Officers leading Operation Duxford in Barnsley yesterday recovered thousands of counterfeit cigarettes and drugs in proactive warrants across the district.
A total of 10 people were also arrested, for various offences, stolen property recovered and a knuckle duster seized.
T/Chief Inspector Chris Foster, who led the operation, said he was pleased with the results from not only the proactive warrants but also from the community engagement carried out throughout the day and evening.
He said: “As well as enforcement activity, which removed drugs and weapons from our streets, the biggest part of Operation Duxford is engaging with our community.
“Yesterday, we were able to demonstrate the proactive, positive work we are doing to tackle the issues that most matter to people in Barnsley.
“Throughout the day and into the evening, officers engaged with over 2,400 people, offering crime prevention advice, listening to any concerns they had and explaining more about Operation Duxford and the work officers are doing every single day.”
Officers worked alongside partner agencies, including the council and trading standards, to tackle issues including the selling of counterfeit cigarettes.
T/Ch Insp Foster continued: “Over 8,000 suspected counterfeit cigarettes were seized from two businesses, during an operation with Trading Standards.
“We also accompanied the council on a commercial vehicle operation, stopping those who were carrying waste but did not have a waste carriers licence. A total of 26 vehicles were stopped but no offences identified.
“Our work to keep Barnsley a safe and enjoyable place to live continues every single day and I hope that yesterday’s day of action demonstrates our commitment to tackling issues that matter most to the local community.
“If you do want to speak to us about something, or if anything is concerning you about crime in your area, please do get in touch with us via 101, our Facebook pages, or pop in to your local police station.”
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