Girl, 12, knocked unconscious during horror Page Hall brawl in Sheffield

Police officers used dispersal order powers to clear a street where two mass brawls broke out in the space of three days.

Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 12:55 pm

The legislation was used by officers called to Willoughby Street, Page Hall, on New Year’s Day and again on Sunday, January 3.

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On both occasions a large number of people had been involved in fights and crowds had gathered.

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Police officers dealt with reports of a 'riot' in Page Hall on New Year's Day

In the first mass brawl around 100 people were said to have been at the scene, with a range of weapons, including golf clubs and poles, used in the violence.

A 37-year-old man suffered injuries to his wrists, a 12-year-old girl was knocked unconscious and a three year-old girl was also hurt in the incident.

Five men, all in their twenties, were arrested and later bailed pending further enquiries.

One man who witnessed the violence said: “I witnessed what I can only describe as a full scale riot. Folk were fighting with poles, golf clubs and anything they could get their hands on, it was totally out of control with over 100 brawling and swinging weapons and several vehicles on the street were damaged.

“Carnage, chaos, call it what you like - if animals behaved like that they'd be shot.”

He said during the mayhem boxes of fireworks were also set off in the middle of the street.

Just days later, on Sunday, another fight broke out in the same street.

It has not yet been confirmed whether the incidents were linked.

In response to the latest incident, South Yorkshire Police said: “South Yorkshire Police received numerous calls at around 3.40pm reporting a group of people fighting on Willoughby Street, Page Hall.

“Upon arrival, the group are believed to have already dispersed and officers were unable to locate anyone with any injuries.

“A dispersal order was granted to direct any remaining individuals in the area back to their homes.

“An investigation is ongoing and enquiries continue.”

A new police team was drafted into Page Hall in October in response to an increase in reports of incidents and rising tensions there.

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.

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