Special powers see fall in yob behaviour

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SPECIAL powers handed to police have slashed the number of incidents of antisocial behaviour on a Doncaster estate.

Reports of trouble on the Cathedrals estate in Wheatley were down by 40 per cent in July, according to official figures.

A section 30 dispersal order was granted for six months in Wheatley at the beginning of June.

South Yorkshire Police and Doncaster Council applied for the order - which enables the police to disperse groups of two or more people causing a nuisance - after residents raised concerns about antisocial behaviour, including the use of abusive and foul language, criminal damage, littering and intimidating behaviour.

Peter Davies, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “Cutting anti-social behaviour is a priority for us and it’s encouraging to hear that incident numbers are still falling.

“Residents are telling us that this order is making a difference and we’ll continue to look at what else we can do to ensure people feel safe where they live.”

Sergeant John Hunter from the Wheatley Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “It is really pleasing to see the dispersal order making such a difference in the area.

“We have seen a decrease in the number of groups of young people hanging around and residents have told me they feel safer. The SNT will continue to patrol the area and enforce the order if necessary.”

Coun Eva Hughes, council ward member for Wheatley, said: “We’ve worked closely with Wheatley residents to get this order put in place and it’s really pleasing to see the positive effect it’s having.”

Activities have also been organised for young people to give them something positive to do with their evenings and during the summer holidays.

The Multi Use Games Area is hosting multi sports activities for youngsters.

Local youth clubs have extended opening hours and there have been a number of drop-in sessions organised at the Wheatley and Kingfisher Youth Clubs.

The Wheatley centre is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights and to young people aged between 11 and 19.

The Kingfisher youth club runs every Wednesday and caters for young people aged eight to 12.

Since the dispersal order was put in place, more than 50 young people have attended the youth clubs on a weekly basis.