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Calm restored in troubled Sheffield suburb

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A teenage boy was in police custody last night after a mass brawl which saw two rival groups clash in a Sheffield suburb plagued by community unrest.

The 17-year-old was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder following the fight in Page Hall.

A 16-year-old boy and two men, aged 27 and 28, also arrested on suspicion of the same offence, have been released on police bail.

Police chiefs today said: “Enquiries are continuing into the incident and further arrests are expected to be made.”

A South Yorkshire police spokeswoman said: “There was an increased number of officers throughout Tuesday with extra patrols and a high visibility police presence, including mounted officers.

“No public order incidents were reported.

“However, this will be repeated to provide an extra presence and reassure residents.

“There is ongoing work in the area and South Yorkshire Police is committed to finding resolutions to the concerns that are raised by communities.

“By working with partner agencies, including the local authority, environmental health, education, licensing and the voluntary sector, action is regularly taken to tackle a number of issues and problems, and action will continue in the area to improve the quality of life for those living and working in Page Hall.”

She added: “Monday’s incident is the only type of this nature Page Hall has experienced in recent months and the amount of reported crime and disorder in the area has consistently reduced.”

Community tension is high in Page Hall following an influx of migrants in recent years, causing a clash of cultures.

Residents have complained to police and council bosses about Roma Slovaks congregating on the streets.

 

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