The Southey area of Sheffield has been made subject of a dispersal order aimed at curbing antisocial behaviour.
The residents of Southey have highlighted concerns to their local police team over antisocial behaviour. As a direct result, South Yorkshire Police and Sheffield City Council have jointly agreed that a Section 30 of the Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003 shall apply to the above area.
Under this legislation, Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers are provided with additional powers. These powers apply where, within the designated area, the presence or behaviour of two or more persons in any public place has resulted or is likely to result in any member of the public being intimidated, harassed, alarmed or distressed.
The powers allow police officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) to direct such persons to disperse or to leave the designated area and not return to it for a period up to 24 hours. Failure to follow such a direction will be a criminal offence, which may lead to arrest and prosecution. Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers are also provided with a further power in relation to persons under 16-years of age who are found in a public place and are unsupervised by an adult. This power enables officers to remove that person to their place of residence.
The dispersal order will run from 1 February until 31 July 2013. Signs have been displayed in prominent locations outlining the areas covered by the section 30 order.
Inspector Simon Leake from the North East Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “It's vital that we make sure our communities remain safe and that people understand that antisocial behaviour is unacceptable.
"These powers allow us to take action against a minority of people who intimidate and cause distress to others by behaving antisocially. We will continue working with our partners to tackle nuisance behaviour in our communities, and we're working to do all we can to address this."
South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright said: “Antisocial behaviour is a modern blight on society. This is an excellent example of South Yorkshire Police working in partnership with Sheffield City Council to help make Southey a safer and better place for residents.
“It’s just a small minority who continue to cause these problems, but through the vigilance and actions of police officers and police community support officers, the message will get through that this kind of inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated.”