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Police granted powers to move on nuisance groups in Whaley Thorns and Langwith

Posted on 1st May 2015


Police have been handed additional powers to help them prevent and reduce anti-social behaviour in Whaley Thorns and Langwith.

A dispersal order has been granted to give uniformed police, including PCSOs, the power to ask groups of two or more people who are causing a nuisance to move on.

Officers can also disperse people that they think might be about to act anti-socially, rather than waiting for it to happen.

Youths under the age of 16 can be taken home by officers as part of the order which runs from 7pm on Friday, May 1 to 7pm on Sunday, May 3. 

Sergeant Sarah Barraclough from the Shirebrook Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “We’ve worked to bring in this dispersal order to help us target concerns about nuisance behaviour and damage where youngsters have been gathering in Langwith and Whaley Thorns.

“We don’t want to make the community a no-go area for all teenagers, just those who are not behaving sensibly, causing damage and distress for other local residents.”

Dispersal orders were previously used to tackle alcohol-related crime but they now cover any kind of nuisance activity.

Any individual who refuses to comply with the order can be arrested and may face up to three months in prison or a £2,500 fine.

For further information contact the Shirebrook Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

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