SOUTH Yorkshire Police hope social media can help them deal with the difficulties of 'Mad Friday'.

After the huge success of last year’s 'Twitterthon', Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright has expressed his full support for the initiative.

The event, named ‘Merry Tweetmas’, will run from 12pm on Friday, December 20.

It will see incidents reported across the region using the hashtag #SYtweetmas which will appear on the police's Twitter feed.

He said: "It's a great way to promote the hard work of the police officers across South Yorkshire on Mad Friday.

"With a higher than average demand on their resources, each officer has to deliver above and beyond to keep an already stretched service running effectively."

It's hoped that the project will make residents more aware of the high demands that the police are under.

You can follow the live feed of the Twitterthon on Twitter and on the South Yorkshire Police website by clicking here.