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Listen: 'We're not an organisation that's going to stand still'

Peter McNerney

BBC Radio Sheffield

A senior South Yorkshire police officer says public opinion and the views of their workforce were behind a decision to put more bobbies back on the beat.

Around 350 staff are being redeployed as part of a new neighbourhood policing strategy across Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster.

Assistant Chief Constable David Hartley told us more about the new policing model:

David Hartley from South Yorkshire Police.

Listen: 'It's a massive boost for Yorkshire as a whole'

Howard Pressman

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Earlier this summer the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in the Branton area of Doncaster submitted plans to double the size of its site.

If approved the £50 million expansion will allow space for more animals, a hotel, shops and a new link road, plus create around 300 new jobs but local residents are concerned that this part of South Yorkshire is already over developed.

The park's chief executive Cheryl Williams thinks the proposals will only be a benefit:

Listen: Sheffield MP criticises 'staggering' row over devolution deal

A Sheffield MP says Barnsley and Doncaster 's councils are "deluded" over the idea of devolution for the whole of Yorkshire.

Earlier this week, the two councils' leaders voted against a deal which would see a directly-elected South Yorkshire mayor assume control of transport budgets and strategic planning and have access to £30m a year for 30 years.

Barnsley and Doncaster councils say they'd prefer to see a Yorkshire-wide deal - something Sheffield and Rotherham councils reject.

But Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts says the row between South Yorkshire's four councils is "staggering":

South Yorkshire devolution deal not to go ahead 'because of Brexit'

This afternoon South Yorkshire's £900m devolution deal appears dead in the water after two of the four councils involved voted against the proposal.

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The leaders of Barnsley and Doncaster councils say the deal "is no longer possible" and that they want to pursue a Yorkshire-wide deal.

In a statement from Barnsley and Doncaster councils they say that a number of "significant developments" have taken place since the original proposal - including Brexit.

They say that "These decisions affect the next 30 years.

"There is no way back once a deal is signed" and that a Yorkshire wide deal would be "economically and politically advantageous".

Listen: No South Yorkshire devolution 'the right thing'

Kevin Larkin

Political reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Accused of betraying the region, Barnsley council leader Sir Steve Houghton says not supporting a deal for South Yorkshire was "the right thing to do".

Earlier today the four South Yorkshire councils met to fashion an agreement on devolved powers, but they remain split 50/50 on the issue.

Barnsley and Doncaster favour a Yorkshire-wide deal, but Sheffield and Rotherham support one for South Yorkshire.

Sheffield City Council Leader Julie Dore said Barnsley and Doncaster were guilty of betrayal, but Sir Steve Houghton thinks otherwise: