South Yorkshire victims repeatedly targeted by thugs

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SOUTH Yorkshire has more repeat victims of anti-social behaviour than anywhere else in the country, it has emerged.

A report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies found South Yorkshire had the highest number of repeat victims last year – with 23 per cent calling the force at least 10 times, although it ranked 13th out of 41 forces for the overall way in which ASB is dealt with.

The research was based on a survey of 10,000 victims last year.

South Yorkshire Police said reports of ASB fell by 22 per cent last year with 24,000 fewer offences compared to the year before –it received about 83,000 calls about ASB, compared to 107,000 in 2011/12.

Superintendent Colin McFarlane said: “We will consider the details of this report and use its findings to continue to reduce the levels and impact of anti-social behaviour, while increasing the protection of vulnerable victims.

“If you look at the full report, it shows South Yorkshire as having a relatively low number of people who call us up to three times a year and a smaller group of people who call us 10 times or more.

“It shows South Yorkshire Police are in the top third nationally for the way we deal with anti-social behaviour overall, by looking at all the processes involved from the moment a call is received.”

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett, Labour MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, said: “The continuing fall in anti-social behaviour offences is welcome and shows the policies put in place a decade ago have borne fruit, with the combined efforts of police, housing and local government.

“However, the incidence of repeat victims also means we have a problem with repeat offenders, and therefore the concentration for the future will clearly be on those small minority whose lives are being made a total misery by organised thuggery.”