English town hit for ban on 16-year-olds

An English town’s decision to ban people under 16 from entering the town center is being hit as unlawful, the Guardian reports.

The Barnsley curfew, which began on Friday, bars young people from entering the center of town between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. for the next six months. The rule was enacted by South Yorkshire police and Barnsley officials in an effort to curb bad behavior.

According to the paper, anyone who is under 16 and not accompanied by an adult will be violating the rule and will be removed from the center of town by police, whether or not they have done anything  wrong.

Emma Norton, a lawyer for the civil rights group Liberty, said: "A blanket ban on 15-year-olds walking around on summer nights is discriminatory, counterproductive and just plain wrong.

"The police should target offenders of whatever age, not show disrespect and distrust of a whole generation,” she said, according to the Guardian.

Inspector Julie Mitchell, of South Yorkshire police, told the paper: "Many interventions have been put in place by the police and partners and, although some measures have had some success, nuisance behavior still persists on an almost daily basis.

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