New powers tackle youth misbehaviour

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GROWING anti-social behaviour problems in parts of Sheffield have prompted council leaders to grant police extra powers.

Officers can now use a dispersal order in the ‘Abbeydale corridor’ to break up groups of two or more people where they believe their behaviour is causing a nuisance, harassment or distress.

Young people who aren’t with an adult will either be taken home or to a safe place between 9pm and 6am, while those who don’t follow police instructions risk arrest.

Sergeant Dean Hill of South Yorkshire Police said: “There has been an escalation in problems in various locations, such as Broadfield Park and St Peter’s Church, caused by a certain number of youths.

“We hope the order will achieve a reduction in the antisocial behaviour that has caused difficulties for residents and businesses and improve confidence.”