Police crackdown on rogue drivers in Sheffield suburb

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Police mounted an operation to drive down crime in a Sheffield suburb - focusing on illegal and nuisance motorists.

Officers in Page Hall, which has been blighted by community unrest over recent months, spent yesterday working in and around Page Hall with specialist traffic officers.

The law enforcement operation was mounted in response to community concerns about nuisance drivers in the area.

Officers also used the operation to crackdown on criminals using the roads and to look for illegal motorists driving without paperwork and breaking the law by driving in unroadworthy vehicles, without seatbelts or while using their mobile phones.

Inspector Chris Lewis, who is in charge of a policing team set up to help tackle issues in Page Hall, said: “There is a three pronged approach to this operation - targeting criminals using the road network, following up community complaints about vehicles being used illegally and dangerously, and enforcing the law in terms of looking for motorists not wearing seatbelts and using their mobile phones while driving.”

The police team moved into Page Hall earlier this year in response to mounting community tension in the area following an influx of hundreds of Roma Slovak residents.

Longstanding residents have complained to the authorities about differences in the way the migrants live their lives.

They spend much of their time socialising outside their homes - angering others who are upset at the noise they claim is generated and the litter and rubbish problems which now blight their neighbourhood.

There are also concerns at the impact the sudden arrival of the migrants has had upon local services, including schools and GP surgeries.

The South Yorkshire Police team moved into the suburb with a brief to work with partner agencies help new arrivals integrate into the community.

Two thousand Roma Slovak migrants have moved to Page Hall, Fir Vale, Tinsley and Darnall over the last two years.

Insp Lewis said he was pleased with the success of yesterday’s operation, which saw cars being pulled over at a number of check points.

Officers were also tasked with helping to educate motorists about what behaviour is deemed acceptable when driving around the streets in the suburb.

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Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.