Police and partners clean up streets in Sheffield suburb

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A police team set up to help restore calm in a Sheffield suburb took to the streets with partners and local residents to tackle one of the main issues of concern - litter.

Community tension has risen in Page Hall over the last two years following an influx of hundreds of Roma Slovaks families, whose way of life has upset long-standing residents, leading to a number of complaints to the authorities about issues including overcrowded housing, noise and the gathering of large groups on the streets at all times of the day and night.

But one of the most common complaints is about the amount of litter now dropped onto the streets and blighting the neighbourhood.

To clean up the area and educate new residents about standards expected, local police officers based in Page Hall worked with partners, community representatives and some locals to remove litter from the roads and pavements.

Those involved hope the move will help with community cohesion.

They hope a cleaner environment will instil pride in residents and encourage them to use bins provided instead of throwing their litter to the ground.

Inspector Chris Lewis, who runs the police team in Page Hall, said: “The day went well with a considerable number of the Slovak community joining in.

“Police were just one of a number of agencies and third sector organisations who were involved.

“It was a great way for us and other organisations to engage with all sections of the community and help to bring them together and have a sense of pride in where they live.

“This was just one of a number of initiatives planned for the coming months to continue to build relationships in the community in Page Hall.”

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Sheffield Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Inclusion, said: “The community litter pick in Page Hall brought everyone together to help clean the streets.

“It was really positive – there was a fantastic turnout from the community and it was great that so many people got involved.

“We will continue to work closely with the community and our partners in Page Hall to build on the improvements that have already been made.”