Takeaway trouble is target of crackdown

Violent Crime Awareness Day at Doncaster College. L to R Cllr Cynthia Ransome (Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods), Manou Bendon (graffiti artist and MD of Media Gang) and APS Louise Lambert
Violent Crime Awareness Day at Doncaster College. L to R Cllr Cynthia Ransome (Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods), Manou Bendon (graffiti artist and MD of Media Gang) and APS Louise Lambert
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teenage boys have been arrested in a crackdown on anti-social behaviour which has been plaguing staff and customers at a Doncaster drive-through restaurant.

The police operation to curb the nuisance at McDonald’s in Sandford Road, Balby, has been going on for two months, during which officers handed out 27 dispersal orders to youths hanging around the premises.

Officers from the Balby and Hexthorpe Safer Neighbourhood Team received complaints about nuisance behaviour and started extra high-visibility patrols at hotspot times, which also involved Doncaster Council wardens.

The council’s Neighbourhood Response Team patrolled the area in their CCTV van.

The young people were spoken to by officers about their behaviour and about how their actions affected other people using the restaurant.

Support and advice was given to staff at McDonald’s and reassurance was offered to the other customers.

During the operation, officers issued 27 orders which enabled them to disperse people who they believed may cause a nuisance or disorder through alcohol-fuelled behaviour. The dispersal orders can exclude people from a specific area for up to 48 hours.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested for a public order offence, and a 17-year-old boy was arrested for drunk-and- disorderly behaviour.

Another 17-year-old boy was given a caution for being in possession of cannabis.

Acting Sergeant Louise Lambert said: “As a direct response to the public concerns we increased patrols in the area to reassure the public that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated.

“We have worked closely with McDonald’s to help promote a safe environment that everybody can enjoy. We are also working with the council to organise activities for the young people so they have something to do in the evenings.”

Reports of anti-social behaviour have decreased but patrols will continue at weekends and during school holidays.