AN ORDER has been put in place on a Sheffield estate giving police the power to send home loitering teenagers and bar them from particular areas after residents raised concerns about anti-social behaviour.
The Section 30 dispersal order has been applied in Southey and will run until July 31, with signs put up in prominent places outlining the areas covered.
Locals highlighted problems with anti-social behaviour to local police officers, and under the legislation neighbourhood bobbies are provided with additional powers.
The powers apply where people are likely to be intimidated, harassed, alarmed or distressed by the presence of two or more individuals in a public place.
Police officers and PCSOs can order people to leave the designated area and not return for up to 24 hours. Failure to comply is a criminal offence, which can lead to arrest and prosecution.
Young people under 16 out in public places unsupervised can also be escorted home by police.
Inspector Simon Leake, from the North East Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “It’s vital we make sure our communities remain safe and that people understand anti-social behaviour is unacceptable.
“These powers allow us to take action against a minority of people who intimidate and cause distress to others by behaving anti-socially.
“We’re working to do all we can to address this.”
South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright, said: “Anti-social behaviour is a modern blight on society.
“This is an excellent example of South Yorkshire Police working in partnership with Sheffield Council to help make Southey a safer and better place.
“This kind of inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated.”