A BARNSLEY man who risked his life and entered a burning house will be commended by the police for his bravery.

Stephen William Thacker, of Goldthorpe, noticed that a house on Jackson Street was on fire, the home was full of dense smoke and flames were visible from the outside on October 12.

The 23-year-old thought that people could have been inside the property and without any regard for his own safety entered the premises. He checked the house, cupboards and wardrobes to make sure adults and children were not hiding from the fire.

Once emergency services arrived, Stephen was able to provide information to the fire crew, which greatly assisted their efforts.

Andy Brooke, Barnsley's chief superintendent, will award Stephen with a Commander's Commendation in recognition of his courage and excellent public service on November 19.

Mr Brooke said: "Thankfully no people were in the premises at the time of the fire, yet Stephen was not aware of this and his actions were clearly courageous and without due regard for his own safety.

"I have no hesitation in awarding Stephen this award in recognition of his actions."