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."
– Emma Norton, Liberty lawyer
"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. "
The curfew which started yesterday was set up by South Yorkshire Police and Barnsley Metropolitan Council in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour.