Police ‘will take action against antisocial behaviour’

New Inspector Geoff Carter at South Kirkby NPT
New Inspector Geoff Carter at South Kirkby NPT
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Police have vowed to clamp down on ‘intimidating’ antisocial behaviour in South Elmsall town centre.

Insp Geoff Carter, of the South East neighbourhood police team (NPT), said youngsters have been gathering outside the town’s Asda supermarket on Barnsley Road.

He said: “We are looking at an ongoing issue with reports of antisocial behaviour in and around the Asda store in South Elmsall.

“We are working with the store and other partners to clamp down on the issue but there is a fine line to draw between antisocial behaviour and youngsters gathering.

“The Asda seems to be a bit of a hotspot because it is well lit, central to a lot of housing estates in the town and there is also free wireless internet that they have been using on their phones.

“We understand it can be intimidating for people when there are large groups of people and we are monitoring it to make sure it doesn’t get too much.”

Insp Carter asked anyone with any information about crime or antisocial behaviour to get in touch with the police.

He said: “I would be the last person to discourage youngsters from getting together with their mates and socialising.

“But when they start being abusive or disruptive is when problems start and we will, if necessary, take action to clamp down on the issue.”

Anyone with information should contact the NPT on 101.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.