Mexborough youths agree to stay out of trouble in deal with police

Pictured outside the park on Schofield Street, Mexborough, which is considered an anti-social behaviour hotspot are l-r resident Phil Rookledge, 64, coun David Holland, and coun Tracey Leyland-Jepson.  Picture: Liz Mockler S1477LM

Pictured outside the park on Schofield Street, Mexborough, which is considered an anti-social behaviour hotspot are l-r resident Phil Rookledge, 64, coun David Holland, and coun Tracey Leyland-Jepson. Picture: Liz Mockler S1477LM

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Members of an unruly gang who caused a nuisance for Dearne residents have agreed a deal with police to improve their behaviour.

A boy and a girl, both in their early teens, signed Acceptable Behaviour Contracts, known as ABCs, in which they agree not to be involved in certain anti-social acts.

Police said the pair are part of a group which has been causing a nuisance in the Schofield Street, Cross Street and Hirst Gate.

Speaking at a Partners And Communities Together in Mexborough Resource Centre last week, Pc Phil Black said: “There are some young people in the Hirst Gate area and some in the Schofield Street area, and they are coming together and moving between both areas. We have been doing quite a lot of work in these areas, and the ABCs are part of that.”

The terms of the contracts are agreed with the young person in an interview and is signed in the presence of their parents, representatives of the council and police. The contract normally lasts for six months. It is not legally binding but, if breached, can be used as evidence if further action is required.