I met with the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner to discuss policing across Barnsley East and in particular to raise the rise in crime in Hoyland, Hoyland Common and Elsecar.

We discussed the issue of additional resources -; in particular I asked for a base for police in Hoyland.

I recognise that cuts to police budgets have had a serious impact on our local force, and I understand the focus is on police officers rather than buildings.

However, the travel time from the station in Goldthorpe is a concern, which would be helped by a base for police in Hoyland.

This isn’t just about response times, but a permanent police presence in our community.

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