POLICE have been granted new powers to stamp out anti-social behaviour caused by young villagers.
From next Monday January 31 officers and PCSOS will be able to break up groups of two or more people they believe could go on to cause trouble in Pilsley and order them to leave a designated zone for 24 hours.
Youths under 16 can also be taken home and those who flout the order face up to three months in prison or a £2,500 fine.
Concerns about abusive language, criminal damage and young people acting in a threatening or intimidating manner raised by residents and business owners led to the order been sought.
Sgt Sally Blaiklock, in charge of the Clay Cross area Safer Neighbourhood Teams, said: “After consulting with the public and working with partnership agencies it was decided we had to take further action to support the local community of Pilsley.
“This type of legislation allows us to actively target and remove potential troublemakers from the area quickly and effectively.
“We hope this goes a long way to showing the public that their views and concerns are taken very seriously and that anti-social behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated under any circumstances.”
Posters and leaflets about the order, which will be in place for six months then reviewed, are being handed out to residents and young people.
Increased foot patrols at night, work with children in local schools and diversionary activities were also agreed by community leaders and the South Eastern Safer Neighbourhood Team as part of efforts to tackle anti-social behaviour in the village.
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