SOUTH Yorkshire's mounted police department has been saved from closure.

Police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright has announced that a decision has been made to keep South Yorkshire Police’s mounted department at its Cudworth base.

The police force confirmed last year that it was reviewing the unit - which costs about £1 million a year.

He said: “After careful consideration and reviewing all the evidence presented to me I decided that it would be best for the public of South Yorkshire if we maintained our own dedicated mounted section.

“I believe safeguarding the force’s mounted section will help achieve my policing priorities, as the horses improve South Yorkshire Police’s visibility and help reduce crime.

“In these times of austerity, savings have been made. I am confident that the mounted section will still be able to maintain their high visibility and help keep South Yorkshire’s streets safe with the savings we have introduced. We will also make additional savings through mutual aid.”