Police to crack down on anti-social behaviour in Doncaster

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Police are set to crack down on anti-social behaviour in a number of areas in Doncaster, after being granted a dispersal order.

The order will apply to the Town Moor, Bennetthorpe and Wheatley areas and follows concerns from local residents about anti-social behaviour in all its forms.

South Yorkshire Police, in conjunction with Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, have introduced a Section 30 dispersal order in the area.

The order gives uniformed police officers and police community support officers the power to move on groups of people congregating in an area if they suspect possible disorder or harassment.

Superintendent Peter Norman said: “We are taking positive action in response to public concerns to tackle the cause of anti-social behaviour in this area.

“The use of this legislation has previously worked well and with our partner agencies we aim to make a positive impact on all forms of anti-social behaviour in this area too.

“We have tried other means before resorting to the use of the dispersal order, but it is now apparent that it is necessary due to a minority of people who are seriously affecting the quality of life of residents.

“This is not a measure we introduce lightly and we continue to support projects and outreach work being done in the local community, however I feel it is necessary to use the power of the dispersal order on behalf of local residents and businesses.

“To ensure that this is an effective tool we will need local communities and businesses to work with us by reporting anti-social behaviour so we can deal with the issues and individuals quickly.”

People who ignore the order or who return to an area they have been dispersed from can be arrested.

The order will run for a six-month period starting from Friday, August 1 and will then be reviewed.

Signs outlining the areas covered by the section 30 order will be positioned in prominent locations.

For further information contact South Yorkshire Police on 101.