The newly launched dedicated violent task force held a day of action yesterday, Monday 18 June, in a bid to clean up on violent crime in Barnsley.
Arrests, detaining wanted people and stop and searches were all in a day’s work for the 25 dedicated cops.
The team was launched in a bid to eradicate violent crime across the county, following additional funding from the Home Office. The £2.58 million allocated to the force will fund task force operations over the next 12 months as officers hone in on crime ‘hotspot’ areas and work to disrupt the work of organised criminals.
Yesterday saw the team arrest eight men, including a wanted man who had evaded officers for over three months.
The team stopped nine vehicles, searching five of them for drugs and weapons.
A 22-year old man from Barnsley was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply. Officers stopped his vehicle and found a significant amount of money and a quantity of suspected cannabis. The man is currently still in police custody.
A 27-year-old man from Barnsley was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply after a large amount of suspected cannabis was found in his car. The man is currently in custody.
A 18-year-old man from Bolton on Dearne and a 17 year-old-boy from Rotherham were arrested for possession of an offensive weapon after two knuckleduster weapons were found in his car. Both men have been released under investigation.
A 17-year-old from Rotherham was arrested for driving while over the prescribed limit and possession of an offensive weapon. Officers believe he was under the influence of cannabis while driving. The man has been released under investigation.
A 19-year-old man from Barnsley was arrested for possession of an offensive weapon and controlled drug. Officers searched the vehicle and found two knuckledusters. The man has since been released under investigation.
A 40-year-old man, of no fixed abode was arrested on suspicion of theft. Officers found the man unconscious in Barnsley and following a search found 10 pairs of glasses that are believed to be stolen from a local business. The man is currently in custody.
Chief Inspector Vicky Short of the Violent Crime Task Force said: “I am extremely pleased with the results following the team’s day of action in Barnsley yesterday.
“Since our launch, officers have been working incredibly hard to make South Yorkshire a safer place to visit, live and work.
“We are committed to tackling violent crime and continue to urge the public to help us on our journey. If you have any information or concerns please report them to 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
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