Crackdown launched on prostitutes and yobs in Doncaster

Vice Patrol on the streets of Doncaster.
Vice Patrol on the streets of Doncaster.

Police are set to crack down on anti-social behaviour in a number of areas in Doncaster after being granted a dispersal order.

The order will give uniformed police officers and community support officers the power to move on groups of people congregating in an area if they suspect possible disorder or harassment.

Prostitution is one of the forms of anti-social behaviour that police will attempt to tackle as part of the order, which will apply to the will apply to the Town Moor, Bennetthorpe and Wheatley areas.

This follows complaints from residents about anti-social behaviour.

Superintendent Peter Norman said the police will need residents and businesses to work with them by reporting anti -social behaviour.

He added: “We are taking positive action in response to public concerns to tackle the cause of anti-social behaviour in this area.

“The use of this legislation has previously worked well and with our partner agencies we aim to make a positive impact on all forms of anti-social behaviour in this area too. “We have tried other means before resorting to the use of the dispersal order, but it is now apparent that it is necessary due to a minority of people who are seriously affecting the quality of life of residents.

“This is not a measure we introduce lightly and we continue to support projects and outreach work being done in the local community, however I feel it is necessary to use the power of the dispersal order on behalf of local residents and businesses.

The order will run for six months starting from Friday, August 1 and will then be reviewed.

Signs outlining the areas covered by the Section 30 order will be positioned in prominent locations.

People who ignores the order or returns to an area they have been dispersed from can be arrested.

For further information contact South Yorkshire Police on 101.