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Police will be using new powers at annual firework display

Posted on 31st October 2014

Police will be using new powers that were introduced last week to tackle groups causing a nuisance or committing crime at the annual Markeaton firework display this weekend.

The new powers that were introduced on Monday, October 20 mean that officers can disperse people who they believe are likely to commit crime or disorder, or to behave anti-socially.

Inspector Paul Cannon, who is in charge of policing in Derby, said: “The bonfire and fireworks event at the park attracted more than 20,000 people last year and has in the past attracted issues with groups from different parts of the city clashing in and around the park.

“The order will allow officers out on patrol to address any groups that may be causing a nuisance and move them on if they feel the problem may escalate.

“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.

“We hope that the evening passes without any issues and families from in and around the city can come and enjoy this free event.”

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

A map of the area covered by the order can be viewed on the attached document.  

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