Angry residents of crime-riddled Doncaster suburb call on police and council for help

Angry residents of a Doncaster suburb plagued by crime and anti-social behaviour have demanded action from police and council chiefs.

Sunday, 10th January 2021, 3:18 pm

People living in Wheatley say their lives are being made a misery on a daily basis with burglaries, car theft, knife crime and a string of other issues blighting the neighbourhood.

In an impassioned Facebook post, one upset resident has called on South Yorkshire Police and Doncaster Council to tackle the issues.

The post, shared on social media, said: “Peoples home's being broken into, the elderly being targeted, cars being stolen, vandalism, windows smashed, shoplifters, anti-social behaviour, knife crime, speeding cars and litter everywhere are just to name a few of the issues we're dealing with in our community and surrounding areas and it's getting worse!

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Wheatley has been plagued by a number of crimes and anti social behaviour in recent months.

"People can't even walk their dogs safely anymore without the fear they're gonna get whacked over the head and their pup stolen.

"How about you pull your fingers out and actually start doing something about it?

"It's actually upsetting to see how much this area has fallen into the state it has. Enough is enough now, stop making excuses and start doing something about it before it gets beyond repairable.”

The area has been plagued by a numbe of high profile crimes in recent months.

In December, a man was rushed to hospital after being stabbed outside a pizza takeaway in Beckett Road, while in November, two people were arrested on suspicion of murder after a 55-year-old man was found dead at a house in the same street.

Last April, a cat was found skewered and had been burnt on a disposable barbecue, sparking horror and revulsion among Doncaster pet lovers.

There have also been reports of anti-social behaviour including objects being thrown at cars as well as a number of drugs factories being discovered by police in the area.

Residents have also complained of nuisance bikers tearing up and down streets in the area.

We have contacted both South Yorkshire Police and Doncaster Council for comment.

Report anti-social behaviour to police on 101.

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