Police bring in dispersal order to crack down on bus yobs in Moorends

Inspector Mark Payling of South Yorkshire police
Inspector Mark Payling of South Yorkshire police
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Police have introduced a dispersal order in Moorends, following a series of attacks to bus services by vandals.

Officers in Doncaster have been called out to a series of incidents on Wembley Road, Moorends, where groups of vandals have damaged and stopped 87 and 88 bus services travelling up the road.

And now, police have introduced a dispersal order in the area in a bid to tackle the problem.

Inspector Mark Payling said “A dispersal notice was put in place at the start of this week which allows officers to remove young people from an area for up to 48 hours if they believe they will go on to cause nuisance behaviour.”

He added: “We will utilise this power as necessary and continue to work closely with the bus company to prevent the behaviour and also the local community as it affects them as well.”

“Officers are carrying out increased patrols in the area to prevent this behaviour and offer reassurance.”

“I would urge anyone with information about who is responsible to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101.”

The most recent incidents have taken place on October 21, 26 and 29 between the hours of 8pm and 10pm

Andy Simpson, Business Manager for First said: “We have reported a number of incidents in the Moorends area and we are working closely with the Police and Travel South Yorkshire to tackle this issue.”

He added: “Our experience across the UK shows us that by working in partnership with local agencies we can make a real difference in getting to the root cause of these incidents and therefore lessen the frequency or even stop them happening. In this case this includes investigative techniques such as review of CCTV and increased police patrols.

“This is important for our customers who expect a safe and comfortable journey when travelling on our buses. We do not plan to alter our services because of these incidents but would consider doing so if all other avenues of solving these mindless acts of anti social behaviour failed.”