TOUGHER measures are needed to tackle the causes of air pollution - after it was revealed 124 people have died because of it in Barnsley.

A new report, published by Public Health England, revealed the alarming number of people had died in 2010 because of air pollution, which is linked to heart and lung diseases.

Much outdoor air pollution comes from burning fuels to generate heat and electricity, and from vehicles.

Simon Bowens, Friends of the Earth campaigner, said: "It is a scandal that thousands of people die prematurely in our region every year because of polluted air. Ending this disgrace should be a top priority for politicians.

"Tougher measures are needed to tackle the causes of our dirty air, especially traffic pollution."