Blitz on anti-social behaviour

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POLICE this week announced a crackdown on anti-social behaviour in parts of Burngreave.

They are using a dispersal order which gives them the power to take action against any unsupervised person under the age of 16 if they believe they are likely to cause trouble.

Teenagers will be directed out of the area and possibly taken home if it is after 9pm. Those who don’t comply or return to the area may be arrested.

The order starts today (Thursday) and will run for six months.

Police are taking a tougher approach in conjunction with the council after complaints from local residents and businesses about anti-social behaviour among groups of young people.

Acting Inspector Craig Charlesworth, of the Burngreave Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The issue of a section 30 order is not one taken lightly as it restricts the gathering of youths in the areas where the notice applies.

“We recognise that not all young people from the area are involved in this problem, people from outside the area cause some of it.

“These powers allow the police to take action against a minority of people who intimidate and cause distress to others by behaving anti-socially.

“Parents can also help tackle anti-social behaviour by being aware of where their children are at all times and reminding them to behave responsibly.”

Insp Charlesworth said dispersal orders have proved successful in other parts of the city.

Council cabinet member Mick Rooney said: “People have the right to live, work and go about their everyday business in Burngreave without feeling intimidated by a minority of people.”

Signs have been displayed in prominent locations outlining the areas covered by the section 30 order.