ARMED police have been patrolling the town centre as part of a drive to reassure the public over the festive period.

Officers with guns have been spotted in the Alhambra Centre, the precinct and indoor market as part of South Yorkshire Police’s plan to provide more officers as a visible reassurance to shoppers and work as a deterrent.

The threat level across the UK remains at ‘severe’, and has been at this level since August last year.

A spokesman said: "There’s no intelligence to suggest a change to this is on the horizon however we recognise that the public would like reassurance as they enjoy the festive period.

“Putting these officers out onto the streets now should encourage people to go about their business as usual, supported by their local police, both armed and unarmed.”