NINE police horses, one sergeant and six constables from the mounted section of the police force have moved back to Barnsley after two years in Wakefield.

The mounted section performs various deployments for South Yorkshire Police including football, protests, parades, ceremonies, concerts, missing people, open land searches, general high visibility patrols and public reassurance.

The mounted section moved to Carr Gate in 2016 as the force sought to offer services at reduced costs, based on collaboration with West Yorkshire Police.

The horses returned to Ring Farm on Monday April 23 and they are temporarily based at Cudworth Police Station while refurbishment work is carried out.

Sergeant Katherine Wallis from the mounted section said: “We are really looking forward to our return. Ring Farm has brilliant facilities for horses, including plenty of grazing and undercover areas for preparing them for deployment. It will also be great to be based within our own communities that South Yorkshire Police serve."