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Police Under Pressure: life on the streets of east Sheffield

20 June 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Andrew Collins: Antisocial behaviour, budget cuts and Slovakian Roma families are the order of the day in Page Hall, South Yorkshire

Its a mighty long way from Happy Valley to Page Hall. The first, in West Yorkshire, is a fictionalised surrogate of artsy Hebden Bridge in Sally Wainwrights hit BBC1 crime drama, a spectacularly regenerated former mill town famed, rightly or wrongly, for being the lesbian capital of Britain. The second, 40 miles away in South Yorkshire, is a hitherto little-known, overpopulated, underemployed blot of east Sheffield where an influx of marginalised Roma families from Slovakia has simmered the ethnic soup to boiling point. Page Hall is due its 15 minutes in the TV spotlight in documentary series Police Under Pressure (Monday, 9pm, BBC2). It is unlikely to cause a tourist stampede to the area.

Under new management but indelibly marked with the stain of Hillsborough, South Yorkshire Police might have »

- Andrew Collins

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