ASYLUM seekers and refugees escaping violence in their own countries could be moved to Barnsley.

Church Action Poverty (CAP), a Christian charity, is spearheading a campaign to get the town recognised as a 'City of Sanctuary'.

The charity has been in touch with individuals and organisations about pledging their support and has called a meeting next month to launch the project.

Mike Cameron, of CAP, said: "Barnsley's always been good when people from other countries have come here.

"People will be reminded of the Polish people, Romanian people and others who have come here in years gone by and always found a home here in Barnsley.

"Immigration and people fleeing from authority has been regular throughout the years and people have made them welcome."

The meeting, at Barnsley Town Hall on April 15, will be held from 10am to 1pm.