NICK Clegg has written to South Yorkshire Police to thank officers for their hard work which brought about a 7 per cent reduction in crime last year.

''I believe it's important to recognise the reduction in crime and thank all the officers and staff for their outstanding achievement.“

Figures show that violent and vehicle crime has fallen, but alarmingly house burglaries and metal theft figures are up - the latter's had a drastic 24 per cent increase.

Deputy Chief Constable Bob Dyson said: "These are challenging times for the police service but figures show our ongoing commitment to tackle crime and keep people safe.''