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Police Deny Imposing Ban On Town Centre Teens

Friday April 19 2013

Do you think the dispersal order's a good idea? Do you think the dispersal order's a good idea?

POLICE have denied imposing a blanket ban on under-16s in Barnsley town centre at night after the move was criticised by a civil rights group.

In a revised statement on its website, the South Yorkshire force said the town centre dispersal order would only be used to remove troublemakers.

It stated: "It will give police the discretionary power to take home young people under 16 who are involved in anti-social behaviour."

It comes after civil liberties campaigners accused the police and Barnsley Council, who jointly applied for the order, of unfairly targeting and criminalising young people.

Nick Pickles, director of Big Brother Watch, said it would severely undermine respect for the law and that dispersal orders are a 'blunt, crude tool' that at best moves the problem to somewhere nearby.

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Reply Posted by observer on Friday April 19 2013 at 10:09
i feel i have to agree with the police. theres always a gang outside the bus termianl. they have of course no manners. stand almost touching the doors. this can be intimidating for the elder. im not tarring all with the same brush. but yes they do need dispersing at times. my question is, why are the police using tax payers money to take these peole home?..why arent they contacting the parents and demanding they come to fetch them?..if the parents dont know where the kids are, perhaps they should be charged a cab fare to have the kids brought home.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Friday April 19 2013 at 11:30
Well said 'observer' my sentiments exactly, tax payers shouldn't get saddled with this !!

Reply Posted by Gaoler on Friday April 19 2013 at 18:23
Youth in groups cause fear in the town centre and are targets for people selling and distributing drugs, lets get them off the streets.

Reply Posted by Kyle on Monday April 22 2013 at 20:14
I myself do find this "After 9" ban a bit tarring on all the teens in town I myself may only be 16 and yes I admit I am sometimes one of the people outside the bus station but we are never inploite if we are asked to move we will do but can I ask you where else are we supposed to go Barnsley Council has already made cuts on youth clubs throughout Barnsley we used to attend a club called Town Rock up at the YMCA every monday but due to cuts they had to stop now we do try are best to go other places but its hard sometimes as there is never anywhere else to go these days, we all attend College and High School and those that have finished College either work or go to University so dont try to stereotype us where not all trying to cause any trouble ok we just have no where else to go

Reply Posted by Wedge on Monday April 22 2013 at 20:35
its about time people stop giving all kids so much shit we all were young at some point the only trying to have a bit a fun get on to them if the do summet not just blame them all for a few idiots

Reply Posted by maxine on Monday April 22 2013 at 20:52
Why would under 16 year olds want or need to be in the town centre at night? Maybe Nick Pickles, director of Big Brother Watch could organise some nation wide activities for such groups. Kids shouldn't be hanging around at night anywhere, be it in town or street corners!! Come on Mr big brother... put your money where your mouth is..

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