Squad to stop hooligans

YOB behaviour across Doncaster is being targeted by a round-the-clock team thought to be the first of its kind in the country.

Doncaster Council believes its Neighbourhood Response Team is the first in the UK to combine council enforcement officers and police community support officers working together day and night, seven days a week. They will be on duty from 8am until 5am and are part of a plan aimed at tackling nuisance behaviour.

Bosses at the council say a rapid response will be provided to a wide range of anti-social behaviour incidents, which include criminal damage, such as damage to vehicles and buildings, harassment, street drinking, littering and general abusive behaviour.

Cars manned by council enforcement officers and PCSOs will respond to calls from the public.

Tthey will be directed to areas where incidents are known to occur in order to deal with nuisance and reassure the public.

Mayor Peter Davies, said: “This is the biggest investment in tackling anti-social behaviour that Doncaster has seen in recent years.

“I’m confident that residents will report incidents and help us show trouble-makers that their behaviour is completely unacceptable.

“We’ve seen trouble across the country recently and thankfully the people of Doncaster had more sense than to cause such mindless mayhem. This team has been planned for months and will stop small problems escalating into large ones.

Chief Inspector Neil Thomas said: “Antisocial behaviour affects everyone; it ranges from noisy neighbours and littering to criminal damage and abusive and intimidating behaviour. We treat all complaints of antisocial behaviour very seriously and understand the effect it can have on people’s lives.

n To report anti-social behaviour call Doncaster Council on 01302 736000.