THERE were close to 500 stop-searches carried out in Barnsley between August and October - and almost a quarter were successful in yielding drugs, weapons or stolen goods.

Police figures show that since April, 1,412 stop-searches have been carried out since April, 499 of which were in the quarter starting in August.

The figures, presented to Monday’s meeting of the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s public accountability board, show 117 - 23 per cent - of searches were successful.

The majority of people defined themselves as white - 84 per cent, or 420 - while nine were black, four were Asian and 53 didn’t state their ethnicity.