Praise for new police powers

Insp. Ian Stubbs
Insp. Ian Stubbs
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Police chiefs have received support after applying for new powers to split up groups of yobs congregating in a Sheffield suburb.

The Star reported on Saturday a dispersal order has been introduced around Abbeydale Road following months of unrest.

Yobs have been repeatedly reported hurling missiles at pedestrians and vehicles, and gangs of youths congregating on the streets are said to be intimidating locals and using abusive language.

On Bonfire Night they ambushed a bus and police vehicle.

Today Councillor Qurban Hussain, who represents the Abbeydale area, said: “I think it will really help with the behaviour of the youths.

“I have seen young people out on the streets at 11pm - one person gets involved in something they shouldn’t, and others follow suit. But parents need to accept responsibility for their children - they need to make sure they are not out late at night.”

Local resident Miroslav Baros said: “Fantastic news. It should become permanent.” And Kathleen Doretta Troughton said: “It’s about time. I hope this works.”

Insp Ian Stubbs said: “We can now disperse groups of two or more people who we believe are involved or likely to be involved in anti-social behaviour.”