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Crime crackdown on Sheffield estate

Police Officers do a survey in Westfield Centre as they prepare to crack down on anti social behaviour

Police Officers do a survey in Westfield Centre as they prepare to crack down on anti social behaviour

CCTV camera are to be installed around a Sheffield estate in a bid to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

Police chiefs also hope the cameras will help reassure residents of their safety.

They are to be installed around Westfield Centre – a maze of blocks of flats and gennels – where police are regularly called to reports of crime and groups congregating on streets and in communal areas of the flats.

Sheffield Homes, which manages Sheffield’s council housing, is funding the scheme.

Insp Jason Booth, of South East Sheffield Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The estate was built when there was no though given to designing crime out, so it is lots of blocks of flats with lots of passageways and gennels.

“Although a lot of work has been done to engage youths in the area there are still some issues.

“There are regular complaints about anti-social behaviour, drug activity and groups of youths.

“We have issued 26 parental advice letters since the start of the year in relation to the unacceptable behaviour of some young people, but there is more work ongoing.

“The CCTV cameras are part of that and we have been out and identified sites where we believe they should go.”

Officers spent yesterday talking to local residents about issues and problem which concern them in the area.

Insp Booth said: “Consultation is important in terms of finding out about anti-social behaviour people experience – we are asking what they have seen, whether they have reported and when it is happening, for example.”

Residents are also being asked whether they would support South Yorkshire Police applying for a temporary Dispersal Order for the area.

The order would give officers the power to split up groups of two or more people involved in anti-social behaviour or deemed at risk of becoming embroiled.

n Anyone with information about crime and anti-social behaviour in Westfield should call 101.

 

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