Council wardens get new powers to tackle antisocial behaviour

Published Wednesday, 15th January 2014
Accredited Rotherham Warden
Rotherham Warden

Council wardens have teamed up with South Yorkshire Police to strengthen their powers in the the fight against anti-social behaviour.

Thanks to South Yorkshire Police's Community Safety Accreditation scheme, the Council's neighbourhood and town centre wardens will now have stronger powers to deal with incidents of anti-social behaviour, meaning faster response times and a stronger presence on the streets.

The new powers mean that wardens can: 

  • Ask anyone over age 18 to not drink alcohol in a public place
  • Require anyone to surrender alcohol they have been drinking in a public place
  • Issue a fine for anti-social behaviour
  • Issue a fine for throwing fireworks 
  • Require a person to give their name and address in connection with anti-social behaviour

Councillor Rose McNeely, the Cabinet Member for Safe and Attractive Neighbourhoods, said, "The Council has taken the opportunity to look for ways that our wardens can be more effective in combating anti-social behaviour and, in showing that they have met the Police's standards, now have more ways that they can address such unacceptable behaviour.  

"We are fortunate to have an enthusiastic team of wardens who want to make a difference in our neighbourhoods and who have been fundamental in ensuring that the introduction of the scheme has been possible.  

"The way we use these powers will be kept under review and, if successful, may lead to the Police releasing further powers to us in the future."

Councillor Richard Russell, the Cabinet Member for Waste and Emergency Planning, added, "Our neighbourhood wardens will be working in areas where anti-social behaviour is more common. 

"However, we will have the continued benefit of our two Rotherham town centre wardens who are also accredited to use these new powers to deal, in particular, with disruptive street drinkers.

"These powers will complement their enforcement activity in relation to littering."   

Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth said, "Officers continue to work closely with partners to tackle issues, such as antisocial behaviour, that cause concern among the community and impact on the lives of residents.

"These additional powers are a valuable addition and will help enhance the positive work already being done in Rotherham."

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