POLICE and Barnsley Council are to put a dispersal order in the town centre from April 15 - two weeks after its original planned date.

The order will enable police to move groups of two or more people from a specified area where there is persistent anti-social behaviour. It will also give the power for police to take home any young person under 16 who are out on the streets in a dispersal zone between 9pm and 6am and not accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

The order will be in place for six months, and has come in because of common reports of groups congregating around the town centre. 

The dispersal order will cover the following areas: Old Mill Lane, Harborough Hill Road, Pontefract Road to junction of Oakwell Lane, Taylor Row, Sheffield Road from junction with Taylor Row to Alhambra Roundabout, West Way, Summer Lane to junction of Fitzwilliam Hill, Sackville Street to junction of Churchfields and Church Lane.

Inspector Julie Mitchell, said: ”Over the past few months, we have received numerous reports of nuisance caused by large groups congregating in the town centre. By dispersing those groups intent on engaging in poor behaviour, we will ensure Barnsley is a safer and stronger town for everyone else.“