Twitter police crackdown on trouble in S Yorks

Trick or tweet: Officers Robert Lockwood and Laura Busby with the ASBO patrol car ready for action at Moss Way.
Trick or tweet: Officers Robert Lockwood and Laura Busby with the ASBO patrol car ready for action at Moss Way.
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POLICE used Twitter to reveal details of every single incident of anti-social behaviour reported in South Yorkshire yesterday – in a ‘day of action’ aimed at ridding the streets of troublemakers and nuisance youths.

Hundreds of officers were out in force in communities across the county hoping to nip trouble in the bud and to respond to complaints from residents.

The crackdown was organised on what is traditionally one of the busiest days of the year for South Yorkshire Police – the start of the weekend between Halloween and Bonfire Night.

To highlight how busy the force is with reports of anti-social behaviour at this time of year, the force tweeted details of all the incidents reported between noon and midnight.

Within the first hour alone, officers were contacted by a shop owner in Sheffield city centre complaining about street drinkers, while residents in Arbourthorne reported a nuisance motorcyclist riding around Manor Fields Park.

Police also received calls about nuisance neighbours playing football in Rawmarsh, Rotherham, and about another neighbour behaving aggressively in Moorgate, also Rotherham.

There were also complaints of people abandoning cars and blocking road access in Darton, Barnsley, and about a nuisance biker riding along pavements in Southey Green, Sheffield.

Officers in Thorne, Doncaster, were also told of a gang of six children throwing bricks at passers-by.

Police received a complaint about somebody smoking cannabis near to a home in Pitsmoor, while there were several complaints about youngsters firing fireworks at each other in Manor, Sheffield.

The 12-hour Twitterthon was run at the same time as police officers travelled on what looked like routine service buses, but on board were bobbies ready to jump off to deal with any incidents they came across.

Woodhouse and Darnall in Sheffield were among the areas the buses targeted in a bid to catch offenders in the act.

Officers were also driving around the county in patrol cars to deter troublemakers from causing mischief.

Test purchase operations were also carried out at shops across the county, with police officers looking for traders selling alcohol or fireworks to underage customers.

Drugs dogs were used in communities to identify people using or dealing illegal substances on the streets and some homes were raided by officers looking for drugs said to be at the root of anti-social behaviour in some areas of the county.

Inspector Jason Booth, of the south-east Sheffield safer neighbourhood team, who had extra officers on patrol, said: “South Yorkshire Police is committed to tackling anti-social behaviour and the concerns of communities and we have a responsibility to keep communities safe which is why we are mounting operations like this.

“As well as it being about high visibility policing, it is about us engaging with people and about us letting people know there are a lot of activities happening.”


* Report of rowdy behaviour from local children in Sheffield;

* Call taken about a nuisance motorbike riding on the pavement in Southey Green. Local officers have been made aware;

* Report of an aggressive neighbour in Moorgate, Rotherham - officers will be attending;

* Report from the Rawmarsh area about nuisance neighbours playing football;

* Info given about a nuisance motorcyclist riding in Manorfields Park, Arbourthorne – local officers have been made aware;

* Caller reported people abandoning cars and blocking road access in Darton – local policing team have been made aware;

* Shop owner in Sheffield city centre reporting street drinkers. Officers will be arriving at the scene shortly;

* Lady reported another dog attempting to attack her dog. #SYP police dog handler on their way;

* Second report of the incident involving a dog attacking another dog in Intake. Police dog handler arriving shortly;

* Caller reported six children throwing bricks at passers-by in Thorne, Doncaster. Police will be there shortly;

* Call about young people continuously smoking cannabis near to caller’s home in Pitsmoor – police are on way to assist;

* Call about someone illegally dumping tyres in Hoyland, Barnsley. Police passed information to Barnsley Council;

* Caller reporting a nuisance neighbour causing problems among local kids. Local PCSO on way to assist in New Rossington;

* Call about people cutting down trees and setting fire to them near to homes in Skellow – local police team made aware;

* Caller has reported being intimidated by neighbour – police making their way to Gleadless Valley to speak to them.