Crackdown on antisocial behaviour launched in Chesterfield

Sgt Les Rawson launches the dispersal order outside Chesterfield town hall.

Sgt Les Rawson launches the dispersal order outside Chesterfield town hall.

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A crime crackdown is being launched in Chesterfield to tackle antisocial behaviour.

Police will be introducing new powers on Friday, September 7 in a bid to break up gangs and target louts after a flood of complaints about drunkenness, noise, urinating on the war memorial, intimidating and abusive behaviour.

Officers have received persistent calls about problems in Beetwell Street, the market place and the parade of shops on West Bars.

Derbyshire Times Facebook friend David Fieldsend said: “I work opposite this area and I’ve lost count the amount of times drunken behaviour has resulted in either the special constables or police have had to turn up and either move or arrest these people.”

Mammy Snook added: “I walk that way for my baby groups weekly always past adults drinking early morning and sometimes with there own kids with them, no shame.”

Peter Pop Wilson said: “It’s the same group of adults everyday, they hang around from the KFC all the way to the bottom of the town hall and at times in the queens park, making suggestive remarks to young girls passing by. My two daughters find it scary and intimidating. Something more than just moving them on for a few hours needs to be done.”

Sheila Cresswell added: “Have seen a lot of drunk adults swearing and arguing amongst themselves. Mainly on West Bars and at bus stops just down from the Portland.”

Nicky Boam said: “Does anyone ever think about what could be the cause of so many homeless drunks milling around with nothing to do and nowhere to go? It’s a safe bet that with current Government policy the problem is going to get far worse over the next few years.”