Police tackle bus shelter yobs

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A SERIES of police operations have targeted yobs who cause damage on public transport around the Don and Dearne.

Officers from the Special Constabulary in Doncaster teamed up with British Transport Police to conduct patrols around Mexborough, Denaby and Conisbrough.

The team of six specials patrolled the main crime hot spots in the three towns following reports of damage to a number of bus windows and shelters.

Several groups of young people were identified standing within bus shelter areas and were spoken to by the officers.

Patrols were also undertaken in other parts of Doncaster, including the town centre Interchange.

They advised a number of groups about minor incidents of anti-social behaviour, including swearing and causing a nuisance.

Officers were also called to Doncaster Airport after reports of a large number of drunken passengers being rowdy and causing a nuisance on a First bus.

The passengers were spoken to and two officers remained on the bus for the rest of the journey.

Deputy Specials Officer for Doncaster, Adrian Fuller, said: “We often get a number of reports of antisocial behaviour and criminal damage on public transport around the Interchange and train station.

“These operations enable us to patrol these areas as well as the transport to catch the offenders in action.

“It also offers reassurance to passengers and the drivers of the transport who are often targeted.

“We will continue to conduct similar operations in the future.”