POLICE officers in Barnsley have been out and about across the town to warn residents about exploitation.

The force say drug suppliers will groom young and vulnerable people, hence why they are asking residents to spot the signs quickly.

Cuckooing is the term used to describe gangs targeting the homes of vulnerable people, taking control of the property for criminal activity.

Chief Inspector Leanne Dean said: “Cuckooing not only has a detrimental impact on the victim, but it can also cause a rise in antisocial behaviour in your area.

“It’s important everyone understands the signs to spot so we can safeguard those who are vulnerable and ultimately disrupt the work of the organised criminal gangs and bring them to justice.”

You can contact the police on 101, or if you feel they are in immediate danger, contact 999.

Alternatively, if you prefer not to give your personal details, you can stay anonymous and pass on what you know by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers.