MORE than 30 suspects were arrested during a week of action to tackle robbery across South Yorkshire.

Operation Calibre, a national campaign, was introduced locally in a bid to reduce robberies and identify key offenders and locations.

The week-long campaign, which took place between December 10 and December 17, saw increased patrols, in addition to engagement and enforcement action across Barnsley.

More than 1,500 members of the public were given crime prevention advice and spoke to officers at engagement events, while 850 pupils were spoken to at schools across the borough.

Thirty-one people were arrested, 21 of whom were wanted.

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There also were 63 stop and searches, three warrants and 34 targeted patrols came out.

Superintendent Jamie Henderson, who led the Operation Calibre week of action, said: “It was a fantastic week of action and a great opportunity to really invest time to engage with the community about robbery.

“Our activities included pop-up police stations and engagement stalls, mounted teams doing hi-vis patrols and knife arch operations.

“We also focused efforts to locate wanted and outstanding suspects, which again achieved great results.”