Demand for policing in South Yorkshire higher than an average New Year's Eve

Police officers faced an increase in demand last weekend
Police officers faced an increase in demand last weekend

Demand for policing in South Yorkshire reached record levels last weekend, with more calls received than an average New Year's Eve.

Police chiefs said last week's terror attack in Manchester, plus huge crowds in Sheffield for the Kell Brook boxing match, the city's Food Festival, two Take That concerts and a James Arthur gig added to demand for police officers over the Bank Holiday weekend.

During one of the busiest periods - between 6am on Friday and 6am on Saturday - the force saw 1,663 incidents recorded, which is over 100 more than the average New Year’s Eve, when around 1,500 incidents are typically recorded.

In an average week the force would expect to record 1,050 incidents for the same period.

Assistant Chief Constable David Hartley, of South Yorkshire Police, said: "All officers and staff worked extremely hard over the weekend. With challenges from the threat level and in almost tropical weather conditions, I have been hugely impressed with whole team effort.

"Officers and staff have worked long and difficult hours, volunteering to cancel any home and family plans, to serve our communities

“I can’t remember a weekend with such a variety of challenge - the threat level, the weather and New Year’s eve scale demand, but what I am familiar with is the superb force response, and the pride in delivering the best we can in difficult circumstances”.