AN ORDER preventing youths from congregating and causing anti-social behaviour in Creswell has been extended.
Derbyshire police initially introduced a Dispersal Order in May to crackdown on anti-social behaviour in the village.
It has been extended for a further three months and will now run until February 22, 2012.
The order gives police power to disperse groups of two or more people of any age who are hanging around on the streets and if they fail to do so they may be arrested and face a fine of up to £2,500.
Members of any group asked to move who are thought to be under the age of 16 can be taken to their home address by officers.
PC Martyn Whyte, of the Creswell Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The dispersal order has been a success and has seen a fall in reports of anti-social behaviour of eight per cent.
“We have also increased diversionary activities in the village and had extra police officers and PCSOs conducting high visibility patrols throughout the weekends.”
If you experience any issues with groups of youths behaving in a manner likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress please call Derbyshire police on the new non-emergency number 101.