Screams and sirens mark New Year’s Eve in Page Hall as FIFTEEN cop cars race to brawl

Residents claim 15 police cars and three ambulances were deployed to a mass brawl in a Sheffield street in the early hours of this morning.

By Claire Lewis
Friday, 1st January 2021, 12:09 pm

The disturbance in Willoughby Street, Page Hall, is believed to have broken out just after midnight.

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Residents said police officers swarmed the street and there were also a number of ambulances in attendance.

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Police officers were deployed to Page Hall

Videos circulating on social media showed at least one arrest being made but details have not yet been confirmed by South Yorkshire Police.

One Willoughby Street resident said police officers told groups gathering in the street that orders were in place to prevent people congregating outside.

The 28-year-old said despite a new police team recently set up to tackle issues in Page Hall, more needs to be done.

Officers have turned an empty house on Robey Street into a police base in a bid to deter trouble and to have staff on hand to respond to incidents and to get to know the community better.

The Willoughby Street resident who witnessed the police activity this morning said in addition to the brawl there was also an illegal gathering of around 20 residents on nearby Hinde House Lane while fireworks were set off.

The man, who has lived in Page Hall all his life, said: “There were police cars everywhere – 15 plus three ambulances and police dogs – but it seemed to take forever to get things under control.

“Officers were shouting saying orders were in place and everyone needed to go home and at one point I saw an officer being pushed about. It was madness.”

He added: “The police have moved into the area but there are still problems – fly-tipping, fighting, noise, large groups. Nothing has changed yet.”

When the team was launched, Sergeant Tony Cartlidge, said: “For me, the most important thing is having my officers out there, on the streets, in people’s faces. It’s about spending as much time as a shift allows, speaking to people, stopping vehicles and using enforcement where necessary.“I am ensuring the team spend as much time on the beat as possible and getting to know their community; that is where the greatest gains can be made.”

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