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Fury as Covid testing site forced to shut after vicious attack on staff


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There has been an outpouring of anger after a Rotherham Covid testing centre was forced to close again after staff were pelted with stones.

The Covid testing station in Maltby had to close early on Tuesday night, April 6, after staff and the centre were subjected to an attack by youths.

It is not the first time the centre has been forced to close due to antisocial behaviour.

On March 24 a dispersal order was issued by South Yorkshire Police for two days around the centre after reports of youths abusing and assaulting staff.

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In the latest attack the centre was forced to close due to being targeted with stones.

Rotherham South neighbourhood policing team issued a statement on its Facebook page to say: “Yet another night that the Covid testing station at Maltby has had to close early due to local youths throwing stones at the site and staff.

“This kind of behaviour will not be tolerated and positive action will be taken when the culprits are identified.”

The closure and attacks have caused outrage in the local community.

One person commenting below the police post said: “This is appalling! I hope the culprits are found and action taken against their parents.”

Another angry local added: “They want locking up, young-uns think even if caught nothing happens to underage kids!!!

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“They need teaching a lesson.”

Someone else said: “Disgusting little scroats.

“IT NEEDS SORTING, why are you Letting this happen, it’s a Covid testing centre!!!! It’s IMPORTANT!!!! And staff are being assaulted ? Omg…”

While another said: “Disgusting! The youth of today should be ashamed of themselves.”

Written by: Rother Radio News

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