Police patrols in the early hours

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PEOPLE found on the streets of Sheffield city centre in the early hours are being asked by police officers to account for their whereabouts.

Specialist high-visibility patrols have been carried out to specifically look for people wandering the streets, but officers on routine patrols have also been asked to stop people to ask why they are out in the middle of the night.

The stop-and-search patrols are aimed at cracking down on criminal damage, alcohol-related anti-social behaviour, car crime and robberies.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “The city centre is occasionally subject to criminal damage. Two of the most common complaints are of graffiti and damage to vehicles. Officers have been working into the early hours of the morning focusing on vulnerable areas.”