Police given powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in Shirebrook

Police budgets have come under pressure
Police budgets have come under pressure

Police in Shirebrook have been granted a dispersal order to tackle anti-social behaviour and public order issues in the area.

The recently granted dispersal order will run from 5pm today, Friday, 16th January to 5pm tomorrow, covering the area of the Shirebrook and Langwith junction.

The power enables officers and PCSOs to break up groups of two or more people who they believe could cause trouble and order them to leave the designated area for 24 hours.

Youths under the age of 16 can also be taken home by officers as part of the order.

Officers applied for the dispersal order following an increase of anti-social behaviour from groups of youths in the area.

During December and early January, police were alerted to three incidents involving groups fighting in the area and causing a nuisance for local residents.

Previously, dispersal orders were targeted at alcohol-related crime, disorder or anti-social behaviour. Now, the new Section 34 Dispersal Power can be used to stop any antisocial behaviour or crime – not just that linked to alcohol.

Children aged 16 or under can be removed to their home address or a place of safety, and anyone moved on under the powers can be prohibited from going back there for a certain period of time.

Anyone who refuses to comply with an order to leave will be committing and offence and could be arrested.

Police also want members of the public to report suspicious or nuisance activity to them on 101, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.