More time needed on new antisocial behaviour powers, says South Yorkshire Police Inspector

Inspector Ian Stubbs.
Inspector Ian Stubbs.
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It is ‘too early to tell’ if Government changes to the way police deal with anti-social behaviour are going to work, a South Yorkshire Police inspector has said.

Forces across the country can no longer use Section 30 Orders to deal with young people smashing windows, gathering in groups and disrupting communities.

A six-month order in the Abbeydale Road area recently finished, having resulted in the number of anti-social behaviour reports being halved. Other areas such as Darnall and Page Hall have also been subject to Section 30 orders this year.

But such orders can no longer be made after Government scrapped them and replaced them with 48-hour orders.

Insp Ian Stubbs said: “I’m a big fan of Section 30 orders. I think it gives us that opportunity to put some control on the individuals that cause all the problems.

“Unfortunately, the Government has replaced the legislation. In some respects it’s better because you can be far more reactive. But it’s not going to allow us that longevity. Though there’s nothing to stop us putting another one on the following day. It’s too early to say what effect it’s going to have. It only came in on October 20.”

He added: “There are still some issues in Abbeydale Road but it has been much quieter all summer.”