‘A time bomb’: how social tensions are rising in a corner of northern England Roma and British Pakistani communities are increasingly divided over problems of crime, litter and antisocial behaviour

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It was an unusually heavy response to a fight in a school canteen: a police helicopter, police dog and 15 police vehicles all rushed to Fir Vale Academy in Page Hall, Sheffield, one Tuesday in late September.

The drama, inevitably, was caught on camera. The screaming in the dinner hall, children climbing on tables to escape. Outside, a teenage girl in handcuffs, face-down on a police car; the man in a tracksuit being mauled by a police dog. A pupil had texted false talk of a knife fight, and parents had been trying to scale the fence to reach the school.

Eighty miles away in Liverpool, Gill Furniss made plans to leave the Labour party conference, missing Jeremy Corbyn’s speech. As the local MP, she could see that the fight had the potential to reignite long-running tensions in Page Hall – especially if, as chatter at the school gate suggested, the fight had begun when a Roma girl pulled off the headscarf of a Muslim classmate. “I always keep an eye on Page Hall,” said Furniss. “Clearly something had happened that led parents to become extremely worried about what was going on.”

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5 thoughts on “‘A time bomb’: how social tensions are rising in a corner of northern England Roma and British Pakistani communities are increasingly divided over problems of crime, litter and antisocial behaviour

  1. Eastwood is a mess . much more could be done with the landlord Scheme . after 3 years of the scheme and still the problems continue . Landlords still not vetting tenants what back ground checks have taken place ?

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  2. There’s a lot of work on-going in the background to try and resolve these challenges.

    However, I am disturbed this press release seems to suggest there is a lack of a multi agency approach to deal with the challenges the community faces.

    A letter will be going in to the relevant people to ask questions about this.

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  3. There is no lack of public announcements that ‘something is being done’, and ‘multi-agency teams are tackling the problem’, and ‘we have learned the lessons’.
    Over the decades these hollow words always promising ‘jam tomorrow’ are endlessly repeated without lasting results, or even honest intention.
    The cynics would say that the politicians have no appetite for a genuine solution, and that this latest fiasco is a case of engineering the fulfilling of a political prediction, if not facilitating the creation of the conditions that lead to this outrage.
    Rogue landlords, deliberate ghettoisation, ethnic containment, ineffective policing and a lack of political spine have been complained about over these decades, only to be ignored.
    The answer to these social problems can never be overseen by those individuals, groups or institutions that contributed to creating the problems, and stand to profit by bleating about the inevitable chaos of their making. Stand aside all – not fit for purpose – a source of danger to a collapsing society absent cohesion.
    Leave now, walk away, do not look back, and let a new sincere generation repair the damage that you, the self-seeking old guard, have caused in your lust for power.

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