MORE than 760 thefts were recorded in Barnsley’s supermarkets over a 12-month period, new figures have revealed.

Information obtained by the Local Democracy Reporting Service shows South Yorkshire Police registered 4,219 across the county.

Barnsley’s 765 incidents placed it third in the list, behind Doncaster’s 1,161 and Sheffield’s 1,711, but in front of Rotherham’s 582.

Chief Inspector David Struggles said: “We have built strong partnerships with businesses and dedicated retail crime teams are continuing to build up intelligence on known shoplifters.

“We have stepped up patrols targeted patrols in hotspot areas that are particularly affected by retail crime and we will continue to share crime prevention advice with businesses and shop owners so they can protect themselves from shoplifters.

“We have a zero-tolerance attitude towards retail crime - it is not victimless and it directly affects the livelihoods of people trying to make an honest living.”