Police granted additional powers to tackle ASB in Shirebrook

Posted on 19th December 2014

Police in Shirebrook have been granted additional enforcement powers to help them target anti-social behaviour on one of the busiest weekends of the year.

A Dispersal Order will run in the town from 5pm on Friday, December 19 until 5pm on Sunday, December 21.

Under Section 34 and 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, uniformed police officers have the power to disperse anyone if members of the public in the vicinity are being harassed, alarmed or distressed.

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

Inspector Frank Burns, Section Inspector for Shirebrook said: “A dispersal order is an effective tool in helping to reduce the unacceptable behaviour of a small minority. The powers will be used proportionately and will therefore only affect those people who are behaving irresponsibly and without consideration for others in the area.

“Officers can move on anyone aged 10 and above who is causing a nuisance or committing crime. 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.

“The order will enable officers to reduce anti-social behaviour in the area, to educate the groups causing the problems and channel them towards positive alternatives to resolve the problems in the long term.”

Posters featuring a map have been produced to highlight the designated dispersal area which covers most of Chesterfield town centre area.  These will be displayed in prominent areas.

 

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