Police scatter nuisance gangs

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A DISPERSAL order brought in to crack down on louts hanging round a Doncaster estate is already proving to be a success in its first month.

South Yorkshire Police and Doncaster Council applied for the six month order, which enables the police to disperse away from Wheatley groups of two or more people causing a nuisance, after residents raised concerns about anti-social behaviour.

They were upset by the use of abusive and foul language, criminal damage, littering and intimidating behaviour.

In the first month 34 people have been dispersed out of the area for causing a nuisance, seven juveniles living in the area have been taken back to their parents due to being involved in anti-social behaviour, and one teenager has been charged for breaching the order and returning to the area within 24 hours.

The 17-year-old male is due at Doncaster Youth Court later this month.

As well as dispersing people out of the area, officers have also issued a number of fixed penalty notices.

A man was arrested and given a fixed penalty ticket for theft, another man was given a fixed penalty ticket for possession of cannabis, and one vehicle was seized for having no insurance.

St Leger Homes staff and the Neighbourhood Response Team have increased patrols and a number of warning letters have been issued to tenants.

The Multi Use Games Area has been used for sports activities, the Youth Club has extended its provision, and drop-in sessions were organised at the church on Winchester Avenue and Kingfisher Primary School.

Sgt John Hunter, of Wheatley Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We are really pleased with this first month. Residents have told me they feel safer and are pleased with the extra police presence. We have already seen a decrease in the presence of groups of youths, which was one of our main concerns. I hope the dispersal order will continue to be a success.”