Police in South Yorkshire hail public support after Manchester attack leads to 'unprecedented' demand

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Police in South Yorkshire were busier over the bank holiday weekend than on new year's eve, they have revealed.

They thanked the public for supporting them through 'really challenging times' following the Manchester bombing, as officers turned out in huge numbers for events including the Kell Brook world title boxing bout and Take That's concerts in Sheffield.

Police were praised by Take That during the band's concert in Sheffield

Police were praised by Take That during the band's concert in Sheffield

Assistant chief constable David Hartley said in a video message that the public had shown 'great patience, support and good humour' during a period of 'unprecedented' demand.

"I would like to extend my thanks to all of our communities who've really shown some great patience, support and good humour at what have been some really challenging times," he said.

He also praised police officers and other staff for working 'really long hours' over the weekend to ensure business could continue as usual.

Police tweeted last night to say how Take That had thanked South Yorkshire Police during their concert, eliciting a cheer from the audience.

Take That are due to join Ariana Grande and a host of other big names this Sunday for a benefit concert in Manchester to support those affected by the blast which killed 22 people.

The UK terror threat level has been reduced from critical to severe, but Mr Hartley said that did not mean people would no longer see officers, armed and unarmed, on the streets.

He also urged the public to support the fight against terror by reporting any suspicions.

"You help us to help you, so if you see anything or hear anything that you think would be of use to us please do contact us and share any concerns and information," he said.

Anyone with information about suspected terrorist activity is asked to call the Anti Terror Hotline on 0800 789 321.