A Yorkshire neighborhood plagued by thugs wielding fireworks on motorbikes
The crackdown comes after fearful residents complained of trouble around Errington Avenue off East Bank Road on Arbourthorne Estate, Sheffield, with youngsters throwing fireworks, setting bins alight and buzzing around the neighborhood on a motorcycle.
One resident, who preferred not to be named, said: “It’s fireworks, motorbikes and whatever you can think of. The fireworks take place around 1:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and stop around 10:30 p.m. They aim at them or throw them.
She added that officials were also buzzing about motorbikes and taking trash cans and setting them on fire.
South Yorkshire Police Officer Sergeant Wilson, who oversees the south east area of the town, said: ‘We are aware of several instances of anti-social behavior in the Arbourthorne area which we know are of concern the residents. We remain proactively present in the area, we have teams on car patrol in addition to our mountain bike team.
So far, police have charged one youth with public order offenses and two other youths have been processed through the youth justice system for public order offences. been identified, and we continue to work with local schools to educate and advise young people on what not to do. We are also working closely with our housing partners and Sheffield City Council and also have an active plan in place to eradicate this behavior as we will not tolerate it in our neighbourhood.
Police are also holding walk-in sessions at the Arbourthorne Center for residents who have concerns to speak to officers. Sgt Wilson added: “Rest assured that we will continue to be proactively present and pursue all investigative leads that will help stop the disruption, and we urge anyone who can give us information to do so.”
However, one resident, who declined to be named, said she was disappointed that she hadn’t seen more police after all that had happened. She added: “There’s no one there. I see the strange police van driving by but they want to be up and show up and talk to them. They’re not interested because it’s Arbourthorne and that’s why everything the world is fed up.
MP Louise Haigh, for Sheffield Heeley, stressed that these issues in Arbourthorne must be addressed as a matter of priority. She said: ‘It is extremely concerning that further incidents have occurred on Errington Avenue. Residents of Arbourthorne will understandably be concerned about the ongoing disruption and the number of violent incidents.
“I have been in regular contact with South Yorkshire Police who have increased patrols in the area and designated the area as a patrol hotspot. But our region desperately needs the resources to tackle these long standing issues and Arbourthorne must be treated as the priority it deserves.
Those with information can contact South Yorkshire Police by telephone on 101 quoting reference 14/176462/21, or can access the police’s online chat and online portal via www.southyorks.police.uk/ contact-us/report-something/ with details. They can also contact Crimestoppers confidentially via www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling 0800 555 111.