Police break up trouble groups in Sheffield suburbs

South Yorkshire Police NE Sheffield Safer Neighburhoods Team working in the Page Hall area of Sheffield Police PCSO Steve Shipley radios in'''15 August 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble'www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk
South Yorkshire Police NE Sheffield Safer Neighburhoods Team working in the Page Hall area of Sheffield Police PCSO Steve Shipley radios in'''15 August 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble'www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk
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Police spent yesterday patrolling three Sheffield suburbs which are being plagued by groups congregating on the streets.

Officers are also spending today and tonight in Page Hall, Fir Vale and parts of Firth Park, enforcing a Dispersal Order introduced earlier this month to stop large groups gathering on the streets and causing anti-social behaviour.

Residents upset by the groups claim they are intimidating, noisy, dump litter and blare loud music from cars.

They say many migrants have moved into the area, and claim many are unemployed and spend all day and night outside.

Issues were raised at a Police and Communities Together meeting, where local residents spoke of the problems they want resolved.

Inspector Simon Leake, of the North East Sheffield Safer Neighbourhood Team, organised extra patrols yesterday afternoon and evening - and is repeating the crackdown tonight.

Officers will be enforcing the Dispersal Order, which gives bobbies the right to split up groups of two or more people who they find causing problems or suspect could become involved in anti-social behaviour.

Police officers can ask people to leave the area for 24 hours and, if they return, they can be prosecuted.

The order also prevents anyone under 16 from being on the streets after 9pm without an adult or a reasonable excuse.

“This is about an organised approach to the Dispersal Order, it is about a significant increase in police visibility to break up the groups causing anti-social behaviour,” Insp Leake said.

“We want this to set the tone for how we are going to enforce the Dispersal Order, because we got complaints as recently as Wednesday night when we were asked to break these groups up.

“We want to show people we are serious about this, and want to improve the way of life for people in the area.”

Call South Yorkshire Police on 101 to report issues of concern.