Police issue £200 fines on estate where dozens ignore Covid rules
Written by Rother Radio News on 04/11/2020
It’s an estate notorious for its problems in Sheffield.
From large groups gathering outside homes, huge fights spilling out into the street and residents ignoring strict social distancing rules.
A specialist police team have been brought in to try to tackle the problems and keep them under control.
And now South Yorkshire Police have started to get tough on rule breakers and have started to issue fines to those not following the coronavirus rules.
The Sheffield North East Neighbourhood Policing Team have begun to crack down on Covid-19 breaches.
Officers have spent time engaging and educating residents on the rules and have now started to issue £200 fines to those in the Page Hall and Lower Firth Park areas.
In a post on Facebook the police team said: “After a period of engagement and education, fines are now being issued in line with government guidelines in the Page Hall/Lower Firth Park Area.
“We’ve listened to the local residents and have acted.
“A number of fines starting at £200 each have already been issued.
“Know the law, save lives, save money.”
Frustrated locals have been calling for more to be done in the troubled estate for months.
South Yorkshire Police accept the area, including Fir Vale, has been “challenging” through the summer and blame a combination of issues.
There have been numerous incidents of crowds gathering, brawls and other problems with some residents even calling for the Army to be deployed to bring order to the streets.
A dedicated policing team focusing on the area was introduced in September.