Judge praises CPS prosecution


A Crown Court Judge has praised the work of a Crown Prosecution Service lawyer for his part in tackling drug dealers in the centre of Barnsley.

His Honour Judge Patrick Robertshaw commended lawyer Brian Outhwaite and the police investigation team involved in Operation Mantis.

The operation, which came in response to concerns raised by local residents and local business people, lasted for six months and involved police officers posing as drug users to buy heroin.

Those caught on CCTV selling the heroin were charged with supplying class A drugs.

Brian explained: The drug dealing was right in the centre of Barnsley at a busy shopping centre between the hours of 11am and 3pm for all to see.

Im obviously delighted that the work of the CPS was recognised and praised by Judge Robertshaw. This was a real team effort which also included CPS caseworker James Hart, lawyer David Wain and officers from South Yorkshire Police.

Were very pleased to have been involved in an operation which is in direct response to feedback from local residents. Drug dealing is not tolerated in any part of South Yorkshire and we will continue to work with South Yorkshire Police to ensure that message is clear.

Sentencing the defendants, Judge Robertshaw described the drug dealing activity as a stain upon the town

The ten defendants were sentenced to a total of more than thirty years.