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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.

'Mammoth' cannabis factory discovered in Sheffield

Officers from South Yorkshire Police yesterday executed a drugs warrant under the misuse of drugs act in the Bannerdale area of Sheffield.

What they describe as a mammoth amount of cannabis was seized with a street value of approximately £800,000.

Cannabis "factory" in a Sheffield house
South Yorkshire Police

The force found drugs in seven rooms within the property, which they're describing as a factory. It had specialist lights and transformer plugs installed to help grow the plants which ranged from seedlings through to five feet in height.

Transformer plugs
South Yorkshire Police

Nobody was at the address, but the force says a large amount of evidence was left behind which will be used to arrest and process those responsible.

Travel advice as Sheffield counts down to 10k race and Steel City derby

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Yorkshire Live

This Sunday sees two big events taking place in Sheffield and drivers are being warned to be prepared for changes on the roads.

The Sheffield 10k race will be held in the west of the city, with several roads set to be closed, and the first Steel City derby in five years will take place in front of a sell-out crowd at Hillsborough.

Here are some key times for you if you're heading into the city centre on Sunday:

  • 09:15 - 10k warm-up takes place at Arundel Gate
  • 09:30 - Sheffield 10k race begins
  • 11:45 (approx) - Family Fun Run starts
  • 13:15 - Steel City derby kick-off time

Sheffield City Council, South Yorkshire Police and the Sheffield 10k organisers have issued the following map, showing you which roads are closed for the run and which route is advised if you're heading to the match:

Map of Sheffield showing 10k route and advise for Steel City Derby
South Yorkshire Police / Sheffield City Council

All the best from us if you're running the race on Sunday and remember if you're not going to the big match on Sunday, BBC Radio Sheffield's Football Heaven has full match commentary with the build-up beginning at midday.

Groomer who was 'too pretty to go to prison' is jailed for four years

A Rotherham man, who claimed he was too pretty to go to prison, has been jailed for four years for grooming a 15-year-old.

Ryan Kirk
South Yorkshire Police

Ryan Kirk, 25, of St Andrew's Close, Sunnyside, lied about his age after contacting her over Facebook back in 2015 and "pestered" her into having unprotected sex with him.

The court heard that Kirk, who was 22 at the time, told the girl he was 19 and continued to have contact with her even after he realised she was only 15.

Last month Kirk admitted charges of sexual activity with a child and was found guilty by a jury at Sheffield Crown Court.

Police reserve budget to be used to fund staff pay

South Yorkshire police officers will be paid from the force's reserve budgets, according to the county's Police and Crime Commissioner.

Armed police Sheffield station

Dr Alan Billings says no new money will be given to cover the cost of the pay increase, with the reserves having to be used to pay police officers.

He says it's a potentially dangerous to spend the reserves on things like paying staff.

In South Yorkshire's case [reserves] are there in part to cover costs that arise from both the Hillsborough disaster and child sexual exploitation in Rotherham"

Dr Alan BillingsSYPCC

GPS trackers given to people with dementia

Oli Constable

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

People with dementia in South Yorkshire have been given GPS trackers to help find them if they get lost.

Twelve people have been given the trackers so far, with South Yorkshire's emergency services planning to roll the service out to more people.

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The people who have been given the trackers have gone missing before.