Praise for police team tackling issues in troubled Sheffield suburb

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Police chiefs have received support for moving a team of officers into a Sheffield suburb blighted by community unrest.

Nine officers are to be based at Earl Marshall Youth Centre, Page Hall, to be ‘at the heart of the community’ in a bid to tackle issues around integration following an influx of immigrants into the city suburb, which has led to a clash of cultures.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Communities and Inclusion at Sheffield City Council, said: “We welcome the move by the police to have dedicated officers based within Page Hall to work with people in the area.

“As a council, we are working closely with the police, the local community, and landlords as well as faith and voluntary groups to address the issues people are facing.”

Last week two rival groups of Yemeni and Roma Slovak residents, involving around 25 men and youths clashed.

Chief Superintendent David Hartley, Sheffield’s District Commander, said the fight was ‘a dispute between two distinct groups and not as a consequence of broader community tensions’.

Five arrests have been made.