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South Yorkshire Police officers partly based in post offices

Police officers will be partly based in post offices in Rotherham as part of a new crime prevention scheme by South Yorkshire Police.

The force said 41 post offices in the town will be "adopted" by local officers.

The public will be able to report problems and get crime prevention advice.

Ch Supt Jason Harwin said the force was responding "to concerns from older people about feeling safe".

"For us this is about traditional policing," he said.

'Very distressed'

"The post office is still a hub where a lot of people will traditionally go one day a week to do certain things at the post office.

"Therefore it is a really good opportunity for South Yorkshire Police and the wider partners to do something," he said.

Liz Booth, chairwoman of the Rotherham Older People's Forum, said the idea began when one of her friends had the money from her pension stolen.

"She just got two weeks pension in her bag and by the time she got to the bus station it had gone.

"She was very distressed and she wouldn't go to the post office for a very long time after that," she said.

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