THE election to appoint a new police and crime commissioner for South Yorkshire will be held in October.

Ex-commissioner Shaun Wright, who managed children's services in Rotherham between 2005 and 2010, eventually stepped down from his post on September 16.

His resignation came after a report on child abuse said at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited in the town from 1997 to 2013.

Steve Pick, the former deputy chief executive of Barnsley Council, has replaced Mr Wright in the short-term before the election on October 30.

Mr Pick said: "We will be running a series of engagement activities to gather opinions on what's important to you from a policing perspective.

"We're keen to hear from you so I'd urge you to use this opportunity to share your views to help shape the future of policing in South Yorkshire."

You can have your say on Twitter @SYPCC, using #YourBarns on Friday, by calling 01226 774600 or emailing

Nomination packs are available from the electoral services office on the second floor at Barnsley Town Hall.