Bid to crackdown on Abbeydale Road trouble

NEWS: News.
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Police in Sheffield are asking for extra powers to tackle on anti-social behaviour on Abbeydale Road.

They are applying to the council for a dispersal order in response to gangs of youths who have been throwing stones and water bombs at cars and abusing residents.

It would mean officers could break up groups of troublemakers and arrested them if they return. Those under 16 who are out after 9pm could be escorted home.

Inspector Ian Stubbs said: “For the last 18 months we’ve had significant amounts of antisocial behaviour from Mount Pleasant Park right the way down to Carter Knowle Road.

“All through last summer we had young men throwing water bombs and stones at cars, pedestrians and property and being verbally abusive when challenged.

“It’s fairly persistent anti-social behaviour and we have been working really closely with young people in the area and in some schools.”

The trouble escalated on Bonfire Night when fireworks were thrown at vehicles.

“The behaviour has continued this year and residents are at the end of their tether,” said Insp Stubbs. “We are at a point where if we get this power, we can deal with it.”

The aim is for the order to run from May half term until after Bonfire Night.