NUMBER plate-reading cameras will be installed in a shopping precinct's car park following reports of large gatherings, car races and anti-social behaviour.
South Yorkshire Police said it had spoken to the managers of The Tanyard shopping parade in Wickersley about introducing ANPR cameras after complaints from residents.
Posters in social media groups covering the area reported incidents of revving engines late a night, verbal abuse of passers-by and large groups of young people congregating - the last of which is contrary to current guidelines around Covid-19.
Wickersley's three borough councillors - Chris Read, Emma Hoddinott and Sue Ellis - said they had been “contacted by a number of residents concerned about events on the Tanyard over recent nights, when substantial groups of people have been gathering outside the shops, vehicles have allegedly been raced along Bawtry Road, and individual passers-by reporting being verbally abused”.
The councillors said they continued to liaise with the police, who had been responding to concerns.
The Rotherham South policing team said in a statement: “The team have met with the management company for The Tanyard to discuss long term solutions for tackling anti-social behaviour from vehicles and youths in the evenings. These discussions will be ongoing.
The management company have agreed to put ANPR cameras up on both entrances to the car park.
“This will allow for all vehicles’ registration numbers to be recorded and made available to the police for any future incidents of vehicle anti-social behaviour and criminal activity.
“The management company have also agreed to put CCTV cameras and signage up in the car park which will assist in identifying those responsible for anti-social behaviour and criminal activity.
“The team will be spending more time up in the area with a view to taking enforcement action against those that choose to use The Tanyard and surrounding areas as a meeting place to commit ASB, use drugs and commit offences.”
Police urged residents to report incidents as they happened by calling 101 or dialling 999 in an emergency.