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Curfew Warning Issued For Town Centre

Thursday May 22 2014

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A NO-GO zone for youngsters has been created in the town centre with the addition of a 9pm curfew that will force them to be escorted home by police officers.

South Yorkshire Police has launched a six-month campaign cracking down on bad behaviour in the town centre after being granted a 'dispersal order' that gives them powers to move people on.

There's also a 9pm curfew introduced for youngsters who aren't with an adult - they will either be taken home or to a safe place if they are spotted between 9pm and 6am.

Police will be targeting an area around Barnsley College, the interchange and The Civic Theatre and comes after complaints that police need to stop groups from gathering and being disruptive.

Chief Superintendent Andy Brooke said: “There have been complaints that young children have witnessed antisocial behaviour and fighting, which has left them extremely upset.

“People have felt intimidated and businesses are being affected. This is unacceptable and so in response to public demand we have obtained a section 30 order to make the town centre a safer place to visit."

Leaflets are being handed out explaining the action that’s being taken in a small area bounded by Church Street, Market Hill, Eldon Street, Kendray Street, Schwabisch Gmund Way and part of Old Mill Lane.

The order means that anyone in a group causing others to feel intimidated, harassed, alarmed or distressed will be asked to leave the area.

And those who ignore warnings could be arrested.

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Reply Posted by Anonymous on Thursday May 22 2014 at 15:25
Can we have one in Wombwell park as well? Getting ridiculous in there with groups of youths carrying on every weekend.

Reply Posted by Wut? on Thursday May 22 2014 at 18:06
No, you can't, it's a park. That's where children go to gather in groups

Reply Posted by anon on Friday May 23 2014 at 12:42
The police prefer the kids to be in the park. They are contained and off the high streets where they often damage shops etc. It makes sense but the problem is theres no one there to stop them vandalising the parks. It seems that some kids enjoy destroying even the nicest of enviroments these days. Its a shame.

Reply Posted by Tom on Thursday May 22 2014 at 15:36
This discrimination against youngsters is beyond a joke, and having to carry ID to prove your age to the police is an attack upon our freedom to travel around our own town peacefully.

Reply Posted by Nat on Thursday May 22 2014 at 15:43
I don't think it's discriminating against the young.
A group of middle aged men or women would be moved on in the same way if they were acting in an intimidating way.
The area behind the Civic is horrendous now.
My teenagers wouldn't walk through there alone & nor would I!

Reply Posted by julie mac on Thursday May 22 2014 at 16:33
Im in total aggrement with Nat x

Reply Posted by Tom on Thursday May 22 2014 at 16:48
Of course it is discrimination against the young. There would be no need for a curfew against the young, if the police only intended to move along people acting in an intimidating manner be they young, old or middle aged.

Reply Posted by @Tom on Friday May 23 2014 at 11:20
It isn't discriminating in the slightest, the young folk are given up their right to be treated as adults when they start to act like yobs, quite simple.

They are eradicating the problem to make the area safer.

Reply Posted by @Tom on Friday May 23 2014 at 11:20
Have given up their right*

Reply Posted by ross on Friday May 23 2014 at 12:30
i don't think it's just the 'yobs' that suffer for it though really. all youngsters get tarred with the same brush!

Reply Posted by Will smith on Thursday May 22 2014 at 16:59
Anyone getting up to no good in the tarn centre should be sent to live with their auntie in bell air

Reply Posted by Stevie wonder on Thursday May 22 2014 at 17:04
Who are these yobs? I've never seen em

Reply Posted by Massive penis on Thursday May 22 2014 at 17:11
About time this got sorted, 9pm is reasonable .... The way they behave is not..... Non of my kids will be wondering streets after 9 .... The parents need a good kicking aswell

Reply Posted by True red on Thursday May 22 2014 at 19:28
Intimidation is a problem and should be stamped out who ever the perpetrators and if that means an high police presence so be it,but the police I hope will differentiate between teenagers waiting to meet there friends and out and out intimidation towards the public

Reply Posted by what? on Thursday May 22 2014 at 19:54
So Tom, your comments suggest you are one of the 'youngsters' that have nothing better to do than hang around in gangs intimidating people. Either that or you like to watch the groups if youngsters doing this? Why would any parent want their youngster to hang around in Barnsley town centre at that time of a night without adult supervision? I think the police should caution the parents of the youngsters they take home too on what the world has become today.

Reply Posted by Zzzzzz on Thursday May 22 2014 at 20:24
Surely the priority must be the smack rats & alcos?

Reply Posted by bu^^^^^^ on Friday May 23 2014 at 03:49

Reply Posted by Dr Debate on Thursday May 22 2014 at 20:33
This is a start in the right direction. We also need an extension to the beggars and alcoholics that blight the street of Barnsley Town Centre 24/7 not just 9m to 6am.

Reply Posted by luke on Thursday May 22 2014 at 21:48
About time set one through day aswell for bus station sick of walking out the doors to a load of smoke getting blown into my face as a none smoker I like my lungs, and there Shud be a place for smokers to go not just to stand outside one of the main entrances

Reply Posted by niki on Friday May 23 2014 at 12:05
Cant ya do a curfew for us adults aswell thru week to say everyone needs to b in house no later than 9 pmsl

Reply Posted by B on Saturday May 24 2014 at 15:19
Just going to point something out... Most of the idiots that hang around these places are now 18 or older, so it's not going to make much of a difference.

Reply Posted by A on Saturday May 24 2014 at 15:21
What about under 18s who finish work after 9pm and have to walk through the town centre to get home? Free lift home from the police?

Reply Posted by king louis on Saturday May 24 2014 at 15:23
There may be a few dozen trouble makers and so 30,000 youngsters who's only crime is their age are removed from social places. That is like Russia in its worst excess of control.

They have not defined "who" by using the term youngster it could be 10 -13 year olds but now school is extended it could be 1-18 year olds who have to skirt around town to get home because the safer camera places are now no go areas for them.

If it's 17-18 then they can die for their country but cannot step on it.

Reply Posted by anon on Saturday May 24 2014 at 15:59
Its harsh,but these actions are being taken after many complaints. Damage to property,intimidation,fighting. Once again the police can't do right for doing wrong. The police are not babysitters,just their to manage youths and kids. That's the job of the parents. I personally don't like it,but what else can be done?

Reply Posted by donna on Saturday May 24 2014 at 16:01
not all kids that are out after 9 pm are causing trouble its just a few of them that give the others a bad name

Reply Posted by anon on Saturday May 24 2014 at 16:17
That's very true Donna, a few spoiling it for many. If the town centre is constantly being vandalised by these few idiots,then shops will pull out. The insurance will be too costly for them. This has a knock on effect to big business,they see a vandal culture and they won't invest here. There has to be appropriate punishment for the yobs,until then the curfew is the only way. There will always be yobs so it must be made clear their constant erosion of our town won't be tolerated.

Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday May 28 2014 at 16:49
I think you will find that it does not target young people. People of all ages can be moved on if causing anti social behaviour. If you had to live with people taking drugs legal or otherwise, peeing against your doors leaving litter and fighting wouldn't you want the police to do something? As soon as they do, people complain. Damned if they do, damned if they don't.