Police launch crackdown on anti-social behaviour

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POLICE in Sheffield have named anti-social behaviour in pubs and outside the Cathedral as priorities.

The priorities were set at a meeting of the Sheffield City Centre Forum, where police, Sheffield Council and other agencies heard issues raised by local residents.

Phil Ashford, from the city centre safer neighbourhood team, said officers would be focusing on disorder in licensed premises, as well as around the Cathedral forecourt where the Occupy Sheffield camp is sited.

“The camp has a knock-on effect in terms of street drinkers and vulnerable people migrating to there,” he said.

Mr Ashford said the city centre was ‘fairly quiet’ over the festive period, apart from thefts from vehicles.

He said many of the cars were targeted in secure car parks rather than on street and the thefts decreased markedly after ‘two significant arrests’ were made.

At the meeting, the forum also voted to change its name to SCCRAG - Sheffield City Centre Residents’ Action Group.

Its next meeting is on Tuesday, February 21, at the Quaker Meeting House, St James Street.