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MP calls for ‘zero tolerance’ in fight against crime and anti-social behaviour

Michael Dugher, Barnsley East MP, has called for “zero tolerance” of crime and anti-social behaviour in Barnsley.

His intervention came during a visit to Kendray where there has been a series of serious incidents of anti-social behaviour  recently, resulting in a number of arrests. 

Mr Dugher was joined by South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, police officers, councillors and officials from Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council on a walkabout in Kendray on Friday to meet local residents and hear their concerns.

He was keen to see first-hand what is being done to tackle the problems which have included missile throwing, stopping buses by pressing the emergency buttons and climbing on the roof at Kendray Hospital and urinating on the entrances.

Several agencies have been involved in combating the issues raised by local residents. Despite large financial cuts imposed by central government, Mr Dugher said he was pleased to see Dr Billings restate his commitment to prioritise neighbourhood policing.

Along with local councillors Karen Dyson and Brian Mathers, Mr Dugher also paid tribute to local police officers and PCSOs working in the area, including Police Sergeant Ian Bailey and PCSOs David Bagshaw and Stewart Kylie.

He said: “I am determined that we have a zero-tolerance approach to crime and anti-social behaviour in Kendray and elsewhere in Barnsley.

Behaviour of this kind by a handful of individuals will not be tolerated in our community.  I whole-heartedly support South Yorkshire Police in taking a strong stance against it. It was great to see the support for our Police and Crime Commissioner.

“The overwhelming majority of the people in the area are law-abiding, decent people and we cannot let a tiny minority cause misery and mayhem for the rest of the community. 

“Despite working in incredibly difficult circumstances, including dealing with huge cuts in resources from central government, the police service are doing a fantastic job trying to keep on top of the situation for residents in Kendray”.

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