South Yorkshire Police use new powers to tackle antisocial behaviour

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Police in South Yorkshire are to start using new powers this week aimed at making it easier for officers to deal with antisocial behaviour.

The Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act streamlines the powers available to officers from 19 to six to make it easier and simpler for the police to deal with those causing a nuisance in South Yorkshire communities.

It includes Closure Powers, which allow police, council and social landlords to shut down premises including suspected drug dens or homes where residents regularly complain about noise and nuisance behaviour.

The Act also gives officers the right to use Dispersal Powers, which can ban people from a designated area for 48 hours.

Those who flout the ban and are found by officers in the same area face prosecution.

Superintendent Colin McFarlane, South Yorkshire Police’s lead officer for antisocial behaviour, said: “The new streamlined powers make it easier to deal with antisocial behaviour and helps us work with partner agencies to ensure that there is a joined up response for victims.

“The powers to enforce Dispersal Orders, or close premises that are responsible for an increase in antisocial behaviour, will begin to be used now in the run up to Halloween and Bonfire Night.”

In addition to the new powers, a Community Trigger scheme was introduced in South Yorkshire, which gives members of the public the power to ask agencies to review how they have responded to incidents of antisocial behaviour.

Any member of the public can raise a Community Trigger if they have reported three or more separate incidents relating to the same or similar issue of antisocial behaviour within a six month period.

Supt McFarlane added: “The Community Trigger is a great step forward in giving the public the tools to hold the police and other agencies to account.

“It will provide vital feedback from the public about how we tackle incidents of antisocial behaviour and ensure that our approach leads to a positive outcome for those affected.”

To report incidents of antisocial behaviour call South Yorkshire Police on 101.