Rural crime operation hailed a success

Date published: 09 November 2018 13:38
Dated: 09 November 2018 13:36:38

Assistant Chief Constable David Hartley has praised the efforts of staff who took part in Operation Dunlin yesterday (8 November), resulting in the seizure of vehicles, rifles and drugs. 

Operation Dunlin was a day of action targeting rural crime across the county and involved around 50 officers and staff. 

Throughout the day, officers carried out proactive warrants for badger baiting. During the evening officers patrolled all rural areas across the county targeting theft and disrupting poaching activity. 

Across the county 21 vehicles and 25 people were stopped and searched, two vehicles were seized for driving offences, two air rifles were seized for destruction, two people were reported on summons in relation to cannabis and ecstasy seized and one knife was recovered as part of the operation. 

In the Doncaster area, officers executed a warrant at an address in Church Street, Stainforth, supported by Doncaster Tasking Team and the National Wildlife Crime Unit. The warrant was granted under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, following posts on Facebook relating to badger baiting. Officers located items, which featured in the posts. They also discovered four cannabis plants in the loft and that the electricity metre had been bypassed.

Other results included a man being reported on summons by the off road team in Tickhill for possessing a knife and an ecstasy tablet and two loaded rifles being handed over for destruction by two men who were caught carrying out pest control.

Results in Sheffield included one person was reported for possessing cannabis, after being found taking an off road driving tour of Houndskirk Moor.

In Rotherham, two vehicles were recovered with no insurance, one of which was being driven by a man with no licence who also had equipment, which could be used to syphon diesel, in the boot of the car.

Across Barnsley, officers spoke to over a dozen key landowners who have previously experienced recent poaching and theft to offer reassurance. Further foot patrols were carried out at local farms where there have been problems with theft of diesel from farm machinery.  Checks were also carried out on eight badger sets within Penistone, and in Wombwell Woods where badgers are known to be present.

During another search, a man with previous for burglary was found to be in possession of a screwdriver which was seized.

ACC David Hartley force lead for local policing and rural crime said, “I am proud of what we were able to achieve from yesterday’s force wide activity and I would like to thank staff and partner agencies for their efforts.

“Crimes such as badger baiting, deer causing, lamping and theft have a significant impact on rural communities and it is important that we tackle this head on.

“We hope these results reassure our rural communities and shows our commitment to tackling crime and preventing future crimes.”

On 21 November, officers will return to rural areas to visit local farmers. They will be offering crime prevention advice and sharing forensic marking equipment to protect their properties.

Farmers in rural areas are encouraged to register their interest on the SYP Rural Facebook page. Visit

Notes to editors:

Breakdown of districts:


• 3 vehicles were stopped and searched.
• 8 people searched.
• 4 breath tests
• 1 drug wipe
• Section 59 Police Reform Act notice issued.
• 1 Traffic Offence Report for number plate offences

• 8 vehicles were stopped and searched
• 10 people searched.
• 6 breath tests

• 3 vehicles stopped and searched
• 4 people stopped and searched
• 2 breath tests
• Section 59 Police Reform Act notice issued

• 3 vehicles stopped and searched
• 3 people stopped and searched

Op Dunlin Briefing

Op Dunlin Briefing

Seized rifles from Doncaster

Seized rifles from Doncaster

Diesel being dipped for red diesel

Diesel being dipped for red diesel

Off Off road vehicle being stopped and checked in Thurcroft

Off Off road vehicle being stopped and checked in Thurcroft

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