Officers from Rotherham Central Neighbourhood Team have undertaken a day of action in Ferham, in a bid to engage, clean up and educate communities.
Concerns and issues within Ferham include fly tipping, garden waste and littering. The area also has a number of residents who have failed to attend court and problems around the standard of living conditions.
The team were joined by representatives from various services including; Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Housing team, children’s social care, Action Housing and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.
PC Claire Atkinson who arranged the day said she was keen to show the communities within Ferham that they must take responsibility for their housing and the local area.
She added: “The day is not only about enforcement activity for those who have absconded from the law, it is about building relationships with the community to be able educate them on a higher standard of living.“
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council were able to advise residents on waste disposal, as well as work with property owners and tenants to ensure that housing is kept in line with safety regulations and standards. The team were able to identify 13 properties that required action.
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue provided fire safety advice to 20 properties within the area, checking that occupants have working smoke alarms and providing information on hazards within their homes.
Police Community Support Officers conducted high visibility patrols and spoke to residents about waste and litter outside their homes. They also took the opportunity to seek the views of local residents and listen to their concerns.
While out on patrol, the team also executed court warrants for men who had failed to attend court for sentencing. Two men were arrested; one man was taken to Sheffield Crown Court and another was taken to Shepcote Lane custody in Sheffield.
PC Atkinson said: “By working in partnership we are able to achieve stronger, safer communities and a happy place for people to live, work and achieve. “
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