A NEW app has been launched to assist sign language users in Barnsley to contact emergency services quicker.

The ‘999 BSL’ app can be downloaded on any smart phone and tablet, and offers an interpreter for residents to speak to police, fire and ambulance services.

Superintendent Cherie Buttle said: “As a force we already have in place and support the text message relay service that is available for those who are unable to communicate via telephone.

“We support and welcome this app as it will help to ensure we can send a police response as required to those in need.

“Most of us do not believe that we will need to call or use the emergency services, and often users do not register with services.

“This app does not require you to register and is available at the click of a button, and therefore is a great asset.”