DRUGS offences are being clamped down on by police based in Barnsley town centre.

The use of stop-search powers will be deployed over the new year period, officers confirmed this week.

A spokesperson said: “We continue to hear from our communities that drug use is an issue they would like us to tackle.

“We are committed to ensuring Barnsley town centre is recognised as a safe place for all our community to enjoy.

“If you see our officers out patrolling in the local area, be sure to stop and speak to them, particularly if you have any local issues you would like to raise with us.”