Yob nuisance blackspots revealed

Drinking in town.
Drinking in town.

The areas of Doncaster with the highest rates of complaints about antisocial behaviour are today revealed by The Star.

Doncaster town centre is the biggest blackspot but eight other suburbs and villages have each recorded more than 2,000 incidents over the past two calendar years.

Police say the figures show the level of anti-social behaviour in Doncaster is falling.

In almost every district of the borough it has dropped since 2011 by around 20 per cent in total.

The ‘league table’ of ASB blackspots across the borough for the years 2011 and 2012 puts the town centre at the top with 4,628 reports.

Second places goes to Intake/Wheatley with almost 3,000; in third place is Mexborough whith nearly 2,700; and fourth is Hatfield with around 2,650.

The next five areas with more than 2,000 incidents over the same two-year period are Bentley, Adwick, Thorne/Moorends, Hexthorpe and Armthorpe.

The statistics have been hailed as ‘a great success’ by Doncaster police chiefs, who say they will continue to target the problem despite cutbacks forced on them by smaller budgets.

Anti-social behaviour is one of the most frequently reported crimes in Doncaster.

According to figures obtained from South Yorkshire Police by The Star, the total number of ASB incidents reported by the public in 2011 was 21,581.

Last year, the most recent full year available, that had fallen substantially to 17,058.

The only area to see an increase from 2011 to 2012 was Belle Vue - which was put down to young car drivers gathering for ‘cruising’ sessions.

One of the areas with the biggest reduction in reports is Intake and Wheatley, down from 1,733 in 2011 to 1,260 last year.

Doncaster town centre - still the area with greatest number of ASB reports - also benefited from a reduction of almost 600 offences on the 2011 figure of 2,603.

In Balby the number of reports fell from 1,119 to 790 last year.

Bentley is also down from 1,468 to 1,123 in 2012, although one former resident spoken to by The Star said his personal experience did not reflect the reduced figure.

Tim Knowles spent more than 10 years living in the village and battling against antisocial behaviour near his home until he gave up the fight and accepted alternative accommodation elsewhere.

“In my opinion it’s not got any better,” he said.

“There’s a long way to go yet. I feel as though I took the brunt of it where I lived.”