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Should there be a bigger police presence in Barnsley?

Tuesday October 25 2016

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EXTRA patrols will be out this week because of Halloween. 

What do you think? Should there be a bigger police presence in Barnsley? Or do you feel safe?

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Reply Posted by Marie on Tuesday October 25 2016 at 13:20
Yes definately the town end area is rife with drugs, alcoholism and most nights cars are vandalised or broken in to. I have lived in the area for 25 years, it has had its moments but never been this bad. The area is out of control and all I can do is get the hell out of the area.

Reply Posted by Avril on Tuesday October 25 2016 at 14:38
I can't say I personally don't feel safe .. but the people who have had their houses burgled, cars broken into or stolen, and sheds & garages ransacked must feel scared and damn right angry that it's going on nightly -- and nothings getting done ? Some areas of Town definitely need some sort of presence..and definitely harsher penalties .. they rob one night , get arrested and bailed the next day ..to rob again .. Courts are not doing enough !

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Tuesday October 25 2016 at 15:04
To do what ???, they are powerless these days unfortunately , even young kids have no fear of bobbies any more , there skanky parents tell them this .

The only way to deter the young skanks is a good thrashing down a dark alley till they repent their sins i say .

Reply Posted by Concerned citizen on Tuesday October 25 2016 at 15:05
Yes definitely, the town centre is becoming a no go zone, i personally got threatened by a lad no older than 14/15 who appeared intoxicated on some substance, sat at 1pm. Bus station had chavs charging around like lunatics without care for anyone else using the facilities. Not just town centre either, saw a lad with an air rifle shooting wildlife at carlton when i phoned police got put on hold for 20 minutes when i gave up n hung up as the lad was long gone.

Reply Posted by Trojan on Tuesday October 25 2016 at 16:09
catch em tek to court, get let of with fine go on rob to pay it. The circle goes round and round and round. Police let down by courts time after time.send in photos caught in the act to put on buses needed. Government keep cutting budgets so who's going to pay em.

Reply Posted by michelle on Wednesday October 26 2016 at 09:34
yes barnsley is getting worse

Reply Posted by Sue on Wednesday October 26 2016 at 12:00
Should be more on streets full stop..you never see them get them out of cars and back on the beat..

Reply Posted by Cat on Wednesday October 26 2016 at 21:36
There definitely should be more police presence in Barnsley. I don't feel safe at all anymore in my own hometown and I hate to say it but I'm hoping to leave Barnsley and live somewhere else in hope that it will feel safer. Too many gangs lurking about, drug culture is rife, respect for others is non-existent these days. I will be branded a racist for saying this but I feel intimidated walking by gangs of foreign people talking in their own language, esprcially when they stare at you. I don't feel safe to have a walk in the town on my own during the day, never-ending night! Kids aren't brought up with the same level of discipline as there once was and this is the result....

Reply Posted by resident on Thursday October 27 2016 at 19:01
Why is a group of people talking another language a gang?? That is just silly talk Cat. It is not illegal to talk another language and it isn't a threat. Of course it is safe to walk through Barnsley in broad daylight, you might not like what you see at all times but it is as safe as anywhere. Where do you think you will move to and why do you think you will feel safer there?

Reply Posted by mum on Wednesday October 26 2016 at 22:00

your not wrong .... Y speak in there own language in england they shud have to speak english in my opinion...

They could be saying anything and we would not no if it was about us because there are speakin in there language !!

Reply Posted by !!?!? on Thursday October 27 2016 at 10:44
'Mum' - you are almost illiterate in your own language and we can all imagine how you speak. You need to sort yourself out before you start criticising others.

Reply Posted by anon on Monday October 31 2016 at 19:48
mum and cat so foreigners should speak english over here well does that apply to when you go abroad you should speak whatever language for whatever country you visit

Reply Posted by turbo on Tuesday November 1 2016 at 00:18
There's a difference, anon .. a short term visit on holiday abroad is not the same thing, while they speak their own lingo there's' little possibility of integration .. fact !

Reply Posted by Global citizen on Tuesday November 1 2016 at 13:41
Thank goodness for children, they learn to speak the language of the country where they live really quickly when they go to school. And providing they can stay in school they do really well. Adults should learn to speak English, definitely, and they do. But who can blame a group of adults getting together and speaking their own language, it would be a bit weird if they didn't. It's not a crime and it's not a threat.

Reply Posted by Knobbler on Thursday October 27 2016 at 11:37
Any presence would help. The police sit in there cars in a lay by somewhere leaving the difficult work to the PCSOs which is ridiculous. BRING BACK THE LOCAL BOBBY! So people have somebody to turn to rather than call centre staff who don't care about the outcome as it doesn't affect them.

Reply Posted by John Carver on Thursday October 27 2016 at 12:16
Once again as the dark evenings approach, gangs of youths start to congregate in places they wouldn't ordinarily do.

Since time immemorial the old saying, "There's now't for t' kids to do rarnd 'ere." has been said and no doubt this year will be the same.

There is undoubtably a greater perceived threat from such groups than ever before as the gangs are larger, both in number and in physical size, there is no sense of respect for authority and, as some gang members will often say to anyone who questions their behavoiur, "What's it to you?"

One are I had the misfortune to visit recently is becoming a no-go area for anyone who may feel intimidated by this kind of behaviour.

Extra patrols should be on the street, not just because of Halloween but all year round.

Regardless of the time of year, antisocial behaviour is antisocial behaviour. No excuses.

Reply Posted by John P on Friday October 28 2016 at 08:39
I thought we had 2 dedicated police teams for the town centre ,or was/ is it just a publicity stunt.Will someone from the police please tell us?
It is obvious something wants doing,ask the owner of our only cinema,Parkway.

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Friday October 28 2016 at 09:51
Rise up as one good folk of barnsley and form groups to assist our scarce police

Reply Posted by Steve on Saturday October 29 2016 at 12:56
Where I use to live before moving here in 2011, we had local police day and night walking the streets,

Since moving up here, all i see is a few police patrols driving around then nothing when crime is being made.

More foot patrols would be good to see around local areas where needed, Grimethorpe especially ,

We should start a petition in town hall to make them see that we would feel safer going out at night rather the staying indoors with fear of being burgled with police starting to patrol the streets once again

Reply Posted by turbo on Tuesday November 1 2016 at 00:20
" we had local police walking the streets day and night " Did you just make that up ?

Reply Posted by Anon on Saturday October 29 2016 at 18:21
Theres way more happening in town than what we hear about or see. Drugs and violence are just the tip of the iceberg, trust me.
Theres youths all over taking drugs, causing trouble and fighting let alone all the adult addicts and homeless!
Kids these days are ruthless and it's pretty bloody scary!
I hate to say it guys but Barnsley has got 100 times worse.
A 14 year old lad sat spewing his guts up last night on someone's doorstep after taking ketamin and "mamba"
What the parents think their kids are doing is beyond me. Some parents need to realise how easily accessible these drugs are to youngsters nowadays. Cos before long these kids will be joining the riff raff adults that are hanging about in town

Reply Posted by Anon 2 on Monday October 31 2016 at 16:22
Some parents have no control over their kids. Some do not give a toss what their kids are doing. Some have kids that are out of their control. How can a 14 year old be out buying and using ketamine and other drugs including alcohol. Where do they get the money from, are they out robbing people or do the parents give them money. 'Kids these days are ruthless'....that is a harsh comment but sadly I think this true, if kids have not learnt wrong from right.
Most of all I want to say that somewhere near you there are people who deal drugs and make a fortune out of it, I only wish police would tackle this as I can't believe the drug dealers are unknown.

Reply Posted by Mark on Saturday October 29 2016 at 19:31
We have had 5 differant tennants next door in 5 years and each time were smoking drugs up to 4 times a day. Police came here and literally and figuratively shrugged their shoulders and i quote " what can we do?", one twnnant was a youngish mother and cpmpletely addicted skunk smoker you could see the child slowly becoming like the parents. . Police need more power to be really affective. Too many P C people screwed up the system