THE people of Lowerhouses and Ashenhurst are rallying behind a police clampdown on troublesome youngsters.
Police say that since new powers came into force on Wednesday, people have felt more confident about coming forward with information about yobs who make their lives hell.
Some parents are keeping their children in after 9pm while youths who have caused problems are shocked to be on the receiving end of the new powers.
Huddersfield police commander Chief Supt Barry South has implemented an order under the 2003 Anti-Social Behaviour Act, covering Lowerhouses and Ashenhurst.
The move has given police and their community support officers the power to move on unruly youngsters.
If the youngsters refuse to go they can be arrested.
Sgt John McFadzean, of Huddersfield police, said one youth arrested for this was shocked when the police acted.
"Hopefully, this will send a strong message to others," he added.
"Many youths are surprised by the power we now have and our determination to use it.
"People in the area have been coming out and telling us what we are doing is great," said Sgt McFadzean.
Under the legislation, if police find a child under 16 out between 9pm and 6am they can take them home and remind the parents of their responsibilities.
But law-abiding youngsters have nothing to fear. The police say they are concentrating only on the troublemakers.
Sgt McFadzean added: "If a young couple are walking home after a night out, that's fine.
"It's the troublemakers we are after, those who are causing problems for the residents."
Community safety inspector Dave Barnett said: "We will enforce this legislation robustly.
"It is a pilot project in Lower- houses, but this legislation could be implemented in other parts of Huddersfield where there are problems."
Police held truancy patrols in Lowerhouses on Wednesday and stopped several youngsters. They were either taken home or back to school.
Letters were also sent to their parents, saying their children had been found skipping lessons.
The main roads covered by the new rules include King's Mill Lane, Hall Cross Road, Maple Street, Dog Kennel Bank, Lowerhouses Lane, New Laithe Road, New Laithe Hill, Fanny Moor Lane, Fanny Moor Crescent, Jackroyd Lane and Newsome Road.
THE new legislation will run for three months.
It means that if police come across a group of two or more people causing, or likely to cause, intimidation, harassment, alarm or distress they can:
* Order the group to disperse
* Tell anyone in the group who does not live in the area to leave immediately and ban them from returning for up to 24 hours
* The police can also take action against the whole group - even if only one of them is misbehaving.