ABSENTEE landlords will be dealt with more severely in an attempt to improve Goldthorpe's appearance.

Dearne councillors have grown tired of paying for the removal of rubbish which piles up in the now notorious gardens on Beever, Victoria, Cross, Co-Operative and Frederick Streets.

Section 92 orders - which force landlords to pay to have waste removed - have been handed out over the last fortnight and landlords have been given a set amount of time to deal with rubbish outside their properties.

Allan Sneddon, from South Yorkshire Police, said: "Once a noticed is issued they have a month to sort the problem. After that the council will remove the rubbish, but the landlord will be billed."