Police crackdown on anti-social behaviour hotspots in South Yorkshire in run up to Halloween and Bonfire Night

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Police banned 12 youngsters from a Sheffield suburb for 24 hours after reports of yobs throwing fireworks

Officers mounted a crackdown in the Abbeydale area following complaints from members of the public.

South Yorkshire Police is now warning that officers will be monitoring anti-social behaviour hotspots, including Abbeydale, in the run up to Halloween and Bonfire Night.

Superintendent Shaun Morley, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “Anti-social behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated.

“We will be dedicating resources to that area to provide a visible presence and will seek to monitor the situation.

“We will effectively and robustly deal with any anti-social behaviour in that area in the run up to and including bonfire night.

“If you commit anti-social behaviour you could face a fine, a criminal behaviour order and even prison.

“I hope that our presence will provide local residents and business owners with reassurance so that everyone can feel safe and enjoy the festivities, whether they choose to celebrate them or not.”

The police force has produced a poster, which members of the public can download from the police website and display in their homes, if they do not want to answer their doors to trick or treaters.

Superintendent Colin McFarlane, South Yorkshire Police’s lead officer on anti-social behaviour, said: “Halloween and Bonfire Night is a time celebrated by many. Unfortunately, this time of year can also lead to some anti-social behaviour incidents.

“Ultimately we want everyone taking part in celebrations to enjoy them but to do safely and responsibly for themselves and for others.

“Committing anti-social behaviour can lead to a fine, a criminal behaviour order and ultimately prison if offences are committed.

“I would ask people show a little more tolerance, but to contact the police if they think someone is at risk or if they are being individually targeted.

“Halloween is no longer just a celebration for children. More and more adults are celebrating the festivities and we would urge those who are choosing to do so to drink responsibly and ensure they stay safe throughout the celebrations.”