New curfew could be introduced in Sheffield suburb

Chief Inspector Andy Male(left).
Chief Inspector Andy Male(left).
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A curfew could be introduced in a Sheffield suburb in a bid to stop youngsters wreaking havoc at night.

Police chiefs concerned about escalating anti-social behaviour in Abbeydale – involving missiles being hurled at pedestrians and cars, and attacks on buses and homes – are considering banning young people from being on the streets unaccompanied at night.

Officers, who have been dealing with reports of nuisance behaviour from youths over the last 12 months, have branded the behaviour ‘unacceptable’.

One of the worst nights was Bonfire Night, when stones, bottles and rockets were thrown at pedestrians and cars. A bus and police vehicle came under attack and yobs set up a barricade across Abbeydale Road.

Recently, pool balls were hurled through a house window, narrowly missing a three-year-old inside.

Chief Inspector Andy Male, Sheffield West district commander, said police chiefs have been talking with councillors about the possibility of a curfew.

Similar curfews have been used in other anti-social behaviour hotspots across the city, including Fir Vale and Firth Park.

Mr Male said: “There’s a possibility of a dispersal order being introduced in the area – we have been in discussions with councillors.

“South Yorkshire Police are taking this situation seriously. We have tried working with young people, have stepped up plain clothes and uniformed patrols, and are now looking at the use of criminal law and public order legislation.

“There have been some community members saying it is not their young people involved, but clearly it is – we have identified a cohort of 29 local young people.

“There are a number of people concerned because of this behaviour, which is having an impact on community wellbeing.”