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Street wardens to hit Sheffield neighbourhoods to crack down on yobs

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A team of dedicated street wardens will be deployed across Sheffield as the council and the police tackle rising anti-social behaviour.

Sheffield City Council has announced an additional £1.1m which will be spent on “community safety work” across the city, including tackling anti-social behaviour and reduce exploitation of young people.

The funding, which is designed to provide reassurance to local communities, will be spent on joint working’ initiative between the council and the police, as well as the faith sector, schools and local councillors.

The main aim of this new partnership is to reduce crime and associated anti-social behaviour across Sheffield, but the exploitation of children and vulnerable people will also be a priority.

Sheffield Council said: “A team of street wardens will be deployed to each of Sheffield’s seven committee areas. These teams will have enforcement powers to issue on the spot fines showing a return to a visible presence in our areas. They will be supported with a safer neighbourhood team and an improved working model with our partners at South Yorkshire Police.

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“CCTV will also be trialled, linked to the central monitoring unit and quick response teams, and if successful will be looked at for any major incident areas. Trials in a neighbouring authority have seen anti-social behaviour and low-level crime incidents reduce by up to 60 per cent.”

They have said that the emphasis will be on “prevention and early intervention work” to make our communities safer and more harmonious.

The wardens will be recognisable in Sheffield City Council uniform and branded vehicles and people can expect to see them in their neighbourhoods by the summer.

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Councillor Paul Wood, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety said: “I recognise the importance of residents feeling safe in their neighbourhoods and that is why we are investing a further £1.1million in bringing back what many people have asked for, a visible presence on our streets.

“This is only part of a far more extensive plan in partnership with South Yorkshire Police and the Violence Reduction Unit who are also increasing their support and presence on the street.

“Our street wardens will be a valuable source of information regarding the issues in communities and ensure the right partner agencies are involved at the earliest opportunity.

“We’ve already seen the difference that wardens can make where we have teams out in some parts of the city. As well as intervention, and highlighting or escalating issues, they have become a friendly and supportive presence on the streets and I’m confident that our 28 new wardens will be very well received and make a significant positive difference amongst our diverse communities.”

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