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Police success in fight against yobs on estate.

Byline: By Andrew Hirst

New police powers clamping down on unruly youngsters has had a big impact on yobbish behaviour in Lowerhouses.

The police have set up a three-month scheme, using new powers to get tough with youngsters blighting the lives of other people on the estate.

And since they made it clear they would take no nonsense from youths who ignore their orders to move on, the area has quietened down considerably.

Elsie Wheatley, director of Lowerhouses Community Trust, said: "It's been so much quieter and the quality of life has certainly improved.

"Since the new powers came into force the broken windows, vandalism and graffiti have all stopped.

"I've been speaking to police who have patrolled around late at night and now they say there is no-one around.

"It seems those who caused the trouble have got the message that unruly behaviour will not be tolerated."

But she added: "Whether it will flare up again once the scheme has finished, who knows?"

She said several groups - including police community support officers - were helping to organise activities for youngsters in the area throughout the summer.

Sgt Mick Semenczuk, of Huddersfield police, said: "The high-visibility patrols have continued and more projects are planned for the area over the coming weeks.

"Disorder and anti-social behaviour in Lowerhouses was far greater before this started. The local residents are happy with the direction it is going. There is a noticeable difference."

Huddersfield police commander Chief Supt Barry South implemented an order under the 2003 Anti-Social Behaviour Act covering Lowerhouses and Ashenhurst, after receiving many complaints about anti-social behaviour in the area.

The move has given police and their community support officers the power to move on unruly youngsters.

If the youngsters refuse to go they can be arrested - and some have.

Under the legislation, if police find a child under 16 out between 9pm and 6am they can take him or her home and remind the parents of their responsibilities.

But law-abiding youngsters have nothing to fear. The police say they are concentrating only on troublemakers.

The main roads covered by the new rules include King's Mill Lane, Hall Cross Road, Maple Street, Dog Kennel Bank, Lowerhouses Lane, New Laithe Road, New Laithe Hill, Fanny Moor Lane, Fanny Moor Crescent, Jackroyd Lane and Newsome Road.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 21, 2004
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