SOUTH Yorkshire’s most crime-plagued streets are shopping zones and areas where rowdy revellers visit pubs and clubs on nights out, according to new computerised crime maps pin-pointing where offences are being committed.
Wellington Street in Barnsley town centre is revealed as suffering the most crime in February, with 68 incidents logged. There were 15 violent crimes listed for the street during the month, two burglaries, 11 cases of anti-social behaviour and 40 other incidents recorded as unspecified ‘other crimes’.
Meadowhall Road, where the Meadowhall shopping centre is located, is listed as the Sheffield street experiencing most crime in February, with 63 offences recorded. They were made up of three cases of violence, five incidents of anti-social behaviour and 55 ‘other crimes’.
The next two streets recorded as suffering the most crime in the county are in Doncaster - Priory Place, just off the town’s High Street and Frenchgate, the town’s main shopping centre.
They suffered 48 and 38 crimes respectively, according to the maps.
The fifth most trouble-hit street in South Yorkshire was Charter Square in Sheffield, where there are a number of bars and nightclubs.
A total of 37 offences are listed - one robbery, one burglary, five violent crimes, nine cases of anti-social behaviour and 21 ‘other crimes’.
Inspector Bob Pit, chairman of South Yorkshire’s Police Federation, which represents rank and file bobbies across the county, said: “These maps do not present us with any surprises - towns and city centres undoubtedly will appear as crime hotspots because of the concentration of people in a small area.
“A lot of the offences recorded for these areas will be shoplifting and acquisitive crime during the day and alcohol-fuelled incidents at night. Successive governments have created 24-hour towns and cities where pubs and clubs can open 24 hours a day now, so crime is inevitable.
“I talk to officers who tell me that at weekends it is just as manic for them at 6am and 7am as it used to be for us officers when pubs and clubs used to close at 11pm.”
The overall area to have suffered most crime in South Yorkshire during February was Sheffield city centre. There were 1,360 offences recorded - 60 burglaries, 57 incidents of anti-social behaviour, eight robberies, 45 vehicle crimes, 127 violent crimes and 550 ‘others’.
Doncaster is recorded as the South Yorkshire town centre to have suffered the most crime that month, with 830 offences listed - 46 burglaries, 399 complaints of anti-social behaviour, two robberies, 38 vehicle crimes, 92 violent crimes and 253 others.
There were 590 offences mapped in Barnsley - 29 burglaries, 252 incidents of anti-social behaviour, three robberies, 27 vehicle crimes, 74 violent crimes and 205 others.
And Rotherham had 391 offences logged on the town’s crime map - 23 burglaries, 172 incidents of anti-social behaviour, four robberies, 20 vehicle crimes, 45 violent crimes and 127 others.