Troublemakers wreaking havoc in the heart of Chesterfield will be targeted as part of a six-month crime blitz.
A huge swathe of the town centre is to become a dispersal zone – with police having new powers to rid the streets of a “small minority” of yobs who are causing misery for residents and business owners.
From Friday, officers will be able to order nuisance louts to leave the area – and those who refuse could be arrested.
Youngsters out without an adult will be taken home.
Derbyshire police said the move comes after a recent surge in reports about anti-social behaviour in several areas of Chesterfield town centre.
Inspector John Turner, the man in charge of policing the borough, said: “The use of a dispersal order has become necessary because of a minority of people who are continuing to create difficulties for business owners, shoppers, residents and tourists in small areas of the town centre. We are committed to resolving the issues our community has raised.
“A dispersal order is an effective tool in helping to reduce the unacceptable behaviour of a small minority. The powers will be used proportionately and will therefore only affect those people who are behaving irresponsibly and without consideration for others in the area.”
Councillor Sharon Blank, chair of Chesterfield Community Safety Partnership, added: “We hope that the introduction of this order will help to keep the area safe and reduce reported incidents of anti-social behaviour.”
The above poster featuring a map highlighting the designated dispersal area will be displayed in prominent areas of the town centre.