A SERGEANT from South Yorkshire Police has been convicted of committing criminal damage in Barnsley.

Paul Duke, 45, was reported for summons following a complaint from a member of the public that a wind chime was damaged on March 3.

Duke was found guilty at Doncaster Magistrates' Court on November 12 and was handed a 12-month conditional discharge, ordered to pay £620 costs, £16.99 compensation and a £15 victim surcharge.

It is currently being considered whether he will work for the force while the internal misconduct investigation is carried out.

Detective Supt Terry Mann said: "Members of the public quite rightly expect higher standards and behaviour from our officers and staff.

"Anyone who is found to have fallen short of those standards by committing a crime will be thoroughly investigated and put before the courts.

"The force expects its staff to act with integrity and professionalism to ensure people receive a high quality service and have a police service they can be proud of."