Fun day to tackle Sheffield suburb’s anti-social behaviour

Abbeydale Road antisocial behaviour
Abbeydale Road antisocial behaviour
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A bid to tackle anti-social behaviour through activities for youngsters and families has been launched in a Sheffield suburb.

Businesses in the Abbeydale Corridor have joined with Nether Edge councillors to organise a fun day at Broadfield Park on Saturday.

Abbeydale Road antisocial behaviour

Abbeydale Road antisocial behaviour

The event, from 1pm to 6pm, will offer boxing, archery, cricket and urban art.

Stalls will offer food, and information from organisations including Sheffield Heritage Foundation, the Drop The Knife campaign and Islamic Relief.

The Abbeydale Road area has been plagued by anti-social behaviour issues, leading police to introduce a dispersal order in May which made it an offence for groups of youths to be outside in the area after 9pm.

Nether Edge Safer Neighbourhood Team said on Twitter only yesterday: “We have had a number of calls about a group of youths throwing stones at passers-by and houses around Carter Knowle Avenue.

“They were also seen on Wyatt Avenue and Button Hill. If you see these youths causing issues, ring us on 101 and we will attend.”

But Coun Nikki Bond said the dispersal order is working.

She said: “When considering the best way to respond to anti-social behaviour, local councillors have listened to the community and identified the importance of activities for young people.

“Over the past couple of years there have been peaks and troughs in anti-social behaviour but I’m pleased to report there has been a decrease in the number of incidents since the order came into place.

“Events like this play an important role, and we are working with local groups to apply for funding to make sure there are more activities in the coming months.”

Coun Nasima Akther said: “I’m very pleased at the way the local community has come together to tackle anti-social behaviour by organising this fun day that will help to engage young people with a variety of positive activities. Local Councillors will continue to work in partnership with those involved to make sure that the good work continues beyond this event.”