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Extra powers given to police in Buxton for carnival weekend

Posted on 11th July 2018

Our officers have been granted additional powers to help them deal with any anti-social behaviour in Buxton during the carnival weekend.

A dispersal order will run from 6pm on Friday, July 13 until 6pm on Monday, July 15 and will cover Buxton town centre, and parts of Fairfield

The order allows police to disperse people from the area concerned, and if they are involved in instances of anti-social behaviour, take anyone under 16 back to their home.

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

Roads covered by the order will include St John's Road, Corbar Road, Lightwood Road, Fairfield Road, Bakewell Road, Dukes Drive, London Road and Green Lane.

There are also expected to be significant traffic delays in the town, with roads closures for the parade starting from 1.30pm, and lasting for two hours or possibly longer depending on the number of people taking part.

Safer Neighbourhood Team Sergeant Denis Murphy said: “Carnival is the culmination of the Wakes Week celebration and we have been working with the carnival committee to ensure the safety of the parade. This means several roads will be closed during the event, which will be reopened by the marshals once it is safe to do so. We would ask motorists to avoid the area unless attending the event, and to be patient.

“We will also be on hand during the evening to ensure that the town has a safe and enjoyable carnival, as we are expecting many people will want to continue the celebrations in local bars. By having the dispersal order in place, we will have additional powers to use if required to target potential alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour. Officers will also be able to return any vulnerable youngsters under the age of 16 back home to the care of their parents or responsible adults.”

Sgt. Murphy added: “This power is not one that we use lightly, but we hope it will help us ensure the Buxton Carnival is safe and enjoyable for all, as it has been during previous events.

“There may be a small minority of people who might use the event as an excuse for anti-social behaviour. Our message to them is that alcohol-fuelled disorder or violence is not acceptable and anyone who commits an offence can expect to be dealt with firmly.”

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