Police reveal success of new Page Hall team set up to tackle issues in Sheffield suburb
The success of a new policing team set up in a troubled Sheffield suburb has been revealed.
In a report for South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, police chiefs have revealed the results achieved by the Page Hall and Shirecliffe team since the start of the year.
Since January 2021, 66 suspects have been prosecuted for drug, assault and driving offences.
A total of 275 motoring related tickets have been issued and 128 ‘stop and searches’ have been carried out on tghe streets by officers suspicious about mainly drug misuse.
The team has seized 73 cars.
Officers have also worked with Sheffield City Council and Public Health England to issue leaflets in various languages to residents outlining Covid 19 guidance and restrictions.
To help stop the spread of the disease, the team has issued 114 tickets for Covid-19 breaches.
The team was set up following a rise in complaints about issues particularly in Page Hall.
Anti-social behaviour, fly-tipping, litter, rats, drugs and groups of people congregating in the streets at all time of the day and night were regularly reported.
Concerns were raised about prostitution and grooming and community tensions rose to the surface over groups not adhering to lockdown laws.
There were also a number of public brawls.
In response, a team of officers dedicated to tackling issues in the area was set up and an empty house on Robey Street was turned into a police base.
South Yorkshire Police said: “The newly formed Page Hall and Shirecliffe team is continuing to work with Sheffield City Council to enhance community cohesion in the area and change the wider Sheffield residents’ perception of the area.
“This area has one of the lowest crime levels in the North East neighbourhood and the team has continued to address the issues of anti-social behaviour with taking enforcement action since January 2021.”
The force added: “Diverting young people from harm is one of the team’s main priorities going into this quarter as the schools re-open following Covid-19 lockdown.
“Pop-in police stations are going to be hosted at schools during parents’ evenings to discuss any local concerns with parents.
“Officers are also going to re-introduce meetings in schools with all parties concerned with a young person who has been excluded from school and is returning. This is to support all parties involved in this transition of returning back into an educational establishment.
“Feedback from parents is they have welcomed this support as they have sometimes felt their voices are not being
heard and they welcome the additional support and advice the police can give.
“The team is aware they will not achieve perfection but they will continue to influence change as early relationships with young people and parents will support them to make informed choices and hopefully divert them from criminality, as they perceive it to be a lucrative option, when in fact they are often being exploited.”
To report issues in Page Hall call South Yorkshire Police on 101.
Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.