There is no curfew operating in Barnsley town centre as suggested.
The police will speak with any large groups of people in the town centre. This is to ensure that in a busy town centre after 9pm at night there is a safe and appropriate environment for all.
Residents have expressed a concern in a recent survey regarding the behaviour of young people under the age of 16 late at night in the town centre.
This is a low key intervention as part of the strategy to ensure young people are aware of how they should conduct themselves in a reasonable manner and reduce antisocial behaviour, which we are pleased to report is down by in excess of 20 percent in Barnsley"
An order banning under 16s from entering Barnsley town centre at night unless accompanied by an adult may be unlawful and should be challenged in court according to a civil rights group . Lawyers at campaign group Liberty described the ban as "just plain wrong."
"A blanket ban on 15-year-old walking around on summer nights is discriminatory and counter-productive. The police should target offenders of whatever age, not show disrespect and distrust of a whole generation. This policy is changeable in the courts and we urge any family affected by it to contact Liberty after Easter. "
– Emma Norton, Liberty lawyer
The curfew which started yesterday was set up by South Yorkshire Police and Barnsley Metropolitan Council in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour.
South Yorkshire police can now use new powers to disperse groups of people from anti-social behaviour blackspots and target night time revellers or football fans.
South Yorkshire Police and Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council jointly applied for the order in a bid to reduce anti-social behaviour.
"Many interventions have been put in place by the police and partners and although some measures have had some success nuisance behaviour still persists on an almost daily basis. The common theme that appears to cause the most concern is rowdy, inconsiderate and abusive behaviour. This behaviour is often from people in large groups and has led to members o the public and business community reporting the feeling of being harrassed and intimidated."
– Inspector Julie Mitchell, South Yorkshire Police.