Posted on 23rd October 2014
Police will be tackling anti-social behaviour and crime in the city centre by using new powers that were introduced earlier this week.
Under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, officers can move on anyone aged 10 and above who is causing a nuisance or committing crime.
New powers introduced on Monday (20) now mean that officers can disperse people who they believe are likely to commit crime or disorder, or to behave anti-socially.
Three areas of Derby will be subject to the new powers this weekend. One of the zones includes the entire city centre; another is centred around Roosevelt Avenue in Chaddesden, while the third includes Derby’s West End. The zones will take effect from Friday through to Sunday night.
Inspector Paul Cannon, who is in charge of policing in Derby, said: “These new powers mean we can be much more effective in cutting out crime and anti-social behaviour before it has a chance to happen.
“If officers out on patrol see people who they think may cause a nuisance, they can now address it and move them on if they feel that the problem could escalate.
“It will be at the discretion of the officers on patrol, so these powers do not mean that we will be moving everyone we find out of an area – just those who are or could be causing problems.
“We have highlighted three areas where we regularly have issues and will be using these new powers to make sure those issues don’t continue.”
Previously, dispersal orders were targeted at alcohol-related crime, disorder or anti-social behaviour.
Now, the new Section 35 Dispersal Power can be used to stop any antisocial behaviour or crime – not just that linked to alcohol.
Officers can also now deal with ASB or crime not only when they have occurred or are occurring, but also when they are likely to.
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.
The three areas that will be subject to the new powers in Derby from Friday to Sunday have been chosen due to ongoing issues police are trying to cut.
The Derby city centre area includes everything within the inner ring road, as well as the London Road Community Hospital site and surrounding streets, and the area around Friar Gate, Uttoxeter Old Road and Great Northern Road.
The West End zone includes every street within an area bordered by Ashbourne Road, St Alkmund’s Way to the junction with Duffield Road, Duffield Road itself, and the A38 from its junction with the A6 down to Markeaton Island.
The third area includes Roosevelt Avenue, Winslow Green and Carson Road in Chaddesden.
Derby city centre, London Road Community Hospital and Friar Gate zone map.
Roosevelt Avenue, Carson Road and Winslow Green, Chaddesden.
The 'West End' area.