told police this over the phone...not one officer turned up!! When we had an assault it took half an hour for police to turn up and were only on Huddersfield road/clayliffe road junction!!

Reply Posted by mick on Friday August 24 2012 at 23:14
We need the police more active like this . And not just in the town centre . In villages like Royston its bad . Let them come here and sort the trash out here and not just town centre

Reply Posted by dave on Tuesday August 28 2012 at 09:47
i was robbed during the Olympics i phoned police only to be told we have no one available at the moment we can deal with it Saturday 4 days later i was shocked and its now 5 weeks and still not dealt with but they can use about 10 police to sort this good job out that they are doing now and ought to do on a regular basis and they wonder why lots of people have no confidence in them DISGUSTED IN THEM DAVE.

Reply Posted by Dave on Tuesday August 28 2012 at 11:06
Was talking to a couple nr me who are moving Away from Royston,there moving because of all the dss that have infiltrated the area and don't give a flying fluck. Dog shit in gardens,blatant drug dealing ,partying most nights .the police should target royston. Once a friendly place now home to wasters ,druggies .i ble private landlords renting out to dss !

Reply Posted by jim on Tuesday August 28 2012 at 21:35
total waste of police time. ALL DRUGS should be legalised and the trade taken out of the hands of criminals, and sold in a regulated way, with proper controls and restrictions, not the free for all situation that we have now. The current drug laws cost millions to enforce and have been a complete failure - drugs are freely available, widely used and for most people , non problematic.

Reply Posted by Rothschild on Thursday September 6 2012 at 20:54
Well said.

Reply Posted by jim on Tuesday August 28 2012 at 21:40
the use of sniffer dogs by police is also a questionable tactic in terms of basic civil rights , and accuracy - most detections by dogs are actually 'false positives' - that is the dog indicates that a person is carrying drugs but when they are searched they are not. dogs are only accurate for very short periods of time they then need to rest their nose. their use is more of a psychological tactic.
remember the police can only use dogs in open spaces, they cannot require anyone to change their direction or to walk past a dog , for example by funneling a crowd past a dog. if they do this they are acting illegally!

Reply Posted by Carol turton on Thursday September 6 2012 at 13:15
They are going to have to legalise drugs eventually ! They could open up cannabis / cafes for a start like in amsterdam ! The drug dealers will not just go away ! It needs to be legalaly run !

Reply Posted by not all dss are wasters thanks dave on Thursday September 6 2012 at 13:18
people like dave make my blood boil how dare you sit their behind your computer screen and presume everyone that claims dss are wasters, throw parties, and have dog poo in their garden. me and my hubby are having to claim for the last 16 weeks and its the worst feeling ever and people like you make us decent people feel like smack heads, alcoholics and rubbish. i would like to know what gives you the right to tar everyone that claims dss/jsa with the same brush.
the police should do this every day in town i dont feel safe going to town anymore

Reply Posted by Jeffers on Thursday September 6 2012 at 13:20
Well simples in it let vigilantes roam the streets to sort em out. After all the druggies and scum bags roam the street causing mayhem. So what's the difference.judge Dredd your needed in Barnsley,and Rotherham and Doncaster and Sheffield.

Reply Posted by disgusted on Thursday September 6 2012 at 13:23
make the use and selling drugs legal its madness drugs cause nothing but harm and distress especially to the users family get more police invest more and rid the country of the parasites that sell this disgusting thing better still dont let the main culprits into the country in the first place as for blaming dss folk for trouble dont target everyone who doesnt work with the same brush theres lots of working people who are just as bad neighbours making peoples lives a misery and take it as read they work their right THE GOVERNMENT NEED TO CONCENTRATE ON PROVIDING THE CASH TO THE NEEDED THINGS NOT THINGS TO MAKE THEM LOOK GOOD ie police law and order against the low lifes in our society

Reply Posted by Rothschild on Thursday September 6 2012 at 20:48
Hmmm, now here we have ourselves a totally blinkered and narrow minded viewpoint. I like these poorly thought out, badly punctuated (Well, not punctuated at all), badly phrased posts as it gives me something to poke a little fun at, although not in a nasty way. I don't mean to offend, but, do you know how much the war on drugs has cost the tax payer over the years in money? And do you know the impact this has had on the illegal trade in these substances? Next to none. In fact, drug use and availability, especially of hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin, ketamine, have become more widely available. Why? Because where there is a market, there will be trade. Its that simple. And, when you push the highly lucrative market such as the drug trade into the hands of criminal factions, you get high level crime, violence, turf wars, basically all the things you see happening around you that everyone is bleeting about on here. While i agree, drug use can be very harmful to the individual, to society as a whole it causes very little issue in itself. Do you think if heroin was legalized, loads of people would all of a sudden become addicts and start a habit, just because they can...? Would you...? No, you wouldn't, because you understand the ill effects drug use may cause you. Their is a word for that, and it is education. Gradual legalisation over time, in conjunction with a good eduction of the facts about these substances not only increases awareness and understanding of the dangers of drug use, but it also costs less, free's up police officers, decreases prison population, removes income from violent criminals decreasing their ability to cause harm to others, promotes civil liberty and particularly gives young people who are educated in this way from an early age an immediate and tangible sense of what it is to be responsible for your own actions. The positives of legalisation, in opposition to prohibition are so many its insanity to keep doing the contrary and failing. The low lives in society you refer to, are an unfortunate side effect of a society that entrusts its safety and prosperity to the hands of those with no regard for their welfare. At all. Peace.

Reply Posted by king louis on Thursday September 6 2012 at 14:32
make it legal on prescription only, and have the drug users carry a pink ID card at all times and it must be worn externally for all to see for 8 hours after any drugs have been used even in their own home. Massive fines for those not wearing the card and showing that they are under the influence...this should keep then inside their own homes while high. Crime would also decrease because it's free!

Reply Posted by Clare on Thursday September 6 2012 at 14:58
Sounds like most of u are on drugs and if u not u should be! Legalise it simple!

Reply Posted by chaza on Thursday September 6 2012 at 18:50
if they do legalise it they can plaster tax all over it. Just like cigs people will still buy drugs from houses because it prob will be cheaper. But gud on um it town i think its horrible walkin past circle all of um sat there!

Reply Posted by Me on Thursday September 6 2012 at 21:45
Well, i have to agree with Rothschild, the government could bring in so much more tax revenue by legalising canabis for example, i know many many people who smoke it, Barnsley is rife with weed smokers from the young teenagers to adults, personaly, i think alcohol is as bad as any drug but thats legal, you dont see stoned people fighting in the streets, arguing loudly because they're drunk, vandalising things because they think its funny etc ec etc, how much money does the government/police spend on sorting that out?

Cigs, 85% tax but they want people to stop smoking, where will they get the extra revenue from if people did stop smoking? Will they then tax junk food as fat people are at the top of the list for using NHS money? Increase fuel tax? If the government legalised certain drugs, they could control them, the strength of them, the cost and also give a fair few people legal jobs who will then pay taxes and also gain tax from the selling of them.

And i think there is not as many smack heads around town, well i dont see them or they hide from me and i live in the town centre, having police around doesnt make me feel safer with the abuse they give in their positions, a friend of mine has recently won a court case against the police for lying, wrongful arrest, false imprisonment & assault due to a camera the police didn't know was there recording the situation and proving innocence on his case. My piece said.