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Street teams tackle youth crime

An initiative to tackle criminal and anti-social behaviour among young people has been launched in Sheffield.

South Yorkshire Police has joined forces with the city council and youth offending services to create "street based" teams.

The teams will work together to reduce anti-social behaviour and uncover the root causes of crime in communities.

They will provide a visible presence on the streets and build up relationships with youths and their families.

The initiative follows on from South Yorkshire Police's Operation Staysafe, which was launched to reduce under-age drinking.

The force's Insp Paul McCurry said: "We hope street based teams can make a real difference and have benefits for local communities.

"Agencies will work together and provide a visible reassurance in certain key communities."

About 250 young people have completed questionnaires about what activities they would like to take part in outside school time as part of the project.

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