Dispersal order granted to combat anti-social behaviour in large parts of Derbyshire town

Posted on 17th July 2015

Dispersal order granted to combat anti-social behaviour in large parts of Derbyshire town

A dispersal order granting police additional powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in Whaley Thorns and Langwith comes into force at 5pm today (Friday, July 17).

The order means that police will be able to move on anyone who is taking part in nuisance activity.

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

The order comes into force today and lasts until 5pm on Sunday, July 19.

During that time, officers can move on anyone aged 10 or above who is causing a nuisance or committing crime.

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

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 an area will be committing an offence and could be arrested.

For more information, visit www.derbyshire.police.uk

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