BARNSLEY Council have banned the sale of sugary drinks at their headquarters in a bid to make Barnsley a "sugar-free borough"

The cafe at Westgate Plaza and council buildings have removed the sale of sugary drinks in addition to removing vending machines.

The cafe now gives a calorific value on its sandwiches, and a full food plan is expected to be adopted by the authority later in the year.

The authority launched its food strategy after its public health department identified smoking, excessive drinking and poor diet as major problems for the town.

Diane Lee, head of public health said: "Our long-term goal is for all food sold to have its calories displayed. It's about giving people the information to lower their sugar and calorie intake."

Takeaways are also being encouraged to offer healthier meal choices and to introduce measures like salt shakers with smaller holes, or healthier fats for frying.

The council is also working with prospective tenants of the new Market Food Hall, which is currently under construction, to introduce similar measures.