THE helicopter base which serves Barnsley has closed as part of budget cuts.

The National Police Air Service (NPAS) base, in Sheffield, is one of ten across England and Wales to shut by 2017.

The NPAS said despite the closures it is ‘normally’ able to reach 98 per cent of the population within 20 minutes.

The nearest base is Carr Gate in Wakefield, which operates 24-hours a day.