Tackling South Yorkshire anti-social behaviour head-on

Officers Robert Lockwood and Laura Busby with the ASBO patrol car ready for action at Moss Way
Officers Robert Lockwood and Laura Busby with the ASBO patrol car ready for action at Moss Way

ANTI-social behaviour was in police sights during a day of action which saw 22 arrests and drugs, weapons and stolen goods seized.

Officers across South Yorkshire took part in a day of action to combat the problem – and tweeted details of each report dealt with.

In total, the force responded to 200 incidents, down more than 20 per cent from when a similar event was held last year.

Activities included high-visibility patrols, visits to firework retailers challenging the sale of fireworks to under 18s, patrols tackling nuisance vehicles and the execution of search warrants.

‘Trojan’ bus operations were also carried out in which officers chartered buses which were then driven through areas where services are sometimes targeted by vandals.

Chief Inspector Colin McFarlane, South Yorkshire Police’s force lead for anti-social behaviour, said: “We understand the impact anti-social behaviour can have on how safe and secure people feel.

“As a force, we are committed to tackling anti-social behaviour all year round, but I hope the day highlighted the variety of issues we deal with and the amount of good work our officers do tackling issues that matter to communities.

“The operation was a massive success, evident by the initial results.

“As many people will have seen by the messages going out on our social media accounts, we dealt with 200 anti-social behaviour incidents on the day, which is 54 less than when the initiative was carried out last year.”

The police day of action took place on Friday, while officers also dealt with further anti-social behaviour over the weekend.

Incidents included a car being torched with a firework put underneath, and wheelie bins set on fire on a housing estate.

Police tweeted details of incidents during Friday’s day of action between noon and midnight, and 156 messages were sent to show the public details of what officers were up to.

The event was held to coincide with what is traditionally the busiest period of anti-social behaviour in the calendar, in the run-up to Bonfire Night.

Young people were urged to take part in community activities instead of being on the streets.