THE number of young people between the ages of ten and 17 entering the criminal justice system in Barnsley has increased and is now above the national average.

Council officers are now working alongside the police and Barnsley’s Youth Offending Team (YOT) to tackle the rise, it was confirmed at Wednesday’s ruling cabinet meeting.

A council report said: “There were 32 young people in the first quarter cohort. Thirteen of these reoffended with total of 42 reoffences.

“In terms of the number of reoffences by cohort, this is the lowest since quarter one of 2015 and is below England and Yorkshire averages, but still just above the South Yorkshire average.”