Posted on 19th April 2018
A dispersal order has been put in place for Chesterfield Town Centre this weekend.
The order gives police officers and PCSOs the power to move on anyone over the age of 10 years old to leave the area who they believe could cause anti-social behaviour or crime in the area for a certain period of time, up to 48 hours.
It has been put in place as police target reports of underage drinking, large groups of young people gathering in the area and playing loud music, damage caused to the market place and concerns from members of the public about feeling intimidated.
The order will be in place from 10am tomorrow (Friday, April 20) until 10am on Sunday, April 22.
Children aged 16 or under can be removed to their home address or a place of safety, and anyone who refuses to comply with an order to leave an area will be committing an offence and could be arrested.
PC Chris Wright of the Chesterfield Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “This order will help us to target reports and concerns of people using the town centre about unacceptable behaviour by a minority of individuals.
“We understand the effect that anti-social behaviour has on residents, shoppers, and visitors and will give us the power to disperse people we think might be about to act anti-socially, rather than waiting for it to happen.”
PC Wright added: “We are working hard alongside partnership agencies to not only take enforcement action whenever necessary, but also around things we can put in place to reduce issues in the longer term and to look at other measures to target repeat offenders.”
Anyone who is experiencing anti-social behaviour should call Derbyshire police on 101, except in an emergency, when you should dial 999.