Extra police patrols after arson attack

POLICE patrols have been increased in an area of Mexborough which was hit by an arson attack.

Fire crews had to rescue seven people from a burning flats block in Hirst Gate on Bonfire Night after yobs set fire to a communal bin area.

St Leger Homes, which manages the flats, has now demanded extra police activity in the area and vowed to help any residents affected by the blaze.

Chief executive Susan Jordan said: “We are working closely with South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to assist with their investigations into the incident.

“We have also requested an increase in night time patrols by the neighbourhood response team within the area.

“We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour on our estates.”

Anyone with information about the fire should contact police on the non-emergency number 101.