Fines dished out to 10 youths’ parents over Doncaster antisocial behaviour and Covid rules incidents

We have seen youths’ antisocial behaviour and breaches of Covid rules emerge as an issue in recent weeks. writes insp Mark Payling

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 5:00 pm

And I am concerned there may be further issues, particularly as lockdown measures are eased.

Last month I highlighted anti-social behaviour in the Frenchgate Centre by young people, and asked parents to take steps to warn their children about this.

Sadly, since then around 30 youths visited the town centre and created issues. A further 10 were rounded up and brought to the police station, and fines issued to the parents.

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Frenchgate Centre, Doncaster. Picture: NDFP-06-10-20-Doncaster 2-NMSY

Increased police resources will be deployed in town over the next few weeks to manage this and the increased footfall we expect after April 12.

Elsewhere, a driver was arrested in Intake on March 31. He was reported driving dangerously at 8.50am, overtaking dangerously and putting the public at risk. He refused to stop for our traffic officers, who eventually stopped him using containment tactics.

We have seen the benefits of CCTV this month. After a window was smashed on Priory Walk at 6am one morning, CCTV operators saw a man picked up by taxi and provided the company details. We managed to track and stop the vehicle with the man still in it. He was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

CCTV operators also saw a man steal a bicycle on April 2. They tracked him onto Balby Road where he was detained and the bike recovered.

On March 15, a witness saw two men trying to break into an empty property on Jubilee Road, Wheatley. Officers found them in the back garden. A crow bar was on the ground and they were arrested.

We have also seen cannabis seizures.

Officers called to a suspicious incident on Kirk Street in Hexthorpe discovered around 50 small plants at a house. We found another Cannabis set up when we responded to reports of a burglary in progress on Broxholme Lane near the town centre, finding 50 plants.

We have also raided two properties, discovering 300 plants on Warmsworth Road and a small amount of Class A drugs from a flat in Methley House.

Finally, we will soon look at the feasibility of re-introducing our engagement activity. Our next Facebook engagement event will on April 29 from 5.30pm until 6.30pm.

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