AN EXTRA £5million will be spent by South Yorkshire Police to tackle issues such as child sexual exploitation and domestic abuse.

The force is set to recruit 50 more officers as they step up their fight against harassment, sexual assault, hate crime and crimes against the elderly.

This year's budget proposals will be funded by a small increase in the policing precept element of the council tax - the equivalent of an extra 4p a week for residents living in Band A properties - and a reduction in overtime.

Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright said: "This budget represents the biggest ever annual investment in policing in South Yorkshire.

"Protecting the most vulnerable in society is my number one priority and in this budget I will be lifting the force spend in this area from the bottom quarter to the top quarter of forces across the country.

"The £5m investment in public protection will see additional officers employed to combat some of the most heinous crimes including child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse and sexual assault."