Fears as gangs of kids lob missiles and ‘ignore rule of 6’ on estate
Written by Rother Radio News on 28/09/2020
Alarming footage has emerged of groups congregating in the streets at night on a troubled Sheffield estate which has seen violence and illegal mass gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.
Over the past few months, shocking fights and mass brawls have seen dozens of people spill out into the streets of Page Hall, causing fear and panic among responsible residents who have watched the chaos unfold.
It has been cited as a problematic area where lockdown rules have seemingly been ignored and after a summer of relaxed rules, new, stricter regulations are now in place which residents fear are once again being ignored.
A video filmed by a concerned dad on the estate shows a group of children and youths lobbing missiles, kicking a bin and causing a nuisance, whereas another clip shows a man lying on the floor surrounded by a large group.
Page Hall has been flagged by South Yorkshire Police as one of the key areas they want to tackle with a new policing team set to be created to restore a sense of calmness on the notorious estate near Northern General Hospital.
Frustrated residents have asked for tougher policing, a legal order to help control bad behaviour and a meeting with Sheffield’s police commander, Chief Superintendent Una Jennings.
Assistant Chief Constable Tim Forber said the force does deal with crimes in Page Hall but recognised the struggles officers face in the area.
Speaking earlier this month, he said: “There has been a significant increase in police resources in the last three years and the good news for communities is that will be further increased in the Autumn.
“The underlying issues in Page Hall start with the physical environment, it is about 300 properties and only about 24 are in public ownership.
“You have private properties often of very poor quality and multiple occupation with different cultures coming together.
“When you have any neighbourhood like that it is hardly surprising you find an area which struggles with community cohesion.
“There is criminality there and we do deal with it.”