VEHICLE crime has rocketed by 26 per cent in Barnsley.

Burglary and vehicle crime are both on the increase across South Yorkshire as a whole, according to new police figures.

There has been a two per cent increase in both crimes across the region between April and August - with 2,923 burglaries and 5,054 vehicle crimes reported.

In Barnsley, 557 vehicle offences were recorded alone.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Holt said: "Everyone has a role to play in reducing burglary and vehicle crime. Officers and staff are working hard to catch offenders and conduct extra patrols in hot-spot locations but we cannot tackle these issues on our own."