Olympics call-up means leave cancelled for South Yorks cops

AnnUAL leave has been cancelled for almost all of South Yorkshire bobbies this summer - with dozens a day set to be called upon to police the Olympics.

Police chiefs have put a seven per cent cap on the number of officers across the South Yorkshire force who can take time off between July and September, leaving those with children unable to take family holidays while their youngsters are off school.

Officers are to be sent to London to back up the Metropolitan Police during the games, with the mounted section, motorbike wing, and close protection officers among those already briefed.

British Transport Police has also asked for extra officers to help it police the rail network during the games.

Final numbers have not been agreed but the Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers, said around 130 at any one time could be expected to assist with the Olympics.

South Yorkshire Police Federation chairman Neil Bowles said officers would be needed for the Olympics, for the European football championships and to police Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport.