Police to split up gangs on city suburb’s streets

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GROUPS found congregating in a Sheffield suburb could be banned from the area for 24 hours if police suspect they are likely to cause trouble.

Police and Sheffield Council have made Darnall the subject of a Dispersal Order - giving police extra powers to deal with anti-social behaviour.

Officers and PCSOs have the right to tell groups in a public place to leave the area for 24 hours.

The order is aimed at those congregating on the streets who police fear are likely to intimidate, harass or cause alarm or distress to others.

Failure to comply with the order is a criminal offence and those who return to the suburb will face arrest and prosecution.

Insp Paul Ferguson, of Sheffield East Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “I am extremely grateful to the many people who have acknowledged that during this period there is the potential for increased disorder in the Darnall area.

“As the nights get longer, and schools break-up, and the Bonfire Night and Halloween period approaches, there’s potential for a rise in antisocial behaviour and low-level crime.

“We accept there is a risk, but are not prepared to accept the neighbourhood as a whole will suffer from the actions of a few.

“The Dispersal Order will form just one part of the work that community leaders, partners and the police are undertaking to achieve the period of calm we all expect.”